Arkansas Camping, Hiking, Nature June 22, 2022
The Most Remote Lake In Arkansas Is Also The Most Peaceful
With over 2,000 lakes in Arkansas, isn’t it nice to find one that’s secluded to escape life for a while? A lake where you can relax and be at one with nature without too many folks around. Well, at Shady Lake, you can do just that. While it might not be the most remote lake in Arkansas, it is the most peaceful.
Nestled inside the remote mountains of the Ouachita National Forest in Mena is Shady Lake. It’s a 25-acre picturesque lake perfect for an escape in nature.
Constructed in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this crescent-shaped lake is surrounded by a recreation area.
The Shady Lake Recreational Area has 66 campsites available on a first come first serve basis.
The serene campground is divided into four camping loops, and some are equipped with water and electricity and can fit 32-feet campers.
The sites range in amenities from full hook-ups to no service at all. But you’ll enjoy incredible waterfront views from some of the campsites.
You’ll have access to clean water as well as bathhouses equipped with full bathroom facilities with warm showers.
Other recreational amenities include boating, fishing, swimming beach, BBQ-grills, picnic area, firepit, and a 3-mile hiking trail.
The trails are peaceful and secluded and you can either hike or bike through them. There’s plenty of wildlife and things to do and see while you trek.
Enjoy views of the lake, the creeks, and streams that flow along the trail…
…as well as the gorgeous rock bridge with the stream flowing through it.
The area is ideal for unwinding and immersing in the beauty of nature.
But the highlight of this area is the Shady Lake Dam, a magnificent structure located along the hiking trail.
You’ll want to take some time and enjoy the solitude as well as capture this incredible dam and waterfall.
The recreation area is open all year-round and it's perfect for a peaceful getaway. You’ll be glad you have no cell service and were able to escape and be one with nature.
So, have you ever been to Shady Lake Recreational Area? If so, did you enjoy this remote lake in Arkansas?
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And while you’re in Mena, you must grab a bite to eat at this 100-year-old restaurant . Address: Shady Lake Recreation Area, Mena, AR 71953, USA