Tucked away in the northwestern corner of the American state of Arkansas is Eureka Springs. Eureka Springs is a scenic, winding town located in the Ozark Mountains which covers the northwestern part of Arkansas as well as the southwestern part of the state of Missouri. The entire town is registered on National Register of Historic Places as the Eureka Springs Historic District.
The town’s founding was based on the Native American legend that the area’s springs housed healing powers to cure various ailments. That ended up attracting people hoping to find a cure to their illness from the springs. Here in this post, you will find at least a few things to do in Eureka Springs in order to have a great visit there.
Go For A Drive
One thing that Eureka Springs and its surrounding area is renowned for is its natural setting, being located in the Ozark Mountains. This is an opportunity for you to explore the area by road. There are a number of routes that you can drive on in the area. The best route you can drive on is The Pig Trail.
The Pig Trail runs on the same route as State Highway 23 for around 19 miles starting in Fayetteville and making its way through the Ozark Mountains. This offers a variety of majestic views including rivers, waterfalls, forests, and mountain views. You will also pass through the town of Eureka Springs and the Ozark National Forest on the journey.
Visit The Historic Downtown
Eureka Springs is home to a historic downtown. Downtown Eureka Springs is a hilly and winding area that runs along the Main and Spring streets. The best way to experience downtown Eureka Springs would be to go for a walk. That will offer you the chance to enjoy the steepness of downtown and marvel at the beautiful Victorian-style architecture in which buildings are made of stones.
While walking downtown, you can also soak in the views of the surrounding beauty of the Ozarks. Staircases are also a sight to behold downtown. So, be on the lookout for these. There are many unique shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars to be found in downtown Eureka Springs. So, stop by at any of these places at your leisure.
If you are looking for a place to relax in peace downtown, you can do so at the Basin Spring Park. This park is charmingly tucked into downtown Eureka Springs. The park was where one of the springs was located. It was the site on which Eureka Springs was founded in the mid 19th century.
The spring itself is technically still there, but it is located beneath the park now. There are a couple statues in the park worth checking out. The park is populated with benches for you to sit on. There are also live music performances going on in the park’s bandshell.
Blue Spring Heritage Center
The Blue Spring Heritage Center is located on Country Road 210 about 15 minutes drive northwest from downtown Eureka Springs. This breathtaking natural attraction was a stopover for the Cherokee Indians during their journey westward during the 1830’s. Their journey was known as the Trail of Tears. One of the natural attraction’s highlights is the spring known as Blue Spring.
The spring pumps out over 38 million gallons of water daily and they flow as river and waterfall towards the trout lagoon. The water has a clear blue look to it. Another highlight at the Blue Spring Heritage Center is the Blue Spring Shelter. This is an area of giant bluff shelters. This area has historic significance for Native American tribes extending as far as 10,000 years ago.
Various Native American tribes still visit this area today and performs ceremonies during their visits there. The Blue Spring Heritage Center contains paths through gardens of native plants, woodlands of hardwood trees, meadows, and hillsides for you to hike on. There are also benches and gazeboes should you want somewhere to relax during your time there.
The admission prices here are as follows: $9.75 for adults, $6.50 for these aged 6 to 17, and free for these aged 5 and under.
The Onyx Cave is located on Onyx Cave Lane about a 15 minutes drive northeast of downtown Eureka Springs. This stunning cave is home to a variety of wildlife and rock formation. Over 20 different gemstones call this cave home and you can collect some gemstones during your time there and take them home. You will be given a special keepsake bag for you to store your gemstone collection in.
There is a new activity available in this cave called Axe Throwing. This fun activity is played in a similar manner to playing darts. It goes something like this: you are given an axe and then you try and throw the axe at a certain spot on the circle thing. You can use this activity to test out your skills or start up a game.
There is a gift shop located in this cave so that you can buy souvenirs. There is also a new booth serving snow cones. There is at least one outdoor deck in the cave offering gorgeous views of the surroundings. There are torchlights spread out through the cave to help light the area up. The temperature in the cave is 57 degree (F). This is always the case regardless of the temperature outside at the time.
The admission price is as follows: $10 for adults and $6 for these aged 4 to 13. These aged 4 and under get free admission.
These are just a few of the things to do in Eureka Springs in order to have a great experience there. Regardless of if this is your first time visiting Eureka Springs or if you are making a return visit, you are destined for a great visit to this pretty town in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas.
Eureka Springs Hotels
Are you ready to find a hotel to stay overnight at during your Eureka Springs vacation? No problem at all, I am here to help you with your hotel options. Here are two hotels I would encourage you to book at.
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
This hotel is located on Prospect Avenue just west of downtown Eureka Springs. This beautiful palatial hotel sits on an overlook high above the town of Eureka Springs. This hotel opened in 1886, having been open for more than a century. The hotel is surrounded by manicured gardens, making for a beautiful setting.
There are a few onsite restaurants. They are The Crystal Dining Room and Skybar Gourmet Pizza. A sweet treats shop called Crescent Confections is also located onsite. As the hotel’s name indicates, there is a spa called the New Moon Spa at the hotel. There is also an outdoors heated swimming pool and a hot tub available.
In addition to hotel rooms and suites, there are also cottages available for these of you who desires a more rustic experience at the hotel. All hotel rooms and suites include WiFi and a coffee maker while small refrigerator and microwave are also available in the hotel’s suites.
As for the cottages, all of them offer a full kitchen, a dining room, at least one bedroom, and WiFi. Certain cottages also offers a large deck for breathtaking views as well as a hot tub. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel ranges from $159 to $492.
Best Western Eureka Inn
This hotel is located on East Van Buren Street just south of downtown Eureka Springs. A restaurant called Gazebo Restaurant is located onsite. The hotel offers an outdoor heated swimming pool, which is currently the largest in Eureka Springs. A fitness center is also offered at this hotel for use. The hotel also allows pets to be inside it.
All hotel rooms offer coffee makers and mini refrigerator. WiFi is also available in every hotel room. The average rate for a standard room range from $87 to $135.