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Located near Ozark, AR, and an hour away from Fort Smith, Cove Lake is a hidden gem of the Ozark National Forest. The lake is nestled underneath the Mount Magazine, the tallest mountain in Arkansas. The diverse woods create an unforgettable landscape, painting the scenery with gorgeous green colors that reflect on the surface of Cove Lake.

This 102-acre mountain lake is known as a secluded place with gorgeous blue water. Cove Lake attracts anglers, hikers, swimmers, and campers from all around the state. The lake offers many recreational opportunities, so if you are craving an active camping trip, this could be a great place to go. When you want to experience Cove Lake yourself, search for an RV in Logan County.

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Getting Outdoors

Cove Lake is popular among anglers who want to have a relaxing fishing trip, far away from the city noise. This gorgeous blue lake is home to several fish species, such as sunfish, bass, perch, and catfish. The lake is restocked annually to preserve the healthy population of fish. There are a couple of boat ramps available to visitors who go camping at Cove Lake. When you don’t have your vessel, you may rent one at a nearby marina and use it for fishing. There are no bait shops available at Cove Lake, so make sure you have all of your fishing equipment with you.

The Ozark National Forest is ideal for hikers and outdoorsy people who love exploring new areas. Several hiking trails pass close to Cove Lake, and they lead deeper into the woods. Keep in mind that some of them could get difficult considering the surrounding terrain. Mt. Magazine-Cove Lake Trail is a favorite among experienced hikers because it is 9.7 miles long and will take them closer to the top of the mountain. If you are a novice hiker, there are a few trails that loop around Cove Lake. They are short and not steep at all. Hikers may enjoy stunning views of the lake and see the mountain peaks in the distance.

Campers who engage in water sports will have plenty of options at Cove Lake. The water is suitable for swimming, and there are several beaches where they may spend their time. The recreational areas usually have picnic tables nearby, as well as playgrounds for the younger campers. Additionally, this lake can be explored by a canoe or kayak because the shore is undeveloped. Visitors may observe the wildlife or simply enjoy their time on the water.

Camping at Cove Lake

When you want to go RV camping at Cove Lake, there is one campground located right on the shore. It is called Cove Lake Recreation Area, and this place can accommodate RVs as well as long vehicles. The campground is well-maintained, with several large picnic areas nearby. Other amenities include toilets, hot showers, and a boat ramp. There are 30 sites for RVs that are paved, and each has a picnic table and a fire ring.

Hookups are not available at this campground, and you will not be able to have water or electricity in your rental RV. Campers who don’t mind this could have an eventful vacation in the heart of the Ozark National Forest. The campground is also pet-friendly, but there are a couple of rules that include keeping your dog on a leash at all times. Since there is a limited number of sites, eighteen of them can be reserved in advance. Potential visitors may contact the campground office via phone or e-mail.

Exploring the Area

The city of Ozark is one of the favorite stops for people who go motorhome camping in the area. It is located at River Valley Region, surrounded by woods and breathtaking landscapes. The city is not very large, but there are many sights to visit in the downtown area that could be very interesting for first-time visitors. One of them is the Altus Heritage House Museum that is located in the former state bank. The building is quite old, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Once visitors get inside, they may explore the fascinating history of Ozark. Native Americans lived on this land before the arrival of the first settlers, and several collections showcase various artifacts from that period. This part of the United States is known for mines, and there is an exhibit that celebrates the mining industry of Ozark. There you may see mining equipment used hundreds of years ago.

The railroad played an important part in the development of western Arkansas. It comes as no surprise to discover that the Ozark Area Depot Museum is among the most visited sights in this town. The museum is in the downtown area, on the banks of the Arkansas River. The old railroad depot now houses numerous artifacts, documents, and photographs related to the development of the railroad system in Ozark. Friendly tour guides will tell you plenty of useful facts about the trains that helped connect Ozark with the rest of the state.

Ozark is known as a wine county thanks to several vineyards that are located near the town. Excellent climate attracted the winemakers back in the 1890s. Cove Lake campers could drive a couple of miles out of Ozark, and tour these vineyards, as well as sample their products. If you feel hungry during your visit to this city, there are several restaurants in the downtown area that serve international food.

Gas stations are located near the I-40 for those who wish to continue their tour of Arkansas. Continue going east to the city of Conway. It is a college town with an outstanding culinary scene.

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