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Roger Boettger
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HikingBlowdownClosedOff trailOver grownRockyScramble
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V G
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HikingRocky

Started at ABF trailhead. Easily accessible with any FWD car. Hiked 5 miles in and turned back as we were only there for a day hike. Some tough climbing and descending as you are going over a few different mountains. Overall really awesome trail, well marked, shady, and quiet. The whole time we only saw 2 other people. This is my favorite hike and would recommend it to everyone who wants to get it in nature. Brought the pup and she loved it as well. Watch out for ticks! We found a bunch on the dog and a few on us. I was very disappointed by the amount of garbage I saw at campsites. 3-4 different sites had garbage piled up and thrown about. If you hike it in, you can hike it out!

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Lol Lollk
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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyScramble
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MJ Scott
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Hiking

Mid-June hike—— look for white trail markers on trees, but definitely poorly marked in several spots, with bobwire fencing laying hidden on ground in several spots that caused cuts and tumbles! Guess you see the lake in winter leaf-off. Ended up on road walking back because Trail to other side lake blocked by downed trees. Save it for a better day and hope that paint markers will be more numerous then too.

Mara Horwitz
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Hiking

Did the trail as my first overnight trip with my dog this weekend. I started at the Northern trailhead. I was worried about the road access, but although bumpy and with some incline, my 2 wheel drive small car did fine. On the trail, plenty of nice spots to camp along the way, plenty of water access at the streams and creeks. Trail was well marked, the only time I got a little off track was after stream crossings, but it was easy enough to figure out. The side spurs/detours are nice to check out for better views. My legs were a little sore on day 2 and the day after but not too bad, and definitely doable taking your time as an overnight, or keeping a steady pace for one long day. Hope to come back in the Fall and do the whole Eagle loop when the colors change!

jason young
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Backpacking

we started at the buckeye mountain trailhead, first couple miles was overgrown while on ridge.Stopped by Katy falls and camped at buckeye caney intersection for the night,next morning hiked out to caney creek east trailhead then a mile up road back to vehicle.That last mile on the road was the worst would advise going the opposite way.

Aisha R
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HikingRocky
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Kade Hoffman
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CampingBlowdownOver grown

Nice trail. If what I was on, was it. Easy to navigate for the most part until you hit a bunch of downed trees on the path. It does have water to walk through so plan for that. I didn’t finish it cause I camped half way. But I enjoyed it.

Amanda Threlkeld
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Hiking

We started from the Buckeye Trailhead and walked to the top of the ridge, which took about 30 minutes with an 11 and 15 yo. We (I) had to stop to rest and catch our breath several times, the hike is all uphill from this direction and very steep towards the top. It was pretty overgrown with grass about 2.5’ high in some areas, so don’t forget the bug spray. Despite the overgrowth, we passed several other groups on Memorial Day weekend. By looking at other pictures, I think it is definitely prettier in the spring and summer with all the green emerald Mountain View’s. Although we have been to Katy Falls from the other trailhead, we decided to hike back out the same way, so in and out, we were only on the trail about an hour. A fun quick, yet challenging hike!

Blake Hall
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HikingRocky

Good trail with great views, my 7 year old daughter done it with no trouble

Mike Weber
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Hiking

Shady Lake is full again. And gorgeous! Not sure about the status of the dam, and how long it was out, or when, but it is apparently OK. Just walked a little bit of the trail on the SE of the lake from the dam area. Really gorgeous. Tall Peak is the mountain to the NW looking up Shady Lake. here's a trail up it, click on go to map for a map. http://arkokhiker.org/southwest-arkansas/tall-peak-trail-ouachita-forest/

Jason McClain
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Hiking

Overnight hiking/camping and didn’t do the whole trail. We came from Athens, AR on 246, turn right on Goat Ranch Rd. I would have AllTrails on to stay on track and to see which road to turn right on(not marked that I remember) to get to the south trailhead. There is one place on the road that the culvert is washed out...you can drive around to the right of the washout as long as your vehicle has plenty of clearance. A small parking area is past the trailhead. First mountain was tough and the trail up to Eagle Rock Vista was a gutter also. Several nice spots near water between there and Brush Heap Mtn is where we chose to camp. Woke up and hiked back up to Eagle Rock and watched the sun come up!! Then went up to Brush Heap Mtn. From ABF up to Brush Heap, the spur trail to the best viewing point was steep so get ready. The views were very amazing and well worth the effort!!! Stop before the trail gets thick for the best views. We returned to our vehicles by that afternoon and are already planning our next outing here!!

Brice Gibbs
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Hiking

A lot of storm damage. Not well marked at all. Beautiful day though.

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Regan Riser
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HikingBlowdownOver grownRocky

Trees down on lower part of trail as of 4/15/20 You can bushwhack around but there is A LOT of poison ivy so dress accordingly. I would not rate this trail as moderate. It is strenuous. You gain almost 2,000 ft elevation in the last half for about 5 miles, practically straight up hill the entire time. That does not include the two uphill spurts in the first several miles of the trail. I am a runner, so I am in fairly good shape. I wouldn’t say it was too exhausting but for someone that doesn’t do much to keep fit, it’s a beast. It is not a leisurely stroll by any means. I do not recommend going during the summer unless you 1) can get down with the grit & grind and 2) have snake guards, much of the trail is overgrown, especially when you hit the top of the mountains. I also recommend a GPS if you go in the summer. We went 4/15/20 and the trail was already overgrown in some places. Most of the trail is easily identifiable, but when you get close to the top, the trail becomes rocky, more overgrown and is harder to follow. I do not recommend this trail to those that aren’t willing to suffer a little bit for the gain. This trail literally has it all. Overlooks, waterfalls, wildflowers, shaded creeks, flowing water, rock formations, switch backs, steep inclines/declines, creek crossings and mountain climbing. Side note, there is a mile walk back to your car from one trail head to the other.

David Stowe
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HikingRocky

Nice view from Lover's Leap platform.

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Justin Pickard
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Hiking

Our black and white terrier got separated from us on the East Caney Creek trail and someone said he was near Katy Falls. If anyone finds him, my phone number is 918-813-1402. Our kids (and me) are pretty torn up losing him. He responds to the name Nigel.

Joe F
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Hiking

I hiked this as part of a loop starting from the Caney Creek trailhead and heading out the Caney Creek Trail to meet the Buckeye Trail. The views from the ridge during winter were pleasant. I can only imagine what it is like in the fall. No portions are too strenuous. There is one switchback along the Buckeye Trail that hops over the ridge and can be hard to identify if you are coming from west. I would have proceeded down the mountain if it were not for a nice gentleman who had the AllTrails app up on his phone and had just made the same mistake.

Dan User
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Hiking

Did this trail friday and joined up with the tall peak trail. Shady lake trail not marked good and very hard to follow. Tall peak marked very well with orange ribbons and yellow blazes. I would suggest skipping lake trail and doing tall peak. Steep climb to fire tower but well worth it.

Mai Nguyen
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did this as a day hike. started at 7am and got back to my car at 6pm. Exactly 11 hrs, 5.5 hrs each way. We took several breaks along the way. My legs want to fall off. This is a great challenging hike. 100% will not do again (in one day, lol)

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