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A hidden gem in the Ouachita National Forrest. In a beautiful setting of streams, trees, mountains... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2017
Bill B
,
Hot Springs, Arkansas
via mobile
Another hidden gem in Arkansas

I have been coming to Shady Lake since I was about 12 years old, and being 40ISH now, I must say... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Jo J
,
New Boston, Texas
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

A hidden gem in the Ouachita National Forrest. In a beautiful setting of streams, trees, mountains and valleys is a small man made lake. At the end of a paved road, the lake has a camping area, swimming area, fishing and a large pavilion. We...More

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I have been coming to Shady Lake since I was about 12 years old, and being 40ISH now, I must say that this is still one of my favorite places to go camping. It has made a few upgrades throughout the years - like adding...More

Thank Jo J
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I camped at Shady Lake with my wife and 5 year old daughter. What a lovely place! We were in a campsite next to the river that feeds into the lake. We hiked around the lake and enjoyed a couple of very peaceful days. It...More

Thank sloanzinho
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Built by the CCC in the 30's. Some 50+ campsites, some with electric and water. Bathhouse with flush toilets and showers. Also outhouses. Small, quiet lake with a fishing pier as swimming area. The park is clean but somewhat neglected.

Thank Cindy S
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to camp. We were there in early November and the weather was fantastic and the park was pretty quiet. The hosts are helpful. The facilities are good but could use some updates. The main complaint was that the RV spots...More

Thank Debducttape
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

I can't wait to go back!! We didn't want to leave!! We walked trails, fished right off of our campsite, drove the trails, very clean sites, showers, restrooms, and VERY BEAUTIFUL SCENERY!

Thank Bluiangel
Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

Wife and I called the state parks about this place and it came highly recommended in fact they said it was the nicest in Arkansas. The good, it was quiet and secluded the bad the whole place was ran down. No open bathrooms no one...More

Thank Boomersoonerjoe
Reviewed 26 June 2006

Looking for a great place to go and relax with the family. This is the place!! My family and I have been vacationing there for the last 12 years. Almost every camp site is right next to a beautiful creek that runs in to the...More

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