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. 

Four 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.

Ouachita National Forest is a massive 1.8 million acres, which explains how it takes up two states.

Whether you're looking to go fishing, hunting, swimming hiking, or anything else you can do at a state park, this one has it all. 

If you're looking for a nice, relaxing day, picnicking at the park is a wonderful option.

Collier 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.

There are over 700 miles to go hiking on if you're more in the mood for adventure, ranging from easy trails to hard treks.

If 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.

The different activities Ouachita National Forest has all vary in price, and the fees can be paid for on-site. 

Start packing your bags, because this stunning nature spot is the weekend vacation of your dreams!

Ouachita National Forest

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Address: 100 Reserve St, Hot Springs, AR

Why You Need To Go: For the incredible views, beautiful bodies of water, and massive, magnificent trees.


We 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.


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