Cedar Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This paved out-and-back trail runs along the Lake Charles shoreline. Lake Charles State Park is located in the northeastern Ozark foothills where, millions of years ago, the land was covered by a huge ocean. Limestone, formed from seashells and coral over the eons, is today abundant along the Lake Charles shoreline.
The 645-acre man-made lake was created in the 1960s by a cooperative venture involving the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Publicity and Parks Commission, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Soil Conservation Service, and several local residents. The place was named in honor of Charles Clayton Snapp, a visionary and driving force behind development of the lake and park. Each October the lake is lowered and the water used to flood timberland to the south in the Rainey Brake–Shirey Bay Wildlife Management Area, which is a designated rest stop for migratory waterfowl."