Back in mid-November, I had my first visit to Lake Ouachita State Park, near Hot Springs, Arkansas, and I hiked the 4-mile Caddo Bend Trail. It was a great hike. Perfect weather, beautiful fall foliage, great lake views, and a nice variety of terrain from hilly to relatively level.
The trail mostly follows the perimeter of a peninsula on the east side of the lake. It was severely damaged by the April 25, 2011 tornado which struck the park. The tornado knocked down nearly all the trees on about one-third of the peninsula. It was nearly a year before the trail was reopened.
When you walk the trail, it’s obvious that a lot of work had to be done to make it accessible in the tornado-cleared areas. (See story at this link.)