Enjoy the Beauty of the Ouachita Mountains
Ouachita National Forest - The oldest national forest in the South, est. 1907. 1.8-million acres in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Hiking, Camping, Mountain Biking, Photography, Hunting, Fishing.
Ouachita National Recreation Trail - 192 mile trail beginning on Highway 9 South of Perryville. Hiking, Mountain Biking, Primitive Camping. No motorized vehicles or horses. Elevations from 600 to 2600 feet. Trail runs through forested mountains, across valleys and beside clear running streams.
Scenic Highway 7 Byway - Outstanding mountain scenery and brilliant fall colors while traveling through the Ouachita Mountains on Scenic Highway 7 Byway.
Winona Scenic Drive - 27 miles along Forest Road 132 between Highways 9, South of Perryville, and Highway 7 near Jessieville. Includes Nancy Mountain Vista, Lake Sylvia, North Fork Pinnacle, Lake Winona Vista, Crystal Mountain, Forked Mountain Vista, Oak Mountain Vista
Lake Sylvia Recreation Area - 18 acres of Camping, picknicking, swimming, diving, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, hiking, biking and Interpretive Trails.
Flatside Wilderness Area - Nearly 10,000 acres of wilderness. Includes 10 miles of the Ouachita National REcreation Trail. Hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, climbing, rafting, photography, bird watching, stargazing.
Forked Mountain - Rising to an elevation of 1350 feet in the Flatside Wilderness, Forked Mountain's split summit towers over the Valley of the Vapors.
Where to Stay
DoubleD LazyT Bed Breakfast and Barn. 320 acres of active cattle ranching, wildlife, scenery and relaxation. Great place to get away.
Camping in Perry County
Nimrod Lake - Corps of Engineers - Six campgrounds, 116 sites - W/E/D
Toad Suck RV Park - Corps of Engineers - 48 campsites - W/E/D
Harris Brake Lakeside Resort - Full Service, 38 sites. 26 - W/E/S; 12 - W/E/D
Lake Sylvia Recreation Area - 19 sites - W/E/D. 8 sites - Primitive
Enjoy Water Sports in Mountain and Valley Lakes and Rivers
Harris Brake Lake and Wildlife Management Area - One of the largest lakes ever built by a state wildlife agency. Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Canoeing. Two miles South of Perryville well known for bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, hybrid striped bass, largemouthbass and red ear sunfish.
Fourche LaFave River - 140 mile tributary of the Arkansas River winds through the Ouachita National Forest and Fourche LaFave River Valley. The South Fourche LaFave, which flows in to the Fourche LaFave, is floatable for about 40 miles from Hollis to the community of Deberrie near Aplin.
Nimrod Lake, Dam and Recreation Area - 400 miles of shoreline on the oldest Corps of Engineers lake in the state. Boaring, Water Skiing, Fishing. (See Camping section above for camping information)
Heifer Ranch at Perryville is the Learning Center for one of the world's best known organizations fighting poverty and hunger - Heifer International. Each ranch experience shows participants that one person can make a difference in ending hunger and poverty. Visitors are welcome.
Fourche River Days - A two day celebration of Spring on Perryville's historic Courthouse Square. The entire downtown area is blocked off for fun, activities, entertainment and good food. Held in April every year, admission is free and there is Fun for the Whole Family!
Perry County Fair - Celebrate Perry County's agriculture industry and heritage. More details at the Chamber's News Page when the fair schedule is announced. Held at the Perry County Fairgrounds, following the County Fair Parade.
Christmas on the Square/Parade -Christmas programs on the square and Christmas parade. In December. Check Calendar.
Slobberknocker MTB Bicycle Race and Tour - Held every April. 73 mile race; 46 mile tour for mountain bikes. Begins and ends in Perryville; goes through Ouachita Mountains. 140 racers and riders participated in prior years. Funds benefit Perryville Public Schools, Teen Challenge of Arkansas and CARTI
Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival - Presented by the Wye Mountain United Methodist Church. The seven-acre field blossoms with more than 320 different types of daffodils. Entry is free. Intersection of highways 113 and 300. When? When the weather is just right during the month of March.
Arkansas Traveler 100 - 100 mile ultra run. Begins and ends at Lake Sylvia. 100-mile run through the Ouachita National Forest. Check Calendar.
Wingspur - Sanctuary for wild mustangs, captured in Nevada, brought to Perry County. Near Wye Mountain.