Make the most of summer activities in Eureka Springs with local swimming, fishing, biking, events, shopping, and spas.
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 alongside breathtaking cave formations. You can also do stand-up paddleboarding on Beaver Lake at SUP Outfitters.
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.
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.
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.
- Explore the springs of Eureka Springs with this handy map
- Visit Blue Spring, pouring 38 million gallons of cold, clear water each day into its trout-filled lagoon
- Relax on a cruise of Beaver Lake on Belle of the Ozarks
- Explore an area cave or cavern: Onyx Cave, War Eagle Cavernor Cosmic Cavern
- Visit Pivot Rock Natural Bridge
- Camp out at an area campground
- Visit Pea Ridge Military Park where the Battle of Pea Ridge was fought during the Civil War on March 6–8, 1862
Events and Attractions
- Take in America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama, The Great Passion Play
- Experience an evening of mystery and intrigue at Intrigue Theater
- Enjoy a show at the Ozark Mountain Hoedown
Music & Art
- Enjoy FREE Music in Basin Spring Park on the 3rd Saturday of every month
- The opera at Inspiration Point presents three fully-staged operas during its June and July summer opera festival Opera in the Ozarks
- Kick up your heels with Drumming in the Park the first Saturday of every month
- Take an art class at Eureka Springs School of the Arts
- Take in the history of Eureka Springs at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum
- See all of historic Eureka Springs while someone else drives and narrates on the Tram Tour
- Ditch your car and ride a Trolley around Eureka Springs
- See why the beautiful Thorncrown Chapel has received dozens of architecture awards from around the world
- Step back in time to an earlier age of locomotive transportation and enjoy the Excursion Train or the Dining Car at ESNA Railway.
- Visit rescued big cats and other wild animals at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
- Get up close and personal with hundreds of animals at Promised Land drive thru and petting zoo
- Tour the Ozarks’ strangest dwelling, Quigley Castle
- Ghost hunters can take a ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel, Basin Park Hotel, or around Haunted Eureka Springs
- The Elizabeth Catholic Church is listed in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” because visitors enter the building from the bell tower
Shopping and Dining
- Taste area wines at Keels Creek Winery and Railway Winery
- Shop until you drop at one of our dozens of shops and galleries
- Shop our open-air Farmer’s Market on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Community Center Parking Lot
- Shop for Bargains at the Annual Yards & Yards of Yard Sales in August
- Enjoy local music & fun at one of our area bars & clubs
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