The Lone Star State is filled with gorgeous, scenic locations. But all the state parks in the world couldn't scratch our wanderlust itch, which means every once in a while a road trip is completely necessary for us Texans. Just a short, scenic road trip from Dallas lies a magical forest with endless opportunities to hike, swim, photograph, and just overall be blown away by Mother Nature.\nFour and a half hours from Dallas, Texas is Ouachita National Forest, a state park in Hot Springs, Arkansas that trickles into Oklahoma at certain points.\nOuachita National Forest is a massive 1.8 million acres, which explains how it takes up two states.\nWhether you're looking to go fishing, hunting, swimming hiking, or anything else you can do at a state park, this one has it all.\nView this post on Instagram Ciało A post shared by Julia (@julia_pitynskiii) on May 27, 2019 at 6:54am PDT\nIf you're looking for a nice, relaxing day, picnicking at the park is a wonderful option.\nCollier Springs, Dutch Creek and Kulli are just some of the locations that allow you to picnic. Each one has a unique but glorious view, all worth seeing.\nThere are over 700 miles to go hiking on if you're more in the mood for adventure, ranging from easy trails to hard treks.\nIf you're an experienced hiker, you'll love what the national forest has to offer, and if you're new to it, that'll definitely have you coming back for more.\nView this post on Instagram And the stars are projectors, yeah Projecting our lives on to this planet earth A post shared by Chris Box (@taphenbaxter) on Nov 25, 2019 at 6:58pm PST\nThe different activities Ouachita National Forest has all vary in price, and the fees can be paid for on-site.\nStart packing your bags, because this stunning nature spot is the weekend vacation of your dreams!\nView this post on Instagram Epic campsites next to waterfalls? How good is that?! A post shared by Supertramp Overland (@supertrampoverland) on Nov 16, 2019 at 9:35am PST\nOuachita National Forest\nPrice: 💸 to 💸💸\nAddress: 100 Reserve St, Hot Springs, AR\nWhy You Need To Go: For the incredible views, beautiful bodies of water, and massive, magnificent trees.\nInstagram\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.