Category - Central Arkansas

Posts in Central Arkansas including including Pinnacle Mountain, Petit Jean, Lake Catherine, and Lake Ouachita state parks. Also see Central Arkansas Trails Page.

Lake Ouachita: Caddo Bend Trail Photos

Lake Ouachita: Caddo Bend Trail Photos photo
Lake Ouachita via Caddo Bend Trail overlook

A few weeks ago, on a beautiful afternoon, I had the chance to walk the 4-mile Caddo Bend Trail at Lake Ouachita State Park, near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Lake Ouachita: Caddo Bend Trail Photos photo
Lake Ouachita, Caddo Bend Trail

The trail had been closed for a period of time following the April 25, 2011 tornado. (Thankfully, the tornado had spared the visitor center and campground.) The trail reopened earlier this year.

More than half of the trail was not affected by the tornado. But there are large sections that now have wide-open views of the lake due to the tornado’s tree clearing.

These are a few photos I took that day. More photos after the jump. (As usual, click photo for larger view.) Continue reading Lake Ouachita: Caddo Bend Trail Photos

Lake Catherine: Dam Mountain Trail Overlook Photos

Lake Catherine: Dam Mountain Trail Overlook Photos photo
Lake Catherine via Dam Mountain (Panoramic)

I had a very nice hike on the Dam Mountain Trail at Lake Catherine State Park a few weeks ago. (I had to get special permission to be able to walk the trail, wearing a hunting safety vest, because it was officially closed for hunting season.)

These are some photos I took from the two vistas overlooking the lake.

Lake Catherine: Dam Mountain Trail Overlook Photos photo
View of Lake Catherine from Dam Mountain. The dam is on the right.

More photos are after the jump. As usual, click photo for larger view.

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Pinnacle Mountain: Rocky Valley/East Quarry Trails – Pics

Pinnacle Mountain: Rocky Valley/East Quarry Trails - Pics photo
H.L. Dickinson Overlook on East Quarry Trail – Pinnacle Mountain State Park

These are some photos I took on my September 29, 2010 hike on the Rocky Valley and East Quarry at Pinnacle Mountain State Park (Pulaski County, near Little Rock). (See this post for full trail summary.)

Pinnacle Mountain: Rocky Valley/East Quarry Trails - Pics photo
Rocky Valley Trail – Pinnacle Mountain State Park

The Rocky Valley Trail is a 1.5-mile semi-loop that is a nice short hike through a wooded valley. The East Quarry Trail adds another 1.1 miles to the hike and has the most interesting terrain and scenery. The total hiking length is about 2.6 miles.

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Toltec Mounds: Plum Bayou Trail – 2 mi

Toltec Mounds: Plum Bayou Trail - 2 mi photo
Mounds A, C, and B at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, a National Historic Landmark, is the home of the largest surviving prehistoric mounds in Arkansas. The park is about 15 miles southeast of North Little Rock.

The mounds were used by the ancestors of Native Americans from about 600 to 1150 A.D.

The park also has two walking trails. The Knapp Trail is a paved loop path that is a little less than 1 mile.

The Plum Bayou Trail is a mostly unpaved 1.7-mile figure-eight loop. The last 1/3 of it overlaps the paved Knapp Trail.

Toltec Mounds: Plum Bayou Trail - 2 mi photo
Plum Bayou Trail – Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

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