EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
THE RELAXATION STATION OF NORTHERN ARKANSAS
A UNIQUE, AFFORDABLE FAMILY VACATION DESTINATION, GREAT FOR FAMILIES OR ROMANTIC WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Eureka Springs was founded on July 4, 1879 and named by the Indians that lived around the area believing the springs had healing powers. Dr. Alvah Jackson had come across the Basin Spring in 1856. He sold Dr. Jackson’s Eye Water” that he collected from the springs, claiming it had restored site to his son’s life long vision ailment. The rumors of the healing waters spread rapidly.
The population exploded with shanties developed rapidly. Many more healing springs were found running from the side of the mountain and the wealthy built lavish properties within feet of the flowing springs.
Consequently, the poor people lived up on the hills and looked down on the wealthy!In 1882 Investors gathered rapidly in hopes of instant success and poured what would be millions today into resorts, hotels, and cottages.
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Soak up the views from places like Inspiration Point and Lover’s Leap, and enjoy all sorts of fun in town, with the streets lined with restaurants, gift shops and galleries.
Tiny parks also protect natural springs, hence the town’s name, while spas echo its history as a mecca for healing.
Every now and then you need a break. A time for you, a time to reflect, a time to experience. Eureka Springs, Arkansas is the place that beckons your soul and renews your spirit.
We invite you to bask in our natural beauty and share in our timeless treasures. A Victorian secret hidden amid the rolling Ozark mountains, Eureka Springs is cradled between two mountains of lush, hardwood forests.
We’re not your average tourist town, we’re the experience for your senses you’ve been seeking.
Eureka Springs is closer to major airports than many destinations you may choose. Isn’t it time for you to go beyond a destination and choose a journey instead? Eureka Springs, Arkansas is that journey.
There is no other downtown like Eureka Springs! Shop, dine, play and stay, all in one great location!
With over fifty unique shops and galleries, Eureka Springs is a shoppers paradise. Foodies will enjoy everything from fine dining to quick lunches.
Kids love to play in Eureka Springs!
Walking tours, kid-friendly shops and more offer fun for the whole family. For the older crowd, Eureka Springs is home to over twenty bars and clubs.
When you stay at one of our amazing, historic downtown hotels or B&Bs, all this and more is within walking distance!
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EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO
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BEST TROUT FISHING IN THE US!
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The riverside marina and store offer boat rentals, bait, tackle, and supplies. Besides being the state’s premier park for trout fishing, the park also offers great hiking and mountain biking.
The Crescent Hotel and Spa is a landmark offering a travel back in time with amenities of today.
Much more than just a place to stay!
Located in, this spa hotel is a 10-minute drive from Holiday Island Golf Course. Known for being a haunted hotel.
Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.
Celebrating over 130 years on a hilltop overlooking the city, this historic hotel provides day visitors and overnight guests with activities ranging from full moon yoga to spooky haunted tours, as well as great places to eat, socialize, and indulge in spa treatments.
Gourmet pizza is served on the hotel’s balcony, with great views overlooking the Ozark landscape.
TAKE A DIP AT THE BLUE SPRING HERITAGE CENTER
Extraordinary Beauty and a Rich Cultural Experience
Visit the historic bluff shelter, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk on ground that nurtured the Cherokee people during the Trail of Tears.
Connect with the natural beauty of our many native gardens. See the power and wonder of Blue Spring, pouring 38 million gallons of cold, clear water each day into its trout-filled lagoon.
Come discover the land of blue skies and laughing waters
Each day, 38 million gallons of water pours from the center of Blue Spring into its trout-filled lagoon. The lagoon overflows into the White River, replenishing the area with some of the purest water in the region according to a recent study.
A source of energy and power, the water became a magnet for activity that fed the spirit, healed physical and emotional wounds, and helped build a community.
It is noted that American Indian tribes put their differences aside when they entered the spring area as it was considered sacred ground.
Blue Spring captures the rich history of the Ozark region, from American Indian journeys and early settler life to prehistoric civilization.
There is evidence of an Old Mill powered by the spring and other remnants of community centered on the water.
With exquisite arrays of plants and flowers, this site has served as a tourist attraction since 1948.
In 1993, 33 acres were transformed into the Eureka Springs Gardens. And in, 2003, the rich history of the land was blended with the beauty of the Gardens to become the Blue Spring Heritage Center.
Artifacts, old photos, a new historic film spanning the significance of the Blue Spring site, and the walkways through the natural world all await visitors.
CAMPING AND CAMPGROUNDS IN EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Campsite Map / Eureka Springs
(Upper Buffalo Wilderness to Carver)
The upper or western end of the park includes 5 campgrounds. Fees for sites in four of these developed campgrounds are $16 – $20 per site per night with 6 people permitted on each site. Camping fees are charged during the season (March 15 through November 14) when water is available. Camping fees are not charged November 15 through March 14 when flush restrooms and water systems are shutdown.
Steel Creek Campground is about 3 miles east of Ponca, Arkansas, off of Highway 74. The tent campground has 26 campsites and the horse campground has 14 sites. All sites are $20 per site, per night. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern hook provided. The campground is open year round on a first come, first served basis and starting in 2019 reservations will be available March 15 – November 14 for tent sites 1 – 13 and horse sites 27 – 32. The flush restroom and water system in the tent campground and at the Steel Creek launch will be closed November 15 to March 14 and no fees are charged during this time. The vault toilet in the tent campground will be open but with very limited servicing during the winter. Trash pick up provided. No RVs allowed.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0407758, -93.3440483
Kyles Landing Campground is about half way between Ponca and Jasper, Arkansas, off of Highway 74. The entrance road into Kyles is gravel and very rough, so a 4 wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is recommended. The campground has 33 sites and is open year round on a first come, first served basis. All sites are $20 per night. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern hook provided. Trash pick-up provided. The water system and flush restroom will be closed November 15 to March 14 and no fees are charged during this time. The vault toilet will be open with limited or no servicing during the winter. No RVs allowed.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0557563, -93.2812997
Erbie Campground is located 7 miles down a gravel road off of Hwy. 7 north of Jasper, AR. The campground has 14 drive-in campsites and 2 walk-in campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern hook. The drive-in sites are suitable for RV or tent camping but the campground has no hookups, no running water, and no dump station. All sites are available on a first come, first served basis. There is a vault toilet at the boat launch. This is a pack in/pack out facility with no trash service provided. Five group sites are available. Group sites #1 and #5 are first-come, first served, while sites 2, 3, and 4 can be reserved by calling the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at (870) 439-2502. No fees are charged.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0734394, -93.2177326
Erbie Horse Camp is located 7 miles east of Compton and is reached via gravel and dirt roads and is north of the Buffalo River. Open year-round, no water available, vault toilet with limited or no servicing. This is a pack in/pack out facility with no trash service provided. Use is limited to those with horses only on a first come, first served basis. Campsites allow a maximum of 6 persons and 4 horses per site. No fees charged.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0800929, -93.2342205
Ozark Campground is located 3 miles down a graded gravel road off of Highway 7 north of Jasper, Arkansas. The campground is open year round and has 31 campsites available on a first come, first served basis. All sites are $20 per night. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern hook provided. The flush restroom is closed November 15 to March 14 and no fees are charged during this time. A vault toilet will be available throughout the winter. Trash pick-up provided. RVs allowed, but the campground has no hookups and no dump station.
GPS Coordinates: 35.98518232 -93.03818673
The majestic forests and hills and hundredes of miles of paved roads surrounding Eureka Springs make northwest arkansas a motorcycle enthusiests dream.
The Pig Trail was recently voted one of the top ten motorcycle rides in America! Eureka Springs is a biker’s paradise! Many of our hotels offer Motorcycle Packages and Specials to make your stay perfect.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest big cat sanctuaries in the United States. The non-profit USDA licensed refuge, founded in 1992, has grown to become one of the Top 10 attractions in Arkansas and the most popular in Eureka Springs. Lions, cougars, leopards, tigers, and bears are displayed in large natural habitats surrounding the main enclosures and gift shop.
Each animal has its own story/history plaque for self-guided tours and over night accommodations are available via the Safari Lodge, RV park, and camping facilities.
Guided tours are available from 10am until 4pm (Summer) or 3pm (Winter). The refuge is open year round (except Christmas Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..”
The Crescent Hotel and Spa is a landmark offering a travel back in time with amenities of today.
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