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Ouachita National Forest

P.O. Box 1270, Hot Springs, AR 71902
501 321 5202
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Ranked #13 of 40 Attractions in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Forests
Activities: Hiking, Driving, Viewing wildlife
Description: This huge forest consists of 1.7 million acres of mountainous terrain in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
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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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
44 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
59 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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Frisco, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Rented a 25' boat at the park marina for a half day, which was perfect. Took food and drink with us, had lunch on the water, swam to little islands and relaxed. Prettiest lake I've ever seen in the South (have been to many lakes in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma). Well maintained and not overdeveloped. Shore restaurants only open Thurs-Sun.

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Dallas, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We had just a half day here and could not boat or swim. Instead we hiked the Caddo Bend Trail to see some of this huge park. It has a trailhead advising "allow 3 hours" and "take lots of water." This is Good warning! My husband and I are experienced hikers and it took us 2 hours stopping only for... More

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