Greers Ferry Lake Vacation Rentals for a Quiet Holiday
The Ozark Mountains of Arkansas are the state's jewels, where one can experience wildlife, verdant forests, and a variety of fun activities. Greers Ferry Lake is one area in northern Arkansas open for recreation and fun all year long. The height of the season is in summer but even then, you will find little tourism to endanger your fun. Some places in the United States can become overpopulated during summer, reducing the excitement with long lines and high costs. With Greers Ferry Lake vacation rentals, you can have a budget vacation you can plan on your own. A simple click on VRBO will show you the choices you have in vacation rentals around the Greers Ferry Lake region.
Greers Ferry Lake Cabins and the Geography of the Lake
Greers Ferry Lake is one of 12 locations developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s. The lake sits 60 miles north of Little Rock which is also the airport you would need to fly into for your vacation. Greers Ferry Lake is actually two lakes that are connected by a gorge called the Narrows. The gorge is filled with water, allowing the lakes to combine for 40,500 acres of space. There is over 340 miles of shoreline dotted with Greers Ferry Lake cabins. To get onto the lake, there are several old streets which are now boat ramps, like West Main Street in Herber Springs. Herber Springs is the largest town close to the lakes where you can purchase supplies. The most direct route to the lake from Little Rock is Interstate 107 to 64 to 5 or you can take I-40 up to 65 and over to 92, depending on where your vacation rental is in relation to the lake and towns.
The History of Greers Ferry Lake Homes
Many are unaware of how the area around Greers Ferry Lake homes began. It surprises most to learn the lake was not always as large or pleasant as it is today. Early farmers of the area built a city called Higden on the land that is now covered by the lake. Flooding from the rivers of Arkansas caused the city to be covered time and again which is why they eventually abandoned the city, moving only the cemetery. The area was then allowed to flood as much as it wanted and the U.S. Army Corps decided to form a dam to keep the lake level at a certain amount. Higden’s original town was lost but the settlers rebuilt on higher ground. Residents and visitors have noted that some of the old buildings are still standing under the water creating a watery “ghost town.” Anyone who enjoys a good diving adventure might wish to see just how well these old buildings stand underneath the water.
Dry Recreation in Greers Ferry Lake and Surrounding Areas
Boating, diving, fishing, and other watersports are available at Greers Ferry Lake but those who wish for a bit more adventure on dry land will find there is plenty to do. When on vacation at Greers Ferry Lake vacation rentals, you can enjoy camping, golf, hiking, and biking. If you bring children on your trip, they may enjoy an evening out in a tent while the parents remain indoors with comfort at their fingertips. For golfers, there are four courses: Lost Creek, Mountain Ranch, Red Apple, and Tannebaum. All of these clubs allow visitors to make reservations.
Hiking is possible at two locations: the Mossy Bluff & Buckeye Trail, and Sugar Loaf Mountain Island National Recreation trails. Mossy bluffs provide 1.6 miles of self-guided hiking around Little Red River and Greers Ferry Dam. There are posts along the trail to go with a brochure explanation of those locations. Sugar Loaf area is another of the parks built by the U.S. Army Corps; you can hike 540 feet above sea level to the top of the peak.