Bull Shoals-White River State Park
In north central Arkansas amidst the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals-White River State Park stretches along the riverside and lakeshore where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake join at the Bull Shoals dam. Together these waters form one of the nation’s finest fishing and boating combinations. The White River is renowned as mid-America’s premier trout stream, famous for its record rainbow and brown trout. Bull Shoals Dam forms Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas’s largest lake with 45,440 acres of waters stretching along Arkansas's northern border and into southern Missouri. Anglers are drawn to the lake's catches of lunker bass, catfish, crappie, and bream. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy boating and swimming in these clear open waters.
The park is a popular camping destination that features 102 campsites along or near the river (34 Class AAA, four Class A, 44 Class B, 20 Tent Sites with no hookups), one Rent-A-Camp, and three Rent-An-RV). Interpretive programs, workshops, and nature camps are offered in the park throughout the year. Park facilities include picnic areas, standard pavilions, playgrounds, hiking trails, and a multi-use trail. The park's marina/store offers boat, motor, kayak and canoe rentals; and, in addition, supplies, equipment, and gifts for sale.
The park visitor center is situated on a high point across the dam from the rest of the park's facilities. The center affords a sweeping view of the White River, Bull Shoals Dam, and Bull Shoals Lake. This 15,744-square-foot visitor/education center is named in honor of Jim Gaston of Lakeview, owner of Arkansas’s renowned Gaston’s White River Resort. The James A. Gaston Visitor Center serves as the primary visitor contact point at Bull Shoals-White River State Park, and is the focal point for the interpretation of the White River, Bull Shoals Dam, Bull Shoals Lake. Interpretive exhibits are featured throughout the lobby, gift shop, Johnboat Theater, and 1,720-square-foot Exhibit Hall filled with images of the river, lake and dam. These state-of-the art exhibits, and the video presentation in the Johnboat Theater, share the history and tell of the fish these waters hold. The center also includes an observation tower, gift shop, two classrooms, and the park staff's offices.
Always a pleasure to visit this location. The beautiful Shenandoah Valley region is wonderful to visit and this Resort has lots of activities. Actually, there are enough activities on the resort to keep you from visiting local areas. Totally enjoyed a falconry experience through the resort which was so unique! Accommodations are always clean although each of the different activities are additional to your initial payments, so be prepared to continue to spend more money after your arrival. Can't wait to come back in February to fully experience all the winter activities!
I go there mainly for rest and relaxation. When my children were younger, we enjoyed numerous activities. My hubby and I undertake daily outings, even the mall. I also spend a fraction of the time in the Jacuzzi. It would be nice to have a night club on the premises with live entertainment and an additional restaurant with later hours. Overall, it's a great place.
Our "go to" get away. Lots to do (or not, if you just want to chill). Regal Vistas are the top of the timeshare line and the fireplace in the bedroom as well as the living room made it a cozy way to celebrate Christmas. We made a fancy meal that day in the more than adequate kitchen. The fridge worked well for our left overs from our restaurant trips. Comfy beds and lots of towels. Especially enjoyed the soap making experience offered by the crafts Dept.
This place is beautiful all around. Coming here as a tourist from South Florida, we were fascinated by the scenery around the resort including the snowy white top mountains and frozen filled with ducks and swans. There's a lot to do in the area. The Ski resort is a lot of fun. It is worth noting that there are some great skiing & tubing specials that are worth taking advantage of. For example, the Tubing Tuesdays for $20 or Monday Madness skiing/snowboarding for $40 which includes the equipment. There are several caverns just outside of the resort which are really cool. Also, the nearby city of Harrisonburg has a Main Street area which is a fun hang-out spot. And finally, Washington D.C. is only about a 2-hour drive from the resort. So you can feel free to include a day at the nation's capitol as part of your trip.
Fantastic unique place to go to in any season!! They have their own police/security, strict speed limits. Great choice of rentals. Very family friendly!! Plenty of activities to choose from and great food places.
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