Lake Sylvia Loop

The Lake Sylvia Loop is a 4.1 mile trail in the Lake Sylvia Recreation Area a bit south of Perryville, Ark.  It is mostly out in the woods, with only a short segment anywhere close to the lake.  The southern 1.25 miles of the loop are shared with the Ouachita Trail.

This is mostly just a nice walk in the woods.  If you take the spur (about .4 miles) up to the overlook on Chinquapin Mountain you can get some views of Lake Maumelle and the Maumelle Pinnacles over towards Little Rock.

I also found a veritable orchard up here – persimmons, grapes, and something that looks like blueberries but probably isn’t.

Back down from the overlook, the trail continues north to another overlook area above the lake’s dam across a narrow and deep gorge.  The pronounced tilt of the bedding planes here shows one of the big differences between the Ouachitas and Ozarks.

From here the trail heads south along the lake shore for a little ways before entering the campground.  It’s a short road walk back to the trail head.

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About Michael R

I enjoy hiking, landscaping with native plants, nature photography, dark chocolate, fine dining, good movies, and old jazz.
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