Ouachita National Forest

Hiking - Cedar Lake and Old Pine Trails

Hikers may access the Cedar Lake Trail from any of the established camping areas. The trail hugs the shoreline and completely encircles Cedar Lake. This trail offers an array of opportunities to day hikers who want to view waterfowl and wading birds which frequent the lake.

The Old Pine Trail begins at the Cedar Lake day use area and loops to one of the lake's feeder streams. Interpretive signs along the trail identify the animals that live in the area.

Surrounding Areas: Cedar Lake Recreation Area and Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area.

Length: 2.9 miles one-way for Cedar Lake Trail; 0.4 mile for Old Pine Trail. Travel time one-way Cedar Lake Trail - 1 to 2 hours; 15 to 25 minutes for Old Pine Trail.

Access: U.S. Highway 270/59, 3 miles west onto Holson Valley Road to Cedar Lake Valley Road to Cedar Lake Recreation Area.

Trail Surface & Markings: Unsurfaced; trail marked with white rectangles.

Water: Cedar Lake day use area.

Difficulty Level: Easiest.

History: The Civilian Conservation Corps crews built these trails in the 1930s.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 3 Nov 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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