Cove Lake Trail

Mount Magazine State Park

Region: Arkansas River Valley
Length: 9.7 miles, only .5 mile is within the state park boundaries [?] * Approximate time for trail completion - 5 hours (times will vary for equestrian / hiking)
Trail Type: Hiking TrailBackpacking Trail

Starting in the Cameron Bluff Campground, this trail descends over 1,500 feet to Cove Lake. Most of the trail is in the Ozark National Forest with only half of a mile in the state park boundaries. It can be hiked in a full day but is best enjoyed at a slower pace and offers some of the best hiking in Arkansas for beginning backpackers. Overnight camping is allowed in the national forest. Explore stands of virgin hardwoods. Watch for white-tailed deer and turkey. Hunting is allowed in the national forest so be aware of the seasons and wear bright colored clothing. Additional trails circle the lake, and the Forest Service Recreation Area at Cove Lake has camping, picnicking, and swimming. (White Diamond Blazes)

For Information:
Park Superintendent, 16878 Hwy. 309 South, Paris, AR, 72855,
(479) 963-8502

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The ten mile hike was so awesome. It took us right under four hours. It is definitely a moderate or extreme hike, but mostly moderate. We started the hike at Cove Lake and ended at the Lodge. That was so awesome finishing the hike and having the spectacular view from the top. We loved it! Rene Kiefer & Ron Redding (10/6/2013)

It is a lot of fun. The views at the top of Mt. Magazine before you start down the trail are awesome on a clear day. If you go in the full length of the trail and head back up the mountain it is quite a work out, but great to reach the top. Another option if you have a big enough group would be to park another car by Cove Lake and shuttle back to the top. You could camp in the middle somewhere and head out not having to climb the mountain. A couple in my group did climb the mountain back up to our cars and loved it! Stephen (1/22/2013)

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Trailhead Location:
On Scenic Highway 309, 17 miles south of Paris

GPS Coordinates:
35.176517 -93.644367

Signal Hill Trail: 0.43 miles away.
Mossback Ridge Trail: 0.76 miles away.
North Rim Trail: 1.31 miles away.