Things to Do in Eureka Spring, AR

Things to Do in Eureka Spring, AR
A Victorian resort community, Eureka Springs attracts tourists because of its architecture, historical buildings and natural landmarks. The town of Eureka Springs itself is part of the National Register of Historic Places, with buildings mainly constructed of stone and built on hills, which allows some buildings to have street-level access to more than one floor. The town hosts several popular events throughout the year, including a blues festival, a poetry festival and the May Fine Arts Festival.

Lake Leatherwood Park

Lake Leatherwood Park is, as the name indicates, a lake within a park. The 85-acre freshwater lake and its large dam are part of the 1,600-acre park, which extends off the western side of town. A natural habitat for a number of species, including endangered bald eagles and many water birds, the park is the perfect destination for boating, biking and swimming. There are 15 miles of trails within the park that cross stone bridges, creeks and wooden areas. There are cabins for rent, and camping is allowed within the park between March and November. Picnicking is allowed, and there's a small marina to launched nonmotorized boats.

Lake Leatherwood Park
1303 CR 204
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
(479) 253-7921
www.cityofeurekasprings.org

Onyx Cave Park

Opened to the public in 1893, the Onyx Cave allows self-guided tours. There are several underground rooms and chambers, and impressive formations of cave onyx. Formations are named after the figures they resemble, and part of the fun is in trying to figure out the details of the Lion's Head and the Witches' Fireplace. Only a section of the cave is open to visitors, and there are currently no looped trails, so visitors must turn around once they've reached the end of the path.

Onyx Cave Park
338 Onyx Cave Lane
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
(479) 253-9321

Blue Spring Heritage Center

The Blue Spring Heritage Center mixes the beauty of the land the Cherokee people once called home with a cultural experience you won't be able to forget. The center has numerous native gardens, which display local plants (including medicinal herbs) and flowers. Blue Spring, which gives the place its name, is a powerful current that ends at a lagoon full of fish and other wildlife. Trails wind throughout the property and make for a great afternoon stroll any time of the year. The center also organizes events and programs throughout the year, including arts and crafts, historical recreations and medicinal herb workshops.

Blue Spring Heritage Center
1537 CR 210
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
(479) 253-9244
www.bluespringheritage.com

Article Written By Sarah Dray

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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