Heber Springs, Arkansas is known for several things including world-class trout fishing, the clear waters of Greers Ferry Lake, sailing, hiking, camping and retiring!
Heber Springs was originally founded as a health resort in the mid-19th century.
To me (and many others) it’s still a “health resort” due to the relaxing waters of Greers Ferry Lake and the tranquil atmosphere of the Little Red River.
Well, that’s only partly true. Greers Ferry Lake is definitely relaxing until you get on a tube and get slung all over the lake after you haven’t been on a tube in 20+ years.
Ask me how I know.
After that experience this summer, my entire body was rebelling against me but the adventure of it all was worth it.
Pro tip: When your camping neighbor pulls up in his boat and asks your entire family if they’d like to go for a spin, the answer is yes!
Camping in Heber Springs
That’s a big part of what Heber Springs is known for: camping.
I have camped in Heber Springs and all around Greers Ferry Lake all my life. This town and this lake provide some of the best camping in the entire state of Arkansas.
With so many campsites around the lake, that means a huge influx of campers during camping season. For us, that means an opportunity to meet new friends.
We meet people from all over the country who come year after year to enjoy Heber Springs and the lake.
And let me tell you, some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet are camping right here in Heber Springs, Arkansas.
Hiking in Heber Springs
Besides camping, Heber Springs is also known for great hiking.
Some of my favorite trails are:
Sugar Loaf Mountain Trail
Sailing on Greers Ferry Lake
I was surprised to find out this summer that Greers Ferry Lake is popular among the sailing crowd.
We’ve been watching sailboats all summer from our campsite at Heber Springs Park.
Apparently, the Greers Ferry Yacht Club is right around the corner from where we are camping.
The Greers Ferry Yacht Club has a very active group of sailors who share the enjoyment of sailing on Greers Ferry Lake… They are not like what may be the stereotypical yacht club with a fancy clubhouse and members walking around in blue blazers. They just enjoy sailing and socializing together.source
Retiring in Heber Springs Arkansas
When we camp, we like to visit with other campers. In fact, that’s was everyone here does. We like to find out where others are from, what brought them here, etc.
Many of the people we have met while camping in Heber Springs have retired here. A lot of them were from other places and they grew up driving to Greers Ferry Lake each summer to camp. So, when the time came to retire, they headed straight for Heber Springs.
We met a couple yesterday who are from Wisconsin. They bought a house in Heber Springs four years ago after having such a great time camping around the lake.
They now call Heber Springs home and still enjoy camping with their other retired friends even though the lake is only about 2 miles away.
World-Class Trout Fishing in Heber Springs
Greers Ferry Lake was created by the dam that was built on the Little Red River. Today, the Little Red River is stocked with trout from the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery.
As a result, the Little Red River boasts world-class trout fishing and attracts fishermen from all over the country.
If you like to camp, one of the best campgrounds in Arkansas sits right on the river!
Read all about it here:
7 [AMAZING] Reasons to Visit JFK Campground on the Little Red River in Arkansas
If you’d rather stay in a cabin and have a guided fishing trip, check this out:
[REVIEW] Lindsey’s Resort on the Little Red River