Tagged: Counties: Montgomery + Polk (Ark)

Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail – 1 mi

By
Wooden walkway south of lodge leading to trailhead for Reservoir Trail and Lovers Leap Trail (panoramic)
Wooden walkway south of lodge leading to trailhead for Reservoir Trail and Lovers Leap Trail (panoramic)

The Reservoir Trail at Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a short but vigorous hillside walk. It makes a .4-mile (each way) downhill zigzag on the south side of Rich Mountain leading to a historic reservoir.

The trail starts at the wooden walkway at the south end of Queen Wilhelmina Lodge. This spot is also the south trailhead for the Lovers Leap Trail.

From here, the trail heads to the right (west). Pretty quickly, the trail begins its downhill descent.

By its end, the trail descends 200 feet in elevation.

Stone steps on the Reservoir Trail, Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Stone steps on the Reservoir Trail, Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Continue reading

Queen Wilhelmina: Lovers Leap Trail – 1 mi

By
South-east facing view from the Lovers Leap overlook, Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Southeast facing view from the Lovers Leap overlook, Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Queen Wilhelmina is a wonderful state park that sits on top of Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest mountain in the Ouachita National Forest.

The Ouachita Trail, a 223-mile hiking trail that runs from LeFlore County, Oklahoma, to Pulaski County, Arkansas, runs through the middle of the park.

There also are a couple of short trails in the park. My favorite is the Lovers Leap Trail. It’s a cool wooded 1-mile loop trail at the east end of the park. The trail has some climbing, but it is not very difficult with only about a 250-foot net elevation change.

Lovers Leap Trail (panoramic), Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Lovers Leap Trail (panoramic), Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Continue reading

Caney Creek Trail – West (Ouachita Forest) – 11 mi

By
Caney Creek Trail, Ouachita National Forest
Cascade (Mini-waterfall) on the Caney Creek Trail, Ouachita National Forest

The western part of the Caney Creek Trail is a wonderfully scenic hike through the Ouachita National Forests’s Caney Creek Wilderness. It is a hike of 11.4 miles (5.7 miles each way) and has 22 wet crossings (11 miles each way), but it is well worth the effort.

The Caney Creek Trail runs 9 miles from west to east, mostly following Caney Creek. You can use of the eastern part of the trail to make a 9.4-mile loop hike with the Buckeye Trail. (See this post.)

This hike is an out-and-back one that just covers the western 5.7 miles of the Caney Creek Trail. It goes from the west trailhead to the Buckeye Trail junction.

Caney Creek Trail, Ouachita National Forest
Cossatot River crossing on the Caney Creek Trail

Continue reading

Katy Falls Video (Ouachita Forest)

By
Katy Falls near the Buckeye Trail, Caney Creek Wilderness, Ouachita National Forest

Katy Falls in the Caney Creek Wilderness is a cool 12-foot waterfall in a beautiful little cove by the west end of the Buckeye Trail. It is in the Ouachita National Forest, near Shady Lake, southeast of Mena.

The waterfall is on a spur near where the Buckeye Trail joins the Caney Creek Trail. Also nearby is the mouth of Katy Creek, where it flows into Caney Creek. (See this post for full trail summary of the Buckeye Trail/East Caney Creek Trail Loop.)

These are two cell videos I took of the falls from my hike on July 13, 2013.

Alternate video link.

Continue reading