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Lake Sylvia

Address: Hot Springs, AR
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Ranked #28 of 31 Attractions in Hot Springs
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming
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Fort Worth, Texas
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128 reviews 128 reviews
35 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Lake and rec area is closed (October 2014). Water levels low. Campground in rough shape and only had 3 campsites ( 1 was host?) Save your time and dont drive out there expecting to be pleased. No cell service for ATT.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I was a young girl and have a very fond memory of a natural rock slide with rushing water that ended in a small wade pool. Lots of fun kids. I hope to visit again.

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Perryville, Arkansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This is a charming little lake located about an hour outside of Little Rock. It is quiet and very peaceful with everything you could want for camping. It has a campground with city water and electric hookups for RVs and 2 bathhouses in the campground. There is a really nice swimming area and a bathhouse on the other side and... More 

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Arkansas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is camping like it should be! Wonderful for a picnic as well! A lake in the middle of the mountains... Worth the drive!

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Cabot, Arkansas
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345 reviews 345 reviews
109 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

Great for Boy and Girl Scout campouts. Good for family picnic

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little rock arkansas
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249 reviews 249 reviews
47 attraction reviews
361 helpful votes 361 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

I actually love Lake Sylvia. It is far more than average, but as a lake it is not much. What I am saying is that this forest service property is beautifully sited on the Ouachita Trail , with campgrounds and bathroom facilities and there is swimming in the pea-green colored lake in the summer. It's a great site to visit... More 

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Arkansas, USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

Beautiful setting - small lake with campgrounds surrounded by National Forest. Most campgrounds are Class A with water and electricity. Great swimming area. Only 30 minutes from Little Rock.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

Hiked the Lake Sylvia Trail starting on the one lane road just past the camping sites and took the trail to the south. Fall colors are starting and the leaves lined the trail in bright colors. Trail started very easy but gradually increased in intensity. Adding big and small rocks and fallen trees to climb over added a great element... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011 via mobile

This is one of Arkansas' hidden gems. Lake Sylvia is a short drive from Little Rock. It comes with the classic lake in the mountains that reminds you of going to camp. Being a former Girl Scout camp, it provides a nice swimming hole for $3 per car. I hate to brag about it since it might increase business, but... More 

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