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17 Arkansas Lodges and Resorts


Travelers across the state of Arkansas have a variety of accommodations and lodging experiences waiting for them. The lodges and resorts of Arkansas offer everything from pristine golf, river’s-edge fishing access, fine dining, and wildlife watching in quiet, secluded destinations.

While four Arkansas State Parks have lodges onsite, unique marina experiences outline lakes across the state, and world-class fishing destinations and duck hunting fields in the delta range offer unique experiences for outdoorsmen and women wanting quiet days catching or hunting their dinner.

Arkansas State Park Lodges

Overlooking the Petit Jean River Valley, staying at this lodge during the fall months is the ultimate Arkansas Bucket list destination. Sixty guest rooms with a lobby hearth room and onsite restaurant are perfect accommodations after a day of exploring trails, rock climbing, hang gliding, or visiting the nearby Arkansas Eiffel Tower.

A historic Arkansas treasure, being the only lodge in the state built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)/WPA teams.

A perfect location to experience any of Arkansas’ four seasons with a wraparound porch atop the Ouachita National Forest. Nearby downtown Mena, Talimena Byway, Wolf Pen Gap, and local hiking trails offer plenty of spaces to experience nature, history, or a solar eclipse.

Located on an island deep within the state park grounds, pet-friendly rooms and calm sunset lake views with a nearby golf course set apart these lodge rooms.

Photo used with permission from Arkansas Parks and Tourism.

Resorts of Arkansas

Considered Arkansas’ premier lake resort along the banks of Lake Ouachita, this all-in-one experience includes a restaurant, spa, marina, bike trails, and team-building leadership experiences.

Located along a peninsula off Lake Lomond with water views from every room in this waterfront lake retreat.

An unforgettable experience inside a cave in the Ozark mountains. A luxury weekend with accommodations for honeymooners and families. Or, drop in on the private helipad among the walls of the Buffalo National River.

Sometimes described as a coastal resort, this secluded historic inn comes with fine dining and golf vacations on one of the founding members of the Natural State Golf Trail.

Lodging at Crown Lake Resort can be in the form of cabins, tiny homes, your own RV or a condo. This resort has an on-site restaurant and white sandy beaches. Read more about Crown Lake Resort!

Photo courtesy of Stan Jones Mallard Lodge.

Unique Lodges in Arkansas

Stan Jones is a multi-generational Arkansas farmer, but his real passion is conservation, and part of his land is designated to create a migration destination for ducks. For more than 30 years, Stan has guided hunters in the area using his skills developed since childhood and a passion for sharing the most extraordinary hunting spaces among the river bottoms along the Black River.

A premier destination of gentleman sophistication in the middle of conservation grasslands, rolling out the red carpet for mallards and wood ducks.

All-inclusive duck hunting lodge with meals, bar and onsite game processing included.

Ten separate bedrooms accommodate visitors with large, shared spaces for meetings or family gatherings. The wide porch, with a 30-mile view of the Buffalo National River, offers space for morning yoga, dinner on the patio, or coffee and conversation.

Fishing Lodges in Arkansas

An all-inclusive inn with recognizable red cedar wrapping the entrance as the gateway to beautiful accommodations. The inn sits on top of a limestone bluff with White River views expanding for miles to plan from a day of fishing. A custom fly-tying desk offers a unique experience for demonstration and learning.

Connected to the top fishing guide on the White River, access to boat rentals, dock space, and guide services set this location apart from others in the area.

Beautiful location on the banks of the White River with bank fishing for browns, rainbow trout, and stockers.

Photo used with permission from Arkansas Parks and Tourism.

Located along the Tranquility Run section of the White River, PJ’s is most known for the gourmet dining experience, including “exciting wines, unique beers, and cocktails” combined with a memorable trout fishing experience. The Ozark National Forest borders the property and a working ranch with equestrian stables on the property.

A simple dormitory-style lodge located 15 minutes from Hot Springs on Arkansas’ most transparent lake waters. Nearby Crystal Springs Marina Village offers restaurants, boat rentals, and water toys. Don’t forget to stop by Burl’s Smokehouse before you leave!

Photo used with permission from Arkansas Parks and Tourism.

More Getaways

If you want to expand your search for other accommodation types, check out some of these options of other places to stay in Arkansas.

Cover photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks and Tourism.

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Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in Northwest Arkansas with her chicken man and break-dancing son. Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, small business trainer, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now, she is using those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop, which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom! Keisha loves to feed birds, read the stack on her nightstand, do dollar store crafts, cook recipes from her Pinterest boards, and chase everyday adventures on her Arkansas bucket list.

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  1. […] beauty found in our 52 state parks, 2023 marks its centennial year. In 1923, the initial land for Petit Jean State Park was acquired, making it the first state park in Arkansas. The natural beauty and ancient geology of […]

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