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“Base of waterfall makes for a cooler picnic area”

Mammoth Spring State Park
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Owner description: State park featuring Arkansas' largest spring with a flow of 9 millions gallons of water hourly.
New Haven, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Base of waterfall makes for a cooler picnic area”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

I grew up in this area and recently went back with friends to visit family. This was one of my favorite parks as a child and though I've been there dozens of times I brought French friends since we were near by. They loved it. The area near the waterfall base is perfect on a hot summer day for an outdoor picnic. The cool spring water hitting the rocks at the base makes the whole area noticeably cooler than the surrounding area.

When you get to the visitors center don't forget to sign in. When you leave you get the option of turning left toward the source of the spring, which is a large pool area with two spillways on either side. The ducks and geese tend to stay on this side, so don't forget to bring a bit of bread. Don't forget to touch the water (carefully!) here. It's always around 55F so in the summer it seems especially cool and is crystal clear. You're not allowed to actually get IN the water here, since it is not safe (think lots of water filled caves).

To the right of the visitor's center is the waterfall and station. This has information about the spring and the town of Mammoth Springs, AR. Beware of snakes as during certain times of the year they are everywhere in Arkansas. We saw five right past the waterfall toward the train tracks.

The trail makes a nice loop around the small park and includes activities for children behind the park. You can also rent pavilions and grill in this area. You can rent a paddle boat and go out to the pooled water just past the source of the spring.

The Ozarks are full of super friendly people, so feel free to chat with locals. I recommend eating in downtown Mammoth at either The River Bend or Fred's for some authentic southern food (that is super reasonably priced), if you're not going to picnic.

Visited August 2013
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Kiel, WI
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
“Beautiful park; kind and caring people!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Mammoth Spring State Park is a beautiful facility—azure lake created by a natural spring that supplies water to the Spring River that ambles by rocky and forested banks on its way through the Ozarks. Geese and other birds add to the peaceful scene, and visitors can rent paddleboats. I wish my husband and I could have had time to rent the paddleboats. Maybe next time.

Besides the natural beauty of the park and neighboring community, however, what touched our hearts was the kindnesses shown to us by both the park personnel and the people of Mammoth Spring who did everything they could to help us find our puppy when she got out of her harness and disappeared. When we couldn’t find her, we had to go back to Wisconsin without her, but the park ranger and his wife (Dave and Lisa Jackson) continued to search for her, and the Welcome Center manager, Adam Davis, made up some beautiful fliers we could distribute in town, which helped in finding our puppy. Twelve days after she disappeared, due to the kindness of these people, we were reunited with our dog. We will never forget how much effort everyone put forth and the kind and reassuring words of comfort they expressed to us when we needed to hear them.

Next time, we hope to spend more time enjoying the many facilities in the park and less time searching for our puppy. We will also look forward to seeing the park people again who have become more than park personnel to us. They have become our friends!

Visited July 2013
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Edwardsville, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Mammoth Springs”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

The park is fairly small. The natural spring, inlcuding the historyof it's electric dam, and fish hatchery were interesting.

Visited July 2013
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Winter Haven, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Nice park”
Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Small park with several exhibits. There are picnic tables and lots of ducks and geese. The walkway takes you over the dam to the old electric plant, around the lake to the spring, the old cannon and the depot. There was a beautiful flower garden in full bloom. A very nice place to picnic.

Visited July 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Go and feed the ducks!!!”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

Well worth a stop if you're in the area. About thirty years ago, my parents used to take me to Mammoth Spring State Park from where they lived in Cherokee Village, Arkansas, to feed the ducks--and I was in my 20's!!! Great attraction for families with young children.

Visited May 2013
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