Hidden Treasures of Glenwood
Glenwood may be a small Arkansas town, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunity for adventure. Arkansas is all about getting outdoors and experiencing the Natural State, and Glenwood is home to some of the best hidden treasures to do just that.
If you’ve never done a float trip on the Caddo River, you’re missing out. Thousands of people flock to the river each summer for daily float trips and camping. The river begins in the Ouachita Mountains in southern Montgomery County and flows into Lake Degray. You can grab a tube, raft, canoe, or kayak to float the Caddo, and you’ll probably see quite a few groups with speakers and coolers while you’re out there.
The best time to float is during summer after a big rain. The river tends to get pretty low during dry seasons, and no one wants to have to push their canoe through shallow water every five minutes. While the Caddo is a lot of fun, always remain aware of water levels and hazards. Moving water can turn dangerous quickly, especially when it’s moving fast after a large rain. A lifejacket isn’t required, but it’s always good to keep one handy for emergencies.
This day use only area is a family favorite. The Little Missouri River creates a natural pool for refreshing swimming. The area also boasts some great fishing opportunities, as well as picnic areas, biking trails, and hiking trails. Bring the whole family out for a fun day filled with picnicking and swimming during the summer!
If you live in Arkansas, you probably remember the terrible flooding that this area went through years ago. Always be aware of the weather, and keep an eye out for rising water levels if you’re out there after a large rain.
One of the hidden gems on the Natural State Golf Trail is Glenwood’s Country Club. This 18-hole golf course offers some amazing views and secluding golfing. The country club is also home to a restaurant and a lodge. The springtime is the best for golfing, but if you decide to make a trip out in the winter, the lodge cabins have hot tubs and amazing views of the Ouachitas.
This is another daytime area in the area where you can get outside and enjoy the trees and sunshine. The Little Missouri River has cascading falls that create beautiful photography. There are picnicking areas and amazing hiking trails for everyone to enjoy the great views. This spot is a favorite for local photographers looking to get the perfect nature shots.
The Glenwood area is home to two lakes: Shady Lake and Lake Greeson. Shady Lake is a small, 25 acre impoundment that was created in 1938. There are 90 campsites around the lake, a swimming beach, a playground, hiking trails, picnicking spots, and great fishing opportunities. Largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish are all abundant in the lake for rod and reel fishers. Boats are required to have an electric motor only (no gas), and there is a 15-inch minimum on bass fishing and a 5-per-day limit on catfish.
Lake Greeson is a larger, 3,000 acre lake with multiple islands and peninsulas for kayakers and anglers to enjoy. Channel catfish and rainbow trout are both in high demand from area anglers, but many different bass, crappie, and bluegill species can also be found in the lake. May is the prime time for fishing in this lake, but guests can enjoy the area year round. Lake Greeson is also home to two lake resorts, with camping, picnicking, hiking/biking trails, ATV trails, and wonderful views.
Caddo River Forest Products is proud to call Glenwood home. Our roots were planted here decades ago, and it’s been amazing to see this area transform throughout the years.