Lake Leatherwood: Miner’s Rock Trail – 4 mi

Miner's Rock Trail, Lake Leatherwood City Park
Miner’s Rock at Lake Leatherwood City Park

One of the most prominent trails at Lake Leatherwood City Park (Eureka Springs) is the Miner’s Rock Trail. This is a scenic and moderately challenging trail with some cool geologic formations.

Miner's Rock Trail, Lake Leatherwood City Park
Cool layered rock formations on the Miner’s Rock Trail (panoramic)
Getting to Lake Leatherwood

Lake Leatherwood is a wonderful 1600-acre park owned and operated by the City of Eureka Springs. The vast majority of it is wilderness with numerous hiking and biking trails.

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Video of Six Finger Falls on Falling Water Creek (Ozark Forest)

Screen shot of 6 Finger Falls video
Screen shot of Six Finger Falls video

Six Finger Falls in the Ozark National Forest (southwest Searcy County, Richland Creek Wilderness) is a really cool set of cascades on Falling Water Creek, just down the road from Falling Water Falls.

The falls is formed by an area where Falling Water Creek flows over six finger-like layered rock formations that span the creek.


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Cedar Lake Trail (Ouachita Forest) – 3 mi

Cedar Lake Trail, Ouachita National Forest
Cedar Lake Trail, along the north shore, Ouachita National Forest

The Cedar Lake Trail at the Cedar Lake Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest (LeFlore County, Oklahoma) is a pretty easy 2.8-mile loop with lots of great views of the lake.

Aside from a few small hilly areas, the trail is generally level. The net elevation change is only about 80 feet.

Cedar Lake Trail, Ouachita National Forest
View of Cedar Lake from the north side of the Cedar Lake Trail. Winding Stair Mountain in the distance.
Getting to Cedar Lake Recreation Area

To get there from Poteau, just take Highway 59 south toward Heavener. About 10 miles past Heavener, turn right onto Holson Valley Road. Watch for the Cedar Lake Recreation Area sign. Then just follow the signs to the campground.

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Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail (Ozark Forest) – 2 mi

Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest
Pedestal Rock –  Ozark National Forest

The Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area in the Ozark National Forest (north Pope County) is a spectacular recreation area with two unique loop hikes.  These hikes can be done separately for short afternoon trips, or together for a longer day hike.

One of these is the Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail, a 2.4 mile semi-loop hike, which features some great pedestal-shaped rock formations and some spectacular overlooks — and a lot of extra exploring opportunities for the adventurous.

Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest
Me on one of the many rock formations along the Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail

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