Discover Lake Ouachita

Lake Ouachita is widely regarded as the best lake in Arkansas. Known for its pristine, clear waters, and surrounded by rolling hills, Lake Ouachita spans over 40,000 acres, making it the largest lake in the state. The expansive shoreline is dotted with secluded coves, sandy beaches, and dense forests, offering a serene and unspoiled natural setting. Lake Ouachita is a haven for water enthusiasts, providing many opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking, and swimming. The lake’s diverse ecosystem supports a variety of fish species, making it a popular destination for anglers. Vacation rentals are available near the lake. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or alone, this lake is the one to base your Arkansas vacation from.

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Fun Facts about the State of Arkansas

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America’s Natural State

Nicknamed ‘the natural state’ Arkansas is the perfect destination for outdoor lovers with its vast landscape, which includes mountains, rivers, lakes, and forests.

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Extraordinary Hights

Mount Magazine is the highest point in the state stretching 2,753 feet in the air. It provides rewarding views for hikers with its stunning cliffs and lush forestry.

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Lakes Galore

There are over 2,340 officially recognized lakes and reservoirs in Arkansas, which cover over 600,000 acres of water, making it a prime location for lakefront homes and excursions.

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Must See Attractions

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Hot Springs National Park

Nature & Parks

Arkansas is known for its natural springs, and a trip to Hot Springs National Park is not to be missed. Visit the bathhouses and soak in the hot springs, explore 26 miles of trails, and tour a museum highlighting the history of the park.

Blanchard Springs Caverns

Nature & Parks

This world class cavern featureas a carefully developed three level cave system. View spectacular cave formations as you take one of two cave tour options.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Speciality Museums

This world class museum is situated on 120 acres and offers fun-filled events, beautiful trail hiking, and captivating displays. General admission is free.

Where to Sleep

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Sandy Edge Retreat-Lots of Beach! 6br Gamesroom!

76937 Bluewater Highway,Bayfield,ON,CA,N0M 1G0
Bathrooms 1
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$286.86 / day
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Turkey Perch-beachfront 3night min

73931 Durand Avenue,Zurich,ON,CA,N0M 2T0
Bathrooms 1
Bedrooms 4
$146.08 / day
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1054 Grace River Road
Number of Guests 8
Bathrooms 1
Bedrooms 3
Carbon monoxide detectors, Fire extinguisher, First aid kit, Smoke detectors
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JP Rest House

V262+C5P, Manikganj, Bangladesh
Number of Guests 4
Bathrooms 2
Bedrooms 4
Sq Footage 2,400
Carbon monoxide detectors, Fire extinguisher, First aid kit, Generator, Smoke detectors
$300.00 / day
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Popular Lake Destinations

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1. Lake Hamilton

60 Miles

The shimmering expanse of Lake Hamilton is a hub for both leisure and recreation and is perfect for family beach trips.

2. De Gray Lake

74 Miles

For a polished lake experienlistice, DeGray Lake combines scenic beauty with its resort amenities, making it a unique destination.

3. Greers Ferry Lake

80 Miles

This lake is actually two lakes connected by a water-filled gorge and provides opportunity for many water sports.

4. Lake Ouachita

85 Miles

With 690 miles of coastline and its crystal-clear waters, this 40,000 acre lake is a paradise for anglers and nature enthusiasts alike.

5. Lake Chicof

132 Miles

Lake Chicof is the largest oxbow lake in North America offering peaceful retreats and wildlife viewing opportunities.

6. Norfork Lake

166 Miles

This stunning lake entices visitors with its tranquil coves (perfect for paddling or swimming though!) and diverse fish population.

7. Bull Shoals Lake

172 Miles

The Bull Shoals Lake stretches across the northern part of the state, offering a vast playground for water sports.

8. Beaver Lake

226 Miles

Beaver Lake’s picturesque limestone bluffs and natural caves provide a stunning backdrop for boating and fishing.

Annual Events and Festivals

April 19 – 20, 2024

Hot Springs Classic

If you love vintage things and boating, then this event is not to be missed. Enjoy seeing a variety of vintage boats hit the lake as they kick off the 2024 boating season. Enjoy watching the boats from the shoreline, bring your own boat, or utilize a local boat or paddle rental to take part in the fun!

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June 2024

Surf the Bay

Every June the town of Shirley puts on a spectacular event at the Fairfield Bay. All things surfing are featured at this event, along with vendors and food trucks. If surfing isn’t your thing, then enjoy paddling on the lake, swimming, or a waterslide or two!

October 2024

Arkansas State Fair

For one week every October, the Arkansas State Fair highlights the best of Arkansas’ entertainment, concerts, and food. With a wide variety of booths and vendors, there is something here for the whole family.

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Top Hiking Trails

Lost Valley Trail

Lost Valley Trailhead, Ponca Township, Arkansas

This is one of the most renowned trails in Arkansas, drawing hikers with its mesmerizing beauty. As you walk 2.2 miles through the verdant landscape, you’ll find Eden Falls, a stunning waterfall perfect for photo opportunities. Remember to visit on a weekday if you prefer a tranquil setting, as weekends can be crowded. It takes approximately one hour to complete and has very little elevation gain, making it the ideal trail for groups of people with varying fitness and hiking skill levels.

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Whitaker Point Trail

Hawksbill Crag/Whitaker Point, Co Rd 406, Kingston, ARKANSAS 72742

Do you consider yourself an adventure seeker? The Whitaker Point Trail should be on your radar! Located south of Ponca, this trail, also known as Hawksbill Crag, takes you through the heart of the Ozarks. Featuring a moderate hike (2.7 miles long) with a bit of a kick, it’s an absolute must-visit for nature lovers. This trail also has very little elevation and takes up to two hours to complete. It compliments the previous trail, Lost Valley Trail, and both could be done in a day as they are only a thirty minute drive apart.

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Centerpoint to Goat Trail

Co Rd 133, Compton, ARkansas 72624

Starting from the Centerpoint Trailhead in the Buffalo National River Area, this 6 mile hike has a moderate elevation gain and is perfect for thrill-seekers. This in and back hike provides stunning views of the Buffalo River from the bluff, which stands approximately 500 feet above the river. Hiking shoes are recommended as the trail is rocky. It takes 2.5 to 3 hours to complete the hike and is the perfect location to watch the size rise or set—just be sure to bring flashlights for your trip!

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Best Golf Courses

Alotian Club

101 Alotian Dr, Roland, ARkansas 72135

The Alotian Club is the finest golf course in Arkansas and is rated one of the best in the country. With stunning views of the Lake Maumelle, this 18 hole course that covers 300 acres is not to be missed. Designed by the legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio, the Alotian Golf Club is a masterpiece course that seamlessly integrates with the natural beauty of its surroundings. The course spans over 7,400 yards and features meticulously manicured fairways, challenging bunkers, and undulating greens, providing an exceptional and demanding golfing experience.

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Big Creek Golf & Country Club

452 Country Club Drive, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653

Located in the heart of the Ozarks, this golf course is suitable for a wide range of skills and ages. As a bonus, it is open year round. This premier golf facility offers an exceptional 18-hole course that meanders through the picturesque Ozark Mountains, providing players with stunning views and a challenging yet enjoyable round of golf. Designed to accommodate players of all skill levels, the course features well-manicured fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and meticulously maintained greens.

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Tannenbaum Golf Course

5 Kustrin Rd, Drasco, ARkansas 72530

This course has been called ‘Arkansas’ Best Kept Golfing Secret!’ Nestled on the shores of Greers Ferry Lake, this 18 hole championship course provides golfers with a unique and scenic experience. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Edmund Ault, Tannenbaum boasts a layout that takes full advantage of the natural terrain, offering challenging holes set against the backdrop of the stunning lake and surrounding woodlands. With well-manicured fairways and strategically placed hazards, Tannenbaum caters to golfers of varying skill levels.

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Water Sports

Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock and Marina Services

Boating

Boat rentals are widely available across the state, allowing you to explore numerous lakes and rivers. Motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, and canoes—pick your favorite and set out on a water adventure. While at it, try water sports such as waterskiing, jetskiing, or stand-up paddleboarding. The Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock and Marina Services at Bull Shoals Lake offer a variety of boats, pontoons, and watercraft to get you set up for your next lake adventure,

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White River Fisher Guides

Fishing Guide Tours

You can’t miss the opportunity to go fishing when you’re in Arkansas. With over 600,000 acres of lakes, the natural state offers an abundance of fishing spots. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or merely looking to try a new hobby—it might be your lucky day! A favorite local fishing guide operation is the White River Fisher Guides which help fishers on the White River with trout and fly fishing.

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Caddo River Rats Kayak & Tube Rental

Floating

For a relaxing day on the water, floating is the way to go. Enjoy floating lazily down the Illinois or Caddo Rivers. Sections of the Buffalo River are also suitable for floating. The Caddo River Rats Kayak & Tube Rental can provide you with your preferred way to travel down the Caddo River.

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01 / Skating

Synthetic ice rinks are the perfect place to channel your desire for winter activities in Arkansas. While the weather outdoors may be above freezing, indoors these rinks offer the perfect place to do laps, figure skate, or play ice hockey.

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02 / Curling

Try your hand at curling, a winter game where one sweeps rocks across the ice to their targeted house. Many local curling rinks offer opportunities to try your hand at this unique winter sport.

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03 / Luge and Bobsledding

Gliding down tracks in a sled, luge is an Olympic sport that uses the advantages of gravity and muscle. Bobsledding, also an Olympic sport, requires the help of teammates to bring the sled across the finish line!

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Arkansas Resorts

DeGray Lake State Park Resort

Family friendly
2027 State Park Entrance Rd, Bismarck, Arkansas 71929

Horsehead Lake Lodge

Luxurious, Family friendly
213 Co Rd 3190, Clarksville, Arkansas 72830

Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa

Adventurous
994 Mountain Harbor Rd, Mt Ida, Arkansas 71957

Tips on Vacationing in Arkansas

Outdoor Activities

From hiking trails in the Ozark Mountains to fishing in pristine lakes, there’s something for every outdoor enthusiast. This region offers you a variety of scenic trails to choose from, so put on your hiking boots or grab a mountain bike and get ready to explore the breathtaking beauty of the mountains. The flora and fauna will make your adventure even more enjoyable, and who knows, you might even spot a deer or two on your journey!

Visa Requirements

Arkansas has over 2,000 lakes, offering serene and natural beauty. It’s a popular destination for those who love nature and outdoor activities. Be sure to pick up a local fishing license before dropping a line in a lake or river.

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Key Rental Locations

The Charm of Eureka Springs

Explore the charming city of Eureka Springs, known for its beautiful Victorian architecture and bustling downtown area. Discover a variety of unique shopping experiences, historical landmarks, and a vibrant arts scene. Suppose you’re planning to rent a vacation property in Eureka Springs. In that case, staying close to the downtown area is a good idea, where you can easily access popular attractions and enjoy dining at various local restaurants.

Nature’s Call at Heber Springs

Heber Springs is a dream destination for nature lovers, where stunning natural beauty meets exciting outdoor adventures. If you’re looking for a more secluded and peaceful stay, 87Getaway Secluded Treehouse Escape is the perfect choice to unwind in a serene forest. You can indulge in outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, or exploring nearby waterfalls. While staying at a comfortable vacation rental, make the most of Heber Springs’ unspoiled beauty.

Blissful Stays in Hot Springs

Hot Springs, home to the famous Hot Springs National Park, offers a delightful mix of historical charm and natural wonders. When selecting a vacation rental in this area, keep an eye out for amenities like a hot tub or an in-room bathroom with a soaking tub, which can enhance your relaxation during your stay. Experience the heart of Hot Springs by visiting the historic bathhouses, exploring the various trails, or taking a rejuvenating dip in the available hot springs.

Making The Most of Your Trip to Arkansas

Little Rock, the state’s capital, is a cultural, historical, and gastronomical hub. When exploring the city, visit the River Market District, where you’ll find various restaurants and shops. Also, take the chance to take a stroll along the picturesque Arkansas River Trail.

For nature enthusiasts, consider visiting some of Arkansas’ stunning state parks, such as Crater of Diamonds State Park, where you can dig for your diamonds, or Hot Springs National Park, known for its natural hot springs and scenic hiking trails. If you’re a fan of mountain biking, the state boasts numerous courses, including those in the Ozark National Forest and Mount Magazine State Park.

Regarding leisure activities, Arkansas features beautiful golf courses and serene lakes for relaxation and fun. Spend a day on the greens at one of the many golf courses, or take your time to soak up the sun and enjoy water activities at the popular Lake Ouachita State Park.

As you plan your trip, consider securing a vacation rental to enhance your stay. Arkansas offers many options, from cozy cabins to waterfront lake houses, to suit your personal preferences and needs. So, what are you waiting for? The natural state awaits you to experience its charm and endless attractions.

Top Vacation Rentals in Arkansas

Luxury Rentals

When searching for a luxurious Arkansas vacation rental, look no further than Lake. They offer a wide variety of upscale rentals with exceptional amenities. From spacious houses with multiple bedrooms to lavish condos, you’ll enjoy comfort and style during your stay. Indulge in features like private pools, gourmet kitchens, and stunning views, ensuring a memorable getaway.

Cozy Cabins for Getaway

If you’re looking for a cozy cabin to escape the daily grind, Lake offers some of the best options in Arkansas. Choose between the charming “Byrd’s Nest” on Lake Dardanelle or a comfy lodge near Kelly Creek, with a sauna and game “barn.” These cabins provide the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway, surrounded by nature, and equipped with all the necessary amenities for a stress-free vacation.

Affordable House Rentals

Airbnb offers a variety of budget-friendly Arkansas vacation rentals that take into account comfort. One example is the Eureka Springs’ Cozy Cabin, equipped with a hot tub, WIFI, and a 50″ Smart TV. With affordable nightly rates and top-quality amenities, these rentals promise a memorable experience without breaking the bank.

Lakefront Rentals with Views

Arkansas boasts beautiful lakefront properties, perfect for those seeking a tranquil escape with picturesque views. Lakefront rentals can be found near popular spots like Beaver Lake and Lake Leatherwood. You can choose from various accommodation types, such as cabins, condos, or lodges, depending on your preferences. Lake offers a curated selection of lakefront Arkansas vacation rentals to suit your needs.

Group Rentals for Big Gatherings

Renting a vacation rental with ample space is essential for big gatherings with family or friends. Lake features rentals with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, ensuring comfortable accommodation for larger groups. Properties like “Life is Good on 18th Street” provide a flawless blend of comfort, style, and ample space for everyone. These rentals are designed to ensure everyone has a memorable and enjoyable stay.

Booking Your Vacation Accommodation

Start with reviews
When browsing for vacation homes, it’s necessary to read the reviews left by previous travelers. This will give you vital information about the location, cleanliness, and overall experience, ensuring you choose a place that meets your expectations.

Check availability and dates
As you explore different accommodations, double-check the availability and dates for your desired vacation. Popular rentals tend to book quickly, so be prepared to make a reservation well in advance to secure your spot.

Consider the needs of your fellow travelers
Are you traveling with family or friends? Keep in mind the needs of your travel companions when booking your accommodations. Look for amenities such as pet-friendly options, wheelchair accessibility, or parking to ensure everyone has a comfortable stay.

Frequently Asked Questions about Vacationing in Arkansas

Booking 3 to 6 months in advance will ensure you find the best vacation home at the most affordable prices. When searching for a vacation home filter your search by price and specific desired amenities and location. While browsing, watch for deals and discounts to make your trip even more budget-friendly.

Arkansas offers several unique lodging options for travelers to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. Some interesting choices include treehouses, yurts, and boats for rent. Expand your search on vacation rental platforms to discover more uncommon yet exciting accommodations.

Many family-friendly cabins can be found throughout Arkansas, with numerous rental options catering to various group sizes and preferences. Some popular family-friendly cottages to consider include Beaver Lakefront Cabins for couples-only getaways, Traveler’s Inn in Eureka Springs, and riverfront options in the Mountain Home area. These listings often have amenities like playgrounds, pools, and game rooms to make your stay more enjoyable.

Yes, you can rent a cabin along the Arkansas River! Many options, such as the White River Getaway with a fire pit and trout fishing, are available. These riverside cabins offer stunning views, easy access to nature, and numerous recreational opportunities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.

Private lakefront cabins can be found in various parts of Arkansas, such as Lake Ouachita State Park and Beaver Lake. Remember to refine your search with specific filters, such as “waterfront” or “lake access,” to find the perfect spot for your getaway.

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