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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

Greers Ferry Lake

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

Heber Springs, AR Recreation

Collins Creek

A newly developed outdoor project at the John F. Kennedy Park, near the Greers Ferry Fish Hatchery, includes a catch-and-release trout fishing area for youngsters (under age 16), a hiking trail and nature-watching opportunities. Constructed by the Arkansas Game &

Heber Springs, AR Trout Fishing

Cruise Greers Ferry Lake

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

Heber Springs, AR Water Sports

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

Things to do near Heber Springs, AR

Queen Anne Mansion

This Queen Anne masterpiece, featured in Southern Living Magazine, was built in 1891 and has $400,000 of antique furnishings;...

Wilderness Valley Ranch

Overnight guided horseback rides; buggy rides; hay rides; riding lessons; horseback riding; campsites available ...

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and Call of the Wild Bed & Breakfast is a 450-acre rescue facility with over 100 big cats, s...

Museum of Earth History

Directions: Located on The Great Passion Play grounds. The Museum explains the origin of the earth from the Christian viewpoi...

Greers Ferry Lake

Nestled in the Ozark foothills between Clinton and Heber Springs, Greers Ferry is among the state's five largest lakes. It is...