One of the best trails at Bull Shoals Lake is just outside of Bull Shoals-White River State Park. The Dogwood Nature Trail is a pleasant 3-mile out-and-back hike (1.5 miles each way) that starts in the Lakeview Park Campground, a Corps of Engineers Recreation Area.
It is in the town of Lakeview, about a mile east of Bull Shoals-White River State Park.
The highlight of the trail is the bluff vista at the end. It is a beautiful area with great views of Bull Shoals Lake in all directions. (Be careful on the bluffs.)
The Mount Magazine Trail begins in Mount Magazine State Park on the north rim of Arkansas’s highest mountain. It ends at Cove Lake in the Ozark National Forest, 9.8 miles to the north.
This is a point-to-point hike, but with three trailheads, there is plenty of flexibility in how it is hiked.
Getting to the Cameron Bluff Trailhead
Our hike starts at the Cameron Bluff trailhead on the road to the scenic vistas. Coming in from Highway 309, go west at the road to the lodge and campgrounds. About a mile further, you can either turn left to go to the lodge or turn right to go to the trailhead. Turning right, you will pass a one-way road coming in from the right (no entry), pass the Cameron Bluff campground on your right (and Signal Hill Trail on your left), and then a one-way road to the right. This is your turn.
The black top road is Overlook Drive and will pass three scenic turnouts. The fourth one has a short driveway with a stone CCC shelter at the end.
This is a good place to organize your gear because about a hundred feet down Overlook Drive is the Mt Magazine trail.
We would like to welcome a new contributor to Arklahoma Hiker.
Charlie Williams is an avid hiker, a long time contributor to Backpacker Magazine, and produces detailed maps of most of the backpacking trails in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He considers the Ouachitas and Ozarks some of his favorite stomping grounds.
This is a neat little waterfall area in the Ozark National Forest that we visited back on December 31. If you’re near Falling Water Falls, you should check this out too.
If you are at the bottom of Falling Water Falls, you can hike downstream a few hundred yards, and there is a creek that comes in from the left. The creek cascades down and forms two small waterfalls before emptying into Falling Water Creek.