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Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs

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Lake Catherine State Park is a 2,180-acre (880 ha) public recreation area located on the south shore of Lake Catherine, eight miles (13 km) southeast of Hot Springs, Arkansas. The park was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Three stone-and-wood cabins, a former concessions building, and a bridge constructed in the Corps' rustic architecture style are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • This park is very nice, the trails are easy to follow, was disappointed that we hadn't' had any rain so the waterfall was dry. 
    This park is very nice, the trails are easy to follow, was disappointed that we hadn't' had any rain so the waterfall was dry.  more »
  • Always enjoy camping here. Park is close to Hot Springs for shopping or eating at wonderful restaurants. We enjoyed this time dining at the Boathouse. 
    Always enjoy camping here. Park is close to Hot Springs for shopping or eating at wonderful restaurants. We enjoyed this time dining at the Boathouse.  more »
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  • This is a beautiful park to bring your friends and family. My wife, daughter, and I stayed here for a week, and had a wonderful time. I was a little disappointed that the boat rentals were all booked up because 4 of their boats were down. Also it hadn't rained in a while, so the waterfalls were all dried up. Other than that, this park is a great place to enjoy some great family time with your loved ones. I'm glad we made the trip from Houston, TX to visit this place.
  • This park is gorgeous! The trail to waterfall is little hard, if you go the start end. For anyone with knee issues or can’t walk 1 -1.5miles; I recommend going the exit route, near the end of the camp ground. You will see RV/Campers and a bathroom. That is .4 miles to waterfall. If you want to walk the 1.5mile route go to beginning of the trails. We walked longer route, having our grand daughter and teacup Chiauaha at the time, was not to hard, but I would definitely recommend advising kids stay close. Some areas of trail is on edge. It’s very adventurous for kids that’s for sure. Once you reach the waterfall, it is breathtaking. I recommend going to see this fall during the Fall/winter/spring months. Summer time, it is a tiny Trenkle. We’ve been a few times. The best times is spring! May is just warm enough you can ease in water, but I highly recommend wearing water shoes! Rocks are very painful and you have less grip being barefoot! Water shoes helps you grip and protects your feet from the sharp rocks that chip off from the mountain.

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