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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

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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.

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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.