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Fall foliage was just emerging and the ride up is very pretty.

We drove though the forest to go to the tower ( which I would skip) but the forest is very pretty... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jefferson Twp, PA
Simply beautiful!

We were there in mud November and had mostly missed the fall colors, but it was just beautiful. I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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This huge forest consists of 1.7 million acres of mountainous terrain in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Hot Springs, AR 71902
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove though the forest to go to the tower ( which I would skip) but the forest is very pretty. The road is paved but twisty and narrow, seems to be one way but many pedestrians to look out for, so drive slowly and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lmk1126
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there in mud November and had mostly missed the fall colors, but it was just beautiful. I was surprised at the mountains.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Beth A
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We took a drive from Crystal Springs Campground on Lake Ouachita to look at the fall colors. It was a great trip!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank caseynvicky
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

I will preface my review by saying that I am over 60,out of shape,and I had a knee replacement 5 months ago, so this trail was no walk in the park! I was determined to complete the trail,and I did,but I found it very challenging....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank geriluc
Reviewed October 24, 2018

The Ouachita NF has numerous hiking trails and swimming holes, too many to list here. Plenty of places to go and be alone with your thoughts, challenging trails to hike and beautiful places to swim. Trails are well maintained.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sairam66
Reviewed October 14, 2018

With my son on Fall Break we decided to get out of town and spend some time camping out in nature. We found this campground through the Army Corps of Engineers and with our "America the Beautiful" park pass we ended up getting half off...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank HaulinHalls
Reviewed October 1, 2018

Made a round trip from Hot Springs to Mount Ida, south to Glenwood, then back east to Hot Springs. Plenty of places to camp, hike or put a boat in Lake Ouachita. We spent a few hours at Wegner Ranch and Quartz Mine where we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank WilliamW579
Reviewed September 17, 2018

We are 76 and 77 years old and generally do a fair amount of hiking when on our timeshare exchange vacations. We were recently in Hot Springs AR and hiked several days in the Ouachita National Forest. The drive out Rt. 270 from Hot Springs...More

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank Joe-SVL
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Please go here if you're in Hot Springs! Be prepared to hike, there a short trails and long trails - it's a wonderful experience! Also check out the lake if you get a chance. The National Park service provides a CHEAP, yet wonderful 2-hour tour...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Road792501
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Our rental cabin is in the heart of the forest. Hiking trails are available and are close to the cabin site.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Todd S
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Reza G
October 21, 2018|
Response from HaulinHalls | Reviewed this property |
I'm not a local but when we were there two weeks ago all the trees were still green. I hope that helps a tad bit.
October 11, 2018|
Response from Susan M | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure, I did not see any while we were there, sorry I'm not much help !!
Maribel G
February 3, 2018|
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Response from John B | Reviewed this property |
Beautiful. Dogwood tress and spring flowers are just as pretty as it comes. Creek should have lot more water too. Enjoy the beauty. I always do.
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Dallas, Texas
Restaurants and Lodging in Mena and Mount Ida (0 Replies)
I may be spending about a week in the Ouachita National Forest area around Mena and Mount Ida this summer, and have started doing my preliminary research. I lived in Arkansas for twenty years, but this is a part of the state that I'm not familiar with. I know that listings on TA are not always up to date. Also, some places don't have many (or any) current reviews. Are there places that anyone knows of that aren't listed that you'd recommend? Or that I should avoid? Does anyone have any...More
March 09, 2013|
West Thurrock, United Kingdom
little rock to Oklahoma city (2 Replies)
hi all as part of my holiday i will be driving from little rock to Oklahoma city and was wondering if using Scenic Route 7 Ouachita National Forest would be a viable option in around 6 hrs as i cant seem to find any distances and travel times any help would be most appreciated Andy
April 12, 2011|
Response fromjimjade3|
The way I understand it, you are looking for a route from Little Rock to OK City which would allow you to see some scenery instead of taking an interstate. One approach might be to take highway 10 west out of Little Rock. From Highway 10 in western arkansas you can jog onto other roads and side-trip to one or all three of the most beautiful parks in the State, Petit Jean, Mt Nebo and Mt Magazine State Parks. Depending on how much time you have, you can get back over to interstate 40 from any...More
Cameron K
Houston, Texas
Ouachita or Ozarks park? (2 Replies)
Greetings! I have never been to Arkansas and thought about taking a trip there with my 12 year-old son. We will be driving to Arkansas from Oklahoma City. At first, I thought about driving up to Tulsa and then to Eureka Springs. The original plan was to go to Ponca, AR and the raft the Buffalo River. However, I hear now that the river is quite low now So, I thought of heading to SW Arkansas instead, heading out I-40 and then swing south to the Talimena Scenic Drive and then explore the...More
June 30, 2011|
Response fromjimjade3|
I've called a few places I know along the Ouachita and Caddo Rivers, and while they offer nice swimming holes and picnics, cabins etc, the rivers are too low out that way for extended travel. My recommendation is the lower Buffalo, anywhere below say Tyler Bend. Try to avoid weekends for bumper to bumper crowds. You will drag here and don't expect anything challenging unless it rains...there but the river is beautiful.