Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs

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The Lake Catherine State Park CCC Cabins are a collection of four rustic cabins constructed by crews of the Civilian Conservation Corps in what is now Lake Catherine State Park in Hot Spring County, Arkansas. Three of the four cabins were built for use as tourist accommodations and continue to serve in that role, while the fourth, probably built to house administrative functions, is now used in the state park as a "nature cabin", with exhibits on the history and natural environment of the park. Three of the cabins were separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992; the fourth was listed in 1995.
Cabin #1 was the first of the tourist cabins to be built by the CCC, and it has a unique floor plan not found in the other cabins. It is a single-story frame structure, with rough weatherboard exterior and an original stone and concrete foundation. A screened porch extends across the cabin's southern facade, looking out over the lake, and a dressed stone chimney rises on the east side. The interior includes a living room, kitchen, hall, bedroom, and bath.
Cabins #2 and #3 are both single-story frame structure, with rough weatherboard exterior and a stone chimney. They were built about 1935.
The Nature Cabin was built about 1935, and is also a single-story Rustic structure. Its original purpose is not known, but it probably housed administrative functions. It is now used to house exhibits on the park's cultural history and environment.
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  • The park staff is amazing, accommodating and helpful. The campground is well kept and well looked after. The hike to the falls is easy to moderate and lovely. Probably one of my favorite campground ex...  more »
  • Hiked 2 times. So beautiful. Loved it. Well maintained, refreshing, clean, and enjoyable visit a must go to  more »
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  • Beautiful Park very remote except for the hydroelectric plant across the lake that is somewhat lit up at night but it is silent. Cabins, Yurts, campground sites with power or not, and even a rent-a-camp with a tent that sleeps 2 all available through their online reservation site. The fishing is good and it's nice and quiet. Nature abounds. I saw deer, raccoons and lots of ducks of all kinds. Pets are allowed in the campground area. Nice Visitor Center with store to get the essentials including firewood. They had some amazing cast iron products for camping I could not help but get one. Also make sure you check out the marina where are you can get bait 4 fishing and rent your favorite type of watercraft. Both the visitor center and the marina had nice souvenirs like stickers and other small items. Also check the activity board for they have daily nature walks to a nearby waterfall and a water tour of the lake. It was a very enjoyable weekend just 20 minutes outside of Hot Springs.
  • Came with family in June, and stayed in cabins on lake. Cabins and lake are absolutely gorgeous. While waiting for room to be ready, we went swimming in lake, (which had a soft beach), and thought that would be the highlight. But being able to fish right off porch and cook and relax in cabin was amazing. Totally worth money. Cannot recommend enough!

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