In the Ozark Mountains in the northwestern corner of Arkansas sits the friendly town of Eureka Springs. This town offers countless year-round activities. Close to the Lake of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs provides easy access to the gorgeous lake. All around this city, the Ozark Mountains, the Lake of the Ozarks, and towns of various sizes invite visitors to come and stay for a long weekend or week-long getaway filled with hiking, biking, and boating. Book your Eureka Springs vacation rental today. Check out the most noteworthy spots in and around Eureka Springs.

1. Eureka Springs

"Flat Iron" Building and downtown
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Eureka Springs has something to offer everyone in your family. Take the kids to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge for a closer look at some large rescue cats, or walk through the downtown area at night on a ghost tour. Learn more about the history of religion at the Bible Museum & Sacred Arts Gallery. At the Bear Mountain Riding Stables and Dude Ranch, you can schedule a trail ride to experience the area from a new perspective.

2. Busch

Ouachita Mountains
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Drive a few minutes north from Eureka Springs to the charming town of Busch for a relaxing week of outdoor activities. Choose a vacation rental along the shores of Beaver Lake to spend your days boating, fishing, and canoeing. Bring bikes along on your trip and enjoy riding around the back roads taking in the beautiful scenery. Check the schedule and make reservations to drive into Eureka Springs and see a production at the Intrigue Theater.

3. Beaver

Train trestle over water
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Located along the banks of the Beaver River, the town of the same name, Beaver, offers a welcoming get away from the hassles of everyday life. Book a vacation rental with a view of the lake to wake up to amazing views each day. Bring kayaks or canoes from home and explore the river or spend an afternoon fishing. Cross the Beaver River bridge and take a tour of Castle Rouge’s Manor and grounds set deep in a wooded area.

4. Holiday Island

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Nestled along the state line between Arkansas and Missouri sits the area known as Holiday Island. This area provides many opportunities for your family to explore the great outdoors. During the summer months, explore the town on foot or bring bikes and explore a larger area. In the winter months, explore the trails in the nearby parks on cross country skis. This residential area provides spacious vacation rentals, where you can grill out on the deck while the kids chase each other around the yard.

5. Grandview

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Enjoy life at a slower pace with a vacation rental in the rural area of Grandview. Enjoy long walks through the neighborhoods, and hop on your bikes for a ride around the area to see the farmland. This small town is just a short ride from the Kings River so grab your fishing poles and spend an afternoon catching your own supper. If you can, bring a canoe or kayaks for a day out on the water exploring the river.

6. Berryville

Cosmic Cavern, Straws
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To the east of Eureka Springs, Berryville is a popular destination for families looking for a break. Visit Cosmic Caverns on a warm day to explore the coolness of these underground caves. After you’re done exploring, stop at the gift shop and pick up a souvenir. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about reptiles at Snake World. The kids will love seeing all the creepy-crawlies. At the end of the day, stop at one of the mom and pop restaurants for some great southern cooking.

7. Lost Bridge Village

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The Lost Bridge Village, your kids are going to love telling everyone where they went on vacation. Nestled along the banks of Beaver Lake, you can find a vacation rental with lake views or one right on the banks with a dock for fishing. Grab your kayaks or canoe to explore the lake and reconnect with your family. Don’t forget your binoculars because this is a great area for bird and wildlife watching.

8. Garfield

Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas.
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Northwest of Eureka Springs, Garfield offers your family a variety of vacation rentals to suit your needs and budget. Learn more about the American Civil War with a visit to the Pea Ridge National Military Park. If you visit at the right time, you might get to watch a reenactment of a battle. At Lost Bridge Marina, you and your family can rent a pontoon boat and spend a day out on the water, fishing, and swimming.

9. Gateway

Skull Rock
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Gateway sits to the northwest of Eureka Springs along the border between Arkansas and Missouri. Visit Elkhorn Tavern to learn more about what life was like in this area before and during the American Civil War. Do some hiking and wildlife photography with a trip to the Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area. Check the schedule because the park services offers tours at certain times of the year.

10. Urbanette

Ozark Mountains, Missouri
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Drive east from Eureka Springs to reach the town of Urbanette. This friendly town offers you the chance to check out what small town life is like. Enjoy days of bike riding and exploring the local area. Take a day trip to Eureka Springs or Beaver Lake.