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.

Lake Sylvia Trails

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open for the season. Day-use and swim area to open 5/1/21 to 9/30/21. The campground and group campsite open 4/1/21 to 11/1/21
Reservations: First come; first served. Reservations are not taken.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Current fees.  Camping fees include swimming privileges.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Fall-Spring
Busiest Season: Spring
Restrictions: Dogs are not allowed in the day use area. Dogs are allowed in the campground; however they must remain on a leash at all times.
Closest Towns: Perryville, Arkansas.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Jessieville-Winona-Fourche Ranger District (501) 984-5313

General Information


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.


Recreation Map

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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Camping trailer
Areas & Activities


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0.8 miles max;0.4 mile Trees of the Forest Trail; 11mile Wildcat Mountain Bike Trail;2.1 mile Lake S

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