Outdoor Recreation

Recreational opportunities abound in Arkadelphia. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from zip-lining, camping or water activities on the Caddo River, Ouachita River, or DeGray Lake or take advantage of nationally recognized jogging and biking trails. Numerous city parks provide a variety of activities, from fishing to youth sports to swimming.

DeGray Lake

DeGray LakeDeGray Lake, on the outskirts of Arkadelphia, is one of Arkansas's renowned "Diamond Lakes" known for their clear water.  The 13,000-acre DeGray Lake provides fishing, swimming, water skiing, camping, and a multitude of other activities. Better Homes and Gardens magazine has included DeGray Lake Resort State Park as one of "5 State Parks You'll Love."

The lake is served by two popular resorts:

DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Arkansas's only resort state park, features a 96-room lodge, modern conference center, 18-hole PGA-championship rated golf course, heated swimming pool, camping, riding stables, camping, wildlife demonstrations, tennis courts, and a marina.

Iron Mountain Lodge and Marina is fully equipped with lakeside cottages, conference facilities and its own full-service marina offering houseboat, ski boat and party barge rentals, small fishing boats and guide services. 

Golf and Tennis

GolfThe challenging, 18-hole PGA championship-rated public golf course at DeGray Lake Resort State Park stretches over 7,100 yards. The course offers views of DeGray Lake and opportunities to view the birds and other wildlife that abound. The course features a driving range, practice green, chipping area, lessons, and a Pro Shop with snack bar, cart and club rentals, golf equipment and a wide selection of brand name golf apparel and accessories for purchase.

Turtle Pointe Golf Club is a semi-private 18-hole championship golf course located in Arkadelphia. The club's PGA certified Head Professional is available for private lessons for novice golfers through experts.  The Club House at Turtle Pointe includes a restaurant, bar, and pro shop, as well as banquet facilities for special events and parties with catering available.

The Arkadelphia regional area offers one of the state's finest indoor tennis centers, Heflin Tennis Center at Ouachita Baptist University, which has four indoor courts, six outdoor courts, and a full service pro shop.

Camping

DeGray Lake Resort State Park, offers over 100 campsites with water and electric hookups. Some sites are situated on the lakeshore, while others are nestled in shaded woodlands. Visitors can also reserve a Rent-A-Yurt, which sleeps up to six persons and is equipped with electrical outlets, bunk beds, a double burner stove, a folding table with chairs, a lantern, and an ice chest.

Arkadelphia Campground and RV Park is open year round and welcomes motor homes, travel trailers, or tents. The campground offers more than 40 sites, full-service hookups, hiking trails, fishing, a swimming pool, and laundry facilities.

Floating, Fishing, & Hunting

Floating, Fishing, & HuntingYou can float and fish to your heart's content in Arkadelphia.  The area offers two rivers with distinctly different flows.  The Caddo River emerges from DeGray Dam and offers a short float to the Ouachita River.  The Ouachita River is fairly wide with a steady flow.  Both rivers provide first-rate fishing and fun-filled floating.

DeGray Lake is renowned for its fishing, and it is well served by two popular resorts: DeGray Lake Resort State Park and Iron Mountain Lodge and Marina.

Twenty minutes south of Arkadelphia, Gurdon and south Clark County provide outstanding deer hunting.  The Gurdon City Park is a popular fishing spot that includes a boat launch. 

The nearby Ouachita National Forest is a popular area for canoeing and fishing, as well as hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.  Covering nearly 1.8 million acres in Arkansas and Oklahoma, the National Forest has over 700 miles of trails and 35 developed recreation areas. The Forest contains 4,000 miles of streams and 1,600 acres of lakes and ponds, with recreation/fishing lakes and ponds totalling approximately 700 acres.

Driving & Motorcycling

Open Road ArkadelphiaLooking for a scenic drive or motorcycle tour? Consider driving from Arkadelphia on Scenic 7, a picturesque portion of Arkansas State Highway 7 passes through two National Forests and runs through the heart of Arkadelphia. Scenic 7 is Arkansas's first state-designated scenic byway and features unsurpassed and dramatic views of the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains.  Approximately 60 miles of the highway have been designated by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the National Forest Scenic Byways system.

Through Arkadelphia, Scenic 7 proceeds through rolling terrain of thick pine forests, stream valleys, and bottomland hardwood forests and passes by DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Arkansas' only resort state park, before entering the Ouachita Mountains.

Hiking & Biking

JoggingFeaster Trail, designated as a national trail by the U.S. Department of Interior and the Arkansas State Parks Department, is a paved and lighted trail of about three miles winding through Arkadelphia to the Ouachita River and is ideal for walking, jogging or biking. 

Clark County is in the first phase of establishing a hiking and mountain bike recreational trail on the south side of DeGray Lake, which has been partially funded by a grant from the by the Arkansas State Highway Commission.

The nearby Ouachita National Forest is a popular area for canoeing and fishing, as well as hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.  Covering nearly 1.8 million acres in Arkansas and Oklahoma, the National Forest has over 700 miles of trails and 35 developed recreation areas. The Forest contains 4,000 miles of streams and 1,600 acres of lakes and ponds, with recreation/fishing lakes and ponds totalling approximately 700 acres.

 

Zip-Line Adventures & Team Building

Are you ready for something new and thrilling to add some excitement to your life?  Enjoy the day gliding over the beautiful scenery of the South's Largest Zip Line Adventure Park at Copperhead Creek Preserve.  With miles of cable 14 zip lines, you can explore the beauty of nature from a truly unique view, flying through the treetops!  Or, challenge yourself and climb the Rock Wall!  Experience fun the Rowdy Way, at Rowdy Adventures.

 

Rowdy Adventures Zip Line

 

Camp Winnamocka offers it ALL!  Businesses, corporate groups, non-profit organizations, and school groups are participating in team building challenges at Winnamocka.  These challenges, referred to as low element ropes and initiatives, create learning situations that reflect real life experiences.  Banks, television stations, chamber of commerce groups, chruches, health agencies, basketball teams, couple's groups, and hospitals are just some of the organizations that have experienced ropes at Winnamocka.  

 

Camp Winnamocka

Come enjoy the exotic wildlife that abounds at Timber Lodge Ranch in Amity.  As you hike the hills or take a guided ATV tour, there is plenty to see and to explore on the endless expanse of scenic trails.  You'll see a zebra or buffalo peacefully grazing or catch the proud strutting of the albino peacock.  To complete your outdoor adventure, you will want to rent a paddle boat or book a hayride and capture the peaceful outdoor experience that is Timber Lodge Ranch.

Timber Lodge Ranch, Amity

 

Owner

Owner, Judy’s Affiliated Grocery

"To anyone thinking about moving here, I would say the atmosphere is great, there are beautiful lakes, deer hunting, streams for fishing and floating, great neighborhoods and not a lot of crime.  There are plenty of things to do."

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