Shores Lake West Side Trail is a 10.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winslow, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.2 miElevation gain2,145 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Shores Lake West Loop trail begins at White Rock Mountain and descends rapidly traveling west then south through heavy Ozark forest. crossing creeks several times while passing two nice wet weather waterfalls before arriving at Shore Lake NF Campground. White Rock trailhead is in the campground/picnic area (WP-01 on the map). Rustic cabins built by the CCC in the 1930s are available, but reservations are suggested. The trail heads east with blue blazes and descends a 100 feet to the junction of the White Rock spur and OHT (WP-02, 0.3 miles). Turn right (west) on combined trail (white blazes). At 1.1 miles the OHT splits off the west trail loop. The OHT goes straight and the west loop goes left following the blue blazes). The trail descends steadily for about 2 miles until you get to White Rock Creek, crossing Forest Road 1003 on the way (this is probably the road you drove up to get to White Rock). The area around the creek has many features. First, the trail will cross the creek twice in 0.2 miles and your crossings can be wet if the water is up. Second, there are lots of flat areas for camping just as you reach the first crossing and on the other side. There is a grotto up the creek before the first crossing that has a high but small waterfall (probably dry in the summer). Last, but not least, is the water fall between the two crossings. It is high volume with a large pool and can be seen from either side of the creek. The trail continues south following White Rock Creek and crosses Bliss Spring Hollow at about 4.5 miles. The crossing is dry and the area scenic. At 5.5 is the spur trail to the Shores Lake Trailhead (WP-04)

White Rock Mountain parking, trailhead for Ozark Highland trail, primitive camping along the trail. cabins, group lodge, camping, nature trail, picnic area, restrooms. Cabins and group lodge must be reserved in advance -- call . WhiteRockMountain.com Campground Details # Campsites: 8 RV/Tent with no hookups Region: River Valley Facilities: sites. (Open year-round) Users fee charged.

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, One Capitol Mall , Little Rock, AR, 72201, Phone: 501-682-7777 Boston Mountain Ranger District, 1803 N. 18th St., Ozark, AR, 72949, (479) 667-2191 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark Physical Address: White Rock Mountain Recreation Area & Campground Ark. 215 North Mulberry, AR 72947 Phone: 479-667-2191 or 479-369-4128 Website: http://tiny.cc/h2s53 GPS: N35.5724638 W94.0312899

From Mulberry take Arkansas 215 north for 15 miles, then follow Forest Service Road 1505 for 0.5 mile to shores lake campground, continue past a couple miles to fork in road, turn right and take the immediate right into the campground.

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Garrett Kitterman
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Steep on the way back. Enjoyable trail, cool rock formations

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Marilynn Ponder
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This hike is actually 13.4 miles (loop). It had some great views! I recommend taking a lot of water. This is on the more strenuous side of moderate. There wasn't a bug problem and overgrowth wasn't too bad. Trail markers were missing in a few spots. Overall it was a good trail, I recommend starting early. NOV 2020

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Rich Chesley
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

This trail is on the harder side of moderate. I'd recommend trekking polls and hiking boots as the trail is very rocky. Also not very well maintained, or marked in places. However, there are some great features. The area around the creek, the waterfalls, and the canyon faces are great. We didn't have the bug problems faced by others, but I'm sure that had a lot to do with when we went (late Nov.). I also imagine that the trail is harder to navigate in spring / summer when everything is in full growth mode.

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Emily Babel
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HikingBugsOver grown

We started at the Shores Lake end. About a mile and a half in it was so overgrown that it wasn’t worth it to continue, so we turned around. Wish they would keep up with the maintenance.

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Jon Dunbar
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Natasha Gibson
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HikingBugsOver grownScramble

This trail was rough. Very little traffic is nice, but the trail was very much overgrown in several spots. Horse flies were horrible in several spots as well. Lots of bees/wasps. I stepped right into a yellowjacket nest an hour and a half in and got stung 10+ times, all on my legs. Luckily I'm not allergic, but I took Benadryl in case and the combination had me struggling and miserable in the last stretch.

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Christopher Brown
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It was good. A lot of bee activity. Definitely recommend after the first freeze.

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Mike Edwards
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Wow... this trail is a beast! Well marked, first 3 mi fairly flat, good access to a creek to the waterfall. Then.. it’s on! Steep climbs, not difficult footing , just a lot of serious up hill! Great workout! At the top are a few cabins and a camp store, basics available. Beautiful views at the top rim. Hung a hammock at the rim... great view, shade and breeze. Did this with 30 lb pack, great trail for a challenge. Only 1 tick, there are a lot of spider webs in the AM. Campgrounds at trail head are closed, parked across the street.

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Kelly Weber
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

BRING LOTS OF WATER. It was extremely hot & humid. My husband and I both suffered from heat exhaustion even with 2 liters of water each and a swim in the creek. I’m glad we left our dog at home. Please don’t bring your dogs on this hike. It’s very strenuous when it’s this hot out. Other than that it was a gorgeous hike and I’ll do it again when the weather cools off. Also, much of the trail is overgrown. Trail is hard to see at some points.

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Hannah Hanley
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HikingBugsOver grown

Great trail! We parked at the opposite end of this trail because we didn’t want to drive the car up the long gravel road. There’s a trailhead at the other end though. We also started at the bottom because we wanted to go uphill first. We ended up hiking about 6.4 miles up to the overlook. Lots of great views along the way even before you get there. The scramble to get up the overlook is not for the faint of heart. And there’s lots of overgrowth once you start the uphill- so wear good protective clothing and deets. Also—- you really need to be in decent shape to do this trail. It had some real tough spots but worth it! We played in the waterfall on the way back and it was so great!

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Luca Shameh
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Great trail. Only made it to the waterfalls and back, and as a novice and not quite in shape hiker, it was just enough.

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Richard Widen
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HikingRocky

Just rip back home

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Zak Mcbride
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G McD
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Don't let the distance of the trail fool you. The trail is only about 6 miles from trailhead to trailhead ... but it's not easy going. We started at the southernmost trailhead, ascended to the White Rock Rim Trail, and came back down. Definitely a beautiful hike, but not easy. Trail is rocky and steep on the ascent sections ... and for some reason trails in Arkansas don't ever have switchbacks. Plenty of water on the west trail. A couple decent camp sites and a couple pretty poor ones. We only saw a couple other hikers the whole weekend, but from the look of the trail didn't really expect to see any. Doesn't look like the trail has had any significant maintenance in several years. Trail is overgrown in most places, with thick brambles (thorns) intruding into the trail space. There is quite a bit of blowdown on the trail, some of it significant. There are a handful of places where you have to either bushwack around the obstacle or play Twister with it to get through. We caught a great weekend in July with highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s, so the weather was perfect. We had a great time, but don't expect to just blow through the trail in a day. It's short, but it's slow going.

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John Jordan
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Definitely one of the rougher trails I have hiked. I only hiked from the top to the waterfall due to time constraints, but it was a beautiful hike. Do not expect to go quickly... previous reviews have been very helpful in that regard. As another reviewer noted, once you descend from the mountain, you are in the thick of a forest, so views are limited.

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Cecili Cormier
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BackpackingOver grown

perfect little hike with some elevation change. we had to go around, over, and under a few downed trees. the creeks were up and near the waterfall we had to take our shoes off to cross. primitive campsite was perfect. did not see a single person on the trail.

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Kimberly Roy
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Really cool area. Long drive in dirt/gravel to get there (like 10 miles or 30 minutes). But remote, peaceful and beautiful. Hike was good, challenging but doable if he hike regularly.

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John Lehmann
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I hiked this with my 9yo son from bottom to top and back the next day. We spent the night at a campsite near the top. There are a number of dispersed camping spots between the halfway point (the wide waterfall) and the top. This section is also arguably the most scenic. It was a challenging hike for us, and I was not going to push us to go all the way, but my son was determined in his mind so we were able to do it. We carried 35 and 10 lbs respectively. One trick we learned: when going from bottom to top, at the wide waterfall, if you stay on the far right (you have to scramble up one steep spot), you can avoid doing that river crossing and another one to come right back across. This could save you about 20 minutes. If you hike to the top, don't miss out on the rim trail, it's just a little bit further and is where all the distant views are. At the top is also a park with a store where you can buy supplies.

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