Tag - Length: 3-5 Miles

Lake Catherine: Horseshoe Mountain Trail – 3 mi

Lake Catherine: Horseshoe Mountain Trail – 3 mi photo
Horseshoe Mountain Trail, Lake Catherine State Park – South-facing vista with Lake Catherine in the distance.

The 2.7-mile Horseshoe Mountain Trail at Lake Catherine State Park (near Hot Springs) is gorgeous and unique trail to the Ouachitas.

Most of this vigorous trail is on a horseshoe-shaped ridge line through glade vegetation, which makes the trail beautiful and unique. I love the shorter trees and taller grasses on this part of the trail.

Lake Catherine: Horseshoe Mountain Trail – 3 mi photo
My dog, Caddie, making the ascent on the Horseshoe Mountain Trail.

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Hunt’s Loop Trail (Ouachita Forest) – 4 mi

Hunt’s Loop Trail (Ouachita Forest) - 4 mi photo
The view from the Short Mountain vista.

One of my favorite day hikes around Hot Springs is the Hunt’s Loop Trail in the Ouachita National Forest (north Garland County/south Perry County).

The 4.3-mile-hike takes you straight up Short Mountain to a gorgeous vista and then through some of the most beautiful woods along the ridge of the mountain before returning to the narrow valley of the Middle Fork of the Saline River.

It is a moderate trail overall. The only difficult part is at the beginning (going clockwise) up Short Mountain. The elevation change is about 500 feet.

Hunt’s Loop Trail (Ouachita Forest) - 4 mi photo
Heading north on Hunt’s Loop Trail on top of Short Mountain, Ouachita National Forest
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Mount Nebo: Rim Trail West + South Side Pics

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail West + South Side Pics photo
Mount Nebo Rim Trail on south side, near Sunrise Point (panoramic).

The Rim Trail at Mount Nebo State Park (Yell County, near Dardanelle and Russellville) is one of the prettiest trails in Arkansas with amazing views from nearly the entire trail.

It’s a scenic 3.2-mile loop that goes around the entire mountain top.

There are basically 3 sides to the trail. These are March 24, 2015 photos I took of the west and south sides.

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail West + South Side Pics photo
Overlook parking area at the southwest part of the mountain. You can start the Rim Trail from here.

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Mount Nebo: Rim Trail East Side Pics

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail East Side Pics photo
West-facing view from Sunset Point at the north end of Mount Nebo. (Panoramic.)

Mount Nebo (Yell County, near Dardanelle and Russellville) is one of Arkansas’s most scenic state parks. The Rim Trail, a 3.2-mile loop around the triangular top of the mountain, is a great way to take in its beautiful views.

The March 24, 2015 pics in this post are all of the east side of the trail.

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail East Side Pics photo
Southeast-facing view near north end of Rim Trail. (Panoramic.)

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