Ouachita National Forest

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  1. doctorres112

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    Me and 2 of my kiddos are headed from NC to Mead, OK to pick up our patriot camper trailer tomorrow. On the return trip, we are thinking of stopping somewhere to camp over night, likely on 30 APR (MON). Considering Ouachita National Forest is only 4-6 hrs from Exploration Outfitters, it seems like a logical choice.

    That said, can anyone point me to a primo camping area out there? Would love to a great view, near water if possible for our one night stay. The kids are ages 9 and 6.

    I would also love any info you all would have w/ regards to open fires, etc...

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    Shady Lake is a nice spot for easy camping. They have power at some sites and good bathhouses if needed. Lots of creek frontage. Make sure you travel around the lake once you enter. That’s where the good spots are.

    Albert Pike is somewhat nearby, but no camping is allowed at the park anymore. There are lots of secluded spots upriver that are primitive camping. Very cool area as well.

    Fires are allowed as long as there is no burn bans in effect. We’ve had plenty of rain so you should be good. Not much in the way of towns that are close. There is a gas station or two nearby though.
     
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    Primitive spot at Albert Pike...Shady Lake is similar.

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    Agree on shady lake but you might want to call first , a tornado went through there a month or so ago and did some damage , congrats on the patriot, Matt will treat you right. My son in law bought a X1 a few months ago and loves it. Here’s s pic of shady lake 12CB3889-5061-411D-B370-BB49939A6689.jpeg
     
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    Just found out Shady Lake is closed until repairs are made.
     
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    Went to Albert Pike this weekend and stayed in a friends cabin. Always a good time, this place is magical.

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    Blue Hole

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    Awesome. Dang I bet that water was cold !! The blue hole is a cool spot
     
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    Really wasn’t that bad surprisingly. Quite a few people at the swimming hole as well.
     
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    A+ sir. I need to do some of that.
     
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    Took a Friday and Saturday trip to Albert Pike with the wife. Plan was to explore some Forrest roads from south of Mena over to A.P. and stay the night at a friends cabin. This first spot is one I’ve been wanting to see for a while now. Really cool and secluded with a river crossing. River was up so I didn’t attempt.

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    Fall colors were awesome. Second pic is an old sawmill we came across. Really cool.

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    Had a late lunch at Little Missouri Falls, then a fire when we got to camp.

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    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures.
     
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    Guess where we drove through today too lol! I missed the peak Fall colors because of work and other commitments, but we made a 200 mile run from Millwood State Park area to Little Rock going through the National Forest today. There were still a few golden leaves left, but not many.

    And I very much recommend Burl's Country Smokehouse in Royal. The beef jerky is excellent.

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    Went on another run through the Ouachitas today. Started at Holla Bend, then past Ola and Plainview to check out part of FS Road 67, it stretches along a lot of miles on that ridgeline. We rode the easy part to the comms tower about half way across the first part of the ridge. I'm looking forward to doing the rest. After that, we drove across the top part of the forest over to Flatside Pinnacle and back home, about 200 miles on this trip too.

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