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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Congress established Hot Springs Reservation on April 20, 1832 to protect hot springs flowing from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain. Known for its 47 thermal springs, this national park was the nation's first, predating Yellowstone by 40 years. Features more than 30Hot Springs, AR Parks
Finest thoroughbred racing from late January to mid April capped off by the Racing Festival of the South. Largest horse racing operation outside New York and California. Featuring simulcast racing from Triple Crown Races, Breeder's Cup, Louisiana Downs and Saratoga. GROUPS:Hot Springs, AR Parks
Food Service/Picnic Area Available # of Units/Rooms: 38 Non-Smoking Rooms Available Restaurant on site/nearby Recreation Directions: 13 miles east of Mena on Hwy 88 Thirty-eight room lodge; two Queen's Rooms with fireplaces; two Regent's Rooms with whirlpool tubs, multi-spray showers;Mena, AR State Parks
# of Units/Rooms: 15 On Lake/River Name of Lake/River: Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas River (Okla. to Little Rock) Recreation Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s; 35 campsites and 15 fully equipped cabins with kitchens; 14 miles of trails encircle the mountain;Dardanelle, AR State Parks
Directions: The park is just five miles from downtown Hot Springs. Take Magic Springs Exit on Hwy. 70 and drive North on Mill Creek Road. The Superlift ORV Park is located approximately 3.2 miles on Mill Creek Road North, right past Panther Valley Ranch. 1254Hot Springs, AR Recreation Areas