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We love Lake Catherine State Park!! We visit it often, one of our favorite places to walk and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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While staying in Hot Springs, we had fun on the hiking trails. The trails had the perfect level of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dallas, Texas
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Offers good hikes, but it can be humid.
1200 Catherine Park Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913-8716
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love Lake Catherine State Park!! We visit it often, one of our favorite places to walk and hike!! Park is very well maintained and has great camping facilities! Beautiful views and great color in the fall. Spring with Dogwoods and other flowering plants make...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank billbR1864NX
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While staying in Hot Springs, we had fun on the hiking trails. The trails had the perfect level of exercise for the less than athletic adult. You get back to some very quiet areas. There are one or two scenic views to enjoy when you...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

Hearing and reading all the wonderful things about this state park had us going in with great expectations. Before the end of our stay, the rv area was close to being filled. The tent area had good numbers as well. Why would all but one...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank 694keithk
Reviewed December 19, 2018

Highly recommended for anyone that is looking to get outdoors. Hiking trails are great and there are three courses to chose from.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Amanda G
Reviewed November 26, 2018

Had a couple of days off so decided to take the 5 hour drive for home to Lake Catherine. Was a great trip. We tent camp in the primitive area, only 1 other tent in the area. Very relaxing and peaceful. We hiked to see...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank Gayle M
Reviewed November 5, 2018

This State Park campground and facilities are nicer than most privateRV resorts and at half the price at least. Most of the sites have recently bee upgraded and are very well laid out, have FULL hook-ups and 50 AMP. The restroom / shower facilities are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Deanna K
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Loved the hiking. It was fairly easy hiking. Great fall colors! The trails were easily marked. The lake is very pretty. Saw a deer, grass snake and lizards.

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank christinFrisco_TX
Reviewed October 31, 2018

This was a brief stop but well worth it. The hiking is not strenuous but the trails are picturesque and the park is well laid out and clean. Most of the camper sites sit on lake Catherine for easy access and I would think that...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Heather O
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

Very beautiful lake and park! Our main goal was to see the waterfall, which was available to view by boat or hiking trail. We chose to canoe there which started out beautifully! Followed the shoreline to the cove leading to the falls which became rather...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank PoohBear1004
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Beautiful gardens located on the lake, with the gorgeous Anthony Chapel on site as well. The tulips in April are fantastic, and the Christmas lights are lovely as well. Occasionally, there are musical performances in Anthony Chapel, well worth the effort and cost of admission.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank sairam66
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Latisha S
December 19, 2018|
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Response from Gayle M | Reviewed this property |
They only have 6 sports for Primitive camping, they are very nice and it was 13.00 a night. You will not be disappointed.
October 4, 2018|
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Response from Eliderek | Reviewed this property |
I stayed there a few years ago. There is no heat. The stove is a Coleman cooking stove.
Sabrina M
September 13, 2018|
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Response from imacroy | Reviewed this property |
Yes but must be on leash when out of camper. Have proper shots and I’d tag Incase dog trays away. Chip is good to have
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Plano, Texas
Lake Catherine State Park---Where to eat? (3 Replies)
We have reservations for a cabin in September. We'll take some sandwich stuff and steaks to grill, but I do not want to cook. I need recommendations for and directions to nearby restaurants. Actually, the closer to the park the better. We like all types of food.
June 05, 2011|
Response fromflame70|
The closest is the 19th Hole Grill at the Diamondhead Community Resort, which is open to park guests. It's .5 miles away at 245 Independence Dr. Here are a few others nearest to park: Aker's Market and Deli - 2.22 miles away at 4198 Malvern Rd Scott's Catfish Express - 2.41 miles at 3697 Malvern Rd Robert Hampton Restaurant - 2.51 miles at 3649 Malvern Rd Harold's BBQ and Lounge - 3.11 miles at 4897 Malvern Rd Lakeside Bistro - 3.71 miles away at 1251 Lakeside Rd
Galveston, Texas
hiking trail suggestion (4 Replies)
Hi, I'm going to hot springs by the end of November for 3-4 days, for the thanksgiving with a friend of mine. I already booked hotel room in hot springs. Could anyone suggest good hiking trails for that time of year? I'm going to drive there so any place within 1h drive from there should also be fine, but closer better. are there any good trails for example in Lake Catherine State Park? p.s. is there any wildlife I should be aware of? like bares or snakes? thanks Levani
October 01, 2013|
Response fromjimjade3|
Lake Catherine trail is okay. Maybe a couple miles. It is a nice park. More of a natural setting than most of the HS national park trails. If there has been rain, there are some small falls. The Ouachita Trail and some other state parks offer more trail variety. One of my fav sections of the Ouachita Trail is around Lake Sylvia but that's going on an hour drive. If I were going that far, I'd probably drive to Petit Jean or Nebo SP. Between Garvan Gardens, the Nat Park, and maybe Catherine,...More
Houston, Texas
Lake Catherine or Lake Hamilton (5 Replies)
We are planning a summer vacation to Hot Springs, and I am looking up vacation rentals. I found condos that I like on Lake Catherine and Lake Hamilton. We won't be using the lake other than to look at from the condo as we will have a 2 year old and newborn with us. Our main purpose is sightseeing in Hot Springs and Little Rock, swimming in the pool at the condo, and relaxing on the balcony of the condo. I did think we might spend some time at Lake Catherine State Park if that factors in at...More
January 30, 2017|
Response fromJohn B|
I would think Lake Catherine would have less boat traffic, a bit more serene.