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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.

Hideaway in the Ozarks this year.

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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

Central Avenue Historic District

Directions: On Central from Prospect Avenue to Park Avenue Restored buildings dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s now house art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, shops; Bathhouse Row.

Hot Springs, AR Historic Districts


Lake Catherine State Park

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. 290

Hot Springs, AR State Parks

Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo

Directions: Go left at the end of Central Avenue North, then go eight blocks; located next to National Park Mountain. Huge petting zoo, 200 alligators;

Hot Springs, AR Zoos

Council Oak

A massive 400- to 500-year-old white oak tree where a Cherokee Indian chief signed a treaty giving all land south of the Arkansas River to the territory in 1820; park surrounds the tree, which is listed on the National Registry.

Dardanelle, AR Natural Attractions

Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic

Directions: Malco Theatre A Las Vegas-style production of magic and illusions featuring Maxwell Blade;

Hot Springs, AR Theatres

Turkey Track Park

Bluegrass and gospel music, jamming session, arts, crafts, food vendors, hog roast, potluck supper; feature several bands, guest bands welcome, electric hookups, showers, restrooms, day/

Waldron, AR Parks

Country Crafts & Collectibles

Directions: Ark. 7 North off I-30 Furniture, glassware, collectibles, handmade crafts, quilts, dolls.

Arkadelphia, AR Collections


Pocket Theatre

Community live theatre with classical, comedy, mystery, drama; non-profit that group stages four productions each year in 200

Hot Springs, AR Theatres

Lake Ouachita

The largest lake in the state at over 40,000 acres; excellent fishing and beautiful scenery; privately owned resorts, a state park and Corps of Engineers campgrounds are on the lake'

Hot Springs, AR Recreation Areas

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