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.
Hideaway in the Ozarks this year.
Explore Ouachita Mountains
Directions: On U.S. 70, two miles east of Hot Springs; take Magic Springs Drive Exit off U.S. 70 Two parks for the price of one! Magic Springs and Crystal Falls offer over 75 attractions including "Arkansas Twister" roller coaster and the largest water park in Arkansas;Hot Springs, AR Water Parks
Food Service/Picnic Area Available # of Units/Rooms: 17 On Lake/River Name of Lake/River: Lake Catherine Recreation Directions: From I-30: take Exit #97, then go 12 miles north on Ark. 171. From Hot Springs: U.S. 270 East to Carpenter Dam Road, south on Carpenter Dam Road, east on Ark. 290Hot Springs, AR State Parks
One of the most scenic drives in the country, Scenic 7 runs from the Louisiana border to the Missouri border, passing through both the the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains. Numerous resorts, attractions and scenic overlooks are found along its route.Arkadelphia, AR Scenic Byways
The restored Fordyce Bathhouse now serves as visitor center for Hot Springs National Park and museum for the thermal bathing industry. Stained glass windows and the DeSoto Fountain grace the interior. Bookstore, orientation film, self-guided tour;Hot Springs, AR Visitors Centers