5 Destinations You Need To Explore In Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, named for the more than 66 springs that can be found throughout the city, is nestled within the Ozark Mountains and brimming with outdoor recreation.

This charming mountain town is surrounded by beautiful scenery and exciting attractions. Regardless of whether you want to hit the trails, explore the Historic District by trolley, take a spooky ghost tour, venture through caves, or catch America’s number one outdoor drama, The Great Passion Play, there is adventure waiting for you in Eureka Springs.

Kettle Campground Cabins & RV Park is the perfect place to call home after a long day of mountain biking through the forest or paddling in the many lakes and rivers surrounding Eureka Springs. Rough it in a tent site, indulge in all of the comforts of a full RV hook-up site, cabin, or “Kettle RV,” or let loose and stay in a tepee.

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Kettle Campground is centrally located in the Eureka Springs Region so you are never far from your next unique experience. Feel like relaxing at the campground? Find a quiet spot in the shade, take a dip in the pool, or spend the day roasting marshmallows over your campfire.

Ready to get out and explore? Here are 5 things you won’t want to miss while camping in Eureka Springs.

1. Lake Leatherwood Park

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This 1,600-acre city park can be found on the north side of Eureka Springs. The main attraction here is the 85-acre spring fed Lake Leatherwood which provides ample opportunities for boating, fishing, paddling, and swimming. There are 15 miles of excellent hiking and mountain biking trails as well as historic bridges and unique rock formations to explore.  

2. Exploring Caves

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Beneath the mountains, valleys, and streams of Arkansas, you will find more than 2,000 beautiful and mysterious caves. Onyx Cave, the oldest show cave in Arkansas (it’s been open to visitors since 1893), offers self-guided tours through chambers with names like “Friendly Dragon” and “Witches Fireplace.”

One of the more popular caves in Northwest Arkansas, Cosmic Cavern, offers a guided tour that lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Visitors looking for more adventure can opt to take the off the trail Wild Cave Tour. The cave remains at a steady temperature of 64 degrees and features 2 bottomless cave lakes. One of the lakes has had trout in it for almost 50 years, and the other lake wasn’t discovered until 1993.

War Eagle Cavern is one of the easier cave systems to navigate. A guided tour will take you from the natural entrance on Beaver Lake inside the cave where you will find miles of underground rooms, lakes, and even waterfalls.

3. Beaver Lake

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Beaver Lake, nestled in the Ozark Mountains and formed by a dam across the White River, is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The 28,370-acre lake is ideal for sailing, fishing, paddling, and scuba diving. The bluff-lined shores are home to some beautiful hiking trails and Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, located on the south end of the lake, features more than 20 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding that wind through streams, ridges, valleys, and forests.

4. Thorncrown Chapel

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This magical structure, often referred to as the most beautiful chapel in the world, stands at 48-feet and features 425 windows. Made of stone, wood, and more than 6000 square feet of glass, Thorncrown blends in with it’s woodland surroundings creating a lovely space to enjoy a little solitude( keep in mind this is a popular destination and you may be sharing your alone time with other travelers).

5. Table Rock Lake

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The blue water of Table Rock Lake winds down through the valleys and stretches from Branson, Missouri to Eureka Springs. Surrounded by the stunning hills of the Ozark Mountains and 800 miles of coastline, this 53,000-acre lake is the ultimate destination for scuba divers, fishermen, and boaters.

Ready to explore Eureka Springs? Book your campsite at Kettle Campground Cabins & RV Park today on Camp Native!

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Jessica is a freelance writer. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, dog, and 6 cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and being President of the Introvert Club.