The Ozarks occupy a broad swath of pristine land in the United States and have been around longer than the nation has. You’ll discover forests, looming mountains, subterranean caves, and more within this unique region. The area has been featured periodically in pop culture with the somewhat remote, secluded nature of the destination coming in to play. Learn more about why so many people are fascinated with the area by reading our Ozark Mountains facts below!
Eureka Springs is nestled among all the characteristic features of the Ozarks. It is a fantastic place to stay if you are looking to experience the splendor of the Ozarks while maintaining access to modern comforts. If you are curious about what there is to do in the area, download our Vacation Guide! It’s completely free, and it is filled with local recommendations for all the best that Eureka Springs has to offer, from breathtaking natural attractions to annual festivals and everything in between.
Where Are the Ozarks Located?
The Ozarks (also referred to as the Ozark Mountains or Ozark plateau) extend across five states: Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Illinois. The majority of the region falls in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. The Ozarks are subdivided into four smaller regions: the Springfield Plateau, Boston Mountains, Salem Plateau, and St. Francois Mountains. The region enjoys a relatively cool and temperate climate, fresh mountain air, and pristine lakes and rivers.
Unique Geographic Features of the Ozark Mountains
The Ozark region is known for an abundance of sparkling springs, waterfalls, lakes, caves, caverns, and sinks (also known as karstic landforms). In addition, there are many manmade landmarks, such as the Lake of the Ozarks.
The Ozarks represent the largest area of rugged topography between the Appalachians and the Rockies. The Boston Mountains in Northwest Arkansas feature the highest peaks of the Ozark Mountains, many of which exceed 2,000 feet. Some of these mountains, including the tallest mountain in the state of Arkansas, can be found within the Ozark National Forest. The forest spans over a million acres and among its features beyond the mountains are the Blanchard Springs Caverns and 300 miles of hiking trails. There are several other state parks throughout the Ozarks that preserve the natural beauty of the area while making it accessible to visitors.
There are plenty of adventures waiting here for you, whether it is in the form of exploring a cave or hiking to vantage points that overlook scenic vistas. The lush forests and beautiful lakes support a variety of outdoor recreation, not to mention lend pristine natural beauty to the region.
Where to Learn About the History of the Ozark Mountains
There is evidence that people have lived in the Ozarks since the late Ice Age. That makes for a broad expanse of time filled with history. To learn more about the history of this region, visit one of the museums dedicated to the topic.
The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Northwest Arkansas boasts a research library and six historic buildings in addition to its various exhibits that focus on the everyday men, women, and children who lived in the towns and rural areas of the Ozarks. The Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum gives insight into the long-ago history of the Ozarks as well as more recent history, from prehistoric to Native American to the Civil War.
Experience the Beauty of the Ozarks
Eureka Springs is a wonderful place to experience the natural beauty of the Ozarks. Take full advantage of the stunning surroundings by staying in a Beaver Lake Cottage. Our breathtaking lodgings embrace aspects of the natural environment. They are immersed in a verdant forest and look out over sweeping views of Beaver Lake, and floor-to-ceiling windows allow for unobstructed views.
It’s the perfect place to take a romantic retreat and unwind away from the pressures of city living. Whether you stay in our suites, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom cottages, you will enjoy a peaceful, private retreat. Our luxurious amenities include king-sized beds, Jacuzzis, and spacious outdoor decks perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine. Be sure to browse all our accommodations and take a look at our specials and packages before you book your vacation in the Ozarks!