Late Summer: The Season for Active Seniors To Vacation in Eureka Springs

               According to an article published in Travel & Leisure Magazine written by Jim Becker, senior travelers visit this historic community of 2,000 -hidden away in the Arkansas Ozarks- for many reasons:  “great ‘Main Street’ town”, a designated “Distinctive Destination” in America by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, and the fact that it is truly a “resort village”.  However, “active” seniors flock to enjoy this Extraordinary Escape as it pairs together interesting and enriching activities perfect for just two.senior ziplines

“Active seniors come to Eureka Springs in late summer not to sit in a rocker on one of our verandas and watch the clouds drift by,” explained Jack Moyer, general manager of two local historic hotels.  “Rather they come here to race past the clouds while flying along on one of Arkansas’ largest zip lines with no waiting in line behind dozens and dozens of children.  These are today’s seniors.”

Eureka Springs, in rebranding itself as the “Extraordinary Escape”, also made a real commitment to the outdoors.  Blessed with its location between two rivers and three lakes and within an hour to the Buffalo River Region, visitors enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking and the newest trend of stand-up paddle boarding on its adjacent lakes -Beaver, Table Rock and Leatherwood- and fishing, floating and scenic hikes are often found at the area rivers -White, Kings and Buffalo.  Eureka Springs also boasts an urban trail system89acb8096bae20df92548ab2453a850e through many of its parks and past its 63 springs locations.  Some trails reveal a hidden staircase or earthen path that leads up to “the crown at the top of the town”, the famous Crescent Hotel.  These simple strolls can turn a shopping sojourn into a challenging hiking experience just by turning a corner.  Mountain bikers are discovering that many of these hiking trails second as a challenging mountain bike route.  The authority site for a full listing of outdoor activities is www.EurekaSpringsOnline.com/outdoors.

Of course fall travel brings motorcyclists to the Ozarks.  Riders never stop grinning once they eureka springs motorcycle rideshave accepted the challenge of some of our local and area rides like the number one biker ride in the country, ‘The Pig Trail’ which is Arkansas Highway 23.”  Great rides are profiled on EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com and ArkansasArtTrail.com and include easy day trips to such sites as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Buffalo River Region.  Several Eureka hotels offer overnight covered and locked motorcycle parking with lodging.

Though active seniors may enjoy Eureka Springs’ thrills and excitement by day, it’s the relaxation and entertainment by night that make this destination stand alone as Arkansas’ premier resort destination.  Offering more than 2,000 affordable guest rooms ready to embrace visitors as the sun begins to sink but not before enjoying live entertainment, diving into a great meal, or giving in to the well-trained hands of a massage therapist at one Eureka’s numerous spas.

Live entertainment found on the 21 & Fun entertainment listing or the professional shows including Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, or a Crescent Hotel ghost tour offer eureka springs senioroutstanding and truly unique evening performances.  More than 100 area restaurants, including two dozen of the state’s finest, are located in Eureka Springs. Restaurant listings with local favorites may be found at EurekaSpringsRestaurant.com and area attractions are at ReserveEureka.com.  Local spa massage professionals work hard to transform tired bodies into a relaxed state.  Unique garden settings coupled with well-known national brands like Aveda and Bare Minerals offer patrons an exceptional and pleasant renewal experience.

Whether one refers to Eureka Springs as “The Little Switzerland of America” or “The Stair-Step Town” as Becker did or by the appellation adopted by the city, “The Extraordinary Escape”, it seems active seniors call it “the place to be” for a late summer vacation.

Gatsby-Style Jazz Lawn Party

Kickoff Jazz Eureka with a Great Gatsby themed Lawn Party at the Crescent Hotel Fountain Garden on Thursday, September 10th from 7pm-10pm.

Grab your costumes, lawn chairs and dance away under the stars in the Crescent Fountain Garden with live music from “The Crescent City Combo” (6 man band, New Orleans style, along with brass band tunes and funk charts.)

–$10 per person/purchase at door or online (includes entertainment & light snacks)

–Cash Bar Availablejazz eureka

–Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

–Costumes also encouraged!

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End the Weekend with a Crescent Jazz Sunday Brunch on 9/13/15.  Live Music and Dancing. $24.95 per person with complimentary champagne. Brunch served from Jazz Brunch10am-2pm.  Reservations recommended by calling: 479-253-9652

Spa1905 Opens in Downtown Eureka Springs

On July 1, 2015, exactly 110 years from the opening of the “newest” hotel in Downtown Eureka Springs, that hotel, the 19JMM_5031-Edit05 Basin Park Hotel, will be adding another compelling amenity for its visitors.  On that Wednesday, Spa1905, a new Aveda Spa, Salon and Retail Center, will open on the second floor of the hotel with expanded services in a space previously occupied by Serenity Spa.

Designed as a center for relaxation in a busy downtown, Spa1905 will occupy most of the second level of the Basin Park Hotel and welcomes visitors with warm earth tones, sun deck and mountain backdrop. “Our hotel is historic in nature however our mission ensures we remain fresh and relevant to today’s consumer expectations. Spa1905, in expanding its services and joining the 1886 Crescent Hotel’s New Moon Spa as the only Aveda spas and salons in the greater Eureka Springs area is sure to meet those customer desires” stated Jack Moyer vice president and general manager of the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels.

Highlighting those expanded services will be a full menu of day spa services with focus on the Aveda TM Stress Fix and Chakra Balance massages.JMM_5150-Edit  Other services and amenities for Spa1905 will include an expansive Aveda retail center, sun deck with sauna and hot tub, a rain bar for a relaxing finish to mud wraps and exfoliations, and a continued emphasis on duet services for couples.

The new Aveda salon will be offering guests and local residents manicures, pedicures and hair styling.  However, the addition of the sought after Aveda product line will soon bring all Aveda salon services, each reflecting strict brand standards, to the hotel’s second floor including hair coloring.  The retail center will carry Aveda hair and skin products from opening.

“Managing Spa1905 will be Kimberly Roberts,” Moyer noted.  “Kim, who currently manages our New Moon Spa, has been promoted to the newly created post of Director of Spas, reflecting a core value of our hotels: Build the Individual.  Kim has been with our hotels for more than 15 years and is a preeminent expert in Aveda and its brand expectations.”  Daily operations will be supported by assistant director, Haley Franklin.2015-06-23 09.27.35

Spa1905 will host a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, July 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. where one can expect two celebration cakes; one for the hotel’s birthday and one for the grand opening of the hotel’s new spa.  The public is invited.

For more information, go to www.spa1905.com.

 

Eureka Springs is Roaring Back This Summer

The sound of families coming to Eureka Springs this summer is a familiar “roar”, not heard in this historic Arkansas Ozark village for the past few years. One of the main reasonsLovin Every Minute for this recent influx is the addition of numerous new evening shows and family-friendly attractions that have added balance to an already bountiful entertainment offering.

“We are so excited about this summer here in Eureka,” stated Jack Moyer, hotel manager and past board chairman for the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce. “Even with our summer season just a few days old we are already feeling the positive impact of these new shows and attractions.”

Moyer cited meaningful year-to-date growth in both occupancy and revenue at his two hotels, the Crescent and Basin Park. “And just from my personal observation, based on 20 years of Eureka experience, it seems as though day-trip crowds have grown by a guesstimated 20 percent,” he added.

Some of the new attractions for this summer include Arkansas’ biggest variety show, “Lovin’ Every Minute”, an eye-popping production of songs, dance, live band, The Great Passion PlayCirque-style acrobats and unbelievable special effects performed in the heart of historic downtown at The Aud; “Spirits of The Basin”, a new guided tour at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel that takes patrons from the edge of the roof to the chill of the dark limestone cave while being introduced to spirits of both the paranormal and liquid kind; a behind the scenes tour of The Great Passion Play’s multi-level, authentically-detailed sets provides a new and unique perspective on the monumental aspects of this grand production and Pig Trail Harley-Davison has expanded into the Eureka Springs market by opening the long-awaited Eureka Springs Harley-Davidson.

“The community has really stepped up and brought in attractions and shows that not only round out the family offering but provide balance to the menu of things to see and do for everyone who visits Eureka Springs,” added Moyer. “These man-made attractions coupled with our cornucopia of natural entertainment like the ‘big water’ of Beaver Lake, hiking and mountain bike trails through our forested hills and our celebrated motorcycle rides will keep vacationers happy and active for days.”Eureka Springs Ziplines

Other Eureka Springs attractions include Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Ozark Mountain Ziplines, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, the performance of The Great Passion Play, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, The New Moon Spa, Historic District Trolley Tours, Opera in the Ozarks, Belle of the Ozarks, downtown’s Spa1905, Crescent Hotel’s productions of “Flickering Tales” and “Not Really A Door”.

“Perhaps Eureka Springs had lost a little bit of its balance as a destination in the past few years, however with these new attractions added to the fact that Eureka Springs remains a unique mountain town, blessed with many artists and located between two major lakes and famous rivers, we are clearly back as an ‘extraordinary escape’… seven days a week… for all vacationers,” concluded Moyer.

For complete travel ideas and information, one may go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com.

For attraction tickets and reservations, one may go to ReserveEureka.com.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

June 13th-21st

Headliners: Chris Thomas King and Jimmy D. Lane

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

Eureka Springs is proud to announce that Blues Weekend has extended the event to a full week of great Blues, bringing in more mid-week visitors after adding feature shows to the event on Sunday three years ago to encourage even longer stays. Our headliners are Chris Thomas King and Jimmy D. Lane.

 

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Grammy Award winner Chris Thomas King helped expose millions of movie-goers to the Blues as Tommy Johnson in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, the blockbuster hit starring George Clooney. The movie featured several songs performed by King, including a rendition of “Hard Time Killing Floor” that was recorded live during filming. King also starred as Ray Charles’s bandleader Lowell Chris Thomas KingFulson in the movie Ray, as Blind Willie Johnson in Soul of a Man and has appeared in the HBO series Treme.Born in Baton Rouge, King is the son of the late Swamp Blues musician and club owner Tabby Thomas. Chris played with his father, and helped run Tabby’s Blues Box and Heritage Hall, where he was exposed to and played with literally hundreds of blues acts over the years. King’s latest recording is “D2D” or “Direct to Disc”. As the title suggests, it was recorded direct to a master vinyl disc at the legendary Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. It is as close as possible today to recreate the “sing into the can” recording experience depicted in “Oh Brother”, where the music is taken directly from the microphone to the master record which is then used to create the pressing plates.  As King wrote about the experience “Only my J-45 Gibson guitar, vocal, and the ethereal reverb from hallowed church walls, is etched into the 200-gram vinyl disc. “

 

Jimmy D. Lane is a Chicago bluesman, son of the legendary Jimmy Rogers. Like his father, Lane has traveled the world playing the Blues. His father was a singer, guitarist Jimmy D. Laneand harmonica player best known for his work with Muddy Waters, and then as a solo artist who recorded the hits “That’s All Right” and “Walking By Myself”. Lane has recorded and performed with a list of musicians too long to list here, but it includes his father Jimmy Rogers, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Jeff Healy, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Lowell Fulson, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Stephen Stills, Van Morrison and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
Jimmy performed on The Conan O’Brien Show and in dozens of countries around the world. He also performed for President Clinton and the First Lady in 1998. Jimmy was also the Music Director at Blue Heaven Studios from 1999 through 2005, where he helped establish the studio as one of the premiere analog studios in world. It has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News, CNN News and NPR Radio’s “All Things Considered”.

 

Other headliner and featured acts include The Bel-Airs, Earl & Them, Shawn Holt and the Teardrops, Kelley Hunt, Jimmy D. Lane, The Nace Brothers and The Noah Wotherspoon Band. Noah was this year’s Albert King Award winner at the International Blues Challenge, and will host fellow Albert King award winners Nick Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot and Jonn Del Toro Richardson of Blue Mercy in a Tribute to Albert King.

 

We’ll also feature Free Music in Basin Spring Park with performances by Brick Fields, Doghouse Daddies, Isayah Warford & Friends, The Jones Brothers and Lucious Spiller. It begins on Saturday, June 13th at 5pm and Saturday, June 20th starting at Noon.  Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
We’ll also feature the winners of this year’s Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas Blues Challenge Buddy Shute and Amanda Rey & West Street Blues. And at noon on Saturday, June 20, we’ll give away 100 Hohner harmonicas to kids of all ages during our Blues For Kids Harmonica Workshop with George Hunt. Plus there will be blues music in all of our partner clubs featuring great local, regional and national acts. They include the Shari Bales Band, Brody Buster, Shannon Hope, Jeff HortonNorman Jackson, Akeem Kemp, RJ Mischo, Patrick Sweany, Pete & Dave, Tightrope and many more great acts.In addition to the music, workshops will include “Basics of Blues Guitar”, “How To Build And Play A Diddly-Bow”, “Performance Photography”,  and “Writing The Perfect Blues Song”.

The weekend ends with a Father’s Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek, on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. The afternoon starts with Brick Fields’s Gospel Blues Brunch. Turpentine Creek Following will be Luscious Spiller & the Noah Wotherspoon Band.   To top off the day, musicians who performed during Blues Weekend will take the stage for a legendary Blues jam.  There will be food and drinks, arts and crafts, and fun activities for the kids.   Admission is only $5 per person at the gate.  Kids under six get in free.

Blues Weekend Lodging Deal:

Enjoy Blues Weekend Festival in Eureka Springs 2

1 night stay in a Premium Room at the Downtown Basin Park Hotel
2 Tickets to Shawn Holt & The Teardrops concert at the Basin Hotel, 6th floor Ballroom on 6/18.
$25 Food Voucher for the Balcony Restaurant

$139 plus tax. Valid on 6/18.  Check Availability.

 

For a complete schedule, tickets, lodging info and more, please visit www.EurekaSpringsBlues.com.

Self Guided Adventures in Eureka Springs

Self Guided Adventures

Eureka Springs Trails

Eureka Springs Trails

When you are in Eureka Springs, you are never far from nature. Outdoor adventures are waiting for you…just outside your door. Here are a few easy hikes to get you started. Try an early morning hike…it is a great way to get to know Eureka Springs but Ozark Mountain weather makes hiking anytime during the day enjoyable.

Eureka “Springs” & Downtown Trails

Eureka Springs has numerous natural springs that are protected for public enjoyment. Each one is unique and holds a name that provides clues to their historic use. Today, many of the springs are surrounded by pocket parks. Take a walk around town. Below is a suggested path to discover a few of the best known springs. It can be a strenuous climb so wear good walking shoes. Many visitors collect photos of the springs during different seasons (the pocket parks are just as beautiful at Christmas as in the Spring!) so don’t forget your camera.Basin Spring in Basin Spring Park

Suggested Springs to Visit:

1. Sweet Spring-discover Sweet Spring then walk up the stairs above the spring near the corner of Pine Street and follow the trail which takes you along the bluff overlooking Harding Spring.

2. Harding Spring-at the corner of Howell Street and Spring Street.

3. Crescent Spring- found near the Carnegie Public Library on Spring Street. Grotto Spring is also on this road heading toward the Writer’s Colony.

4. Little Eureka Spring-turn near the Grand Central Hotel and follow Flint then turn Right on Steel Street. You will pass Onyx Cave (on Steel Street) and Cave Spring (on Douglas Street).

5. Gadd Spring-inside the store at 104 North Main Street.

6. Magnetic Spring-on Magnetic Road between Main Street and Passion Play Road.

7. Leatherwood Creek-runs the length of Main Street.

8. Calif Spring-next to the Historical Museum on Main Street.

9. Basin Spring Bath House Bridge-just across from Basin Spring Park spans over Main Street. Near here is the Basin Spring (in Basin Spring Park and Basin Spring Bluff Shelter-above the band shelter in Basin Spring Park and Rock House Cave. Learn more about the movement to “Free the Basin” or  Read more about Basin Spring history and the park that surrounds it.

Lake Leatherwood Trailslake leatherwood eureka springs

Lake Leatherwood is a 1600-acre municipal park with an 85 acre spring fed lake. There are 3 major trails at Lake Leatherwood, located just a few miles West of downtown Eureka Springs off of U.S. Highway 62. Leatherwood is on the National Register of Historic Places. The dam, one of the largest hand hewn native limestone dams in the country forms the lake and is just one of the features on this site of the Works Progress Administration project from the early 1940’s. Many other historic features are still visible here.The woodlands surrounding the lake support many species of wildlife including a diverse population of waterfowl and other birds like heron, geese, bald eagles, and wild turkey. Lake Leatherwood is a great place for hiking but also for biking, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. Get Your Lake Leatherwood Trail Map. Get Directions to Lake Leatherwood. Discover more photos of Lake Leatherwood Trails.

Trail #1- Miner’s Trail

This is the newest trail at Lake Leatherwood. Moderately sloped, the trail takes you to Miner’s Rock, a stratified stone with a hole large enough you will want to crawl up into it. You will pass some sinkholes on the North side of the trail. Miner’s Trail is easy and is 1.3 miles long.

Trail #2- Beacham Trail

Follow the edge of the water and see great views of Leatherwood Lake on this trail, named after former Arkansas Parks and Recreation Commissioner Steve Beacham. After crossing over the dam, the trail curves back across the flat rock where rock for the dam was taken and hewn. If you watch closely, you will catch a glimpse of some of the equipment used by the WPA workers to build the dam. This trail crosses over Leatherwood Dam. Certain times of the year, water runs over the dam. Beacham trail travels completely around the lake, is easy and 3.8 miles long.

Trail #3- Fuller Trail

Parallel to Beacham Trail is Fuller trail which follows the road to the marina traveling closer to the lake. This trail is named for old time Eureka Springs banker, Claude Fuller.

Black Bass Lake & TrailsBlack Bass Lake Eureka Springs

Black Bass Lake was created as a fire protection and drinking water reservoir from the abundant, pure springs in the upper reaches of Old Spring Gulch, including Sycamore, Standing Rock, and Arsenic Springs. The earthen and cut stone dam dates to 1894 and is one of the oldest still standing in the Ozarks. The city now receives water from Beaver Lake via the Carroll Boone Water District, but water is still pumped to a 100′ tall water tower on Hwy 62, as it has been for over a century. Get Your Black Bass Lake Trail Map. Get Detailed Directions to Black Bass Lake. Discover more photos of Black Bass Lake & Trails. Directions: Follow U.S. Highway 62 west right past the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Turn left on Oil Springs Road and follow the road down to the dam and parking area.

Trail #1- Standing Rock Trail Standing Rock Black Bass Lake Eureka Springs

Standing Rock Trail is built upon a former pump house road bed, this trail begins just past the dam spillway and before the non-motorized boat ramp. It passes by Standing Rock and leads to a small picnic area and the two wooden bridges crossing both the wet weather creek, and the headwaters of West Leatherwood Creek. The trail is mostly level, wide, and a multi-use trail.

Trail #2- Bluff Trail

Bluff Trail spurs off from and runs above Sycamore Spring Trail. This rugged trail hugs the St. Joe limestone outcropping that rims the valley. The trail is steep at beginning and end, but mostly level, though narrow and rocky. This trail, featuring great views of the lake and valley, is favored by local mountain bike riders.

Trail #3- Sycamore Spring Trail

Sycamore Spring Trail begins on the opposite side of the dam and runs along the shoreline of the lake, crossing Sycamore Spring and heads to the wooden bridge crossing the head waters of West Leatherwood Creek. Abundant wildflowers line this trail in spring and summer. The trail is narrow, level for the most part, and follows an old fishing path.

Harmon ParkHarmon Park Bark Park

Harmon Park, just downhill from the historic Crescent Hotel, has 6.45 acres and contains a playground, skatepark, restrooms, and recently constructed Bark Park for large and small dogs.

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Self Guided Adventures

Self Guided Adventures

Eureka Springs Trails

Eureka Springs Trails

When you are in Eureka Springs, you are never far from nature. Outdoor adventures are waiting for you…just outside your door. Here are a few easy hikes to get you started. Try an early morning hike…it is a great way to get to know Eureka Springs but Ozark Mountain weather makes hiking anytime during the day enjoyable.

Eureka “Springs” & Downtown Trails

Eureka Springs has numerous natural springs that are protected for public enjoyment. Each one is unique and holds a name that provides clues to their historic use. Today, many of the springs are surrounded by pocket parks. Take a walk around town. Below is a suggested path to discover a few of the best known springs. It can be a strenuous climb so wear good walking shoes. Many visitors collect photos of the springs during different seasons (the pocket parks are just as beautiful at Christmas as in the Spring!) so don’t forget your camera.Basin Spring in Basin Spring Park

Suggested Springs to Visit:

1. Sweet Spring-discover Sweet Spring then walk up the stairs above the spring near the corner of Pine Street and follow the trail which takes you along the bluff overlooking Harding Spring.
2. Harding Spring-at the corner of Howell Street and Spring Street.
3. Crescent Spring- found near the Carnegie Public Library on Spring Street. Grotto Spring is also on this road heading toward the Writer’s Colony.
4. Little Eureka Spring-turn near the Grand Central Hotel and follow Flint then turn Right on Steel Street. You will pass Onyx Cave (on Steel Street) and Cave Spring (on Douglas Street).
5. Gadd Spring-inside the store at 104 North Main Street.
6. Magnetic Spring-on Magnetic Road between Main Street and Passion Play Road.
7. Leatherwood Creek-runs the length of Main Street.
8. Calif Spring-next to the Historical Museum on Main Street.
9. Basin Spring Bath House Bridge-just across from Basin Spring Park spans over Main Street. Near here is the Basin Spring (in Basin Spring Park and Basin Spring Bluff Shelter-above the band shelter in Basin Spring Park and Rock House Cave. Learn more about the movement to “Free the Basin” or  Read more about Basin Spring history and the park that surrounds it.

Lake Leatherwood Trailslake leatherwood eureka springs

Lake Leatherwood is a 1600-acre municipal park with an 85 acre spring fed lake. There are 3 major trails at Lake Leatherwood, located just a few miles West of downtown Eureka Springs off of U.S. Highway 62. Leatherwood is on the National Register of Historic Places. The dam, one of the largest hand hewn native limestone dams in the country forms the lake and is just one of the features on this site of the Works Progress Administration project from the early 1940’s. Many other historic features are still visible here.The woodlands surrounding the lake support many species of wildlife including a diverse population of waterfowl and other birds like heron, geese, bald eagles, and wild turkey. Lake Leatherwood is a great place for hiking but also for biking, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. Get Your Lake Leatherwood Trail Map. Get Directions to Lake Leatherwood. Discover more photos of Lake Leatherwood Trails.

Trail #1- Miner’s Trail

This is the newest trail at Lake Leatherwood. Moderately sloped, the trail takes you to Miner’s Rock, a stratified stone with a hole large enough you will want to crawl up into it. You will pass some sinkholes on the North side of the trail. Miner’s Trail is easy and is 1.3 miles long.

Trail #2- Beacham Trail

Follow the edge of the water and see great views of Leatherwood Lake on this trail, named after former Arkansas Parks and Recreation Commissioner Steve Beacham. After crossing over the dam, the trail curves back across the flat rock where rock for the dam was taken and hewn. If you watch closely, you will catch a glimpse of some of the equipment used by the WPA workers to build the dam. This trail crosses over Leatherwood Dam. Certain times of the year, water runs over the dam. Beacham trail travels completely around the lake, is easy and 3.8 miles long.

Trail #3- Fuller Trail

Parallel to Beacham Trail is Fuller trail which follows the road to the marina traveling closer to the lake. This trail is named for old time Eureka Springs banker, Claude Fuller.

Black Bass Lake & TrailsBlack Bass Lake Eureka Springs

Black Bass Lake was created as a fire protection and drinking water reservoir from the abundant, pure springs in the upper reaches of Old Spring Gulch, including Sycamore, Standing Rock, and Arsenic Springs. The earthen and cut stone dam dates to 1894 and is one of the oldest still standing in the Ozarks. The city now receives water from Beaver Lake via the Carroll Boone Water District, but water is still pumped to a 100′ tall water tower on Hwy 62, as it has been for over a century. Get Your Black Bass Lake Trail Map. Get Detailed Directions to Black Bass Lake. Discover more photos of Black Bass Lake & Trails.

Directions: Follow U.S. Highway 62 west right past the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Turn left on Oil Springs Road and follow the road down to the dam and parking area.

Trail #1- Standing Rock Trail Standing Rock Black Bass Lake Eureka Springs

Standing Rock Trail is built upon a former pump house road bed, this trail begins just past the dam spillway and before the non-motorized boat ramp. It passes by Standing Rock and leads to a small picnic area and the two wooden bridges crossing both the wet weather creek, and the headwaters of West Leatherwood Creek. The trail is mostly level, wide, and a multi-use trail.

Trail #2- Bluff Trail

Bluff Trail spurs off from and runs above Sycamore Spring Trail. This rugged trail hugs the St. Joe limestone outcropping that rims the valley. The trail is steep at beginning and end, but mostly level, though narrow and rocky. This trail, featuring great views of the lake and valley, is favored by local mountain bike riders.

Trail #3- Sycamore Spring Trail

Sycamore Spring Trail begins on the opposite side of the dam and runs along the shoreline of the lake, crossing Sycamore Spring and heads to the wooden bridge crossing the head waters of West Leatherwood Creek. Abundant wildflowers line this trail in spring and summer. The trail is narrow, level for the most part, and follows an old fishing path.

Harmon ParkHarmon Park Bark Park

Harmon Park, just downhill from the historic Crescent Hotel, has 6.45 acres and contains a playground, skatepark, restrooms, and recently constructed Bark Park for large and small dogs.

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Lake Leatherwood Day!

Lake Leatherwood Day Celebration Weekend Activities Announced

The Eureka Springs Parks Department welcomes residents and visitors alike to enjoy the weekend long celebration being called Lake Leatherwood Day: A Celebration of the Great Outdoors and the Ozark Mountain Region, Saturday April 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Activities scheduled for the celebration make up a large and varied list of fun family stuff to do, including:lake leatherwood day

10AM-2PM: FREE Boat Rental (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

11AM-1PM: FREE Guided Mountain Bike (Bring your bike.  Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

Noon: FREE Guided Hike (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center.)

  • For Mountain Bikers-Eureka Springs is known for its rugged landscape making it a mountain biking haven. The temperature is perfect this time of year for biking. The truth is, experienced mountain bikers and those who are just getting into it will find that Eureka Springs has something to offer for all levels and interests. Adventure Mountain Outfitters is the local cycling authority and offers rentals, repairs and comprehensive information on the sport. There is a reason that Eureka Springs is the home of major events like the Fat Tire Festival!
  • For Hikers In-City Trails-Whether you have 30 minutes or all day, hiking in and around Eureka Springs spectacular. Easily accessible trails are located near most Eureka Springs lodging. For some light hiking, try following some of the city historic trails, view map, which are marked by historic plaques, discover the dozens of historic natural springs or explore Eureka Springs prettiest street. For day hiking, consider hiking along Lake Leatherwood trails or visit Blue Spring Heritage Center.
  • Black Bass Lake is a natural area located on 200 hidden acres only a quarter of a mile from the heart of downtown Eureka Springs.  Black Bass Lake presently has two-and-a-half miles of hiking trails although construction has begun to connect the trails between Black Bass Lake and Lake Leatherwood.  In addition to hiking, Black Bass Lake offers a historic and picturesque dam, beautiful scenery, and great fishing on the lake itself.  This is a perfect spot to spend a warm afternoon taking in the wonders of nature.
  • Lake Leatherwood City Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, exhibits many different ways to enjoy the outdoors.  The park has more than 20 miles of single-track nature trails, used by both hikers and mountain bikers. Mountain bikers especially love the unique challenges the trails hold with its rocky ledges, steep slopes, creek crossings and varied terrain.  The very successful Fat Tire Festival is held annually here at this outdoor playground.  Shady picnic areas are provided, and the lake has a WPA-built diving platform, and swimming, camping, birding, and other watchable wildlife abound.  There are also such amenities as canoe, paddleboat, and boat rentals.  There is a ball field, a bathhouse, a marina, boat launch, a barbecue shelter house, a playground and an area for volleyball.  Leatherwood Park is handicap accessible and has the unique recognition as being one of America’s largest city parks.

 

Other outdoor offerings complimenting the city-owned spaces for the celebration are some of the most exciting outdoor venues unique to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA:

  • A little south of Eureka Springs, there is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, which is a safe haven for big cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars.  Additionally, they have bears and other animals that visitors can watch for an extraordinary wildlife adventure.  Turpentine Creek also hosts Eureka’s Annual Kite Festival and Native American Pow-Wow Festival.
  • Not far from Turpentine Creek, sits Quigley Castle, a unique dwelling built for a woman -by that woman- who wanted to bring nature indoors.  The one-of-a-kind structure was hand-constructed with rocks and stones she collected from all over the world.
  • Just off Arkansas Highway 12, War Eagle Mill is a scenic place and home to not only the Bean Palace Restaurant but also one of America’s most successful craft shows.  This multi-day annual event is held both in the spring and in the fall of each year and is two of the highest attended craft fairs in the country.
  • Nearby War Eagle Cavern offers a bat’s eye view of stunning underground scenery, nature paths, gem and fossil panning, and lodging.
  • Beaver Lake, west of Eureka, has 500 miles of shoreline alone.  It boasts some of the best fishing in the area, with many fishing tournaments held annually.  Visitors can kayak, catch a trophy bass, striper, or walleye, and then relax in one of the many parks offering camping, picnicking, and swimming.  This crystal-clear lake is the fifth most visited lake in the country that is operated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Eureka Springs’ Marina – Starkey Park offers camping, a marina and boat launch, fishing, water sports, eagle watch, pavilion and is home to The Belle of the Ozarks, a “ship” offering wonderful sightseeing excursions including those that “set sail” to do some seasonal eagle watching.
  • The Dam Site Park is one of the most popular parks in the area and is located near Beaver Dam.  Many unique lodging facilities are available nearby, as well as sailing, power house tours, fishing, scuba and driving tours.
  • At C&J Sports, located near Beaver Dam, guests can make their way through an excellent archery course, or play a game of paintball.  Scuba diving is offered and quite popular in the clear waters of Beaver Lake.
  • The White River, also west of Eureka Springs, is known for some of the best trout fishing anywhere.  There are stores in the area that are well equipped to outfit anyone wishing to have an adventure on the White River, whether it is fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, or anything else a visitor can dream up.
  • A little farther out U.S. Highway 62 West, Blue Spring Heritage Center is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been drawing visitors since 1948.  Thirty-eight million gallons of clear water pour out daily into the trout filled sparkling blue lagoon below.  Blue Spring with its unique bluff shelter was part of the Trail of Tears upon which Cherokee and other Native American tribes traveled to their new, designated home in Oklahoma.
  • Near Blue Spring, Inspiration Point rises high above the White River valley, and has a spectacular view that beckons guests to pull off the road and take in the tranquil scenery.
  • E. Fay Jones globally award-winning Thorncrown Chapel, also known as the “glass chapel”, is home to thousands of weddings each year and can be seen peeking out through the treetops west of Eureka.  Its distinctive architecture proudly displays 425 windows and 6,000 square feet of glass with interior acoustics that must be heard to be believed.
  •  Traveling east of Eureka Springs, the choices in outdoor activities are abundant.  The Kings River is waiting to show guests some beautiful scenery.  This river is about 90 miles long, and has many attractive features, such as colorful bluffs, unique flora and fauna, and is a fine place to watch for wildlife.  Many eagles have been spotted along the banks of the Kings.  The small-mouth bass fishing is excellent, as are the float trips in a canoe or kayak.
  • Caving offers abundant venues in the greater Eureka area.  For example, Onyx Cave, which was discovered in 1891, is one of the oldest show caves in Arkansas.  They offer tours that include beautiful underground formations.  Cosmic Caverns, close to Berryville, has many one-of-a-kind natural wonders.  It has been named one of the top 10 show caves in the U.S. with its two underground bottomless lakes (lakes in which divers have never 0found the bottom), one of which features cave trout.  Rare, blind cave salamanders sometimes show themselves during tours at nearby Cosmic Caverns.
  • Still on the east side of town, visitors can experience one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery of The Ozarks via horseback.  Red Bud Riding Stables, a family-owned business, has been showing folks around the “hills-n-hollers” on horseback for more than 20 years.  The hospitable guides at Red Bud are knowledgeable about plant and animal life, and the trails cover a variety of terrain on the privately owned wildlife preserve.
  • Also for enthusiastic equestrians, the Dinner Bell Ranch & Resort is a place where the horseback rides are suitable for all ages and skill levels.  The trails offer spectacular panoramic views, as well as possible wildlife sightings.  Riders can choose from many different types and lengths of rides, anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.   Guests can have a real outdoor experience with breakfast, lunch, or dinner rides where a tasty meal is cooked up over a campfire.
  • Back to the west, the town of Beaver is one of those charming little spots where visitors love to explore.  The history there is rich with old trails and the much-photographed Beaver Town Bridge.  This “Little Golden Gate” bridge is a 554-foot single-lane expansion over the White River.  The Beaver Recreation Park is located here, with camping, floating, RV Park, boat launch and a quaint little store.  Rock Climbing is a popular sport in this area.

Eureka Springs Tells People “To Get OUT(side)!”

Eureka Springs Tells People “To GET OUT(side)!”

Within a twenty mile radius of Downtown, The greater Eureka Springs’ area offers convenient accessibility to a wealth of outdoor activities such as Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, Kings River, White River, Thorncrown Chapel, Blue Springs Heritage Center, Black Bass Lake, Lake Leatherwood, the Hogscald and Big Clifty areas, plus Holiday Island.  For even more activities within this area, there are numerous providers: scenic horseback riding stables, Starkey Park Marina, Beaver Dam Site Park, the 12,000-acre Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Madison County Game Refuge, War Eagle Mill, War Eagle Cavern, Onyx Cave, Cosmic Caverns, Roaring River State Park and Trout Hatchery, the Mark Twain National Forest with miles of ATV trails, Buffalo National River, Dogwood Canyon, Beaver Town, and the Pea Ridge National Military Park.  All are examples of the excellent outdoor adventures waiting to be experienced, and all of these places are just a short drive away when anyone chooses “America’s Victorian Village” as their vacation hub.eureka springs outdoor adventure week

Although many of these outdoor wonders are most accessible and enjoyable the year-round, many are at their peak during the months of spring.  That is why the Eureka Springs Parks Commission and its friends from EurekaSpringsOnline have partnered together to call all outdoor enthusiasts to Eureka Springs on the last week of April and specifically Saturday, April 25 for Lake Leatherwood Day: A Celebration of the Great Outdoors and the Ozark Mountain Region. (see more details below)

Jack Moyer, general manager of the Crescent and Basin Park stated, “We are adamant supporters of Eureka Springs’ great outdoors.  So, when we tell our guests and visitors to ‘Get out!’ we of course mean ‘Get outdoors!’ while they are visiting us here, encouraging them to enjoy all of the wonderful sights and activities with which our glorious surroundings are blessed.”

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Outdoor Adventure Week

April 24th-28th

Enjoy a week full of outdoor fun in Eureka Springs!
Stay at the Crescent all week or just 1 night and SAVE 25% on any room of your choice, including breakfast for two. Then participate in the following outdoor activities at discount provided by the Crescent Hotel:

Friday, April 24th: Hike to Kings River Overlook (free) View Map.lake leatherwood eureka springs
Saturday, April 25th: Lake Leatherwood Day!  View Map.

-10AM-2PM: FREE Boat Rental (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

-11AM-1PM: FREE Guided Mountain Bike (Bring your bike.  Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

-Noon: FREE Guided Hike (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center.)

Sunday, April 26th: Mountain Biking with Adventure Mountain Outfitters from the Crescent Hotel to Lake Leatherwood Park. For intermediate to advance riders. 1-2 hours. (Cost: $50 per person includes bike rental and guide)
Monday, April 27th: Horseback Riding with Dinner Bell Ranch (Cost $30, reduced from $35)
Tuesday, April 28th: Float Trip on the Kings River. 8 1/2 mile float trip with Kings River Outfitters. Includes shuttle, canoe for two, and necessities. (Cost:$60 for two, reduced from $75.)

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Lake Leatherwood Day Celebration Weekend Activities Announced

The Eureka Springs Parks Department welcomes residents and visitors alike to enjoy the weekend long celebration being called Lake Leatherwood Day: A Celebration of the Great Outdoors and the Ozark Mountain Region, Saturday April 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Activities scheduled for the celebration make up a large and varied list of fun family stuff to do, including:lake leatherwood day

10AM-2PM: FREE Boat Rental (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

11AM-1PM: FREE Guided Mountain Bike (Bring your bike.  Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

Noon: FREE Guided Hike (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center.)

  • For Mountain Bikers-Eureka Springs is known for its rugged landscape making it a mountain biking haven. The temperature is perfect this time of year for biking. The truth is, experienced mountain bikers and those who are just getting into it will find that Eureka Springs has something to offer for all levels and interests. Adventure Mountain Outfitters is the local cycling authority and offers rentals, repairs and comprehensive information on the sport. There is a reason that Eureka Springs is the home of major events like the Fat Tire Festival!
  • For Hikers In-City Trails-Whether you have 30 minutes or all day, hiking in and around Eureka Springs spectacular. Easily accessible trails are located near most Eureka Springs lodging. For some light hiking, try following some of the city historic trails, view map, which are marked by historic plaques, discover the dozens of historic natural springs or explore Eureka Springs prettiest street. For day hiking, consider hiking along Lake Leatherwood trails or visit Blue Spring Heritage Center.
  • Black Bass Lake is a natural area located on 200 hidden acres only a quarter of a mile from the heart of downtown Eureka Springs.  Black Bass Lake presently has two-and-a-half miles of hiking trails although construction has begun to connect the trails between Black Bass Lake and Lake Leatherwood.  In addition to hiking, Black Bass Lake offers a historic and picturesque dam, beautiful scenery, and great fishing on the lake itself.  This is a perfect spot to spend a warm afternoon taking in the wonders of nature.
  • Lake Leatherwood City Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, exhibits many different ways to enjoy the outdoors.  The park has more than 20 miles of single-track nature trails, used by both hikers and mountain bikers. Mountain bikers especially love the unique challenges the trails hold with its rocky ledges, steep slopes, creek crossings and varied terrain.  The very successful Fat Tire Festival is held annually here at this outdoor playground.  Shady picnic areas are provided, and the lake has a WPA-built diving platform, and swimming, camping, birding, and other watchable wildlife abound.  There are also such amenities as canoe, paddleboat, and boat rentals.  There is a ball field, a bathhouse, a marina, boat launch, a barbecue shelter house, a playground and an area for volleyball.  Leatherwood Park is handicap accessible and has the unique recognition as being one of America’s largest city parks.

 

Other outdoor offerings complimenting the city-owned spaces for the celebration are some of the most exciting outdoor venues unique to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA:

  • A little south of Eureka Springs, there is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, which is a safe haven for big cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars.  Additionally, they have bears and other animals that visitors can watch for an extraordinary wildlife adventure.  Turpentine Creek also hosts Eureka’s Annual Kite Festival and Native American Pow-Wow Festival.
  • Not far from Turpentine Creek, sits Quigley Castle, a unique dwelling built for a woman -by that woman- who wanted to bring nature indoors.  The one-of-a-kind structure was hand-constructed with rocks and stones she collected from all over the world.
  • Just off Arkansas Highway 12, War Eagle Mill is a scenic place and home to not only the Bean Palace Restaurant but also one of America’s most successful craft shows.  This multi-day annual event is held both in the spring and in the fall of each year and is two of the highest attended craft fairs in the country.
  • Nearby War Eagle Cavern offers a bat’s eye view of stunning underground scenery, nature paths, gem and fossil panning, and lodging.
  • Beaver Lake, west of Eureka, has 500 miles of shoreline alone.  It boasts some of the best fishing in the area, with many fishing tournaments held annually.  Visitors can kayak, catch a trophy bass, striper, or walleye, and then relax in one of the many parks offering camping, picnicking, and swimming.  This crystal-clear lake is the fifth most visited lake in the country that is operated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Eureka Springs’ Marina – Starkey Park offers camping, a marina and boat launch, fishing, water sports, eagle watch, pavilion and is home to The Belle of the Ozarks, a “ship” offering wonderful sightseeing excursions including those that “set sail” to do some seasonal eagle watching.
  • The Dam Site Park is one of the most popular parks in the area and is located near Beaver Dam.  Many unique lodging facilities are available nearby, as well as sailing, power house tours, fishing, scuba and driving tours.
  • At C&J Sports, located near Beaver Dam, guests can make their way through an excellent archery course, or play a game of paintball.  Scuba diving is offered and quite popular in the clear waters of Beaver Lake.
  • The White River, also west of Eureka Springs, is known for some of the best trout fishing anywhere.  There are stores in the area that are well equipped to outfit anyone wishing to have an adventure on the White River, whether it is fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, or anything else a visitor can dream up.
  • A little farther out U.S. Highway 62 West, Blue Spring Heritage Center is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been drawing visitors since 1948.  Thirty-eight million gallons of clear water pour out daily into the trout filled sparkling blue lagoon below.  Blue Spring with its unique bluff shelter was part of the Trail of Tears upon which Cherokee and other Native American tribes traveled to their new, designated home in Oklahoma.
  • Near Blue Spring, Inspiration Point rises high above the White River valley, and has a spectacular view that beckons guests to pull off the road and take in the tranquil scenery.
  • E. Fay Jones globally award-winning Thorncrown Chapel, also known as the “glass chapel”, is home to thousands of weddings each year and can be seen peeking out through the treetops west of Eureka.  Its distinctive architecture proudly displays 425 windows and 6,000 square feet of glass with interior acoustics that must be heard to be believed.
  •  Traveling east of Eureka Springs, the choices in outdoor activities are abundant.  The Kings River is waiting to show guests some beautiful scenery.  This river is about 90 miles long, and has many attractive features, such as colorful bluffs, unique flora and fauna, and is a fine place to watch for wildlife.  Many eagles have been spotted along the banks of the Kings.  The small-mouth bass fishing is excellent, as are the float trips in a canoe or kayak.
  • Caving offers abundant venues in the greater Eureka area.  For example, Onyx Cave, which was discovered in 1891, is one of the oldest show caves in Arkansas.  They offer tours that include beautiful underground formations.  Cosmic Caverns, close to Berryville, has many one-of-a-kind natural wonders.  It has been named one of the top 10 show caves in the U.S. with its two underground bottomless lakes (lakes in which divers have never 0found the bottom), one of which features cave trout.  Rare, blind cave salamanders sometimes show themselves during tours at nearby Cosmic Caverns.
  • Still on the east side of town, visitors can experience one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery of The Ozarks via horseback.  Red Bud Riding Stables, a family-owned business, has been showing folks around the “hills-n-hollers” on horseback for more than 20 years.  The hospitable guides at Red Bud are knowledgeable about plant and animal life, and the trails cover a variety of terrain on the privately owned wildlife preserve.
  • Also for enthusiastic equestrians, the Dinner Bell Ranch & Resort is a place where the horseback rides are suitable for all ages and skill levels.  The trails offer spectacular panoramic views, as well as possible wildlife sightings.  Riders can choose from many different types and lengths of rides, anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.   Guests can have a real outdoor experience with breakfast, lunch, or dinner rides where a tasty meal is cooked up over a campfire.
  • Back to the west, the town of Beaver is one of those charming little spots where visitors love to explore.  The history there is rich with old trails and the much-photographed Beaver Town Bridge.  This “Little Golden Gate” bridge is a 554-foot single-lane expansion over the White River.  The Beaver Recreation Park is located here, with camping, floating, RV Park, boat launch and a quaint little store.  Rock Climbing is a popular sport in this area.

 

Eureka Springs Outdoor Adventure Week

Celebrate the Outdoors with a week full of outdoor fun in Eureka Springs, Arkansas during April!

eureka springs outdoor adventure week

Stay at the Crescent or Basin Park Hotels all week or just 1 night and SAVE 25% on any room of your choice. Then participate in the following outdoor activities at discount provided by the Crescent & Basin Park Hotels:

Friday, April 24th: Hike to Kings River Overlook (free) View Map.
Saturday, April 25th: Lake Leatherwood Hiking and Photography trip. (free) View Map
Sunday, April 26th: Mountain Biking with Adventure Mountain Outfitters from the Crescent Hotel to Lake Leatherwood Park. For intermediate to advance riders. 1-2 hours. (Cost: $50 per person includes bike rental and guide)                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monday, April 27th: Horseback Riding with Dinner Bell Ranch (Discount of $30, reduced from $35)
Tuesday, April 28th: Float Trip on the Kings River. 8 1/2 mile float trip with Kings River Outfitters. Includes shuttle, canoe for two, and necessities. (Cost:$60 for two, reduced from $75.)

Valid 4/24-4/28.

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