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Ouachita National Forest

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Address: P.O. Box 1270, Hot Springs, AR 71902
Phone Number: 501 321 5202
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Activities: Hiking, Driving, Viewing wildlife
Description: This huge forest consists of 1.7 million acres of mountainous terrain in...
This huge forest consists of 1.7 million acres of mountainous terrain in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
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Great hike

This nature hike is so gorgeous. We walked the longer trail and it was a good workout. I liked seeing the lake and the crystal rocks that seemed to be all over the place. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Blue Eye
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 NEW

This nature hike is so gorgeous. We walked the longer trail and it was a good workout. I liked seeing the lake and the crystal rocks that seemed to be all over the place. The scenery is amazing and so peaceful. Great place to visit and take a hike.

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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My twins of 10 and disabled mother spent a day on the wheeled vehicle trails turning Quartz and seeking crystal points. Absolutely phenomenal geologic occurrences took place here an d the proof is everywhere! Wonderful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

When it wasn't raining we were covered in dense fog. I think that made our hike through the lower trails off the promenade and up high near the overlook tower even better. The weather created an enchanted forest ambiance. Our only disappointment was finding that it cost $7 to go up the lookout tower-definitely not worth it in the fog... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Great trails, clean water, well maintained park system. Everyone we met was extremely helpful and friendly. Would love to come back in the winter, but Spring Break was a great time to see the falls and explore the wildlife.

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Aledo, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We liked every thing about the area. The mountains, the trees, the lakes, the rocks, the sunrises. Nothing to dislike about this area. We were in Hot Springs, AR for two weeks and went for a drive though the National Forest every day. The sunrises and sunsets were gorgeous. We did not do any hiking but I think that would... More 

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Grapevine, Texas
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Lake Quachita has some of the cleanest water in America. The scenery is rocky and has beautiful shale rock. It is quiet and breathtakingly wild.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I did some trail walking while here in October. There is a very well maintained trail system. I would definitely ask someone's advice before beginning especially if you are a novice, as some of the trails can be steep. I could spend days on these trails exploring the hills.

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Arlington, Texas, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We spent about 4 hours hiking through and got several great photos along the way. We truly enjoyed it. The hike is for intermediate level hikers, as there are some steep-ish areas to climb, but nothing too difficult.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We stopped at many tiny car parks along the hill top road to and from the observation tower as my elderly mother in law enjoyed sitting on a bench and enjoying the scenery while those that could still walk well could go explore the forests on foot paths all around. Picnic tables and other amenities near small car parks at... More 

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit with lots of hiking trails, walking paths, driving routes,etc. Bond with nature as you travel through the beautiful trees and plants surrounding you everywhere. Campsites are available in various locations, and offer a chance to observe the forest at night as well. A beautiful area for families to vacation. Lots of native wildlife... More 

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