With crystal clear water and a setting in the foothills of Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, Greers Ferry Lake is Eden Isle, Heber Springs and the Fabulous Family Lake House’s’ “rock star” attraction. If you haven’t visited Greers Ferry Lake before, you will be inspired by its beautiful, natural setting. Greers Ferry Lake has more than 40,000 acres of surface area and hundreds of miles of unspoiled shoreline. It is a great place to make memories with your family. If you’re interested in mixing your water adventures with hiking or rock climbing, Greers Ferry Lake will excite you with its easy access to hiking and climbing opportunities. If you’re a cliff jumper, you won’t be disappointed, either. If you are a water skier or wake boarder, you’ll love the large expanses of water. If you prefer underwater exploration, Greers Ferry Lake is well known for its underwater dives and the underwater towns that were left behind when Greers Ferry Dam was built and Greers Ferry Lake was born. If you’re interested in a beach location, Greers Ferry has it’s own “Sandy Beach.” Each year Sandy Beach hosts the incredibly fun and funny World Championship Cardboard Boat Races. The Fourth of July extravaganza and fireworks show is extra special at Greers Ferry Lake, especially when viewed from a boat. If you get hungry during or after your day on Greers Ferry Lake you won’t want to miss Janssen’s Lakefront Restaurant. Janssens offers some of the best food in Arkansas and its colossal cakes are legendary. What’s even more fun is that you can park your boat at Janssen’s dock and walk right up to the restaurant.
Ruland Junction Train Museum is great fun for “kids” of all ages. As you can see, above, the museum’s dioramas are impressive. The back stories of how these scenes were created from common, everyday materials is very interesting. The museum’s curators are incredibly patient with and kind to children. Ruland Junction is located in the heart of Heber Springs and just a short 5 mile/10 minute drive from our Fabulous Family Lake house. It’s informative and fun, and a great setting for family photographs.
The Little Red River, below the dam that formed Greers Ferry Lake, is a near perfect environment for the rainbow, brook, cutthroat and brown trout that now thrive there. The icy cold waters that emerge from the dam contain thousands of trout per mile. In 1992, a world record 40 pound 4 ounce German Brown Trout was caught by a local fisherman on 4 pound test line. Large (5 to 8 pound) trout are caught regularly. The Little Red River draws trout fishermen from all over the world. Whether you’re an experienced fly fisherman, or a hopeful beginner with a fishing rod and a bobber, you’ll love the Little Red River. If you’re planning a trip to Heber Springs we can recommend several great guides who can help make your visit to the Little Red River and our Fabulous Family Lake House an unforgettable one.
Bridal Veil and Cornelius Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is a hidden treasure located in the heart of Heber Springs, Arkansas. The falls can be easily viewed from an observation platform (adjacent to a gravel parking area), but the real fun comes for visitors that take the hike to Bridal Veil Falls’ base. Hikers are rewarded with spectacular views from behind the “veil” of Bridal Veil Falls. The trail requires some effort but it is regularly hiked by families with small children. It is truly spectacular and should not be missed by any visitor to our Fabulous Family Lake House. If you continue to hike down the little creek you’ll be treated with a view of a second, smaller, yet still beautiful waterfall.
Watch the Trumpeter Swans of Heber Springs
During the winter of 1991 a small group of trumpeter swans arrived at a small lake (Lake Magness) just outside the city limits of Heber Springs. Locals have suggested they came to the area as a result of a storm, but know one knows exactly why the first small group of swans came to the Heber Springs area. What everyone does know is that the swans have come back every year since to spend the winter months and, they have apparently spread the word to their friends. Between November and late February or early March, hundreds of these incredibly beautiful swans make the Heber Springs area their home. The swans have grown accustomed to their fan club and seem to “pose” for photos from their many fans. If you visit our Fabulous Family Lake House during the late fall and early winter months you won’t want to miss this incredible sight.