Formed by the Greers Ferry Dam, Greers Ferry Lake is 40,000 scenic acres of watersport territory. From boating, waterskiing and wakeboarding to scuba diving and fishing, lake goers can take advantage of a host of activities on the water or in one of the many recreation areas.
Located on the Little Red River just below the Greers Ferry Dam, the National Trout Hatchery produces rainbow and brook trout for restocking White River and the Ouachita Basin in Arkansas and the Illinois River and Red River Basin in Oklahoma. The visitor center and aquarium are open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature thousands of fish in various stages of growth. Self-guided tours are approximately 30 minutes.
The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View is dedicated to preserving and sharing Ozark heritage. The center offers daytime music, evening shows and concerts, country cooking at the Skillet Restaurant and a Crafts Village featuring more than 20 artisans skilled in the crafts of 19th and early 20th century Ozark Mountain people. Visitors may also sign up for music, craft and herb garden workshops.
Adjacent to the Ozark Folk Center is a treetop adventure park called Loco Ropes. The high-wire ropes course offers over 35 obstacles, including Tarzan swings, rope bridges and swinging logs, and the Tower Adventures feature the Flying Pig Zip Line, Hot Shot Free Fall, and Planks Peak Climbing Wall.
As a living cave, Blanchard Springs showcases formations that are still changing due to the minerals deposited by dripping water. Two levels are open to the public for guided tours, including one that is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. For more adventurous types, there is a wild cave tour that takes visitors through undeveloped sections of the middle level.
Heber Spring’s Red Apple Inn and Country Club hosts an 18-hole championship golf course that sits along the Natural State Golf Trail. Along with a clubhouse and pro shop, the par 71 course offers 6018 yards of scenic play, including Hole #2 that was voted the most scenic hole in Arkansas by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 2006.
From leisurely strolls through the woods to moderately strenuous trails, the Ozark Mountains provide scenic views of the Greeks Ferry Lake Area. One trail tackles the 540-foot summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain located on an island in Greers Ferry Lake that is only accessible by boat. Once at the top, hikers are rewarded with spectacular views of the countryside.
Heber Springs offers the local shopping and dining experience of a quaint village in the Ozarks. From antiques, furniture and home decor, to boutiques, jewelry and gifts, Heber Springs has a wide variety of shops and stores. Likewise, the local fare includes everything from old fashioned hamburgers, pizza, and BBQ, to seafood and steaks.