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“Yurt camping - clean state park!”

Lake Catherine State Park
Ranked #13 of 78 things to do in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Offers good hikes, but it can be humid.
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Yurt camping - clean state park!”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

Very please with the cleanliness of the state park. Very relaxing and great trails to hike with a water fall that the kids loved swimming in. Water was cold with it being April. We stayed in the yurt and loved it. Normally tent camp but thought we would try the yurt. Electricity, lights, 3 bunk beds, table and chairs inside and a propane stove to use with propane provided made this an easy camping trip. Clean restrooms and shows right across the street. Easy drive in to Hot Springs for other activities.

Visited April 2014
9 Thank Maniac71
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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75 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“So fun”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

Very fun, the walking trails are great, with lots of wildlife and beautiful plants. I went horseback riding and it was great!

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Crystal U
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Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2014

Dissapointed Not what I remember as a child, Kind of run Down , Water dirty, I recommend Lake Quachita Instead.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Scott H
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Yurt stay, our weekend recap”
Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the yurt. Good experience especially since it poured and rained and poured and rained for a day. We were dry. It is a floored big tent with a deck all around. The sides are not solid but firm. There is a table with 4 chairs ,3 sets of bunk beds a ceiling fan. There are floor lamps and 2 standing fans as well. Two coleman stoves with cooking space outside on the deck. It is Very close to the showers and bathrooms good and bad as the men's room door slammed shut with a loud clang. 55 dollars a night. There is no heat or cooling system. Windows will open by unzipping. The floor is plywood and is not pretty but it was fine for price. Solid door can be locked.
The campground around the lake is patrolled by many geese. A few mallards were around as well. The yurt is not sound proof the geese were a bit loud one morning as were the crows. That is camping. The geese are messy. The crows were there only that one morning.
Our bathroom was not up to the usual state park standards. The bathroom was never mopped. The other bathrooms in the park have warm water in the sinks but this one doesn't. I found the other bathrooms were much cleaner in other parts of the campground as well.
The parks trails are excellent. There is a new trail on the way into the campground that is handicap accessible it is wonderful. Also many wildflowers are planted around so stay on the smooth concrete. Really nice creek runs along this circle path. Some benches as well. On one end of the campground is a nice group of trails we did 2 of the 3. Both well marked. Saw deer and turkey on the more rugged of the 2. The waterfall was gushing from all of the rain. There is a nice creek the runs along the white blaze trail. We had good instructions from a ranger on taking the white trail backwards. We have a person with an old knee injury in the group. This part is lakeside and is flatter than if you did the whole white trail.
The power plant or maybe it is Alcoa is a little odd to view across the lake. Surreal in the fog. There is a hum from it that I caught during our hike. It is a easy 20 minute drive to hot springs. There are many cool cabins that would be worth checking out. It was to cold to be on or in lake during this weekend. There are many docks that are well maintained all along the campground. The sites look like most are shady. While we were here only the dogwoods were beginning to bloom. I wish the bathroom was better as the others were excellent. There is more tent camping where we were so maybe it is a different system for the tents. Cold water to wash face before bed is not fun. I have spent many summers on this lake but it was as a young man. This lake has fond memeories for me. I knew Catherine for whom the lake is named. I stayed at her families estate. It is a nice lake and the campground is good. The Park employees were very nice and full of good info. We have a airstream that we take to different state parks. We will be back in the camper. The Yurt was fun and really easy. I know better how to do the yurt know that I have stayed in one.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank Eliderek
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fun, fun, fun”
Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

We go camping alot & love this state park. Never too crowded but make plans early because it fills up. We aren't the only ones who love it there. Most of the time it's cooler there than in town but when it too warm jump in the lake that you can't do in town. Great marked trails with waterfall to swim under. Marine activities, swimming & GOOD fishing. Or just go & relax.

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