Basecamp

If you enjoy life outside, you’ll want to be part of Basecamp. The group tries new outdoor adventures and has casual get-togethers with good food, friends and music. The experts at Basecamp will also help you choose a wilderness trail, connect you with recreation-specific clubs and venues, keep you posted on area events and recommend outfitters to get you geared up. Keep an eye on the calendar and Facebook announcing upcoming events, local activities and road trips. Then, grab your gear and get ready to enjoy the great outdoors!

Hot Springs Village Basecamp is your launching point to outdoor adventure. We’re not a club, just a group of HSV outdoor enthusiasts who want to play and explore, providing exciting outdoor opportunities for residents and sponsored guest. Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, the Ouachita Mountains and numerous lakes, rivers and streams, we have easy access to some of the best mountain trails, wilderness areas and waterways in the state. Not to mention an abundance of outdoor activities in our own community. Let us be your local experts for outdoor sports. We can help you pick out a wilderness trail, connect you with recreation-specific clubs and venues, keep you posted on area events and recommend an outfitter to get you geared up. Together we will try new outdoor adventures, share new experiences and develop lasting friendships along the way. Watch for our pop-up tent with sporting demonstrations, outdoor activities and casual get-togethers with good food, friends and music.

 

ADVENTURE SPORTS

ATV (Off Highway) TRAILS

Exploring the wilderness on ATVs and other off-road vehicles is one of the fastest growing recreational use of the National Forests. Many of the trails are multipurpose, so riders should be on the lookout for horseback riders, hikers and mountain bikers. We've also included an ORV Park for more road warrior excitement!

  • Bear Creek Cycle Trail near Daisy State Park
  • Jessieville Winona Fourche Ranger District
  • Superlift ORV Park in Hot Springs
  • Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail in Mount Magazine State Park
 
ROCK CLIMBING

While the best rock climbing in Arkansas is in the western and northern regions, you can still find a challenge close to home. Dardanelle Rock, near Lake Dardanelle State Park, is a large rock formation near the Arkansas River bank that was used as a lookout by Indians and Confederate soldiers.

 
MINING

The Ouachita Mountains holds some of the best quality quartz in the world, and you can mine them yourself in nearby Hot Springs and Mount Ida. Here you can dig-your-own or select a perfect specimen in one of the area rock shops. Visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, the world's only diamond mine where you can search and keep what you find!

 
WATER SPORTS

While Hot Springs Village has no shortage of its own lakes, West Central Arkansas has plenty of bragging rights when it comes to water sports.

We are home to Lake Ouachita, the largest lake in the state, and have so many other lakes we’re referred to as the Diamond Lakes area.

Lake Hamilton, Lake Catherine, DeGray Lake, Lake Greeson and Lake Ouachita are all favorite spots for water-skiing, pleasure boating (canoe and kayaking, too) and fishing. Lake Ouachita is also great for spearfishing and diving.

Camping, picnicking, and other shore fun can be found at the Arkansas State Parks near DeGray Lake, Lake Catherine, Lake Ouachita and Lake Greeson.

 
CANOEING, RAFTING, KAYAKING

The Caddo, Ouachita and Cossatot Rivers provide a variety of recreation from family outings to leisurely floats to challenging whitewater rafting. Basecamp offers numerous coordinated water sport events such as community weekly kayaking fun. Visit the calendar for event information.

Contact the Hot Springs Village Outdoor Recreation Division for more information on Basecamp. 501.922.0322.

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