Lake Sylvia Recreation Area

The Basics

Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
AR Higway 324
Perryville, AR

Phone: (501) 984-5313 (Jessieville District Office)

Brochure: Lake Sylvia Recreation Area (courtesy USFS)

Closest Towns: Morrilton, Perryville

Directions: From Perryville, head south on AR Hwy 9/Hwy 10 for about 8.5 miles to AR Hwy 324, and Turn Right. Go approx. 4 miles to the entrance on your Right.

About Lake Sylvia

Lake Sylvia Recreation Area offers a small but scenic lake nestled on the eastern edge of the Ouachita Mountains, less than 40 miles from Little Rock. This recreation area is well known for its fishing and swimming, as well as its beautiful surroundings.

Facilities include a campground, picnic sites, swimming beach, restrooms with showers, an amphitheater and hiking trails. The campground offers 19 units with electric hookups, 8 primitive tent sites, and 2 group camping sites. Water hydrants are conveniently located throughout the campground. Restrooms aith hot showers are also available close by.

Facilities are available on a first come, first served basis during the on-season, which is typically from early spring through fall. Fees are charged to use the recreation area, with amounts and instructions posted at the salf pay station. Swimming is included with camping fees.

Several hiking trails are available for anyone from backpackars to day hikers to small children and even the handicap. Near the entrance is the trailhead for the Trees of the Forest Trail, a 0.4 mile paved trail that is handicapped accessible, and offers interpretive signs on the variety of trees found in this area of the Ouachita Mountains. The Lake Sylvia Trail Complex offers three small connected loop trails, including a short spur up to the Chinquapin Overlook. This section of looped trails passes through the Chinquapin Mountain Walk-In Turkey Hunting Area, and are sometimes used by hunters in season to access the area. There is also an additional spur through the area that connects to the Ouachita National Recreation Area. Beginning near the entrance, the Lake Sylvia Spur is another spur trail that also connects the Ouachita Trail with Lake Sylvia.

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