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Ouachita National Forest

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Address: Hot Springs, AR 71902
Phone Number: +1 501-321-5202
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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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beautiful forest

looking for that forest hiking experience this is it. Lots of wildlife and walking trails. Loved it.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

looking for that forest hiking experience this is it. Lots of wildlife and walking trails. Loved it.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small hills and forest. Just right for using those up/down walking muscles. Really beautiful place to get some exercise and mental rest before relaxing in the baths at Hot Springs. Easy to moderate hike in beautiful surroundings.

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Kimberling City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

A lovely drive on hwy 7 through this forest. There were several places to pull over/ picnic/ camp along the way. Scenic overlook of the lake/ dam area was spectacular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

The waterfall was barely a trickle but the hike was tranquil and not crowded. There is an area by the falls that you can sit and relax. Overall we really enjoyed the 2 hours we spent there and would definitely go back in hopes to see more water in the creeks and falls.

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Alexander, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

There are several campgrounds which have access to Lake Ouachita: Brady Mountain, Crystal Springs, Joplin, Thompkins Bend and Denby Point.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

This is one grand forest and easily accessed. There is current legislation which will allow fraching right above the White River water shed. So, please visit now! Arkansas has always been known as the Natural State but will be no more after our nature is sold to the oil men.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Hiked Little Missouri Falls, went for a horseback ride at Lake Ouachita and all the little towns and antique/rock shops along the way were very cool...

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Cedar Park, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Drove thru and enjoyed the views. Note to anyone traveling thru Arkansas National Forests...make sure you have a FULL tank before driving the scenic routes through the forests. There are NO gas stations along the way. Not like Texas where there are gas stations every few miles. Beautiful forest and totally enjoyed the drive thru.

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Gaylord, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Ouachita (pronounced: wa-sha-taa) Forest is a pleasant to visit either by car of hiking trail. It covers a large part of Arkansas along with the Ozark Forest. There are several mountains (Arkansas kind of mountains) around the area with roads and hiking trails as well as rivers to float or paddle.

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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