Tag Archives: Ouachita Mountains

Little Blakely Loops

The Little Blakely Loops are about 18 miles of interconnected loops on a peninsula at the eastern end of Lake Ouachita, in the national forest a bit north of the State Park.  A friend and I spent New Year’s Day … Continue reading

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Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Located just a bit northwest of Little Rock is Pinnacle Mountain State Park, featuring the highest member of a mountain chain called the Maumelle Pinnacles.  Pinnacle Mountain is only 1011′ in elevation but it rises rather sharply from a base … Continue reading

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Petit Jean State Park – BSA trail

The BSA (Boy Scouts) trail is a 12-mile loop that serves as a “backbone” for Petit Jean’s trail system, connecting all the shorter trails and sometimes sharing the path with the Seven Hollows and Cedar Creek trails. One part that … Continue reading

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Caddo Bend Loop

The Caddo Bend Loop is a 4-mile loop within Lake Ouachita State Park that starts near the visitor’s center and follows the south side of a peninsula out to the tip (“Point 50”) then returns along the north side.

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Hunt’s Loop

Hunt’s Loop is a 4.3 mile loop on the west side of AR 7 north of Jessieville, Ark.  You can get to it from either the Iron Springs Recreation Area, or the Ouachita Trail’s highway 7 trail head.  About 1.2 … Continue reading

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Cove Lake Loop

The Cove Lake Loop makes its way around the lake in the Cove Lake Recreation Area a couple miles north of Mt Magazine.  The length is either 2.9 or 3.5 miles, depending on whether you take the longer route via … Continue reading

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Mount Magazine – Dripping Spring Trail

Mount Magazine’s Dripping Spring Trail begins at the end of the road in the Brown’s Spring campground and runs about 2 miles along the north rim before intersecting Tower Road near the west end of the plateau.  I suspect it’s … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Petit Jean State Park – Cedar Creek, Cedar Falls, Canyon, and Bear Cave Trails

This is a summary of 2 recent trips to Petit Jean State Park to hike some trails I didn’t cover on the first visit, plus a bit of volunteer work.

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Mount Magazine trails

Mount Magazine State Park features a collection of trails that encircle much of the rim and are interconnected so you can arrange a hike of varying lengths.  The best for scenic vistas is the Benefield East Loop with the North … Continue reading

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