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Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas

Arkansas - Mississippi Delta Region

There's an old folk saying about the Ozarks: "It's not that the mountains are so high, it's just that the valleys are so deep."

It's true. The Ozarks are a heavily eroded plateau, pushed up eons ago and carved out by hundreds of streams over thousands of years. Nature worked wonders, and today the diversity of these highlands is endless.

Some of the most scenic rivers and majestic lakes in America are here to enjoy. Trout floats on the White, Little Red and Spring Rivers, plus bass and panfish outings on the lakes and smaller streams, make for world-class fishing action. Recreational boating, canoeing and swimming are also on the agenda of many visitors.

Plan a leisurely walk along a trickling stream, or pick up the pace on an award-winning hiking trail. Enjoy the shady porch of a cozy log cabin or sail a 40,000-acre lake. Take time to tour a museum, historic home, formal garden or Civil War park. Dance and sing along at an informal mountain hoedown or dress up for an evening on the town.

Include a day or two to explore the rich heritage of the hill country. Study the traditional folkways, see the wonders of a limestone cavern or visit a craftsman at work.

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Hot Springs Haunted Tours

Considered to be the best haunted tours in Arkansas, enjoy our one-hour tours of the historic downtown Hot Springs. Our guide will take you to several haunted buildings, with the oldest dating back to the early 1800

Hot Springs, AR Ghost Tours

Hot Spring County Museum

Artifacts and memorabilia relating to local history housed in the historic Boyle House; Caddo Indian pottery, quilts; antique furniture.

Malvern, AR Museums

Mid-America Science Museum

Over 100 hands-on exhibits focusing on energy, matter, life and perception; perfect for any age group;

Hot Springs, AR Museums

Arkadelphia Aquatic Park

Twenty-five meter pool with diving area;

Arkadelphia, AR Water Parks

Janssen Park

Features an 1800

Mena, AR Parks

Lake Catherine

A 1,940-acre residential and recreational lake known for its excellent bass and crappie fishing;

Hot Springs, AR Recreation Areas

Reynolds Science Center Planetarium

Directions: Henderson State University Campus Tours of the planetarium, exhibits on stars and outer-space; classes, children'

Arkadelphia, AR Planetariums

Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trails

Directions: From U.S. 71 at Mena, take Ark. 8 east for one mile to Ark 375; turn onto Ark. 375 and go for eight miles; trail head will be near County Road 277 For all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, more than 40 miles of loop trails at varied levels of difficulty in the Ouachita National Forest;

Mena, AR Trails


Talimena Scenic Byway

The Talimena Scenic Drive became in 2005 Arkansas's third and newest national scenic byway. The 54-mile route on Ark. 88 and Okla. 1 rides the ridges of Rich and Winding Stair mountains through the Ouachita (pronounced Wash-i-tah)

Mena, AR Scenic Byways

Hot Springs Trolleys/Transportation Depot

This restored train depot is the hub for trolleys that transport visitors through the city's historic downtown; sandwich shop; farmers'

Hot Springs, AR Tours

National Scenic 7 Byway

One of the most scenic drives in the country, Scenic 7

Hot Springs, AR Scenic Byways

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