This is a peaceful setting, and has a suspension bridge over the water here. The town is very small and sleepy. A owner of Rogues Manor in Eureka Springs must own the food store here, and is building -for a long time- a home/castle across the lake. It is a fishing and boating area around here. The lakes all connect and the White River is the link to most.
The three more reknowned are Onyx Cave, Mystic Caverns, and Cosmic Caves. They are all within 50 miles ofEureka Springs. Caves run in the limestone from mid Missouri down to this area, and beyond. Onyx is six miles from town, and it is a smaller cave with way too many tourists abusing the environment since 1893 when it opened. It is not worth much effort to show up. Cosmic is heavily promoted since it is in between Branson and Eureka Springs, near Berryville. Price to enter is $14, and that is steep. Onyx is just past the Passion Play area on its own road, off Hwy 62 going east. Mystic CAverns is maybe the more famous due to its promotion in Branson, Missouri tourism. It costs $15, and hours are generally 9-5 daily. This cave has more color than others and has been giving tours since 1928. It is south of Harrison 8 miles off Hwy 7, and 40 miles east of Eureka Springs.
This old town has some history and a couple of museums on the square. It is close to Eureka Springs being about 12 miles east. The preserved square is really nice to see.
The museum of the local culture is more interesting than a lot of other comparables. The County Museum entry is $2 and well worth that charge. It started in 1955 with dedicated citizens and it grew. They have two full floors of stuff and artifacts and antiques mostly locals donated. REplicated rooms from the 19th and early 1900's are displayed, and piled with memorabilia. Such as school room, doctor room, food store, courtroom hall, kitchen, etc.
SAunders charge is $5 and not so sure that price commanded the sites. Open 10-5 Mon-SAt and on the square at 115 E. Madison. One half was of guns and weapons, while the rest was of variety of pieces he obtained in world travels. It is kind of small museum, so what to see for the price is questionable
This is by far one of the best side trips we have taken. It is in the middle of a small town of 200 people. The owner of a tire company BAll & Prier started a collection of a lot of items 50 years ago. Now he has a museum for the public that is one of the best on display in the Midwest. It has Indian artifacts of all kinds, hundreds of glass settings and plate collections form mostly early 1900's, old bottles, weapons and swords, a great gem and rocks collection; then--upstairs lunch boxes, more glass, and so much it is mind boggling. I highly commend this family for what they have presented and it is all free.
Open 10:30-4:30 April-Oct on Tues-SAt and only weekends off season.
This is only about 12 miles south of town and the dam feeds hydroelectric power to the area. It is 1142 feet deep at the dam base. The White River supplies the water, and it is green as can be; very pristine. The dam covers 31,000 acres and has 489 miles shoreline. It is in the quiet area off Hwy 62 on Hwy 187
This area on the Beaver Lake is quiet and serene. WE came here to see the Rogue Castle, as it was described in the internet as a castle and a eventual exclusive resort to stay. I do not see that happening any time soon. It has been over two years in the making now and they have another year of more to complete, the way it looks. The owner owns Rogue Manor in Eureka Springs, ans seems to have spent a lot on a pleasure of life without any payback. Cost is probably over $2 million by now. The internet interested me, but once you get there, on line pictures are deceiving. Look and see what I mean. It is not what is shows.
After passing Thorncrown Chapel and continuing on the road, you can get to Beaver Dam which is beautiful with crystal clear waters and a host of activities that you can enjoy.
We saw a group of divers learning how to dive here. Visibility would be great but not sure what you can see here and water was freezing cold!
Beaver Lake is a resevoir that was created in 1966 by the daming of White river. It has 28,000 acres of water for activities such as water skiing, swimming, fishing and camping. It is an excellent place to get away from it all (although it was a little chilly the day that we visited to have a picnic!)
This is a 4,300 acre US Civil War Military Park. It is here that a March 1862 battle was fought that helped to save Missouri for the Union forces. Approximately 26,000 soldiers from both the Confederate and Union forces waged a battle that would determine if the Union forces could keep heading south through the Mississippi river valley. Union forces prevailed, and Missouri was preserved. The battle is also significant as Cherokee Indian soldiers helped fight for the Confederacy. This site is considered one of the best preserved sites of the Civil War.
This house is quite unique. One day in 1943, Mrs. Quigley decided that after her husband left for work, that she and her children would tear down their existing home. Mr. and Mrs. Quigley had been having "discussions" about building a newer home, but Mr. Quigley wanted to wait until after the war was over so he could purchase the 43 picture glass windows for the home. Mrs. Quigley could wait no longer, so she tore it down and moved everyone to the chicken shed for the time being. Then began the construction on this rather unique home. The entire outside is made from small stones that Mrs. Quigley had collected from her childhood. The first 2 feet inside the home, and all around the outside wall of the home, are plants and trees. She wanted to bring the "outside into the home" and she did just that. There are also numerous rock gardens and sculptures that she made. The cost is $5.50 for adults, children 14 and under free.
Directly behind the county courthouse is Eureka Spring's Auditorium, a nondescript-looking vault that looks more a fortress or powder magazine than a theater or auditorium. Nonetheless, the theater keeps an active schedule, from the Digital Film Fest to live performances by well-known artists.
Church architecture in small-town America is usually worth a closer look, but Arkansas seems to be a major exception. Just outside of town is the Thorncross Chapel, a prominent structure made to look like the Crown of Thorns (and listed on the National Register of Historic Places). Apart from this, even Eureka Springs has a scarcity of interesting church architecture and limited stained-glass, one exception being the First Baptist Church.
This old monestary that sits behind the Crescent hotel, is a peaceful place to go just to have peace and quiet, and to have a nice stroll. I love that kind of thing, so if you are like me, then you may like it too.
Twice a year, south of Eureka Springs, is an enjoyable arts & crafts show at the historic War Eagle Mill. Lots of arts & country crafts to buy, entertainment, lots of food (around the fair or at the Bean Palace restaurant), all in a lovely setting. I enjoy the fall show, when there's lots of goodies for the holidays - it's usually in October. The Spring show is usually in May. If you're in the area, be forewarned that many of the local hotels are filled up - make reservations ahead of time!
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a home for displaced lions, tigers, and other big cats. They had many beautiful animals there. It is a little sad to see so many beautiful big cats in cages that way but I felt good knowing my donation I made would go toward helping them. I never saw so many tigers all in one place before. Turpentine Creek is located South of Eureka Springs on 23.