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Falls Branch Trail

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This is a moderately easy trail with great water features that you can knock out in an hour with kids.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

Point to Point

544' 166 m

High

310' 94 m

Low

247' 75 m

Up

277' 84 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Some of the trails in Lake Catherine State Park close during hunting season, but this one usually stays open year round. Check with the park service just to make sure.

Description

At about 1.7 miles long, this is a nice, easy, family-friendly trail. From the parking lot, head south on the trail, which in the beginning is shared with the Horseshoe Mountain Trail. After only a tenth of a mile, the Horseshoe Mountain Trail splits off to the right and you begin to follow the Falls Branch Trail. In the beginning of the loop there is a little bit of climbing, but after midway the trail is mostly a gentle descent. There is a beautiful waterfall (Falls Branch Falls) about 75% of the way through the trail (about one mile from the start). The waterfall is a lovely spot where we often allow the children to splash around and swim, and makes a great place for a picnic.

During the spring, summer, and early fall, hikers are encouraged to wear long pants and bring bug repellent—there are ticks and mosquitoes. There is usually light to moderate traffic on this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers, mushrooms, hardwoods, and pines all grow here. Small creatures can be found everywhere. Be cautious of ticks and snakes, especially in the spring and summer.

Contacts

Land Manager: Arkansas State Parks

Shared By:

Aaron Sanderson with improvements by Zac Nixon

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Photos

Looking from the falls towards the lake.
Apr 30, 2018 near Malvern, AR
Waterfalls from below.
Apr 30, 2018 near Malvern, AR
Natural steps above the waterfall
Aug 12, 2018 near Malvern, AR

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