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“Trials, Vistas, One of the Best”

Ouachita National Forest
Ranked #18 of 83 things to do in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This huge forest consists of 1.7 million acres of mountainous terrain in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

There are two amazing national forests that compete for my top ratings, the Redwood and the Ouachita.

Yes, Yellowstone is amazing, but the Ouachita shares a similar quiet awe with the giant redwoods.

The trees are not as tall of course as a redwood, but the unique diversity of the Ouachita National Forest and it's many ectones make for some of the most unusual rock formations, animal and plant life.

The trails in my opinion are the best in the country! Well maintained often by local volunteers, and many are handicap accessible.

Other trails for horses, mountain bikes and more are available along with free shelters when you get in deep.

Hike for days or weeks, loose yourself in the wilderness. This forest will steal your heart.

2  Thank Friday_Wyrd
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a beautiful trail! The four-mile Caddo Bend trail at Lake Ouachita State Park is a moderately strenuous hike-- just as described by the state park. An experienced hiker will not be terribly challenged, but there are certainly numerous inclines. The trail is very well marked and observant hikers should enjoy reading the interpretive signs. There are places along the trail which have been devastated by a tornado. While that stretch is not pretty, it does invoke shock and awe. The rock underfoot on Arkansas trails is captivating; sparking quartz, rippled sandstone, lichen-covered limestone and novaculite. The scenery reminded me of the Black Hills with its sparkling blue lakes, towering pines and subtle mountains.

5  Thank JulieCirlin
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

The trails are user friendly...if you're in shape. I had a little trouble navigating, but all in all, I'm so glad I did!

Thank JennGriffi
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

This is a great, great place to see Mother Nature at her finest. Lakes, streams, hiking trails, nature watching, camping - the forest has it all.

Thank ArkansasAmtraker
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

I can't hike, but many do. Was able to drive to the top. Arkansas is definitely the natural state. Mountains surround Hot Springs creating one of nature's most valued resources.

1  Thank LCgram
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