1 . Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa

Mount Ida, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (870) 867 - 2191

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Discover your outdoor adventure at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa in Mount Ida, Arkansas.

If you're looking for comfortable cabins and plenty of fun, you will find it at Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa. Mountain Harbor offers a variety of lodging options, ranging from rustic Arkansas lake cabins to cozy condos. No matter what you choose, you'll find privacy and a wide variety of outdoor activities. Mountain Harbor is one of the top Arkansas lake resorts when it comes to outdoor fun. Boating and waterskiing or swimming are great ways to explore the lake. Hikes through the Ouachita National Forest are a great way to explore the natural beauty of the area. All this and more awaits you at mountain Harbor!

Population

1,070

Getting there

To get to Mountain Harbor Resort from Little Rock, take I-40 to I-30 South. Travel approximately 40 miles on I-30 and take Hwy 270 West toward Hot Springs. Take the Hwy 270 Martin Luther King Expwy around Hot Springs and keep heading west on Hwy 270 toward Mount Ida. Travel approximately 25 miles and watch for the Mountain Harbor Resort sign at the Valero Station just past the township of Joplin. Turn right at the sign onto Mountain Harbor Road and travel approximately 2 miles.

Related Onsite Offerings

Need a moment to relax? Turtle Cove Spa offers Lake Ouachita’s only lakeside spa experience and is the perfect way to relax after a day of outdoor excitement.

2 . Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Jasper, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (870) 446 - 2577

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Dude ranches aren’t just for the dusty Old West. Enter the rich heritage of hill country at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch!

The head wrangler hands you the reins to adventure, and to old friends in new places. Fitted to your body and abilities, your hard-hoofed friend will lead you into some of the most marvelous scenery in the Ozarks. Morning melts into the lazy alluring afternoon as you ease into the saddle by misty morning light, afternoon delight, or star-struck twilight. Settle onto the porch of your solid log, hand-peeled pine cabin and watch an inspiring display of magic mountain streams, rocky mountain caverns, soft, dark woods, and deep, sweeping mountain valleys of the Arkansas Ozarks. Canoe the currents of the wild Buffalo National River buffered by high bluffs and old forest growth. Climb the rocky cliffs, or explore caves in Horseshoe Canyon. Ride into morning light and to the breakfast cookout, slip in a soak in the hot tub, or just settle into your comfortable cabin and watch the sun set over the Ozarks.

Highlights

The Lone Star State isn’t the only dude ranch destination. Ride wild into the Old West at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, where you can do more than ride the ol’ dusty trail! Canoe, rock climb, or escape the rain on a gloomy afternoon at the indoor climbing wall or experience the cave simulator called a spelio box!

Related activities

For the more experienced or adventurous rider try the daredevil’s dream: Bear Bait, Bermuda Triangle, and Crack House Alley – which are fun, rugged and challenging.

Fun facts

There's an old folk saying about the Ozark Mountains: "It's not that the mountains are so high, it's just that the valleys are so deep."

3 . Lindsey's Rainbow Resort

Heber Springs, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 305 - 8790

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You don’t have to be a leprechaun to enjoy this pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow. Lindsey’s Rainbow Resort is a complete Ozarks destination known for world-class trout fishing. This Little Red River resort is only an hour’s drive from Little Rock – perfect for a weekend getaway!

When Pop and Nana Lindsey started the resort more than 40 years ago, they knew that it had to be a place where people could come together and enjoy the outdoors. With help from their children, it has grown to be a fishing hotspot with 43 cabins, a marina and the Pot O’Gold Restaurant – an area favorite! Rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout abound in the Little Red River – the same river that has produced world record brown trout. The log cabins range from one to four bedrooms and one to four bathrooms. The largest can sleep eight people, making the resort a perfect family destination. Equipped kitchens, fireplaces and cable TV make the cabins a home away from home while the Jacuzzis and outdoor swimming pool are added pleasures. Having a family reunion? Book the party in the 2,100-sq.-ft. River Retreat Conference Lodge that holds up to 150 people.

Highlights

For tips on fishing the Little Red River, hop in a boat with one an exclusive Lindsey’s Rainbow Resort fishing guide.

Getting there

Lindsey’s Rainbow Resort is located near Heber Springs, off Hwy. 25 North, past Greer's Ferry dam on the Little Red River.

Related Onsite Offerings

If you love Lindsey’s Rainbow Resort, you can buy a vacation home at its River Run Village.

4 . Buffalo Outdoor Center

Ponca, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 618 - 1604

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You haven’t seen uninhibited Arkansas beauty until you’ve stayed at the Buffalo Outdoor Center (BOC). Located in an eight-mile stretch along America’s first national river, Buffalo River, this Ozarks resort is a complete lodging and outfitting destination with both peaks and valleys – in a good way!

The BOC’s 18 Mountain Top Luxury, Valley Luxury and Classic cabins are spread within the vividly scenic and quite quaint – pop. 14! – town of Ponca and the river’s national park area. While the Buffalo River is a winding 132-mile waterway, the BOC was established near the upper part of the river where some of the best view sheds are located. Minutes away from the BOC’s main office is Steel Creek, a horseshoe-shaped bend with the river’s most stunning limestone bluff. The variously-sized cabins are one-of-a kind and are perched upon one of the Boston Mountain range’s plateaus, in the misty valley near the river’s edge or in Ponca. The resort’s largest cabin, the Riverwind Lodge, boasts an awe-inspiring 30-mile view of the upper Buffalo River wilderness. Perfect for family reunions, weddings or retreats, this Jacuzzi luxury cabin can sleep up to 24 and has an expansive dining/meeting area with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Getting there

The Buffalo Outdoor Center is located on Hwy. 43 in Ponca, about three hours from Little Rock.

Fun facts

The Buffalo Outdoor Center originally started as a canoe operation.

Related Onsite Offerings

Hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking, elk watching, fishing and mountain biking.

5 . River Ridge Inn

Norfork, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (870) 499 - 7775

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Your only place to find an out-of-this-world fishing experience is at River Ridge Inn!

Relax in luxurious comfort during you next fishing trip to Arkansas when you stay at the River Ridge Inn! Whether you choose from one of the cottages, chalets or individual lodge guest rooms, you'll be surrounded with impressive amenities like air conditioning, satellite television and access to the onsite fitness center. However, these accommodations are not the only thing that will draw you to this area. River Ridge boasts a number of experienced fishing guides, sure to make your fishing trip a successful one. Whether you prefer spin casting, or fly fishing, the friendly staff will help you navigate the North Fork of the White River. Record sized brown and brook trout have been taken pulled out of these bountiful waters, so make sure your name is the next one to grace the area record books.

Address

57 River Ridge Road Norfork, AR, 72658, United States

Highlights

Wildlife is abundant along the banks of the river. Don't be surprised if you encounter eagles, deer, elk, beavers or even black bears. Make sure to bring your camera along so that you can capture memories of your amazing outdoor adventure.

Related Onsite Offerings

River Ridge Inn offers the only Fly Fishing Academy on the North Fork of the White River. Here, you'll learn the basics of tying your own flies, hone the skills necessary to be a successful fly fisherman and then you'll head out on the waters with a guide to ensure your first experience is a positive one!

6 . Red Bud Valley Resort

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 253 - 9028

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Distinguished and secluded like in the Poconos, but situated in the rolling Arkansas’ Ozarks is Red Bud Valley Resort. This highly-romantic yet family-friendly resort is a 180-acre haven decorated with vibrant gardens, a spring-fed, stocked lake and is only minutes from the Great Passion Play entrance.

Although Red Bud specializes in small weddings, families and groups of all ages and sizes are invited to take advantage of the resort’s beautiful grounds and location while staying in the 15 well-appointed cabins. Each unit is uniquely-themed, like the Country Safari Cabin with its wicker furniture and leopard-print bathroom walls or country-style log Hillside Cabin. The spacious Executive House has five bedrooms, a huge country kitchen and an oversized hot tub in its private courtyard – perfect for large groups! And, if you are planning a wedding, then Red Bud is right for you! Have your ceremony in the resort’s exclusive Little Glass Chapel, with panoramic views of the grounds Flower Garden Park, pond and lovely terrain. A white garden gazebo, rock garden and heart-shaped arch are also placed throughout the grounds, making your special say a heartfelt event.

Fun facts

Deer, wild turkeys, raccoons and other wildlife roam the property of Red Bud Valley Resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Picnics, walking trails, rowboats and swimming.

Getting there

Red Bud Valley Resort is located in Eureka Springs, about three hours from Little Rock.

7 . Can-U-Canoe Riverview Cabins

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Make your vacation escape to the Ozark Mountains with Can-U-Canoe Riverview Cabins.

The eight Eureka Springs cabins from Can-U-Canoe are located deep in the Ozark Mountains on a bluff, overlooking the Arkansas White River and Inspiration Valley. These rustic log cabins offer privacy and all the space you need, whether you're looking for an intimate one-bedroom escape or a spacious five-bedroom lodge for a group event. Enjoy the quiet of the woods and a beautiful natural view. More than just escaping, you'll find a wealth of outdoor activities near your private cabin. Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and more are all just a few minutes away. If you're looking for something a bit less rustic, the Opera of the Ozarks, Country Music Shows, The Great Passion Play and many other attractions are also nearby.

Address

161 County Road 210 Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Related activities

With the Arkansas White River, it's easy to head out for a day of fly-fishing for trout. Not an experienced angler? Don't worry! There are many guides who can take you right to where the fish are biting.

Fun facts

The managers at Can-U-Canoe were honored as the Arkansas Hospitality Association's "2011 Honoree Managers of the Year."

8 . Heath Valley Cabins

Mena, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 389 - 4652

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Discover your outdoor vacation at Heath Valley Cabins in Mena, Arkansas.

Each cabin from Heath Valley Cabins offers you a unique lodging choice in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. Choose from six distinctive cabins offering all the modern luxuries you want on your vacation: satellite television, a fully equipped kitchen, and much more! And, whether you're looking for a great snowmobiling vacation or arrive in summer for ATVing, fishing, hiking, and more, there is year-round fun waiting for you at Heath Valley Cabins. Hike through the beautiful Ouachita National Forest, canoe or kayak down a nearby river, or just relax in your cabin. The choice is yours!

Address

1210 Polk 61 Mena, Ar 71953

Population

5,737

Elevation

1,171 ft

9 . The White River Inn

Cotter, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 939 - 2127

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Enjoy rustic charm and the ultimate in privacy at The White River Inn!

The White River Inn offers five charming mission-style suites in a stunning lodge overlooking the White River. The lodge's wood construction and rustic decor bring the natural beauty of the Arkansas woods inside. More than just a charming location, The White River Inn offers a wide variety of great activities. The lodge offers a world-class destination for fly fishing enthusiasts, sporting fanatics, and history enthusiasts. Whether you're taking a guided fishing trip with the lodge or exploring the surrounding area, your trip is sure to be memorable.

Address

924 County Road 174 Cotter, AR, USA

Related activities

While you're in Cotter, visit the gorgeous Rainbow Bridge. This 1930 bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy a fishing trip with The White River Inn. All your meals, snacks, soft drinks and mixers are provided, and your guide will bring you to where the fish are biting. All you have to worry about is casting your line!

10 . Gaston's White River Resort

Lakeview, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 967 - 3006

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At number 10 is Gaston's White River Resort, a fantastic place for an Arkansas vacation! What better way to explore the Ozarks than with a stay in quaint and comfortable cabins, close to all the action and scenic beauty the area has to offer! Whether you want to go fishing, or just explore the area, Gaston's White River Resort puts you right in the middle of it all!

With over 400 acres and two miles of river frontage and an airstrip offering easy access to the resort, it combines both accessibility and luxury with backwoods charm. Try your hand at trout fishing on the river, or visit the onsite restaurant. Two nature trails wind through the 400 acres and offer a beautiful woodland escape to tranquility and peacefulness. At Gaston's White River Resort there's no shortage of southern charm and they'll be as happy to meet and take care of you, as you are to be there!

Address

1777 River Road-Lakeview Arkansas 72642

Highlights

A hike through the Ozarks is not to be missed. The historical and culture significance to the area is waiting to be discovered!

Related Onsite Offerings

Try one of the fishing boats available onsite, get out the river and explore! Or maybe just work on your fishing skills!

11 . Sugar Ridge Resort

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 498 - 1648

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Stay on the “newest great lake of the white river” when you reserve your Jacuzzi suite or luxury cabin at Sugar Ridge Resort. This Beaver Lake destination will help you find serenity with its panoramic views of Arkansas’ scenic Ozark Country.

High on a mountain plateau sits eight cabins and a lodge overlooking the quiet waters of Beaver Lake. If you’re looking for romance, you’ve come to the right place. The view alone should spark fireworks, but there’s always the 16 jet double Jacuzzis with bath salts and the warm glow of the stone fireplace to help set the mood. Families and groups will love the two-story luxury cabins 300 ft. above the lake. It sleeps up to 14 and has an expansive back porch and grill. Here’s something you do normally find at a cabin resort: spa services. Licensed massage therapists will come to your suite and cabin and help you relax with one of several body and facial treatments, like the Chocolate Lovers Massage with real cocoa butter the essential-oil-based Raindrop Therapy. And you just might need a good rub after a day of exploring the adjoining 1,700-acre Damsite Park’s hiking trails.

Related activities

Bell of the Ozarks Beaver Lake Cruises, guided fishing trips, canoeing and kayaking.

Getting there

Sugar Ridge Resort is located in eureka Springs, off of CR-113, just two hours from Branson, Missouri and three hours from Little Rock.

Fun facts

Beaver Lake has 449 miles of shoreline.

12 . 1886 Crescent Hotel, Spa and Cottages

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 4603

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“Live the Legend” at the 1886 Crescent Hotel, Spa and Cottages. What legend, you say? Well, as a member of the Historic Hotels of America and with a reputation of being America’s most haunted resort hotel, it’s had more than a century to build a vibrant (and sometimes spooky!) past. Be a part of it!

Within the Ozarks high above the Victorian town of Eureka Springs, the hotel has been a symbol of elegance and prestige for decades. More than 130 guest rooms, suites and penthouses have been remodeled or refurbished and feature stately décor and luxurious amenities. The newest additions to the hotel, however, are the 38 cottages in Crescent Park, set back on the grounds’ west end in a secluded forest area. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottages are split up into varying floor plans with names that reflect the surroundings, like Sassafras, Sycamore, Tulip Tree and River Birch. Hardwood floors, balconies and fireplaces only enhance the spacious cottages. Cottage owners and vacationers have the same privileges as hotel guests, including housekeeping, bell and concierge services, security and hotel amenities. And don’t forget to get acquainted with Crescent Hotel’s oldest residents during a Eureka Springs Ghost Tours walk.

Getting there

The 1886 Crescent Hotel, Spa and Cottages is located in Eureka Springs on the Historic Loop – Old Highway 62B, 75 Prospect Avenue.

Fun facts

The Crescent Hotel’s lower-level series of rooms are said to be one of the most actively haunted areas in the building.

Related Onsite Offerings

New Moon Spa and Salon, Dr. Baker’s Lounge, Crystal Dining Room, Rooftop Billiards and hotel tours.

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