Spring Activities

SPRINGTIME in the Ozark Mountains

The Eureka Springs Region is fortunate to offer so many options for a Spring Vacation. Some visit as couples while others bring along friends. Being outside is key and the Ozarks has a great variety with the Fresh Mountain town of Eureka Springs sitting right in between two rivers and three lakes.


Clear Blue Lakes

Beaver Lake
Stretching from Eureka Springs to Rogers, Beaver Lake is a favorite destination for relocation as well as short term visits.
Stroll along the shore of beautiful clear Beaver Lake to the amazing natural entrance to War Eagle Cavern. Follow the stream that flows from deep inside the mountain and stroll along beneath and along side breathtaking cave formations. If shopping for unique local gifts don’t miss War Eagle Mill for organic whole grains, jams, jellies, gifts and kitchen items, knives and more.

Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake runs from Branson to Kimberling City all the way down to Holiday Island and Eureka Springs.
Rent a boat or bring yours; go fishing, skiing, paddle boarding, or just soak in the beautiful lake scenery with a cold beverage in hand and good friends by your side.

Spring Hikes | Waterfalls

Black Bass Spillway
Accessed from Hwy 62 on Oil Springs Road in Eureka Springs, Black Bass Lake is home to an earthen and cut stone dam that dates to 1894 and is one of the oldest still standing in the Ozarks. Located just below town in the headwaters of the West Leatherwood Creek valley, visitors descend Oil Springs Road passing historic Oil and Johnson Springs. Spring rain makes the spillway a sparkling cascade but photos must be taken from the parking area because the spillway and dam are NO Access areas. General parking is available by the kiosk and across the bridge.

Sweden Falls
From All Trails .. Sweden Creek Falls is a 2.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kingston, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Glory Hole
From all trails.. Glory Hole Waterfall Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Deer, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Hemmed in Hollow-accessible by foot or canoe

Hemmed in Hollow is the tallest waterfall between the Appalachians and Rockies and is located on the Buffalo River about an hour from Eureka Springs. Water falls from 220 feet and seldom quit flowing. The easiest way to access the falls is by canoe from the Buffalo River floating from Ponca to Kyles landing. About 70% of the way through this float is a nondescript landing on the left. Leave your canoe here and hike up stream. The trail is usually very clear and easy to follow. About 3/4 of a mile one way.

Camp Orr- Triple Falls 
Located just off of Hwy 74 near Mt. Sherman, between the Ponca intersection and Jasper. The turn off is to the north and is marked as “Kyle’s Landing” and BSA Camp Orr. This a a dirt road which which is three long, downhill miles. The BSA Camp Orr road is a hairpin corner off the Kyle’s Landing road, to the right. The falls are located down an easy, flat trail.

Scenic Winding Rivers

Buffalo River Region
“No trip to The Ozarks Southern Region is complete without a float down the Buffalo National River!”

Hawksbill Crag in the amazing Arkansas Ozarks. Let the you summer adventure begin!
This National Park Region is just a one hour drive from Eureka Springs. The upper Buffalo, where Ponca is located, offers the river’s—and Arkansas’—finest scenic beauty. With its massive towering bluffs, countless waterfalls, watchable wildlife, ties to both historic and prehistoric cultures, and remote unspoiled location, the upper Buffalo River wilderness is surely mid-America’s finest outdoor destination. Floating, Hiking and Wildlife Watching are favorite activities.


Kings River
Located conveniently just minutes from Eureka Springs is one of the few remaining free-flowing rivers in the country, The Kings River in Arkansas begins in the Boston Mountains of the Ozark National Forest and flows Northward for more than 90 miles where it empties into Table Rock Lake at the Missouri State line. This family friendly river flows casually past massive rock bluffs, shady tree-lined banks, crystal clear pools, and sloping gravel bars. You will discover wonderful spots for Arkansas Canoe Trips, swimming, picnicking, fishing, camping, and observing wildlife.

In-Town Hikes

Black Bass Lake
This in-town jewel is a peaceful and welcoming park just minutes from downtown. Black Bass Lake is perfect for leisurely hiking, biking, fishing or even a picnic while enjoying the natural flora and fauna of the area. Picture yourself enjoying butterflies, dragonflies and a blissful clear blue-green lake surrounded by stunning bluffs!

Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
Located conveniently just a few steps down from The 1886 Crescent Hotel’s backdoor is the historic St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church. Built in the early 1900’s, this church is a serene site filled with stunning architecture, statues created from white Italian Carrara marble, carefully manicured gardens and beautiful vaulted cathedral. Also located on site is a small gift shop filled with one of a kind gifts. After you leave St. Elizabeth’s take the scenic Magnolia Trail all the way back down to Spring Street and Historic Downtown.

Downtown Eureka Springs

Downtown Eureka Springs is the place to be for for the most fun and excitement! This little Main Street’s of America mountain town boasts several eclectic one of a kind boutiques, galleries, shops, restaurants and much more. You can spend the day browsing, dining or having a cocktail on a balcony or deck with friends or just people watch. Downtown Eureka Springs delivers on the good times and great memories!

Biking Around Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is known for its rugged landscape making it a mountain biking haven. The temperature is perfect this time of year for biking. The truth is, experienced mountain bikers and those who are just getting into it will find that Eureka Springs has something to offer for all levels and interests. Adventure Mountain Outfitters is the local cycling authority and offers rentals, repairs and comprehensive information on the sport.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day!

With several day spas and massage services to choose from in our charming mountain town you can customize your tune up and do it your way. Whether you prefer to spend a day being pampered in one of our many day spas or just want to chill in your room and have the relaxation brought to you, it’s all up to you!
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