Eureka Springs (Arkansas – USA)

Eureka Springs (Arkansas – USA)

Located in the Ozarks region of Arkansas is the picturesque and historic village of Eureka Springs. Long considered to be the site of two of the most haunted hotels in America, Eureka Springs is home to many of the more interesting attractions in the state.

Beaver Lake Cruises

Snuggled up against Eureka Springs is “Beaver Lake.” “Beaver Lake” features over 60 miles of pristine shoreline and is home to a 200 acre island that has been designated as a wildlife game preserve.

Visitors to Eureka Springs can take a delightful cruise on the lake aboard the “Belle of the Ozarks.”

The 12 mile “Belle of the Ozarks” cruise takes passengers past Beaver Dam, Whitehouse Bluffs, an Ozark Bluff Dwellers burial ground, the wild game preserve and overtop of a submerged ancient homestead.

The Ozark Bluff Dwellers were a group of Paleo-Indians who lived in the Eureka Springs are circa 12,000 B.C. They lived alongside bodies of water and tended to move frequently following the trail of their primary protein source; mammoths and mastodons.

The “Belle of the Ozarks” comes equipped with modern restrooms and an on-board concession stand where passengers can purchase a variety of snacks and libations.

The “Belle of the Ozarks” departs daily from the “Starkey Dock” at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. The cruise operates from May through October and is closed on Thursdays.

As of 2010 a cruise aboard the “Belle of the Ozarks” is $20.00 for adults and $8.00 for children.

Belle of the Ozarks

4024 Mundell Road

Eureka Springs, AR 72631

800-552-3803

Onyx Cave

Travelers, who like their caves cool, dark, and mysterious will enjoy a self-guided tour through “Onyx Cave”, located less than 10 miles from historic downtown Eureka Springs.

Eureka Springs (Arkansas – USA)

Discovered in 1983 the cave is completely composed of natural onyx and keeps a cool and constant air temperature of 57 degrees.

At the entrance to the “Onyx Cave” visitors don radio headphones that provide pre-recorded narratives about such stunning cave chambers as the “Witches Fireplace” and the “Friendly Dragon.”

Prices and hours of operation vary so it is best to call first before making the trek to “Onyx cave.”

Though the walk within the cave is considered non-strenuous, proper footwear and at least a light jacket are recommended.

Onyx Cave

U.S. 62 East

Eureka Springs, AR 72632

1905 Basin Park Hotel

Built by William Duncan in 1905 the “Basin Park Hotel” rests on the site of the old “Perry House.” The “Perry House” was a four story wooden hotel that was built in 1880. After enjoying almost a decade of popularity it burnt to the ground in 1890 during one of the four fires that destroyed large sections of the village.

Who haunts the “Basin Park Hotel?” No one is quite sure who all of the entities are. What is sure however, are the copious amounts of light orbs that whiz about the building on a regular basis.

In addition to the eerie orbs of light hotel visitors and staff have claimed to see the spectral remains of the hotel’s former owner, William Duncan. The spectral Duncan, clad in his signature brown suit and derby, have been seen throughout the hotel seemingly managing operations from beyond the grave. Now that’s a dedicated entrepreneur!

Just like its sister hotel, the “Basin Park Hotel” is still in operation today so visitors to Eureka Springs can opt to either spend the night or take one of the nightly guided and un-guided ghost tours. As is the case with the “Crescent Hotel and Spa” the ghost tours at the “Basin Park Hotel” begin at 8:00 pm and tickets are available for purchase at the hotel’s front desk.

As of 2010 ghost tour tickets at the “Basin Park Hotel” are $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for children under age 9.

1905 Basin Park Hotel

12 Spring Street

Eureka Springs, AR 72632

479-253-7837

Quigley’s Castle

Considered one of the strangest dwellings in the state, “Quigley’s Castle” is the quaint home of the late Elsie Quigley.

Eureka Springs (Arkansas – USA)

“Quigley’s Castle” boasts a large perennial garden with over 400 varieties of flowers, a lily pond, and extensive collections of butterflies, fossils, arrowheads, glassware, crystals and stones.

This home’s architecture captures the imagination and is designed to bring the outside world in. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was featured on the Home and Garden Television Channel.

Elsie’s descendants continue to live in this unique home and share it with the world by providing guided tours from April 1st to October 31st from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. “Quigley’s Castle” is closed on Sundays and Thursdays.

As of 2010 admission to “Quigley’s Castle” is $6.50 for adults. Children under 14 who are accompanied by a paying adult are admitted free.

Quigley’s Castle

Ar. 23 South

Eureka Springs, AR 72632

479-253-8311

Eureka Springs Trolley Service

Those visitors who prefer to ride instead of stroll through Eureka Spring’s historic downtown district will not be disappointed.

The village’s Transit Office operates a door-to-door trolley service that takes visitors from most major lodging establishments to various attractions, eclectic shops and eateries throughout.

The trolley’s main depot is located in the heart of the downtown area. Tickets are available for purchase at various locations throughout the village. Hours of operation and ticket prices vary so it is best to call the Transit Office in advance at 1-479-253-9572 for details.

3 Comments

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  3. Anas

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