Bismarck, AR

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Bismarck showing a pool as well as a family

With a laid-back pace of life and easy access to the stunning DeGray Lake, this small town in Arkansas is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, either relaxing on the banks of the river or getting active on the water.

Make Bismarck a daytrip from the state’s capital or linger here for a few days to appreciate the small-town atmosphere. Bismarck is set within the beautiful landscape of central Arkansas and is just 75 miles (121 kilometers) from Little Rock.

Spend some time in the town center to find shopping, dining and cultural attractions along its two main avenues and the streets that lead off from them. See the whitewashed façade of the Hickory Groove Baptist Church as it stands out amid a backdrop of lush green fields. Join locals at restaurants serving burgers, fresh fish and pizzas.

Bismarck’s greatest attractions lay a short drive south at DeGray Lake. Lining the banks of this sprawling reservoir are well-equipped recreational areas, which attract large numbers during summer. Cycle, camp, play golf, hike or horseback ride in the recreation areas surrounding the lake. Venture onto the water to try out a range of watersports, including waterskiing and swimming. DeGray Lake Resort State Park is the largest recreation area with beaches, campsites, a lodge, marina and yurt accommodation.

Move around the lake to reach Caddo Drive Recreation Area, Edgewood Recreation Area and Oak Bower Recreation Area, each offering their own activities on the banks of the lake. On the southern banks are Iron Mountain Recreation Area and Lakeview Recreation Area. All have boat launches, camping grounds, waterfront picnic sites and washing facilities.

Reach Bismarck by flying to Little Rock’s Bill and Hilary Clinton National Airport and then rent a car from there. With a car you can explore more of Arkansas’ great oudoors. A 40-minute drive north of Bismarck is Hot Springs, a gateway to the Hot Springs National Park and the sprawling Ouachita National Forest.

Tiffanys Bed & Breakfast
Tiffanys Bed & Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
1632 Highway 347, Bismarck, AR
The price is $159 per night from Nov 30 to Nov 30
Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is 9.4 mi (15.1 km) from Ouachita National Forest and within 20 mi (32 km) of De Gray Lake and Oaklawn Racing ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
"Such a beautiful piece of property that reminded me of home. We will definitely be making a trip just so we can stay at this quaint little paradise of natural beauty."

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Tiffanys Bed & Breakfast
Remember When Cabins
Remember When Cabins
Bismarck, AR
Situated on a lake, this cabin is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from DeGray Lake Resort State Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of De Gray Lake and Arkadelphia Central Park. Reynolds ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Cozy and clean
"We loved our stay! The home was so clean, perfectly equipped and beyond relaxing! Close enough to things to do yet far enough away to have peace and quiet. The owners were so easy to work with. Highly recommend!"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

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Cabin 2 at DeGray Lake State Park
Cabin 2 at DeGray Lake State Park
Bismarck, AR
Situated in Bismarck, this golf cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from DeGray Lake Resort State Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of De Gray Lake and Arkadelphia Central ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Clean and quiet
"Nice, relaxing stay in a quiet and clean cabin next to the resort."

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

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Cabin 2 at DeGray Lake State Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Remember When Cabins
Remember When Cabins
Bismarck, AR
Situated on a lake, this cabin is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from DeGray Lake Resort State Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of De Gray Lake and Arkadelphia Central Park. Reynolds ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Cozy and clean
"We loved our stay! The home was so clean, perfectly equipped and beyond relaxing! Close enough to things to do yet far enough away to have peace and quiet. The owners were so easy to work with. Highly recommend!"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

Remember When Cabins
Cabin 2 at DeGray Lake State Park
Cabin 2 at DeGray Lake State Park
Bismarck, AR
Situated in Bismarck, this golf cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from DeGray Lake Resort State Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of De Gray Lake and Arkadelphia Central ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Clean and quiet
"Nice, relaxing stay in a quiet and clean cabin next to the resort."

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Cabin 2 at DeGray Lake State Park
DeGray Getaway w/ Fire Pit, Grill & Large Deck!
DeGray Getaway w/ Fire Pit, Grill & Large Deck!
Bismarck, AR
Situated in Bismarck, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from DeGray Lake Resort State Park and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from De Gray Lake. Arkadelphia Central Park ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Great Place
"Very nice and cozy place. We really enjoyed the fire pit and relaxing with family and friends. The only issue we had at all was the water pressure could be better. I highly recommend this place and would stay here again!"

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2021

DeGray Getaway w/ Fire Pit, Grill & Large Deck!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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