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Ouachita National Forest

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Address: Hot Springs, AR 71902
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+1 501-321-5202

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 picnic location!

We wish we would have had more time to explore trails, but we definitely enjoyed picnicking here for lunch! Make sure to have a full tank of gas when driving through here though... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kayla B
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We wish we would have had more time to explore trails, but we definitely enjoyed picnicking here for lunch! Make sure to have a full tank of gas when driving through here though as GPS signal was spotty and there weren't many gas stations on the scenic road.

Thank Kayla B
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161 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very easily accessible by car, the drive through the forest is beautiful, there are some stunning views along the road, where you can stop and take a picture. The spring was just starting to come when we visited (three weeks ago) and I assume it is even more beautiful in full color.

1 Thank sumanuta
Slidell, Louisiana
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281 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This forest was a pleasure to drive through. The scenery and wild life was abundant. The road was winding and hilly.

Thank banzal
Fort Worth, Texas
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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!

Thank Crystal C
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

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.

1 Thank LaTiffany S
Jonesboro, Arkansas
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239 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank femaleboxer
Louisville, Kentucky
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Healthywalker
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67 reviews
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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.

Thank ashleyhum
Austin, Texas
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200 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

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

1 Thank rrcer
Dallas, Texas
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85 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank alisonv11

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