Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Arkansas Outdoor Recreation

Our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast is surrounded by opportunities for outdoor recreation. Eureka Springs is nestled in the Ozark Mountains, enormous Beaver Lake is a short drive from town, and the Buffalo River National Park is less than an hour from our inn. Many of our guests spend a good deal of time exploring the natural beauty of the area on foot, by bike, and in boats.

One of our favorite spots is Lake Leatherwood Park, which is just a couple miles west of our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast.

Lake Leatherwood Dam Bridge

Take in great views from the Lake Leatherwood Dam Bridge.

Fifteen miles of trails traverse this 1,600-acre municipal park, suitable for walking, running, or biking. Trails run along creeks, pass by picturesque historic stone walls, and lead over small bridges. Be sure to walk out on the Lake Leatherwood Dam Bride, pictured above. The dam is one of the largest native limestone (hand-cut) dams in the country. It’s easy to find solitude in Lake Leatherwood Park, close to town though it is.

The 85-acre spring fed lake is a lovely place to fish for large mouth bass, channel catfish, blue gill and more. Boating is allowed, but thanks to a ‘No Wake” requirement for all motorized boats, the lake feels peaceful. Paddle boats and fishing boats are available for rental. Designated swimming areas provide a safe place to cool off on hot days.

After a long day hiking, biking, or boating in the Lake Leatherwood area, return to our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast for a cool drink and tasty home made treat on the porch. Then take advantage of the fact that the inn is so close to the Eureka Springs historic downtown area, and stroll to town (as long as you don’t mind walking up and down a few hills). Several good Eureka Springs restaurants are less than a mile from our romantic inn: Casa Colina, DeVito’s, the New Delhi Cafe, and more.