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Lake Catherine State Park

1200 Catherine Park Rd., Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913-8605 USA

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“Among the beauty of the Ouachite Mountains”

Nestled in the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains on 1,940-acre Lake Catherine, one of the five popular Diamond Lakes in west central Arkansas, Lake Catherine State Park features many CCC/Rustic-style facilities constructed of native stone and wood by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.Situated along the lakeshore, the park's 20 cabins feature fully-equipped kitchens. All but one feature one-bedroom. Most have wood-burning fireplaces.The park's two-bedroom cabin, the Polly Crews Cabin, was designed to be fully-accessible to serve the needs of visitors with disabilities. The cabin also includes its own private and fully-accessible fishing pier and boat dock. This 1,160-square-foot cabin which opened in 2004 features a design inspired by the rustic architectural designs of the park's five, historic CCC-built cabins. An accessible parking space and path provide barrier-free access to the cabin. The bathroom offers both a spa tub and a roll-in shower. Just outside the cabin's screened porch  is a large flagstone patio overlooking the lake. The pation includes a picnic table and pedestal grill.

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June 12, 2021
Rated 5.0

While we didnt stay overnight, we did spend the entire day at Lake Catherine. The trails do get very busy mid morning to mid afternoon, but are still a beautiful way to get steps in and see some great views of nature at its best. The trails are also pet friendly as you will see many of them on the trails and at the waterfall.

After hiking, we rented a pedal boat to experience the lake; for safety reasons we couldnt leave the bay but it was still a great time with the exception of not catching any fish lol.

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November 17, 2021
Rated 4.0

Beautiful trails, and nicely designed campsites to keep you feeling private while still being a bit close. There were some minor hiccups with their booking/reservation software, but everyone was kind and accommodating.

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April 21, 2021
Rated 5.0

What a beautiful place, one of the nicest we've stayed at in our 4 months crisscrossing the country. The sites are well spaced, level with trees interspersed. There are views of the lake from all of them, but the ones directly on the shore are the best. We hiked several of the trails. They are well marked and lovely - do see the waterfall. It is farther out of Hot Springs than we'd expected, about a half-hour, so we planned to spend the whole day at the National Park, which is mostly in the city.

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Lake Catherine State Park

1200 Catherine Park Rd.
Hot Springs, Arkansas
71913-8605 USA

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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