Hikes to Swimming Holes Near Eureka Springs
Many visitors to Eureka Springs enjoy swimming in hotel swimming pools but the locals know that the best places to cool off in the summer are in swimming holes. Surrounded by nature, each of these natural "pools" offer unique features for an unforgettable experience. As with every adventure, we insist on abiding by Leave No Trace principles.
Beavertown - White River/Beaver Lake
The White River meets Table Rock Lake at the town of Beaver. Swim with views of the beautiful "Little Golden Gate Bridge". To get there, from Eureka Springs take Hwy 23 North toward Holiday Island, Arkansas. Turn left on Hwy 187 and follow for 2.8 miles until you come to the bridge. Cross over the bridge and look for a trail on the left hand side next to an old stone pump house. This was once part of the railroad but the tracks were removed long ago. Follow the trail along the bluffs for about 0.6 miles (about 13 minute walk) and go for a swim at the end of the trail.
The Bluffs at Beaver Lake
The Bluffs at Beaver Lake are multicolored bluffs that tower over the water. At the right water level, rock shelfs form piers great for laying out or staging a swim. To access this area, follow Hwy 62 W out of Eureka Springs and turn left of Hwy 187. After 7 miles, turn left on to Dam Site Road. Look for access to the campgrounds.
The Bluffs on Beaver Lake photo courtesy of NWA Democrat Gazette.
Tip: The summer heat can be intense. Don't forget to stay hydrated and wear a hat. Forgot your water bottle? We have you covered. These stainless steel bottles are the perfect backdrop for your favorite stickers!
Hogscald Hollow & Falls - Beaver Lake
This remote location offers private swimming and beautiful falls. From Eureka Springs, take Hwy 23 South and turn right on Buck Mountain Road (CR 108) and left on Hogscald Road (CR 148/CR 56). After 1.5 miles, look for the scalds on the left side of the road (note: this is private property so follow posted signage). Continue on Hogscald Road to view the top of Hogscald Falls. Read about the history of Hogscald. Please be aware that jumping from the bluffs is discouraged as low water levels can result in serious injury.
Tip: Hang a hammock nearby and relax with a beautiful view.
Kings River Falls - Ozark St. Francis National Forest
A day trip from Eureka Springs can take you to Wittter, AR and Kings River Falls. This 1.8 mile out and back trail is a beautiful hike with views of Kings River Falls. The swimming hole is accessed below the falls. To get to the falls, take Hwy 23 S out of Eureka Springs for 33.7 miles. Turn left on AR Hwy 127 East and follow for 5.5 miles. Continue on Madison County Road 3345 for 5.1 miles and turn left on Madison County Road 3500. After 1.5 miles the trailhead will be on your left.
Photo by Erica Roman.
Tip: It's a bit of a hike to the falls. A day pack (especially one that has a hydration bladder in it) will come in useful. Pack a picnic or just your favorite drinks and enjoy the whole day.