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Description - At Devil's Den State Park, in a picturesque Ozark valley, you can explore caves, crevices and bluff overlooks. Selected as a park site in the 1930s, Lee Creek Valley provided materials for the Civilian Conservation Corps to build the park's rustic wood and stone structures that today offer modern conveniences. The mountain stream forms a small 8 acre lake before cascading over a magnificent native stone dam.

Attractions - Hiking and backpacking trails access backcountry areas of this nature park.

Sixteen fully equipped cabins with kitchens and fireplaces are nestled in the natural beauty of this enchanting park. A cafe and pool, both open in summer only, overlook the lake. Groceries, gifts and snacks are available at the park store. There are 154 campsites spaced along the valley, and a horse camp area and riding trails are also available. The park includes a group camp, a standard pavilion and mountain bike trails.

Recreation - Devil's Den State Park offers many outdoor opportunities. Visitors will enjoy camping, picnicking, backpacking, mountain biking and hiking. Interpreters provide hikes along several miles of trails including the 14 mile Butterfield Hiking Trail, plus games and programs daily during summer. Programming is available year-round by request. The 8 acre lake offers swimming, boating and fishing opportunities. Visitors will also enjoy a horse camp area with nearby riding trails.

Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.

Location - Devil's Den State Park is located in the Ozark Mountains Region of northwestern Arkansas. To reach the park, travel eight miles south of Fayetteville on I-540 to Exit #53 (West Fork), then go 17 miles southwest on Arkansas Hwy. 170.

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Filed By: Jack "Grizz" Simpson
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I have to say that my trip to Devil's Den was less than it was cracked up to be. The hiking trail was really beautiful and if you only stay on the trails I think you will have a good time. The problem I had was with the cave that you can enter. The first part is called fat man's squeeze and they ain't kidding. I am 5'10" and weigh 290, so I'm not THAT big a guy, but I almost didnt get through. If you are a big guy you might want to take off your shirt and lather up with vaseline if you are going to squeeze into this cave. Then once you get inside there are no formations or anything, just bats. We must've stirred up a mess of them because we had bats flying past our faces and one person in our group claimed to have been bit, but I have my doubts. Anyway we are making our way through this big hole in the ground and what do we come upon??? Well because it is dark in there I cant say I really found it, but the smell told all I needed to know. Some wise guy had dropped his drawers and taken a hefty dump right htere in one of them rooms. The smell would have knocked over an elephant or two. It was so bad some in our group lost their lunches which made things only that much worse. I ended up stepping in some fresh up=chuck and lost my balance, falling on the seat of my pants. Now I had to deal with two horrible smells and one of them wasnt leaving me until I got a change of clothes and a shower. Well we finally made it to the entrance and after much struggle I got out. THere was a group of japanese tourists waiting to go in as we were coming out, and when they saw the sight of me they turned and left. Devils Den is great fun..just stay away from the caves.

Filed By: Shelly Anderson (tulsa, ok)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I feel truly blessed to have been able to experience this beautiful park. There is something to do for everyone, no matter what age you are. Hike, climb, or simply sit and enjoy the beauty God created in this heaven on earth. Be sure and take something to feed the wild life, we were visited by a baby doe, squirrels, many different types of birds and of course racoons. The staff is friendly, the cabins are so clean and comfortable, it felt like home. Please be sure and not litter on the trails, there was alot of trash and it really ruins the balance of nature. I am truly emotional about Devil's Den. It was a life altering experience for me, I hated leaving and am already planning a return trip. This park can be enjoyed with your family ( I can not wait for my children to see this wonderous place) or with your sweetie. You will not regret going to Devil's Den. Book your cabin several months in advance, as this place is always full. Another suggestion, take boots to hike in and flashlights to explore caves. Don't forget your camera!!!

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Contact Information:
Devil's Den State Park, 11333 West AR Hwy 74 , West Fork, AR, 72774, Phone: 501-761-3325
, devilsden@arkansas.com

Additional Information:
Arkansas State Parks - Arkansas's beautiful natural resources and history can be found in over 50 state parks and museums throughout the state.
Ozark Mountains Region - The Ozark Mountains in northwest Arkansas provide abundant outdoor recreation, scenic driving and developed urban areas.

Arkansas State Parks - Official Arkansas State Parks website.


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