Tag - Counties: Garland + Hot Spring + Saline (Ark)

Trails in Garland, Hot Spring, and Saline Counties, Arkansas, including Lake Catherine State Park.

For a list of all trails in this group, visit this link.

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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Hot Springs: Grand Promenade – 1 mi (o&b)

Hot Springs: Grand Promenade - 1 mi (o&b) photo
Grand Promenade, Hot Springs National Park

The Grand Promenade is an awesome half-mile brick walking path in Hot Springs National Park. Running north-south, it is parallel to (and behind) the historic Bathhouse Row.

Hot Springs: Grand Promenade - 1 mi (o&b) photo
Fountain on the Grand Promenade, near the north (Fountain Street) end

Construction of the Promenade began in the 1930’s as a Public Works Administration project. It was completed in 1957. Continue reading Hot Springs: Grand Promenade – 1 mi (o&b)

Lake Catherine: Falls Creek Falls Video

Lake Catherine: Falls Creek Falls Video photo
Screen shot of Falls Creek Falls video

Back on June 14, I had a nice hike on the Falls Branch Trail at Lake Catherine State Park (near Hot Springs). This is a wonderfully scenic 1.6-mile semi-loop trail.

The highlight is the 10-foot waterfall, Falls Creek Falls.

Alternate video link.

These are some cell videos I took when from my June 14 hike. As you can see, the falls is also a popular swimming hole.  Continue reading Lake Catherine: Falls Creek Falls Video

Lake Catherine: Falls Branch Trail + Falls Creek Falls – 2 mi

Lake Catherine: Falls Branch Trail + Falls Creek Falls - 2 mi photo
Falls Creek Falls on the Falls Branch Trail, Lake Catherine State Park

If you’re a sucker for streams and hills like I am, you should check out the Falls Branch Trail at Lake Catherine State Park (Hot Spring County, near Hot Springs). I think this 1.6-mile semi-loop is the most scenic trail in the park.

The highlight of the trail is the 10-foot waterfall, Falls Creek Falls.

CLICK – Google Maps Directions to Trailhead

 

Lake Catherine: Falls Branch Trail + Falls Creek Falls - 2 mi photo
One of the stream-crossing footbridges in the first part of the Falls Branch Trail (panoramic)

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