Amazing Attraction near Hot Springs Arkansas (Garvan Woodland Gardens)

Garvan Woodland Gardens, located near Lake Hamilton, is one of Arkansas best kept secret.

Accessible by land or boat and PET FRIENDLY, the garden is definitely worth visiting!

Guided and self-guided tours are available. Each walkway is extremely well maintained with beautiful botanical gardens lining the path. Be sure to bring you camera with lots of storage space so you can look back on memories from this trip.

Garvan Woodland Gardens has roughly 49 points of interest, including the Anthony Chapel and the Chipmunk Café.

The Anthony Chapel was designed by local architects Maurice Jennings and David McKee from Fayetteville. The chapel is perfect for weddings! It has soaring columns made from southern yellow pine. A complex truss system mimics the surrounding trees as lights beams through the structural members, making the 60 foot high roof seem to be part of the trees. There are hand crafted sconces made of oak and yellow art glass. The windows are 55 foot tall and offer a beautiful view of the surrounding woodlands. The Evans Celebration Garden, Millsap Bride’s Hall, Evans Grooms Quarters, and Anthony Family Carillon make up the wedding complex. The chimes are electronic and play on the hour.

The Chipmunk Café serves delicious food and open most days from 11am – 3pm. The Café overlooks the model train garden. If you are not interested in the model train, you can sit on the decks overlooking the Flowering Border and Great Lawn. Try a unique salad, wrap, or specialty sandwich. All food is made to order using fresh ingredients. During Holiday Lights from mid-Nov to end of Dec, the café offers special early evening menu and hot beverages. You can even have food delivered to the Boat Dock.

There are 5 trail loops including the Japanese Garden (0.56mile), Children’s Garden (0.7mile), Boat Ramp (1.0mile), Woodland Garden (1.15mile), and the Hixson Nature Preserve Trail Loop (1.7mile).

Below are some pictures from our recent adventure to Garvan Woodland Gardens:

Entrance to Garvan Woodland Gardens

We had a blast visiting in the fall-time. The picture above is the entrance. The staff were in the process of decorating for the upcoming fall season.

Garvan Woodland Gardens

We took our dogs and walked the park, hoping to wear the dogs out. You know how that goes, they napped on the ride back and was ready for the next adventure when we arrived at the cabin.

Garvan Woodland Gardens
This picture doesn’t capture the amazing attention to detail.

The picture above is part of the Fairy Land. They have several buildings, go check it out when you visit.

The sights were amazing and the staff is friendly!

Garvan Woodland Gardens
Excellent view and perfect for taking pictures!

We loved all of the waterfalls.


Garvan Woodland Gardens

I’m not even sure this could be considered a waterfall but definitely worth the visit.

Garvan Woodland Gardens

We made our way to the chapel and was blown away by seeing it in person.

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Later we stopped and had lunch at the Chipmunk Café. The model trains were going down the tracks.

Overall the trip was a huge success!

We explored a new place, took lots of photos, and the whole family was able to burn some energy outdoors.

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