The drive up is steep and rocky so take a vehicle that can handle it. Also this is black bear country so keep a look out on your drive up and if you do any camping or hiking in the surrounding forest remember to hang a bear bag.
Tenkiller is a great place to take your canoe/kayak/paddle board. Just watch out for motorboats! There are fantastic restaurants all around the lake that you can just drive/row your boat up to. If you happen to be there near the 4th of July they do a huge fireworks show in the middle of the lake.
There are several places to camp along the OHT. Do your research and get a guidebook (and even some terrain maps) before taking off on this one. Its not exceptionally difficult but does require some preparation. The trail is poorly maintained and overgrown in several places because all trail maintenance is volunteer through the Ozark Highlands Association. All together the trails winds its way 220 miles through the Ozarks and St. Francis National Forest. You can expect lots of nice waterfalls, old home/building sites, old railways, lovely mountain top views and and beautiful foliage.
This is an excellent place to stay on the Buffalo. They have cabin and primitive camping as well as canoe rental service for floating the Buffalo. The Buffalo National River offers the most scenic canoeing I've seen in Arkansas.
It can be difficult to find open camping on Beaver Lake in the on season. I particularly enjoyed this spot because while primitive camping is offered all of your neighbors will be camping in RVs. They have waterfront campsites but beware: these are not sandy beaches they are mud.
This is one of my favorite car camping spots. They have a swim beach and fishing. Its not a well known spot so you can expect some peace and quiet. Interested hikers can take a 7mi loop up to White Rock (which is well worth the trek). This is again black bear country and while its not required to hang your food the onsite ranger will ask you to please not feed the bears.
There is so much to do at Devil's Den. There is of course camping: primitive, rv and cabins. Trails run all through and around the park ranging from the Devil's Den trail featuring caves and a waterfall to the 15 mi Butterfield Trail for those feeling more adventurous. The Yellow Rock Trail is a must see for first time visitors with the best overlook in the park. The park hosts educational activities and workshops throughout the year. Note: All of the caves will continue to be closed until further notice to protect the native bat species.
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