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Ouachita National Forest

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Address: Hot Springs, AR 71902
Phone Number: 501 321 5202
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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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Lots to do in the Ouachita National Forest

Stop off at the visitor center on Hwy 7 just north of Jessieville. You can talk to one of the Rangers and pick up maps and other information. Activities include camping, hiking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stop off at the visitor center on Hwy 7 just north of Jessieville. You can talk to one of the Rangers and pick up maps and other information. Activities include camping, hiking, fishing, etc.

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Thank Jim N
Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great hiking in the rolling hills through old wood forests. Many defined trails but easy hiking off on your own if you choose.

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Ovilla
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

When looking for waterfalls, we hiked to one that was recommended in this forest. We were amazed at the greenery and the different levels of hiking experience trails available.

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Green Cove Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We spent two weeks in Charlton Campground in the Ouachita National Forest. It was beautiful! We hiked the Charlton Trail from the campground to Lake Ouachita and mountain biked on Hickory Nut Mountain Road and other forest roads. There was a lot of poison ivy and ticks, so be dress accordingly and bring your bug repellent, but it is well... More 

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Mount Ida, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

I have been fortunate to have lived on Lake Ouachita as a boy. If you plan to spend time in the Ouachita National Forest, take the short drive up to Hickory Nut Mountain overlook. Great place to picnic and enjoy the view of Lake Ouachita. While there you can hike a section of the Lovit Trail.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Always love to visit this national forest. We love camping and hiking and really doesn't get better than this close to Little Rock. It is our day trip get away and if we ware lucky even getting to stay overnight on occasion.

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Arkadelphia, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Plenty of places to walk, hike, run or just relax. One of the prettiest places in Arkansas. Clean and safe for all ages.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

I had never seen the Ouachitas or much of Arkansas. NOW I understan why so many people choose to retire to Arkansas. The Ouachita Mountains were absolutely stunning. The forest is gorgeous and the scenery is breathtaking. If you haven't been here, put this on your "must see" list. I totally recommend the Spring.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Love the Forrest area. Many trails and hiking opportunities, quiet, safe and beautiful area to spend some quiet time alone outside. The ever changing seasons make this a great place to spend time out in the wilderness and yet not too far from civilization at any time. Love this area.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

...But we had issues with the trails on two of the hikes that we went on. They were not marked well at all and trying to find where to park was also an issue. One of the camp grounds where we parked didn't have the front gate booth staffed even though they said the grounds were open. There wasn't anyone... More 

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