Make the most of spring activities in Eureka Springs with local swimming, hiking, biking, and outdoor activities.
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 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 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 a 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. Waterfalls 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 upstream. 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 is a dirt road which is three long, downhill miles. The BSA Camp Orr road is a hairpin corner off Kyle’s Landing road, to the right. The falls are located down an easy, flat trail.
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 1900s, this church is a serene site filled with stunning architecture, statues created from white Italian Carrara marble, carefully manicured gardens, and a 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.
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.
Downtown Eureka Springs is the place to be 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!
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.
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! Learn More