Bard Springs Rec Area

The Basics

Bard Springs Recreation Area
Athens, AR

Phone: (870) 356-4186 (Caddo District Office)

Closest Towns: Athens, Daisy, Glenwood, Langley

Directions: From Glenwood: Travel West on Hwy 84 approx. 21 miles, through Langley to the small community of Athens. Turn Right/North onto Hwy 246, and go approx. 2.2 miles to FR#38/Shady Lake Rd. Travel approx. 3.9 miles to CR#604, and turn Right/East. The entrance will be about ½ mile down on your right.

About Bard Springs

Located next to a small scenic stream in a remote mountain setting, the Bard Springs Recreation Area offers five adirondake-type shelters for picnicking. A very small dam on the stream creates a pool of water that is popular with swimmers in the summertime. Once a small campground in the past, this area is now open for day-use only. No electricity or water is available at the site, but a vault toilet is provided. Nearby Shady Lake offers camping opportunities, as well as Daisy State Park, located on Lake Greeson.

The area's close proximity to the Caney Creek Wilderness Area offers plenty of additional opportunities for hiking as well.

What's Nearby

Parks & Nature
Daisy State Park

Bear Creek Cycle Trail

Daisy State Park Campground


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Crooked Creek Falls
Little Missouri Falls

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