Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs

4.7
#1 of 12 in Wildlife in Arkansas
A peaceful sanctuary for big cats, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to leopards, tigers, cougars, and even black bears and ligers. Many of these animals came to the refuge wounded or neglected. The staff nurses the animals back to health and provides comfortable habitats. Volunteers staff the refuge and help care for the public access areas; they're also available to answer your questions. Use our Eureka Springs day trip site to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on your trip to Eureka Springs, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Some locals recommended that I see turpentine creek. I am so glad that they did. It was such a treat. I will fondly remember this part of my trip to Eureka Springs. If you come to this area, please be...  more »
  • My previous visit to Turpentine Creek was about 9 years ago. I was very impressed by all of the changes since then. We were very pleasantly surprised to also find out that our admission fee included a...  more »
  • What a great service this establishment is doing for the wildlife community! To walk through this large cat refuge is amazing! They have a great variety of big cats that have been rescued. Very intere...  more »
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  • Amazing facility! Well staffed and maintained. Unfortunately, we did not get to see very many cats especially up close. Most of them were sleeping inside their dens. During the walking tour it was in the high 80s so we had a good sweat by the time we were done. I think it's worth visiting because the money is going to be used for taking care of the animals and is non-profit. Although as others mentioned, don't go if you are on a budget or during a time when the temps are high. Bring a hat and sunblock if it's a hot day.
  • An amazing place looking out for the welfare of animals that were placed in situations and places they never should have been. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. This is a must see if you have never been there. This is an opportunity to view lions, tigers, bears, cougar and panthers close up. Realizing the power behind these majestic animals and that they don't belong in a residential home or a cage. They are also a pet friendly facility but be prepared to be stalked as these big kitties still have their wild, hunting instincts.
  • I love this place so much. We wen my last year and everyone was so friendly and the animals were so amazing. We came back this year, with our boys this time, and they had grown so much over the year. Everyone was still so sweet and the animals just as well taken care of. We will go next year also :) it is a little pricey if you are on a budget but every penny goes to making sure the animals have a happy home and happy life! It is worth it!!!!
  • What a great thing this place is doing to make a difference! You must understand this isn't a zoo so you may not see a great variety and the animals have more room than traditional zoos so you might not get a close up. We will be returning and possibly staying the nights with our kids!
  • An impressive, sobering tour showing how dedicated people help the helpless, taking time and effort treating internal and psychological issues of these magnificant, rescued creatures. Peace for the formerly abused at last. I felt honored to contribute the purchase of 4 tickets for the touring bus. A worthy cause. I always place change in the jars at groceries and elsewhere. Mega kudos and huge applause to you all!!! Human angels of mercy.

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Eureka Springs boasts a diverse range of accommodation options for a city of its size. Although you will find large chain hotels here, many visitors come here looking for the town's spas and boutique inns. History and architecture enthusiasts will enjoy booking rooms in Victorian buildings. To take full advantage of the Ozark Mountain region, consider renting a treehouse-style cottage out of town. Many are quite luxurious and boast all the amenities you need to be comfortable.
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