Lake Catherine is the smallest of our three area lakes near Hot Springs and is the least crowded, and one of the true gems in our area. It is easy to make a day of fun spending time hiking at Lake Catherine State Park, lunching on Lake Catherine in Diamondhead and spending the afternoon among the trails and beautiful flowers at Garvan Woodland Gardens.
Since the mornings are a little cooler, starting your day early at Lake Catherine State Park for an early hike on one of the four lovely hiking trails is a great way to kick off a day of fun enjoying the beauty of the area. The four hiking trails are:
- Slunger Creek Nature Trail, 5/8 mile for hikers of all levels
- Dam Mountain Trail, 4 miles, moderate difficulty with streams and cascades
- Horseshoe Mountain Trail, 3 ½ miles, moderate difficulty with scenic vistas
- Falls Branch Trail, 2 miles, moderate difficulty with a waterfall
After a morning of hiking at the state park, visitors can leave and go a couple of miles down the road to the newly opened Eagles Point Grill & Marina in Diamondhead (pictured here). The marina café is situated on Lake Catherine with lake views and tables on the deck. The food is delicious with one of the specialties being fresh shrimp flown in each day. The hamburgers are also scrumptious and notoriously large. Appetizers include fried mushrooms, stuffed jalapenos, quesadillas, fried pickles, loaded fries and Zydeco shrimp. There’s much more on the menu. The restaurant is the perfect stop to rest, enjoy the lake and replenish with great food.
From Diamondhead it’s only a short drive to the world-class Garvan Gardens. The Gardens are beautiful all year, but they are fun to visit in the summer with blooming annuals and perennials especially colorful this time of year. Be sure and take your camera, water bottle and comfortable shoes because there are about 5 miles of walking trails. The Chipmunk Café in the gardens is a great place to sit for a while and enjoy a cold drink and snack. Special events are going on throughout the summer and are enjoyable to plan a visit around.
Lookout Point Inn is a short distance from Lake Catherine and a relaxing place to return to after a day of hiking and fun. We have snacks and cold drinks waiting in our snack bar and a delicious afternoon gathering with dessert, appetizer, tea and wine. Our rooms are beautiful and incredibly comfortable. Most rooms have a patio or balcony to enjoy during the day and evening. Make reservations for the Inn online or by calling 501.525.6155.