Lake Catherine State Park

★★★★★
  • 1200 Catherine Park Rd

    Hot Springs National Park, AR 71913

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  • 501-844-4176

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This is a great getaway for families wanting to get a bit closer. You can do a lot, or sit back and take in the fresh air and nature and rejuvinate. This park has rental cabins that have full kitchens, all with a view of water,either the lake proper, or a bay off the lake. There is a medium sized campground with lots of sites on the water and lots of sites with tent pads. There are no tent-specific areas, so all sites have room for RV's (water and 30 amp electric). The campground and campsites have many trees, so it is best to call the park for camping reservations...the online reservation system has some glitches for custom fitting a site to a particular RV, and the folks at the office are very helpful.
I could tell you lots about the facilities here, but you can find them on the link provided by citysearch, just enter "Lake Catherine" in the site's search box and it will take you there with prices and photos.
In general there is a great feeling about this park, sort of a slice of the past. There are miles of hiking trails through the foothills of the Ouachita (pronounced WA-shi-TA) mountains, and a small but very picturesque waterfall. My favorite trail is the Falls Branch trail: 2 miles in length.
The park is next door to a gated community which allows park overnight guests to use the community's golf course and pool (for fees of course). There is a small beach in the park, but if swimming in filtered water is needed, it is just a few minutes drive.
This park is very accesible to the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas...a small resort city with lots of things to do, shopping, and restaurants. This park still retains a "Park" feel to it, as many of our state parks across the nation seem to be in competition with Theme-park resorts. In my opinion, less is more, especially if vacations are to be a lasting, bonding experience, if you know what I mean. Park crowded in Summer, better in Fall and Spring weekdays.

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★★★★★

This is a great getaway for families wanting to get a bit closer. You can do a lot, or sit back and take in the fresh air and nature and rejuvinate. This park has rental cabins that have full kitchens, all with a view of water,either the lake proper, or a bay off the lake. There is a medium sized campground with lots of sites on the water and lots of sites with tent pads. There are no tent-specific areas, so all sites have room for RV's (water and 30 amp electric). The campground and campsites have many trees, so it is best to call the park for camping reservations...the online reservation system has some glitches for custom fitting a site to a particular RV, and the folks at the office are very helpful.
I could tell you lots about the facilities here, but you can find them on the link provided by citysearch, just enter "Lake Catherine" in the site's search box and it will take you there with prices and photos.
In general there is a great feeling about this park, sort of a slice of the past. There are miles of hiking trails through the foothills of the Ouachita (pronounced WA-shi-TA) mountains, and a small but very picturesque waterfall. My favorite trail is the Falls Branch trail: 2 miles in length.
The park is next door to a gated community which allows park overnight guests to use the community's golf course and pool (for fees of course). There is a small beach in the park, but if swimming in filtered water is needed, it is just a few minutes drive.
This park is very accesible to the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas...a small resort city with lots of things to do, shopping, and restaurants. This park still retains a "Park" feel to it, as many of our state parks across the nation seem to be in competition with Theme-park resorts. In my opinion, less is more, especially if vacations are to be a lasting, bonding experience, if you know what I mean. Park crowded in Summer, better in Fall and Spring weekdays.

 

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