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Devil's Den State Park West Fork

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Devil's Den State Park
11333 West Arkansas Highway 74
West Fork
AR
72774
Tel: 479-761-3325

Where are we going today?

Who loves the great outdoors? We certainly do - it's much better than sitting inside playing on computers, right?

Why not head out to Devil's Den State Park in Arkansas, nestled in the stunning Ozark Mountains. It's an amazing part of the USA, and is filled with fun adventure waiting to be enjoyed!

In fact, Devil's Den State Park is actually an Arkansas icon, and considered a historic treasure that has been giving families great memories for decades!

The park also connects you to Lee Creek Valley and the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC). This is where the history comes into it! Devil's Den was upgraded in the 1930s by the CCC and are now one of the most popular parks to visit. They used native materials to actually craft the wood and stone structures that you will see when you visit.

In the heart of hte park is the 8 acre Lake Devil, where you can rent canoes and pedal boats and have an adventure out on the water!

If you're more into dry land, then Devil's Den has what you need. There are plenty of hiking, mountain bike and backpacking trails that lead right into the backcountry areas of the park. 

The park also features cabins and camp sites if you want to extend your day out a bit more, as well as a swimming pool and cafe as the icing on the cake!

So grab those walking shoes and bring along that sense of adventure, because Devil's Den State Park is waiting for YOU!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsSwimming: $2 - $5
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Visitor Center: 8am - 5pm daily (8pm close Fri & Sat May to Sept)

All year round

I'm Hungry!

There is a park cafe where you can pick up snacks and drinks!.

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you take plenty of bottled water and healthy snacks to keep that energy up!.

Any Top Tips?

They have park interpreters who are there to make your experience even better! They can answer questions, or tell you more about the park!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff at the Visitor Center who can update you on the best areas for accessibility.

More information

Make sure you take sunscreen for those hot days!.

What people are saying?

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    My son and I stayed for two nights at the Devil's Den State Park in north-west Arkansas. The only regret I had was leaving. We loved the state park.
    The drive from Ft. Smith is picturesque, pleasant and not very far. Driving up I-540, you cross over many small valleys. Once you reach the exit for the park, you have to traverse several steep switch-backs on your way down to the valley floor. The park itself consists of several beautiful hiking and biking trails. Try the Devil's Den trail and the Yellow Rock trail. Both are very beautiful hikes....Read More

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    Have been to the park many times over a 35+ year time span. My parents used to take us here on summer vacations, and we've taken our kids there multiple times as well. In a world of quickly-created tourist towns/atractions with fake facades, its becoming more and more rare to find a REAL place, with real history that you know is authentic. Most any of the CCC parks will give you this, but, Devi's Den really is a special and unique place. When there, think back about how much hard work and manual effort was put into cutting, moving and building from...Read More

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    Stayed in Cabin #2 Last weekend. Very rustic and worn down looking from the outside, but inside it had all the amenities and very clean. It was a great stay.

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    Very nice trails, although the map they provide isn't too useful. Had a great time on the Devils Den Trail. There's a lot to see, so it took a good part of the day though its not too long. Did the paddle boat too, but the area to paddle in is kind of small. Was great though. Would go back!

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    Beautiful spot to camp. Water and electic hookups in almost every reservable spot. Great hiking/horseback riding.

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by Cameron K

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My son and I stayed for two nights at the Devil's Den State Park in north-west Arkansas. The only regret I had was leaving. We loved the state park.
The drive from Ft. Smith is picturesque, pleasant and not very far. Driving up I-540, you cross over many small valleys. Once you reach the exit for the park, you have to traverse several steep switch-backs on your way down to the valley floor. The park itself consists of several beautiful hiking and biking trails. Try the Devil's Den trail and the Yellow Rock trail. Both are very beautiful hikes. They also have a store, restaurant and pool. There is also a small lake for canoeing and paddle-boats.
The cabins are not incedibly spacious but they are clean and comfortable. We had deer feeding right outside our cabin in the morning. I would reccomend cabin #12, big living room and kitchen. All the cabins also have nice BBQ grills.

The Ozarks are truly beautiful. My only regret is that we didn't have time to explore more of the Ozarks National Forest. If you are thinking about visiting either the Ouachita National Forest or the Ozarks National Forest, go see the Ozarks. Much more beautiful.
My wife and I will definetely be returning this Fall, when the leaves start to turn. The park also has a good location. You are under an hour's drive away to Eureka Springs and not too far to Branson. Only 30 minutes away from Ft. Smith

by Ken McDermed

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Have been to the park many times over a 35+ year time span. My parents used to take us here on summer vacations, and we've taken our kids there multiple times as well. In a world of quickly-created tourist towns/atractions with fake facades, its becoming more and more rare to find a REAL place, with real history that you know is authentic. Most any of the CCC parks will give you this, but, Devi's Den really is a special and unique place. When there, think back about how much hard work and manual effort was put into cutting, moving and building from the huge logs and stones. Heck, that's not an easy task THESE DAYS - even with the modern machinery we now have. If you can grasp an appreciation of the history here, you'll enjoy it even more.

Another really nice one is Petit Jean State Park.

The Weather

Friday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 74° F / 23° C
Humidity: 62 %
Wind: N - 7 MPH

Saturday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 75° F / 24° C
Humidity: 62 %
Wind: WNW - 4 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 80° F / 27° C
Humidity: 57 %
Wind: SSE - 4 MPH

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