Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail – 1 mi

Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Bull Shoals Lake from the overlook point on the Lakeside Trail (panoramic)

The Lakeside Trail at Bull Shoals-White River State Park is short but very pretty. The wooded trail starts at the back of a picnic area about a mile east of the south end of the dam. (The campground area is on the west side of the dam.)

Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Lakeside Trail at Bull Shoals-White River State Park

It is an easy walk with not much elevation change. There are some nice views of the lake. The best is at an overlook area about halfway through the trail.

Bull Shoals Lakeside Trail Map

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Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

It was a beautiful fall morning when I walked the trail during sunrise last October.

Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Lakeside Trail
Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Bull Shoals Lake and Dam from Lakeside Trail
Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Early morning view of Bull Shoals Lake

I discovered something about my camera on this hike. It has a hard time taking panoramic photos of a lake with choppy water. (That may be true for all cameras with panoramic capabilities. After all, when the water on the lake is choppy, its appearance is constantly changing.)

Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Panoramic view of sunrise and fall foliage
Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Another view of Bull Shoals Lake from the Lakeside Trail
Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Lakeside Trail at Bull Shoals – White River State Park
Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Lakeside Trail at Bull Shoals-White River State Park
Bull Shoals: Lakeside Trail  - 1 mi photo
Lakeside Trail (panoramic)

Bull Shoals - White River State Park - Lakeside Trail

LocationBaxter County, Arkansas
DirectionsThe trailhead is at a picnic area on Highway 178 about 1 mile east of the south side of the dam. Yellow blazes.
Length/Type1 mile semi-loop
Other permitted usage?Pets on leash.
Difficulty

Mildly challenging (2 of 5)
ATT Cell Coverage?Yes
Official Info - Phone/Links870-445-3629
Official Website. Official Trail brochure (pdf).
Weather/ConditionsLow 50's, light wind.
Date Hiked10-19-2012

As usual, I have posted some of my photos and a gpx map made from my gps data. You can click the photos for a larger view.

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