DSCN1663 DSCN1661Imagine camping in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest External Linkamong 100-foot pine trees beside a quiet lake watching majestic great blue herons at a cool 6,300 feet in elevation. Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities make Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a popular place. This 800-acre, cool, country recreation area with a 150-acre lake offers history, too.

The tiny town of Adair has long since been covered by the lake, but it was Thomas Jefferson Adair who was responsible for the name Fool Hollow. In 1885, Adair moved into the area with the intention of farming. The locals joked that only a fool would try to farm the place. The name stuck!

This state-of-the-art recreation area, located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, opened in 1994 as a result of an innovative partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona State Parks, Arizona Game and Fish, the City of Show Low, and corporate sponsors Arizona Public Service and McCarty Construction Company.

Learn more about the Recreation Area’s Facilities.

Fool Hollow Lake

There was not a sign that we could park the trike, to get the picture we needed for the HOG state park challenge.  So we asked the ranger if we could park the trike there at the ranger booth.  She said we could after we explained what we were doing.  She said that this is the crown jewel of the Arizona State Parks.  I pasted a blurb about the park from their web page and we are posting some pictures.  If you like to fish and you like to camp and do some bird watching then this is the park for you.  It is pretty and quite and they have flush toilets.  It is a nice park but you be the judge of it as the crown jewel of the state parks.