Spookiest Arkansas Vacations to Take This Season

Spooky grove of trees

The weather is cooling and the days are becoming shorter, making it your last chance for a weekend getaway before it’s time to prepare for the holidays.

If you’re looking for a season-themed, Arkansas vacation, try one of these super spooky locations.

  1. King Opera House. Located in Van Buren, King Opera House is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young actor, murdered by his lover’s father.
  2. Arlington Resort. Although many refute that it’s haunted, it has been reported that the Arlington Resort in Hot Springs houses wandering ghosts in old style clothing and visitors are sometimes startled by wine bottles falling on their own as well as flickering lights.
  3. Crescent Hotel. The Crescent Hotel is a former Eureka Springs hospital turned into a (now) famous place to stay. Many hospital patients who died have allegedly made the hotel their home and roam among the modern-day visitors.
  4. Mountain Village 1890. A historic re-creation of an old Ozark settlement, the Bull Shoals ghost town is comprised of authentic buildings, transported from surrounding areas. All of the buildings are actively haunted by ghosts; each structure having been investigated by paranormal investigator, William Fleming.

Whether you plan to visit all or one of these locations, you’re sure to have a spooky, fun adventure.

Add to the fun by booking one of our rooms here at the Driftwood Resort and enjoy a Fall vacation on the lake in addition to some paranormal exploring.

Wakeboarding in Bull Shoals

A popular pastime from coast to coast, people sometimes forget that there’s plenty of great surfing to be had in between the Atlantic and Pacific. Creative surfers have developed wakeboarding down to an art form, and some of the best surfing in the Ozarks is to be had at Bull Shoals Lake.

One of the most exciting must-see events in the region every summer is the annual “Surf the Bull” surf competition at Bull Shoals Lake. An all-day event featuring music, prizes and demos of awesome boats and boards, “Surf the Bull” is enough fun to build a whole trip around.

If that’s not enticing enough, your friends at the Driftwood Resort are located within prime walking distance of the Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock, and a wide variety of fantastic shops and delicious restaurants. For more information about booking your stay, our amenities, or what kind of events and fun you can have in Bull Shoals, visit us online or give us a call today at 1-800-424-1129 or 870-445-4455!

Going Fishing at Bull Shoals Lake

Fishing as a Family at Bull Shoals Lake

Bull Shoals Lake is a 45,000-acre reservoir in the Ozark Mountains, offering a clear and beautiful landscape for you to catch some incredible fish. Due to the clear water, the process can be difficult, but quite rewarding.

At Bull Shoals Lake, you’ll find a wide range of fish for both amateur and expert fishers. To ensure a fully stocked lake, the Arkansas Game and Fish and the Missouri Department of Conservation release several hundred thousand fish into the lake each year.

Fishing for BassFish you will find throughout the lake include:

  • Large Mouth Bass
  • Small Mouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • White Bass
  • Blue Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Walleye Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Black Crappie
  • White Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Longnose Gar
  • Freshwater Drum
  • Redhorse Suckers
  • Carp Suckers
  • Hog Suckers
  • Common Garp
  • Threadfin Shad
  • Longear Sunfish
  • Bluntnose Minnow
  • Brook Silversides

Be sure to consider the baits needed for each type of fish. You’ll also have better luck with some fish depending on the area you choose to cast your line. If you’re inexperienced, there are a wide range of guides available to take you out to the best spots and increase the odds of you going home with a fish “this big”.

Looking for the perfect place to stay during your fishing retreat? Visit us at www.thedriftwoodresort.net for more information about booking your next vacation.

3 Must See Tourist Attractions in Bull Shoals

Bull Shoals Dam

When you visit us at Driftwood Resort, we want to you make the most of your stay here in beautiful Bull Shoals, Arkansas. Between the fishing trips and spelunking, we recommend that you take advantage of some of the following attractions.

James A Gaston Visitor Center
This beautiful educational learning center is the perfect place to relax and enjoy incredible exhibits featuring early settlers as well as the surrounding river, lake, and dam. The center also includes a restaurant, observation tower, and gift shop when you’re done.

Bull Shoals Powerhouse and Dam
Located on the White River in Northern Arkansas, the Bull Shoals Dam joins White River and Bull Shoals Lake. Before you take a trip to the lake, we suggest signing up for the Powerhouse and Dam Tour to learn all about the inner workings of the dam and how it was constructed.

Bull Shoals Theater of the Arts
The Bull Shoals Theater is non-profit organization, renowned for their incredible live entertainment. Showcasing everything from ABBA to Conway Twitty, be sure to stop by and check out one of the current shows.

From laid-back to adventurous, there’s something everyone can enjoy when you come to Bull Shoals. Visit us at www.thedriftwoodresort.net to book your stay today.

Bull Shoals Bird Watching

Red-Winged Blackbird sitting on a small branch during late afternoon

Whether you’re new to the hobby or are an experienced bird watcher, Bull Shoals, Arkansas is the perfect place to go to check some more birds off your list. Bull Shoals is home to a wide variety different kinds of fowl, some of which include the following:

  • Lapland Longspur
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Painted Bunting
  • Bobolink
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-Headed Cowbird
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Purple Finch
  • Red Crossbill
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Greater White-Fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • American Wigeon
  • Blue-Winged Teal
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-Winged Teal
  • Redhead
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Canvasback
  • Greater and Lesser Scaup
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-Crested Cormorant
  • Green Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Northern Harrier
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Virginia Rail
  • Black-Bellied Plover
  • White-Rumped Sandpiper
  • Caspian Tern
  • Black-Billed Cuckoo
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Warbling Viero
  • Fish Crow
  • Purple Martin
  • Carolina Wren
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Red-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Dark-Eyed Junco

Plan your trip and bring your list! We have the perfect accommodations to keep your comfortable and cozy when you’re not on the lookout. With our large pool, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and other outdoor activities, though, you may be able to check a few birds off the list while lounging around.

Book your stay at the Driftwood Resort today!

Fly Fishing for Beginners

Man fly fishing at sunrise


You can’t just use any rod and equipment when fly fishing. When buying a rod, reel, and fly line, be sure to find each kind specifically designed for fly fishing. If you plan to stick with it, invest the money in quality gear to help you get better results.


Learning to cast a fly rod can be frustrating and tricky, but don’t give up. The more you practice, the better you’ll get. Unlike traditional fishing, fly fishing requires that fishermen throw the fly back and forth in the air before landing the fly perfectly on the water. Practice in your backyard (using a fly without a hook or no fly at all) until you feel confident enough to try it out on the water.


Decide where you’ll be fishing and find out what kind of bugs are in the area. This will tell you want kinds of flies you need to buy.

Try It Out!

Ready to go? Come try your skills at Bull Shoals Lake and use our Driftwood Inn Resort as home base. With a large swimming pool, beautiful rooms, and barbecue grills, it’s the perfect place to wind down and grill up your catch of the day.

A Relaxing Oasis in the Wonder State: Arkansas

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A Bull Shoals Lake Sanctuary

Hello and welcome to the Driftwood Resort blog. Here we will be posting blogs detailing some of the many benefits of staying with us, as well as highlighting upcoming events and giving newcomers the lowdown on activities in the region.

Driftwood Resort originally opened in 1954 and existed for many decades as a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. In 1995 the owners closed it down, but the resort resurfaced in 2001 under new ownership. Since that time we have slowly but surely restored this wonderful hotel back to its lustrous origins.

Relax and Unwind in Beautiful Northern Arkansas

The Driftwood Resort boasts 13 rooms that have been recently outfitted with new furniture, bedding, kitchen appliances, and carpeting. Each room is equipped with a Cable TV, wireless internet, and heat & air conditioning. Our goal is to make you feel completely at home, which is why our kitchenettes include ranges, refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, and all the utensils and dishes you need to enjoy a meal in your room.

Great Amenities and Customer Service

Southern hospitality is alive and well here at Driftwood, which is demonstrated by our healthy list of amenities:

  • Large swimming pool
  • Horseshoes
  • Shuffleboards
  • Swing set
  • Picnic area (with bbq grills)

Purely Sublime Location

Nestled among the beautiful Ozark Mountains, our resort features breathtaking views of the world-famous White River. Bull Shoals Lake comprises approximately 45,000 acres and 1,100 miles of shoreline – effectively providing visitors with a bevy of activities, from top notch fishing to family-friendly water sports.

To learn more about the many benefits of booking a stay here at Driftwood Resort be sure to peruse our website!