Posted by Jessie K / Monday, September 2, 2013 / No comments / Arkansas , Eureka Springs , Hiking , Waterfalls
Lake Leatherwood Dam in Eureka Springs, AR
We recently went camping at Lake Leatherwood (one of my favorite places for outdoor fun), and one of my main "goals" while camping there was to see Lake Leatherwood Dam.You can reach the dam either by hiking Beacham Trail or one of the other connecting trails such as Hyde Hollow Trail, OR you can take a canoe or kayak right up to the shoreline on either side of the dam. Being that I had hiked several miles already in one day while carrying my two year old in a child carrier backpack on a blazing hot day in the August heat, I decided to forego the extra few miles of hiking and take a leisurely canoe ride with my husband right up to the dam.
You can rent a canoe, kayak, or paddle boat at the Lake Leatherwood Office.
See their official website for pricing information, HERE.
At this particular time, the right side of the dam was the best choice to paddle up to and set the canoe ashore. Due to debris and plants the left side was nearly impossible to pull into.
Then it was just a short trek up to the dam walkway.
Then you can walk across the dam for a spectacular view of the lake!
and a topside view of the dam's fall
When you cross to the other side, you'll notice a trail leading down the side of the dam. If your going to hike to the dam, depending on what trail you take, you'll may come out on this side of the dam.
Following this short trail will lead you down to the dam's fall, and a little swimming hole area. Although at this time of the summer, while it was very pretty, the swimming hole was quite slimy so we didn't take a dip.
To see the rest of our camping trip at Lake Leatherwood, click HERE.