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Ouachita National Forest

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Address: Hot Springs, AR 71902
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This huge forest consists of 1.7 million acres of mountainous terrain in...

This huge forest consists of 1.7 million acres of mountainous terrain in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

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Great hike

Many trails, beautiful, accessible and the fall colors were still good even in November . Unable to get to watch tower due to rain but great gift shop up there too!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Crystal C
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Many trails, beautiful, accessible and the fall colors were still good even in November . Unable to get to watch tower due to rain but great gift shop up there too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the drive up the steep roads in the mountains and the lake has the most beautiful, clear water that I have ever seen. My boyfriend and I are considering staying in the cabins on Lake Ouachita.

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1 Thank LaTiffany S
Jonesboro, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

I've only recently taken up hiking, but I love it. Hiking through the forest was a little simpler than some of the other trails I've been on, but the hike was steeper. It's truly a beautiful place to visit.

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2 Thank femaleboxer
Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

We drove through the forest with the intention of visiting the Hickory Nut Overlook. The roads become unimproved roads. The drive becomes a drive of uncertainty because the road is not paved. It seems like upgrading the road is long overdue. Once we arrived at Hickory Nut Overlook we were surprised at the scenic beauty. Lake Ouachita was beautiful from... More 

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2 Thank Healthywalker
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

It looked great, we just couldn't find any accessible trails or places to explore in. Trail heads didn't seem to be marked well.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

looking for that forest hiking experience this is it. Lots of wildlife and walking trails. Loved it.

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1 Thank rrcer
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Small hills and forest. Just right for using those up/down walking muscles. Really beautiful place to get some exercise and mental rest before relaxing in the baths at Hot Springs. Easy to moderate hike in beautiful surroundings.

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1 Thank alisonv11
Kimberling City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

A lovely drive on hwy 7 through this forest. There were several places to pull over/ picnic/ camp along the way. Scenic overlook of the lake/ dam area was spectacular.

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1 Thank taraeire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The waterfall was barely a trickle but the hike was tranquil and not crowded. There is an area by the falls that you can sit and relax. Overall we really enjoyed the 2 hours we spent there and would definitely go back in hopes to see more water in the creeks and falls.

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Alexander, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

There are several campgrounds which have access to Lake Ouachita: Brady Mountain, Crystal Springs, Joplin, Thompkins Bend and Denby Point.

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