Summer Getaways: Hot Springs, Arkansas

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In Arkansas, the only thing better than being close to water is being on the water. The state has 600,000 acres of lakes, and 44,000 of them are at Lake Ouachita State Park, a serpentine reservoir formed by the Blakely Mountain Dam. Grab a paddleboard in Hot Springs (rentals, $40), an hour west of Little Rock, then stake out a campsite ($12) or cabin (from $185) and explore the lake’s 975 miles of undeveloped shoreline.

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