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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 #8 of 30 Attractions in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, National Parks, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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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Aledo, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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34 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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
19 helpful votes 19 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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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
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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
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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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48 reviews 48 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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