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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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Beautiful views with winding roads and loads of trees!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cedar Park, Texas
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Cedar Park, Texas
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Boynton Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

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 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 77 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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