Lake Sylvia Trail Complex

Perryville, Arkansas

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This series of trails includes a section of the Ouachita Trail, a spur to a spectacular overlook, an interpretive loop, and an easy lakeshore path. Located in the northeast corner of the Ouachita National Forest, the Lake Sylvia Recreation Area is a woodsy retreat with a placid eighteen-acre lake. Development of the area began in 1937 with the help of laborers from the CCC. Originally known as the Narrow Creek Dam Area, it shared its early history with Camp Ouachita, which was operated by the Ouachita Girl Scout Council. Coexistence between the two entities became strained, however, as the number of visitors to the recreation area increased. The general public’s sometimes unwitting use of the Girl Scout facilities caused privacy problems, so Camp Ouachita closed in 1979.The road to Lake Sylvia passes the former scout camp, which is considered a historic site. Lake Sylvia Recreation Area offers swimming, camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking. Outdoor theater programs are presented at the amphitheater on Saturday from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Although the campgrounds and swimming area are closed during winter, the hiking trails are open year-round.
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by Janie & Wyatt Jones (Falcon Guides)

This series of trails includes a section of the Ouachita Trail, a spur to a spectacular overlook, an interpretive loop, and an easy lakeshore path. Located in the northeast corner of the Ouachita National Forest, the Lake Sylvia Recreation Area is a woodsy retreat with a placid eighteen-acre lake. Development of the area began in 1937 with the help of laborers from the CCC. Originally known as the Narrow Creek Dam Area, it shared its early history with Camp Ouachita, which was operated by the Ouachita Girl Scout Council.

Coexistence between the two entities became strained, however, as the number of visitors to the recreation area increased. The general public’s sometimes unwitting use of the Girl Scout facilities caused privacy problems, so Camp Ouachita closed in 1979.The road to Lake Sylvia passes the former scout camp, which is considered a historic site. Lake Sylvia Recreation Area offers swimming, camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking. Outdoor theater programs are presented at the amphitheater on Saturday from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Although the campgrounds and swimming area are closed during winter, the hiking trails are open year-round.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Perryville
Length: 9.7
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS Paron
Topo Map: Lake Sylvia Trail Complex Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Arkansas Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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9/22/2012

Very nice trail for a day hike. Not too steep. The parts of the trail that overlap the Ouachita trail are especially. Trails.com has the length marked down as 9.7, the trail is only 4.7 miles so keep that in mind if your heading out there.

7/21/2012

Area was real nice and peaceful. The only issue I had was the trail markings needed to be better marked particularly intersections the branched 2 or more ways.

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