Mammoth Spring, Arkansas
Come visit the Quiet Riverside community of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas
Mammoth Spring (Not the plural Mammoth Springs) is home to Mammoth Spring State Park and the headwaters of the beautiful Spring River, an anglers paradise. The Spring River has long been visited by fly-fishermen and floaters with many articles being written about the cool clear waters and the variety of fish they hold, namely trout and walleye!
Mammoth Spring – The Town
The city of Mammoth Spring is located in Fulton County, Arkansas approximately 20 miles north of Cherokee Village on the Missouri state line and adjacent the Spring River. Originally known as “Head of River”, the Mammoth Spring area was settled in 1836 by farmers. In 1850, the spring was discovered by geologist David Dale Owen and the town soon began promoting it’s natural wonder as a tourist attraction. The spring also at one time generated power for a mill and the Missouri-Arkansas Power Company. In 1957, the park at Mammoth Spring became a state park, which helped boost the local economy and protect it’s great natural wonder.
The town has a population of about 980 friendly full-time residents and many visitors and tourist each year. While most come enjoy the camping, fishing, and floating fun, some come for the art galleries, antique shopping and a quiet get-a-way.
Even though it is a small town it has all the conveniences of doctors, dentists, libraries, modern hotels, fine and fast food restaurants, and entertainment. If you’re looking to get away from it all, come visit us in Mammoth Spring!
Mammoth Spring – The Spring and State Park
Mammoth Spring, Arkansas’s largest spring and a National Natural Landmark, produces nine million gallons of chilly 58 degree water hourly. Emerging from the ground, near the Missouri border in north central Arkansas, it forms a scenic 10-acre lake and serves as the head waters for the Spring River providing plenty of fresh water year around.
The park facilities include an information center with exhibits on the area’s rich history and natural resources, picnic sites, walking/jogging trail, ball field, children’s playground, and a brand new covered pavilion for family reunions and large groups. The 1886 Frisco depot, at the park, will take you back to the early 1900s and just outside the train station you can take the guided Frisco caboose tour.
Along the walking path, around the lake, you can see remnants of the old mill and hydroelectric plant that reflect areas history.
Next door to the park is the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery, the nation’s leading producer of smallmouth bass (and also a source for largemouth and striped bass, walleye, channel catfish, and redband trout). Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the hatchery, and also view one of the nicest public aquariums in the region.
Located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Northeast Arkansas, Spring River Country is a well-kept secret. With our low crime rate, beautiful scenery, and slower lifestyle, you’ll feel you’ve found paradise. Our area is a popular vacation and retirement destination with boating, canoeing, fishing, arts & crafts, antiques and many special interest clubs as sources of entertainment.
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