Located on the southern edge of Ouachita National Forest, Caney Creek Wilderness protects a rugged and lovely portion of the Ouachita Mountains. From heights above 2,000 feet in the east, Short Creek and Caney Creek flow all the way across the area before plunging into the Cossatot River on the western boundary. Along the creeks you'll find beech, large pines, and bottomland hardwoods. Sharp ridges separate the creeks and offer splendid views of the surrounding region. Occasional sandstone outcroppings dot the landscape. The Caney Creek Trail is 9.6 miles and generally follows Caney Creek, crossing it 13 times. As the terrain grows steeper hiking on the path becomes more difficult. Parking lots give access to both ends of the trail. The 4.7 mile Buckeye Trail starts at a third parking lot, climbs Buckeye Mountain, and follows a ridge before dropping to join Caney Creek. Traveling a distance of 3.2 miles one-way, the Tall Peak Trail leaves Shady Lake Campground, outside the southeastern Wilderness boundary, and climbs Tall Peak, inside the Wilderness, where a restored lookout tower stands.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Caney Creek Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
(Known as the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act) - Public law 93-622 (1/3/1975) To further the purposes of the Wilderness Act by designating certain acquired lands for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, to provide for study of certain additional lands for such inclusion, and for other purposes