The United States Congress designated the Caney Creek Wilderness (map
) in 1975 and it now has a total of 14,290 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Arkansas
and is managed by the Forest Service.
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.