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Ouachita National Forest

P.O. Box 1270, Hot Springs, AR 71902
501 321 5202
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Ranked #12 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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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
88 helpful votes 88 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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146 reviews 146 reviews
43 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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112 reviews 112 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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Frisco, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely a beautiful natural forest. Miles of nature to see and experience. Lots of hiking trails. Geat campground with full hookup for only $25 per day.

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you are looking for adventure, beautiful view, wild animal life and swiming in clean and pure water you must go there. My tip it is to drive across the national park, but avoid to do this after 16h and before 9h. The view is incredible, but there are a lot of animal that can cross the roads, like deer,... More

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