Historic Springs & Hard to Find Sites


If you want to enjoy nature and history but not be brutalized by it then Eureka Springs is the town for you! With so many interwoven trails, unique historical sites and enchanting springs, you’re sure to find this one of a kind town the perfect destination for your spring travel!

Little Lake Eureka

Tucked away at the end of Douglas and Steele Streets, just up the hill from Downtown Eureka Springs, is one of Eureka’s true hidden gems! This little covert treasure started out as Eureka Springs first water supply and at one point it was fixed up as the main swimming hole for the town. One more little known fact is that it is located up the hallow from the now non-existent Water Street, which was the original main entrance to  Downtown!

Located just around the corner from the lake on Steele St. is another commonly overlooked piece of history, The Carrie Nation House (Hatchet Hall). It’s the one time boarding house and home to this iconic prohibitionist.  Hatchet Hall was also at one time a museum but is now just a landmark. You will also find right across the street is the beautiful Carrie Nation Spring, created by Miss. Nation herself with a stick of dynamite!

With historic sites, beautiful unique homes and quaint cottages, a trip up and around this scenic hallow is sure to not disappoint. It’s also located conveniently just above Downtown Eureka Springs.

Harmon Park Trail

With the entrance to this scenic trail located right outside the front door of The 1886 Crescent Hotel, you’re literally just minutes away from exploring the natural beauty of Eureka Springs! Just start at the trail-head and walk down the hill through the woods and down to Spring Street.

Located on the right on Spring Street is Grotto Springs, this unique spring provokes a sense of magic and peace. Esto Perpetua (translates: let it be eternal) is carved above the entrance to The Grotto Springs and visitors report that a candle is always found burning inside.

Magic, history and tranquility right on beautiful iconic Spring Street! Check out some more of the great trails and sites that make up The Harmon Park Loop!

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.

Listed on the National Historic Registry, St. Elizabeth’s Church is a must see in Eureka Springs!

Hardin Spring- Sweet Spring Trail

Harding Spring is located at the corner of Howell Street and Spring Street. These historic springs where believed by some to have healing properties. Named after Emmett Harding who earned his keep in the late 19th century by taking photographs of visitors and locals in front of the spring. To this day it is still a popular site for folks to indulge their inner shutterbugs!

Harding Spring and Sweet Spring are connected by a trail along the bluff line above.

Black Bass Lake

A peaceful and welcoming park just minutes from downtown that seems like it’s  a whole different world from the hustle and bustle of the world. 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!

This park is sure to put you back in touch with nature without exhausting your spirit to explore it!

Magnetic Springs

Located just a short drive up Magnetic off North Main St., Magnetic Springs is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. With reported healing magnetic properties the clear blue-green water of this spring is sure to bring tranquility.  Also located on site is a drinking fountain and a spacious covered picnic area.

Take pictures, enjoy a relaxing lunch or just explore the trails above, it’s all here in one easy to get to location!


Eureka Springs offers everything to nourish your inner nature and history buff. So when a relaxing stroll through the woods and through time is what you crave, we’ve got your adventure at your pace!

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