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Ouachita National Forest

Address: P.O. Box 1270, Hot Springs, AR 71902
Phone Number: 501 321 5202
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Ranked #11 of 31 Attractions in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Driving, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This huge forest consists of 1.7 million acres of mountainous terrain in western Arkansas and...
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Type: Forests, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Driving, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This huge forest consists of 1.7 million acres of mountainous terrain in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

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Arlington, Texas, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We went to check out the waterfall and do a little hiking. It was about 7 miles on a NARROW dirt road. It seemed as if some of the park facilities were victims of budget cuts. Waterfall was just ok. No real WOW factor.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We stopped by the park ranger station to get a trail map and directions for the 8 mile loop off of the Appalachian Trail. They had absolutely no idea how to get to it or that it was not marked well. We asked a local for directions and he was able to get us to the loop. However, the trail... More 

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Houston, TX
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Spent several days hiking the forest with our dogs. Trails were easy to navigate. I would say the most "extreme" trail was moderate which I believe they rated difficult. Was very easy to include our dogs on the trails as long as they were on their leash. Bring water AND a bowl for them!

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Brandon, Mississippi
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Absolutely beautiful and a lot steeper than you think if you are a hiker! There are some great camping facilities and it is not crowded!

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This review is not on the Little Missouri Falls, but on the way to get to the falls. We were on our Harley and decided to venture there. 8-10 miles of gravel road was how it was described. So, off we went from Mt. Ida, heading on 27 which turns into 8 to the falls. Turned left onto the gravel... More 

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Tennessee
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156 reviews 156 reviews
46 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Beautiful Landscape, lots of things to do, boating fishing, camping, hiking but all I wanted to do was ride and that's what we did we rode though this wonderful area stopping for pictures and eye popping views. My only regret again is not having more time to just explore this fantastic wonderland that belongs to us all Americans.

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Fairhope, Alabama
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113 reviews 113 reviews
58 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This forest surrounds the largest lake in Arkansas. The lake itself is 1000 miles in circumference when the water is highest. There is swimming, hiking, and camping,

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