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Ouachita National Forest

Hot Springs, AR 71902
+1 501-321-5202
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Beautiful area

We spent one afternoon driving around this area. There is so much to do here. Established in 1907... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Adventure of a Lifetime!

Went in our RV and hiked the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail! So fun and absolutely beautiful. Make sure... read more

Reviewed June 23, 2017
Brigette L
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This huge forest consists of 1.7 million acres of mountainous terrain in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
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Hot Springs, AR 71902
+1 501-321-5202
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent one afternoon driving around this area. There is so much to do here. Established in 1907, it is the South's oldest and one of the largest (1.6 million acres) national forest. Recreation areas such as Albert Pike, Shady Lake and Charlton offer campsites,...More

2  Thank WorldTravelers34
Reviewed June 23, 2017 via mobile

Went in our RV and hiked the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail! So fun and absolutely beautiful. Make sure you rent a boat or bring one. You can camp at any of the Corp of Engineer campgrounds along the southern shores of Lake Ouachita. Hot Springs...More

2  Thank Brigette L
Reviewed June 17, 2017

I took the chance to get out and stretch while driving through the Ouachita National Forrest a few months back, and was blown away on how peaceful and relaxing this place can be.

1  Thank Kyle S
Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

We camped at one of the dugout spots close to the river. It was definitely primitive (bring everything you'll need including water). We swam, fished, and bathed in the river along a beautiful cliff face. It was a great experience. There were lots of trails...More

3  Thank Lisa F
Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

Starting out bear the very beginning of the Talimena Scenic Byway near Mena, AR is a great trail: Earthquake Ridge. There's a main trail along with a few additional loops. We hiked 3.5-4 miles on a beautiful spring day. There a couple of points that...More

1  Thank Keeniekins
Reviewed May 6, 2017

We braved the gravel road for miles to find the Little Missouri Falls and were not disappointed. Granted, we were there in April and only saw two other people. It's an easy hike to the falls, very pretty, and peaceful. We tried a little fishing,...More

2  Thank Alan T
Reviewed April 16, 2017

We wish we would have had more time to explore trails, but we definitely enjoyed picnicking here for lunch! Make sure to have a full tank of gas when driving through here though as GPS signal was spotty and there weren't many gas stations on...More

1  Thank Kayla B
Reviewed April 3, 2017

Very easily accessible by car, the drive through the forest is beautiful, there are some stunning views along the road, where you can stop and take a picture. The spring was just starting to come when we visited (three weeks ago) and I assume it...More

3  Thank sumanuta
Reviewed March 31, 2017

This forest was a pleasure to drive through. The scenery and wild life was abundant. The road was winding and hilly.

1  Thank banzal
Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

Many trails, beautiful, accessible and the fall colors were still good even in November . Unable to get to watch tower due to rain but great gift shop up there too!

Thank Crystal C
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August 14, 2017|
Response from Lisa F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but most of the park does not allow you to ride them anymore.
Melissa N
July 22, 2017|
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Response from Kyle S | Reviewed this property |
No worries about traveling to Arkansas for a camping trip. contact information for that will help you out is: Ouachita National Forest 100 Reserve Street P.O. Box 1270. Hot Springs, AR 71902. Phone: (501) 321-5202. Fax... More
June 28, 2017|
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Response from Healthywalker | Reviewed this property |
The forest has a lot of road access to the interior areas. Being an NF timber can be sold out of it. There are walking trails at many points in the forest.