Calico Rock, Arkansas
"Picturesque Town in the Arkansas Ozarks"
Calico Rock was not a destination for us as we traveled on Arkansas Hwy 5 from south to north. It was just another town to slow down for. However, as we crossed the bridge on the Upper White River, I saw that it was not only colorfully named, but sat in a picturesque setting. So we stopped long enough to look around.
Calico Rock is said to have been named by an early settler who thought the cliffs resembled the calico cloth ladies used to make dresses. This area's main draw is the excellent trout fishing in the Upper White River and area streams.
"Main Street Calico Rock"
It's a typical Ozark small-town main street, but that in itself makes it interesting. There's the local cafe - surprisingly named "Don Quixote's", a post office, a hardware/general store type of place, etc. Like most of the towns in the region there is a flea market/craft store/art dealer. And I think I remember seeing an ice cream palace - reason enough to stop in Calico Rock!!