Best Winter Weekend Getaway at DeGray Lake Resort State Park

By Kerrie Hatcher

Best Winter Weekend Getaway at DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Looking for a great weekend getaway in Arkansas this winter? DeGray Lake Resort State Park is your spot—the only resort state park in Arkansas. Located in the central part of the state, this park is packed with everything from camping and hiking to great area restaurants and activities. Let us plan your trip with this guide to a winter weekend getaway at DeGray Lake Resort State Park.  

Hike the Saginaw Historic Trail

The Saginaw Historic Trail is a pretty easy trek and only 0.25 miles-long, making it perfect for a winter day hike. This historic trail follows an old narrow-gauge railroad that was used back in 1900 by lumbermen.

Eat a meal at Shoreline Restaurant, Bismarck, AR

How about a nice breakfast overlooking the sunrise over the lake, or at dinner to watch the sunset? This laid-back, casual restaurant offers just that and more. From small snacks to big meals, the menu here can accommodate all kinds of tastes. The Shoreline Restaurant is located in the DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge.

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Visit the Arkadelphia Commercial Historic District

This spot is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and so it’s definitely worth checking out. You’ll see buildings that date back to the 1870. How cool is that?

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Hike the Islets Cove Paddle Trail

If you want to explore the land on foot, the perfect trail for that is the Islets Cove Paddle Trail which is a three-mile loop along the north shore of DeGray Lake. Get fresh air pumping through your lungs and work up a little sweat. With the exercise you’ll be taking in the beautiful lush setting of the state park.

Play some disc golf

You can play disc golf anywhere, right? Well, how about playing on a course designed by a professional disc golf course designer who is an Arkansas native? The family-friendly disc golf course at DeGray Lake Resort State Park was designed by Matt Loyd. It’ll challenge you while you enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Eagle Watch Cruise

This is an adventure like no other! You’ll join up with a park interpreter and search for wintering bald-eagles, ducks, ospreys, and more. Dress in layers and bring your binoculars. 

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Go camping

If you’re brave enough for some outdoor winter accommodations, camping at DeGray Lake Resort State Park is open all year long. Guests can rent a yurt or choose between AAA, B, or D campsites.

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