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1 review
Reviewed September 12, 2006

EdsRock Lodge was the very best experience I have ever had in a resort area. The lodge itself left nothing to be desired. The beauty of the White River and all the scenic beauty was breath taking. I had my very first trip down the river in a Kayak followed the next day by my first day of trout fishing. The trout fishing was my highlight. Bill Kelly's guided trip was done very professionally and the meal on the bank of the White River was most tasty. This was a trip long to be remembered.

Dan Pearson

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Arlington, Virginia
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“The most beautiful little town in the Ozarks”
Reviewed September 19, 2005

Granted we are a little biased, but we do believe you too will love our little town nestled in the Ozarks of North Arkansas. Every outdoor experience you could possible want (well except downhill skiing - it is Arkansas after all) is at our door step. This is our visitor's guide - come see us and let us show you the beauty.

Calico Rock has lots to offer your family and all in the back yard of the Ozark Mountains. Spend some time fishing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, golfing, swimming, reading a good book by the river, shopping for antiques, cave exploring, learning about craft making, and so much more!

How to Just Enjoy the View:

One of the best things about Calico Rock is grabbing a book or bottle of wine and enjoying the view from the top of the bluff looking across the White River and the Ozark National Forest. Watching the sunrise and set over the river is a great way to begin and end the day.

What to Do:

Fishing (Rivers and Lakes):

Without a doubt, trout fishing on the White and Norfork Rivers is what the vast majority of visitors to the area partake of. World Record Brown Trout have been caught on the Norfork River and the Brown and Rainbow trout in the White River are plentiful. From the downtown you are a one minute walk to the docks of the White River, the Norfork River is 20 minutes north on Hwy. 5. There are numerous places to rent boats and hire guides; here are some that are nearby:

PJ’s Fly Fishing Lodge provide some of the latest information on where the fish are biting:

Lindsey’s Trout Dock, located on the banks of the White River 3 miles upriver from Calico Rock. This is a great place to rent a boat and/or guide and fish for that record breaking trout! For more information contact ---- or write HC61, Box 17, Calico Rock, AR 72519

Or Jenkins Fishing Service is the dock beneath the Main St/Hwy. 5 Bridge:

Further down river near Mountain View is Jack’s (also great place to eat catfish at JoJo’s)

You can even hook up with “Orvis 1998 Guide of the Year” John B. Gulley: -----

Trout fishing not your cup of tea, want to catch that prize bass? Then you are in luck as well, as two of the best fishing lakes in the Ozarks are less than one hour away.
Norfork Lake --- ----
Bull Shoals Lake --- -----

Outdoor Activities

Blanchard Springs Caverns (National Forest Service)

Without question, this is the best underground cavern system in the United States. People who have visited Carlsbad in NM or Luray in VA say there is no comparison – Blanchard Springs Caverns are the best – namely because they are living caverns with all the color and water still present. The one reason no one hears about them is that the National Forest Service has had no funds to market them (so we will do it for them). In the caverns there are three trails to take. Two (Dripstone and Discovery) are fully handicap/wheelchair accessible with the Dripstone trail open year round. The third option is the “Wild Cave Tour” and is a new addition. It takes 3 to 4 hours and you literally walk and crawl through undeveloped portions of the cavern system with a National Forest Service Guide. It is truly a remarkable experience. Advanced reservations are required and no one under 10 is permitted on that particular trip. For more information visit:

Mountain Biking:

The Nationals Forest Service is creating a series of off road bike trails through the Ozark National Forest. These challenging trails will bring hours of exercise and visions of great beauty in the forest. The trail head is about 15 minutes south of the Lodge on Hwy. 5.



There are several hiking opportunities throughout the region and there are several trail books (most by Tim Ernst ----). The nearest developed trail is at the Visitor Center for Blanchard Springs Caverns. The Rangers at the Center have plenty of maps and will update you on what the best trail is at that time.
North Sylamore Creek Hiking Trail - This 14-mile trail follows North Sylamore Creek from Allison, Arkansas to Barkshed Recreation Area. It is located 8 miles northwest of Mountain View, Arkansas at Blanchard Springs Caverns visitor center.


There is often nothing better than heading down the river on a canoe and enjoying all nature has to offer. There are several options, but the best is the Buffalo National River. You can reach several put in points within an hour to two hour drive from the lodge:



There is often nothing better than heading down the river on a kayak and enjoying all nature has to offer. You can contact White River Inn & Kayaks in Calico Rock at -----.

Scuba Diving:

Some of the clearest inland water in the nation is found at both Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes. Many of the boat docks provide rentals for divers.
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Visiting Downtown Calico Rock:
One of the simple pleasures is a stroll down historic Main St. Calico Rock. Make sure you stop at the Visitor’s Center/Chamber of Commerce offices on Main St. to pick up the latest brochures. A pleasure of many young children is an afternoon treat at the old fashion soda fountain at Family Shoe & Dry Goods or picking out antiques at the many fine shops along the way.

Places to Eat:
Besides Family Shoe & Dry Goods’ Soda Fountain on Main Street, Don Quixote’s Fine Dining is also available. They offer a gourmet night many times in the year. Call for more information at ----. There is also the White River Café, Leatherwood Restaurant, and just up the road in Pineville you will find Jay’s Pineville Café. You can also check out many fine restaurants in Mountain Home or Roscoe’s along the way. In Mountain View, there’s JoJo’s Catfish Wharf, Anglers, Tommy’s Famous Pizza, and Dogwood Hollow Steakhouse.

Got to Shop!
So you need a little break from nature, and want to hit the shops, there are several excellent shops in downtown Calico Rock and on the Square in Mountain View and a full range in Mountain Home. Mitchell’s Park Street Pharmacy offers many fine gift selections. You can find antiques, genuine crafts and many other unexpected surprises along the way. If you are in need of more modern finds visit Mountain Home and even Branson, MO, about 2 hours from Calico Rock, where there are numerous outlets and other shopping venues. -----

If nature is not enough, then let music fill the air. The Ozark Folk Center is world renowned for keeping the art of folk music alive. There are shows several times a week that you will find very enjoyable:

And if you really want to “step back in time” you should head to Mountain View on Friday and Saturday night and make your way to the square. There you will find several small groups of musicians who meet simply for the pure joy of playing together. Pull up a chair (you might want to bring one with you) and just listen. Take your own instrument and join in! You can also enjoy excellent shows at Cash’s White River Hoedown in Mountain View.

Places to Stay:
There are a lot of fine places to stay while in our area:

Jenkins Motel
Edsrock Lodge
Calico Rock Cabin
Calico Bluff Cabins
Cedar Ridge RV Park
The Riverview Hotel
White River Inn & Kayaks
Wiseman Motel

How We Would Spend a Week’s Family Vacation:

Day 1:

Get up early to see the sun rise over the Ozark Mountains from the bluffs overlooking the White River or sleep in and let all your troubles snooze away! After a hearty breakfast, make your way to the river for a day of fishing for the next World Record Brown Trout or enjoy catching your limit of Rainbows. Plan to have your fishing guides cook your catch along the banks of our world-famous river!

Day 2:
Adventure and the call of the open trail is today’s mantra! Make your way across the river into the Ozark National Forest for a day of Mountain Biking along the Syllamo Mountain Biking Trails or go four-wheeling on Culp Road. Either way, it’s a fast-paced way to take in some nature! Pack a picnic and make a day of it.

Day 3:
After a day on the trails, enjoy shopping for antiques and ware on historic main street and other shops in Calico Rock. Then, make your way to Mountain View for shopping, touring the Arkansas Craft Guild, learning about craft making at the Ozark Folk Center, or touring the world-famous Blanchard Springs Caverns. At night, enjoy the folk music performed around the square.

Day 4:
A day at the lake! Rent a ski boat or jet ski and enjoy the day.

Day 5:
Kayaking. Arrange a kayaking tour of the White River or make your way up to the Buffalo National River for canoeing.

Day 6:
Okay, after all that adventure it’s time for some rest. Enjoy the nature trail in Calico Rock, do some shopping, enjoy a bottle of wine or a good book by the river or in your cabin. Unwind before you have to make your way home again!

Day 7:
Maybe plan a day trip if your schedule will allow. Branson, Missouri is just a 2 hour trip, Memphis is just 3 hours, and there are lots of small towns and big things to do along the way!

For more information on our area and planning your next trip, visit our website at ---

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