Tag - Difficulty: Easy/Mildly Challenging

Easier hikes. Ones that we rate the difficulty level as Easy (1 of 5) or Mildly Challenging (2 of 5).

Mount Magazine: Signal Hill (Highpoint) Trail – 1 mi

Signal Hill Trail, Mount Magazine State Park
The Signal Hill highpoint sign.

This is the trail that gets you to the highest point in Arkansas. And it’s not very difficult.

The highest point in Arkansas, 2,753 feet above sea level, is at the top of Signal Hill on Mount Magazine. It’s in Mount Magazine State Park in the Ozark National Forest’s Magazine District, Logan County.

The Signal Hill Trail takes you to the highpoint and makes an enjoyable 1.4-mile loop around the north and east parts of Signal Hill.

Signal Hill Trail, Mount Magazine State Park
On the east part of the Signal Hill Trail loop, between the trailhead and House Gap spur

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Cedar Lake Trail Pics Fall 2014 (Ouachita Forest)

Cedar Lake Trail, Ouachita National Forest
Cedar Lake Trail on the north side of the lake, Ouachita National Forest (panoramic)

The Cedar Lake Trail in the Ouachita National Forest (LeFlore County, Oklahoma) is  an enjoyable and scenic 2.8-mile trail making a loop around the lake.

There is a bit of climbing here and there, but it is pretty easy overall.

Cedar Lake Trail, Ouachita National Forest
Fall foliage on Cedar Lake

My full summary of the trail with pics from my November 8, 2014 hike is here.

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Magnolia Falls (Upper Buffalo Wilderness, Ozark Forest)

Magnolia Falls, Upper Buffalo Wilderness, Ozark National Forest
Magnolia Falls, Upper Buffalo Wilderness, Ozark National Forest

In all my years of going down to the Buffalo River area, I’ve never met anyone who has been to Magnolia Falls, or for that matter, ever heard of anyone even mention this falls. Thus, this waterfall may be the best kept secret in the Buffalo River area.

The falls is in southwest Newton County in the part of the Upper Buffalo Wilderness that is in the Ozark National Forest. There is very easy vehicle access to the trail head and a well-defined trail that is relatively easy to follow.

To get to the parking area, head on Highway 21 to the area between Mossville to the north and Edwards Junction to the south. About 2.5 miles south of the Mossville Church (or 1.8 miles north of Edwards Junction), take County Road 6 (aka Forest Road 1462) to the west.

There is no sign here, but it is a pretty significant gravel road. If you follow your odometer, you should know it when you see it. (For approximate Google Maps directions to this area, follow this link.)

Once you turn west onto CR 6, about .3 miles down the road is a pull-off area for parking. There is a sign on the left side of the road noting “Wilderness Access.” Park here on your right, and enter on the trailhead to your right.

Magnolia Falls, Upper Buffalo Wilderness, Ozark National Forest
Old Stone Fence, Upper Buffalo Wilderness

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Cedar Lake Trail (Ouachita Forest) – 3 mi

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