Summer in Arkansas can be, shall we say, hot. Really hot. Hot and humid and bright. And sometimes, you just need to find a way to stay cool. Here Jerusalem Jackson Greer's favorite ways to beat the heat when visiting Hot Springs in the summer months.
Planning a trip to Arkansas for the outdoor enthusiast.
Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs, Arkansas, is an outdoor paradise. Here are some places to see and things to do for the ultimate outdoor enthusiast:
- Lake Catherine is best known for its fishing opportunities. The lake is rich in bass, crappie, catfish, walleye and bream. Below the dam, there is great rainbow trout fishing. The lake’s marina provides boat and canoe rentals.
- Lake Catherine State Park offers cabins and campsites, as well as guided hikes, boat tours, boat ramps, picnic areas, playgrounds, and more.
- Lake Hamilton is one of Arkansas’s most popular lakes. The lake features numerous resorts, condos, and homes. Tubing, jet skiing, and waterskiing are popular, as well as fishing and boating. National Park Duck Tours and the Belle of Hot Springs riverboat operate on Lake Hamilton. Garvan Woodland Gardens is located on a 210-acre peninsula on the lake and is accessible by boat.
- Lake Ouachita is Arkansas’s largest lake and one of the cleanest lakes in the country. Fishing, boating, sailing, and water sports are popular activities. Marinas, resorts and cabins dot the lake.
- Located on the lake’s eastern shore is Lake Ouachita State Park, offering cabins and campsites as well as hiking and biking trails, boat rentals, picnic areas, and more.
- The 36-mile Lake Ouachita Vista Trail is a popular destination among hikers and mountain bikers.
- The 38-mile Womble Trail, recognized by the International Mountain Biking Association as an “Epic” ride, is located in nearby Mount Ida.
The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial birthday this summer, and you can take part right in downtown Hot Springs! When you think of a National Park, you probably think of the great outdoors, wild animals, and park rangers, but Hot Springs National Park is very different!