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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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With over 450 acres and 130+ exotic cats, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is the largest big cat sanctuary in N. America, a non-profit organization providing lifetime homes for abandoned, abused and neglected ‘big cats.’ The USDA licensed refuge is one of the Top 10 Attractions in Arkansas and one of the most popular in Eureka Springs. Lions, cougars, tigers, and bears are displayed in large natural habitats surrounding the main compound enclosures and gift shop. Enjoy self-guided tours and popular daily feeding times range from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Interns’ lead half-mile walking tours daily.


Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
239 Turpentine Creek Lane
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

GPS: N36.31001 W93.75787

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  • Units/Rooms: 8
  • No Smoking
  • Recreation
  • Pets Accepted Pets Accepted
  • Picnic Area
  • Accessible Handicap Accessible

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  • Facilities:
    Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, restrooms
  • Attractions:
    Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge animals and exhibits


  • Lori Wilson · Independence, MO
    We were looking for a unique experience. We loved it so much, we stayed an extra night! At Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, we slept so close to big cats we could hear them growl. Daytime offered a closer view -- looking wild animals right in the eyes. Don't miss the tour and feeding time. Some of our friends have visited and they love it too! We look forward to returning to Turpentine Creek, where my husband says is, "as close to Heaven as I've ever been."

    This place gets in your heart and stays there! There is no place like it I've ever visited. Knowing the heartache some of these beautiful creatures have endured, and now seeing them happy and so well-cared for, and so loved, is a feeling to behold. The people who make this place a wonderful home for the animals, and an awesome place to visit, for the day or for several days, are fantastic. Listening to the lions carol, the tigers chuffing, and the cougars vocalizing, is a treat I never tire of. My semi-yearly visits have increased to four times a year, and would be even more often if it wasn't four hours away. I would love to volunteer there! And when I leave, I carry Turpentine in my heart. Please visit and see for yourself what a beautiful place this is. I'm sure you'll love it!
  • Linda · Harpswell, ME
    I love TCWR for so many reasons. The way they have grown over the years and always keep the animals best interest at heart. The animals that without TCWR might of met a terrible end and now have a permanent loving home. This is a most wonderful place to visit and to be an animal who gets to live out it's life in this place is very fortunate indeed.
  • Laura Ours · Round Lake Beach , IL
    I have been to Turpentine Creek a few times and the love, care and attention these Big Cats get is amazing! Tanya Smith is carrying on her Mother Hilda's dream of taking in and caring for Big Cats that need a home. They do not breed the animals in their care like some other "rescues". They just plain love them and care for them. These animals have a "forever home" here and that is what I love the most about Turpentine Creek.
  • Loretta · Gentry, AR
    The beauty and wonder of the cats is amazing. To hear their stories of rescue pulls at your heart and also angers you to know what happened to these animals. I go see them whenever I can & encourage everyone to go to this place fro a new and exciting experience unlike any zoo I have ever been to.
  • Christel Gregg · Kirbyville, MO
    Visiting Turpentine Creek is one of our family's favorite things to do. The animals have become like members of the family. Reading each animal's story about being rescued makes it a time of personal attachment, as well as fun & educational.
  • Rani · Cleveland, OH
    Love the setting and the animals are wonderful!
  • Judy · Nellysford, VA
    The animals are amazing and it's a wonderful place for the whole family to visit
  • larry · omaha, AR
    It is a very unique and educational attraction to visit. TCWR provides the opportunity for children and adults to learn about the downside to the exotic animal trade. The level of care provided to the animals there is excellent and the cats are stunning.
  • Linda · Omaha, AR
    Where else can you sleep in a safari lodge amongst tigers and lions?
    Fabulous place with an important mission. We love going there, time and time again.
  • joan Johnson · granby, MO
    This is a wonderful place for families, and just daily visitors, the campgrounds are great, and all of the staff is friendly, and willing to stop and answer questions. I love the animals, and how they are willing to care for them in such a great way, making sure they have everything they need. It is truly a wonderful place.
  • Roberta Dorssom · Polo, MO
    We adopted a tiger there about 7 years ago and have been doing it every year since. The staff and the grounds could not be more pleasant. We stay in the green room with 3 tigers outside our windows. It's the most wonderful experience a person could have and also very informative on just what a wild animal is "Not for a house pet or for breeding!!! I have seen Scott and Tanya on many shows on the animal planet and what they are doing to give these animals the best possible live in captivity that is possible. I recommend everyone stop in a see things with their own eyes. You Won't be disappointed!!!!!
  • Ken Pierson · Pekin, IL
    Love the cats and very well run facility with an outstanding attitude towards the animals and the visitors.
  • Barbara Templeman · Booneville, AR
    It saddens me greatly that there are people in the world that would try to keep a wild animal as a pet. Thankfully, there are places like Turpentine Creek that rescues these animals and tries to let them have as normal a life as possible. Without Turpentine Creek, these animals would either die or be turned loose when they got to be more than the owner could deal with. It is said that we need a Turpentine Creek.
  • Renee Nilson · McPherson, KS
    Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge was a Wonderful addition to our visit to the Eureka Springs area! We actually hadn't planned to go, but saw the signs and decided to drop in. We dropped in right at feeding time and all of the animals were out and active! It was really cool to see all the different big cats, as well as the other types of animals and learn how they came to live there. It was really educational for our kids and we were able to roam around and look, but there were plenty of very helpful staff on hand to answer questions.
  • George and Pat Kent · Bowling Green, OH
    We had an amazing time there. The staff and animals were awesome.
    We recomended Turpentine Creek to people who we met and the motel, they went and enjoyed themseves, and all our family and friends. Thank you for a wonderful memory of our vacation!