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Heber Springs, Arkansas

Heber Springs, Arkansas

Heber Springs, founded as a health resort and first called Sugar Loaf in the mid-19th century, now serves as a gateway to Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River. The U.S. Corps of Engineers completed the 31,500-acre lake in 1963, and President John F. Kennedy came to Heber Springs in October of that year for the dedication. The historic downtown district includes a stately county courthouse with traditional square, a museum, antique shops, restored theater and Spring Park, with its mineral springs that attracted the original settlers. Greers Ferry Lake is known for great fishing and water recreation. Camping, cabins and world-class resorts overlook one of the state's most popular lakes. Below the massive Corps of Engineers dam, the Little Red River is internationally known as the home of the world-record (40-pound, four-ounce) brown trout. Trout resorts and outfitters are available. The lake and river have served as national models for environmental cleanliness.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Olmstead Museum

Olmstead Funeral Home dedicated this private exhibit in 1996 to honor the oldest existing business in Cleburen County. A horse-drawn hearse and photos of the town's early days are of special interest; guided tours by appointment.

Heber Springs, AR Museums

Buckeye Trail

Buckeye Trail provides a 660-foot barrier-free, smooth surface with automobile access;

Heber Springs, AR Trails

Sugar Loaf Mountain Trail

Built by the Corps of Engineers and located on an island in the middle of Greers Ferry Lake, one-mile trek to the top rewards visitors with panoramic views of the Ozarks; commercial shuttle services from Fairfield Bay during summer;

Heber Springs, AR Trails

Greers Ferry Lake

Nestled in the Ozark foothills between Clinton and Heber Springs, Greers Ferry is among the state'

Heber Springs, AR Recreation

Mossy Bluff Trail

Starting from the Garner Visitor Center, .8-mile Mossy Bluff Trail follows the canyon rim overlooking the Little Red River. Stairways are provided at craggy bluffs near end of hike.

Heber Springs, AR Trails

Things to do near Heber Springs, AR

Cruise Greers Ferry Lake

Tube rides, kneeboarding, skiing, plus leisurely sightseeing trips available; two-hour, sunset and moonlight cruise packages ...

Red River Ranch

Guided 45- and 90-minute trail rides; no experience necessary; call for reservations ...

Old Independence Regional Museum

Featuring historical exhibits and research materials from 12 counties that comprised the original 1820 Independence County. A...

Center for the Arts in Northwest Arkansas

Musical performances, theatrical productions, visual arts, additional cultural events; call for hours of operation ...