Lake Sylvia

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Nestled between scenic pine and oak-clad mountains in the northeast corner of the Ouachita National Forest is Lake Sylvia Recreation Area. The serene 18-acre lake is noted for its swimming and fishing opportunities only 38 miles west of Little Rock.

Printer-friendly guide to Lake Sylvia Recreation Area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Loop A, sites 12-17 are closed to overnight use; open for day use only.
Operational Hours: See Recreation Schedule and Fees
Reservations: First come; first served. Reservations are not taken.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Current fees are posted at the self-service pay station with instructions on how to pay. Camping fees include swimming privilges.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Fall-Spring
Busiest Season: Spring
Closest Towns: Perryville, Arkansas.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

Take Arkansas Hwy. 9 south from Perryville, AR for 9 miles; turn right (southwest) at sign on Arkansas Hwy. 324 for 4 miles.


General Notes:

The trail system around Lake Sylvia offers the visitor an opportunity to enjoy an easy nature walk with interpretive signs or venture to the Ouachita National Recreation Trail for a backpackers experience. The Trees of the Forest interpretive trail is an accessible trail for the physically disabled visitors. Each interpretive sign features information on the variety of tree species found in the area. Each sign also offers the text in Braille format. Another interpretive trail, the Wildlife Trail, offers information identifying the common wildlife species in the area. The trail loops through part of the Chinquapin Mountain Walk-in Turkey Area, which also connects with the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. The Lake Sylvia Spur Trail is an additional access provided for the hikers to connect with the Ouachita National Recreation Trail from the Lake Sylvia Recreation Area.


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Activities


Bicycling

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Sleeping ShelterNone
No. of Sites 27
No. of Accessible sites 0

RV Camping

Hookup - Water19
Reservation Info First come, first served, Reservations are not taken.
Size Restrictions RVs and trailers 30 feet or less.
No. of Sites 0
No. of Accessible sites 0
Dump StationsYes
Hookups - Electric19
Hookup - Sewer0
Reservation info: Reservations are not accepted; first come; first served.
Best Season: summer; early fall

Group Camping

Reservation InfoNone required
No. of Sites2

Fishing

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Hiking

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Amenities

Toilets
Picnic tables
Parking
Tent camping
Interpretive Site
Drinking water
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  0.8 miles max;0.4 mile Trees of the Forest Trail; 11mile Wildcat Mountain Bike Trail;2.1 mile Lake S
  Latitude : 
34.8676194
  Longitude : 
-92.8224056