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Ouachita National Forest

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Address: Hot Springs, AR 71902
Phone Number: 501 321 5202
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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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Brief but pleasant visit.

We stopped along the way for an hour hike to stretch our legs. Peaceful forest and beautiful scenery even for January.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Patricia C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped along the way for an hour hike to stretch our legs. Peaceful forest and beautiful scenery even for January.

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Thank Patricia C
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Just a beautiful place. Spent many a days losing myself...or is it really FINDING myself....while hiking and camping the backcountry of the Ouachita NF.

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Park City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My wife & I enjoyed riding around Ouachita lake, & the Lake Vista Mountain Bike trail. The couple that came with us enjoyed hiking parts of the Lake Vista trail, by Royal Arkansas. A great place to come the last 2 weeks of October, for enjoying the Fall foilage.

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Thank EddyReimer
Bulverde, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Very nice although a bit hazy for us....we couldn't see a lot of the mountains around us. we did some geocaching which was awesome. It would be great to find maps of the park that might indicate the trail difficulties and such. we didn't stay long as I got sick, but we were impressed with what we saw. We might... More 

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Thank ciera1love
North Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

A nature lovers paradise. Great waling and hiking trails. Camping and picnic areas abound. Beautify trees, foliage, and wildlife to capture with photos.

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Thank DC G
River Forest, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This was my favorite park area to visit in Hot Springs! The main hiking trail was not too long nor difficult and the views were amazing.

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Thank Susan W
Bentonville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Wonderful forest. Good hiking. Great place to get away. Surrounding lake Ouachita adds to the beauty.

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Bullard, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

The family is into hiking trails so we had to visit this National Forrest while at Arkansas. Some of the trails can get difficult, but have some easier ones also. The kids thought it was really cool to see two bob cats run across the trail access road going into the park.

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1 Thank Stephanie G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I love that the hikes are not extremely well publish and frequented. The hikes and the scenery are first class. I can't believed the Ouachita National Forest is not that well known. Will go back again.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We kayaked on Lake Ouachita, and hiked in the woods out of the Albert Pike Recreation Area. The lake was marvelous, with so little development on the shoreline, wonderful water, delightful islands to kayak around. Only saw one powerboat. The forest hike was lovely, but it is a tragedy to see what the federal budget cuts have done to basic... More 

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