Devil’s Den State Park was an impulse stop when we were driving south on Interstate 49 and we were glad that we did stop. Not having a bunch of time to explore this 2,500 acre state park of Arkansas, we did as much as we could before we had to move on. Our time at Devil’s Den consisted of checking out the visitor center to get some information, doing a day hike to a waterfall, and driving the park road. Devil’s Den was a fun quick stop for us that left us wishing we had more time to explore. There are several more things to do at Devil’s Den than we were able to fit in which makes us want to go back. They have 64 miles of various trails, caves to explore, (temporarily closed due to white nose syndrome effecting the bat population) a variety of cabins and camping areas, a restaurant and pool. Like many state parks found around the United States, Devil’s Den was created during the CCC New Deal program during the Great Depression. Because it is one of the most preserved CCC projects in the U.S. Devil’s Den is on the list of the National Register of Historic Places.
Located in the Ozark National Forest I imagine Devil’s Den lights up with the changing of the leaves. Our particular visit was late July during a very wet summer so the water was still flowing at the falls and the reservoir was full. The scenery was very nice during our visit. I also got to have some daughter/father time as I took my 3 year old on the Devil’s Den Self-Guided Trail. It was a great hike and a cool experience as we got to walk underneath the waterfall. The trail my daughter and I took is a must see, she still takes about the time we went on the long hike to see the waterfall. Devil’s Den State Park was one of those things that we added to our road trip at the last second and were glad that we did. The waterfall is seasonal and we were lucky for it to be flowing as well as it was in July so if you are interested in that you should go earlier in the season. Even if you do not make it during the peak waterfall season there seems to be many things to see and do. We enjoyed getting back to nature at Devil’s Den State park
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Devil’s Den State Park
Located at 11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74
Hours of Operation 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website at http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/devilsden/
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