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Ouachita National Forest

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Address: P.O. Box 1270, Hot Springs, AR 71902
Phone Number: 501 321 5202
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Activities: Hiking, Driving, Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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Dual Sport Land

Nothing to dislike about the forest. I ride there as often as I can. The forestry roads are great and there are many miles of them.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Hot Springs, AR
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Hot Springs, AR
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Nothing to dislike about the forest. I ride there as often as I can. The forestry roads are great and there are many miles of them.

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Batesville, Arkansas
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120 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We enjoyed a day of exploring, circling the entire lake. That said, I have to agree with some of the lower reviews. Much of the roads are gravel, steep, huge/deep potholes, flooded (We didn't even risk some of the mud holes in our 4 wheel drive truck!) Many areas have no cell coverage and I agree, I was worried if... More 

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garland, tx
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110 reviews 110 reviews
37 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a beautiful drive and not to be missed when you travel through Arkansas. We packed a lunch and stopped along the way to enjoy the beauty and pleasure of eating outside. Sandwiches always taste better on a picnic.

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813 reviews 813 reviews
638 attraction reviews
332 helpful votes 332 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

If you don't have time to go for a hike, I recommend driving Scenic Route 7 through the park. The road allows you a taste of the beauty and greenness of the park.

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Blue Eye
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This nature hike is so gorgeous. We walked the longer trail and it was a good workout. I liked seeing the lake and the crystal rocks that seemed to be all over the place. The scenery is amazing and so peaceful. Great place to visit and take a hike.

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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My twins of 10 and disabled mother spent a day on the wheeled vehicle trails turning Quartz and seeking crystal points. Absolutely phenomenal geologic occurrences took place here an d the proof is everywhere! Wonderful

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

When it wasn't raining we were covered in dense fog. I think that made our hike through the lower trails off the promenade and up high near the overlook tower even better. The weather created an enchanted forest ambiance. Our only disappointment was finding that it cost $7 to go up the lookout tower-definitely not worth it in the fog... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Great trails, clean water, well maintained park system. Everyone we met was extremely helpful and friendly. Would love to come back in the winter, but Spring Break was a great time to see the falls and explore the wildlife.

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Aledo, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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169 reviews 169 reviews
41 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 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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