Montgomery County Master Gardeners

A division of the University of Arkansas Agricultural Department, this organization provides education and information to the community about gardening, and volunteering.  Community projects include the Montgomery County Courthouse grounds, Montgomery County Nursing Home, Tasty Acres, and the Caddo Gap “Indian Monument”.

The Master Gardeners meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00am (Annex Bldg., 117 Ray Dr.).   These meetings are open to the public and feature a speaker and refreshments.

Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Service Annex Building

117 Ray Drive
Mount Ida, AR 71957 

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Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

Making Magic Memories for a lifetime

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park is located in beautiful Hot Springs, Arkansas and offers the state’s only theme park, water park and concert amphitheater in one location for one low price. Get admission to all three ways to play with any general admission ticket or Season Pass

 

 

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

1701 E Grand Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901 

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Lake Ouachita Shores Resort, Inc.

Lake Ouachita Shores is one of the most beautifully located resorts on Lake Ouachita (Wash-i-ta) and is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. It is one of the cleanest lakes in the nation, over 30 miles long, and has a surface area of 40,000 acres. Excellent for fishing (many varieties), swimming, boating, diving, hiking and relaxing. We are only 25 miles (30 min.) from Hot Springs on Hwy 270 West and just 10 min. from Mount Ida, the “Quartz Crystal Capitol of the World.”

 

Lake Ouachita Shores Resort

359 Ouachita Shores Pkwy
Mount Ida, AR 71957 

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Blue Bell Cafe’ & Country Store

The best of both worlds come together at the Blue Bell where you can find real home-style meals, tasty sandwiches,  or come in on a Friday for catfish, coleslaw, and hush puppies.  There is something for everyone…Shop in the gift store area featuring great gifts and products from local artisans, or enjoy one of Blue Bell’s famous burgers and other good eats.

Join in the Saturday Night jam sessions from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, harmonica, dobro or even that recorder you tried to learn how to play in band!  Or just come and enjoy the great atmosphere and good company!

Blue Bell Cafe and Gift Store

8 Highway 298 East
Story , AR 71970 

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Wind ‘n’ Wood Camping & Glamping

Looking for more privacy and “social distancing” for your camping?  Wind ‘n’ Wood is the place for you!

Rustic camping meets the modern trendy glamping for a unique, peaceful experience.  Choose from one of four campsites with flat tent spots, great views, and permanent fire pits.

Wind ‘n’ Wood (sounds like Rock ‘n’ Roll or Fish ‘n’ Chips) is an organic teaching garden and private campground just four miles from a launch point into the Ouachita River and a few minutes from the Womble Trail (IMBA Epic Hiking/Biking Trail).  Crystal digging and rock shops are just minutes away, come dig it!

Come enjoy one of the best spots in the nation without worrying about the pandemic while you go fishing, biking, hiking, floating, hunting, or just sitting around your campfire.  Astounding sky views at night with a full view of the milky way.

If you are interested in the educational aspects of Wind ‘n’ Wood let us know and we will set up soap making demonstrations, foraging hikes, sky watching and constellation identification, organic and permaculture techniques, campfire cooking, and so much more.  If you just need some time away, enjoy the privacy and seclusion of your own place in the woods away from the hustle and bustle of daily life or public campgrounds.

Features:

  • Within minutes of the Ouachita River, Womble Trail, Ouachita Lake, Ouachita National Forest, Quartz Crystal Shops & Mines. Just 45 minutes away from Hot Springs.
  • Shared single cold water shower
  • Pets are allowed (please discuss your pet’s needs upon making your reservation).
  • Trash and recycling service provided.

Costs:

  • $15/night for your campsite that will accommodate up to 8 people. Minimum 2 Nights ($30)
  • Cabin rentals coming soon: $50/night. Sleeps 2 adults or up 4 children.

Reserve Your Spot Now!

  • All campsites are usually taken for the year by the middle of June, so reserve your spot now!  Just send an email or text message (870-490-0782) with your phone number and the dates you wish to reserve.  As soon as we receive your message (it takes a while out here in the woods) we will call back and answer any questions you may have and finalize your reservation.
  • You can use your credit card with PayPal, or bring cash on the day of your arrival.

Wind n Wood


Story, Arkansas 71970 United States

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Two Spirits Ltd. Canoe Adventures

A canoe trip… a canoe event… an outdoor adventure  on the Ouachita River in Arkansas
At Two Spirits Ltd… we have it all.
All meals, canoes & air conditioned cabins furnished.

We have a river-front tent campground available, with picnic tables ,fire rings and grills.

 

1167 Puckett Bend Rd.
Mount Ida, AR 71957 US

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Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines

Great place for the whole family, where everyone is welcome and guaranteed to find crystals.

Wegner Crystal Ranch is 218 acres of nature’s beauty surrounded on four sides by the Ouachita Mountains. Spring water feeds our streams and ponds encouraging wildlife. The stone columns at our gate are built with our quartz crystal. On this ranch we dig, buy, and sell crystals and we invite you to participate. Our warehouse is four floors with over 10,000 sq. ft. of crystals from our mines as well as minerals mined in the United States and imported from around the world. It is surrounded outside by acres of crystals stockpiled for the future. Browse to your hearts conent.

But many want to dig their own crystals; it is a special experience. We offer a variety of options, attuned to the ability and interests of different “miners.” So consider Wegner’s as an amazing crystal museum, an opportunity to buy, or fulfillment of your desire to dig. Whatever your preference, please review our website and come on out. This is our most popular activity. This large 40 acre surface mine is regarded highly for its’ abundance of clear crystals that are suitable for jewelry. Quartz Crystal clusters, garden rocks and bigger points are also found here on a regular basis. Collecting at this mine is easy as picking up the crystals exposed on the surface, especially after a good rain. Or, for those who want a little more challenge and want to try their luck at hard rock mining, there are veins available to you throughout the mine site

This large 40 acre surface mine is our most popular activity and is regarded highly for its’ abundance of clear crystals that are suitable for jewelry. Quartz Crystal clusters, garden rocks and bigger points are also found here on a regular basis. Collecting at this mine is easy as picking up the crystals exposed on the surface, especially after a good rain. Or, for those who want a little more challenge and want to try their luck at hard rock mining, there are veins available to you throughout the mine site egarded highly for its’ abundance of clear crystals that are suitable for jewelry. Quartz Crystal clusters, garden rocks and bigger points are also found here on a regular basis. Collecting at this mine is easy as picking up the crystals exposed on the surface, especially after a good rain. Or, for those who want a little more challenge and want to try their luck at hard rock mining, there are veins available to you throughout the mine site.

Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines

82 Wegner Ranch Rd.
Mount Ida, AR 71957 

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Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

So you come to dig. We will give you a brief lesson on safety and let you know the places where you can and can’t go.  After all this is a commercial operational crystal mine.  You have to know the do’s and don’t’s of the mine.  If you have trouble getting your eye going on finding crystals we will also show you what to look for and answer any and all of your questions.
There are two picnic tables for you to rest and/or eat your lunch.  Some just use them to sit on and talk to other diggers.  Several friendships have been formed at the mine with people trading email address and business cards.  We even have a honeymoon couple show up on occasions that still come back to the mine for their anniversary.
We do also invite Rock and Mineral Clubs to the mine.  If there are several people in the club we will have extra people come to the mine to help.  These extra miners are to answer questions, and help carry buckets and/or rocks.
Then if you still want more crystal other than what you have found at the mine, we can help there also.  We do sell crystals at a wholesale price clean or dirty.  (We won’t tell anyone if you buy them dirty). 

Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

269 Cleo Circle
Sims, AR 71970 

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River View Cabins, Inc.

Relax and Enjoy!
The well appointed cabins at RiverView Cabins & Canoes for rent in Arkansas provide everything you need for a picture-perfect getaway vacation.  River-bluff views, of the Ouachita River, Hot Tubs to melt your cares away, and a fireplace to warm your heart. Easy access to the Ouachita National Forest, and close to Hot Springs, Arkansas.

River View Cabins and Canoes

92 W. River View Dr.
Oden, AR 71961 

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