Unique Places in Arkansas

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    Site of Civil War skirmish.
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    The Ozarks ... God's Country

    by razorbacker Written Apr 26, 2012

    Just driving past on Hwy 62 E in Carroll County, en route to Eureka Springs. This vista took my breath away. Like Coastal Highway 1, I was compelled to stop every few minutes to appreciate God's artistry. can I get an "A--MEN!"?

    OH-zarks! How green was my valley. Chiaroscuro Ozarks - putting the
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    Crucifixion Sculpture, St. Vincent Cemetery

    by razorbacker Written Apr 26, 2012

    I was driving east on Highway 62 to Eureka Springs. At Avoca, Arkansas, just out of Pea Ridge, I passed St.Vincent Cemetery and caught a glimpse of this sculpture. I had to turn around and go back for a closer look. And marvel and admire.

    He lives.
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    Eagle Rock Loop Trail

    by Astrobuck Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the longest loop hike in Arkansas. It is actually a combination of three trails (the Little Missouri, the Athens-Big Fork, and part of the Viles Branch Horse Trail). It loops through a large chunk of the Ouachita National Forest southwest of Hot Springs. I hiked this on a backpacking trip last year, and let me tell you, it is pretty difficult. We camped for 2 nights, one night was chilly and rainy. Don't attempt unless you are in pretty good shape. If not, i would suggest you camp more than 3 nights. This map pic isn't very good, but there is a downloadable map at the website below.

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    Lots of folks headed for Devil's Den!

    by razorbacker Written Sep 30, 2007

    Visit the secluded and lovely Devil's Den State Park in Arkansas. Activities include swimming, hiking, boating, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, and rental cabins. Available water craft include: canoes, tandem kayaks, pedal boats, and water bikes. There is a park store. In summer a swimming pool and cafe overlooking the lake are open. There are numerous campsites and 17 cabins to rent year round. In season (Oct-Apr) the wood-burning fireplaces may be used.

    Waterfall, Devil's Den. Boat dock, Devil's Den State Park. Devil's Den SP, West Fork, Arkansas. Small lake above Depression-era WPA dam. Beautiful falls.
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    Lake Catherine State Park

    by Astrobuck Updated Jul 26, 2007

    A beautiful state park! This park contains hiking trails, a beach, and a boat ramp for launching watercraft. Like North Carolina State Parks, this park is free to enter; but you have to pay for camping. When we went here, we hiked the Falls Branch Trail, which is approximately 2 miles long, and wound up at a nice waterfall. Although it wasn't very big, it was nice to see, as shown in the picture.

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    Ouachita National Forest

    by Astrobuck Written Jul 22, 2007

    The Ouachita National Forest lies in the western section of Arkansas, where there are plenty of places to hike. In certain places, if you find the right trails, you will be able to see the Ouachita Mountain Range (pictured here).

    Be sure to bring and drink plenty of water. It is not uncommon for these hikes to last an hour or more.

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    South Fourche La Fave River

    by Astrobuck Updated Jul 22, 2007

    This river is located in the Ouachita National Forest. It serves as a tributary of the Arkansas River. Although I'm not sure about the history of it, I do know that this photo opportunity with the bridge in the distance was too good to pass up!

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    Hiking Trails Throughout Hot Springs

    by Astrobuck Written Jul 22, 2007

    You will find many trails to hike while in Hot Springs. This trail you see here ran behind the Arlington Hotel (you can access this trail behind the pool area, next to the hot tub). This particular trail connected with the National Park Trails, and ran throughout the National Park area.

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    Hot Springs National Park

    by Astrobuck Updated Jul 22, 2007

    OK, now this you have to see to believe. There is a National Park right across the street from the Arlington Hotel right smack in the middle of the historic district of downtown Hot Springs. Seriously. Usually, when you think of National Parks, you think "out in the middle of nowhere," or "out of the way someplace." Perhaps I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but I thought it was the neatest thing.

    In any case, if you go here, and you decide to visit the hot spring pictured here, just keep this in mind: The water you see here is coming out at 143° Fahrenheit (61° Celsius). So before you decide to stick your feet in.......!

    There are many trails to hike throughout the park, so be sure you bring plenty of water.

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    Arkansas Post

    by Toughluck Updated Feb 1, 2007

    The earliest days of history are recorded at Arkansas Post Nat'l Memorial in east central Arkansas. It's out of the way and a takes a real interest to get there. Today, it is grassy fields surrounded by swamps and bayou's. But here, the entire history of the region has been played out. Native Americans populated the region, which brought the earliest European traders to establish a post. The French were the first to make it known and from then on, Arkansas Post has been a witness to history.

    French fur traders, American traders, several times the post has been moved. River traffic, development of a town. Witness to creation of the state and politics. The American Civil War arrived with the construction of Fort Hindman and it's defeat. Slowly, it became the back waters of the region as railroads and highways moved the traffic off the river. Today, it's a memory of times past.

    Again, I'll have more details with a separate tip, once I figure out what town (Pine Bluff, maybe) it should be listed as. Places to stay?? There is nothing for Gillett, DeWitt, Watson, Dumas, or Gould. So, you may need to try Stuttgart, 40 miles NW or Pine Bluff, 50 miles west. Otherwise, you're back in Little Rock, 100 miles away. My Arkansas Post National Memorial page provides more information on what's in the park.

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    Crystal Mining

    by Florida999 Written May 9, 2006

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    We drove from Mount Magazine to Mount Ida and went to a crystal mine. We were there for a very long time, and left with several large buckets of crystals. It was very dirty work, but the kids had a blast. Bring a shovel!

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    Lost Valley Hiking Trail

    by Florida999 Written May 9, 2006

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    This trail was really off the beaten path, but the nicest "easy" trail I have ever hiked. It is not very long, or steep, but has spectacular scenery. It ends at a cave that is supposed to have a waterfall in it, but we never did locate the waterfall, even after climbing and crawling around the cave for an hour, with the help of another family. We did see bats, and got very dirty. Bring flashlights!!

    The trail is located a few miles south of Ponca , see website for details. It did take a long time to get there.

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    gorgeous driving adventures

    by susiemargare Updated Aug 24, 2005

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    there are several gorgeous drives within the state that are not immediately obvious from a map.

    russellville is on I-40 between fort smith and little rock. hot springs is southwest of little rock. the drive between russellville and hot springs on route 7 is absolutely spectacular.

    fort smith is on the west border of arkansas. fayetteville is a college town almost directly north of fort smith. the drive on OLD route 71 (not the new interstate) between fort smith and fayetteville is beautiful and gives you some breathtaking views of the arkansas river from high above it. BE CAREFUL -- this is not a good drive to take during the winter, because it has many curves and tends to become very icy very fast.

    clarksville is on I-40 between fort smith and little rock, just west of russellville. almost any road between clarksville and fayetteville takes you through some beautiful forested areas.

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    Born in a Place Called HOPE

    by deecat Written Feb 11, 2005

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    Hope is southwest of Hot Springs and is where President Bill Clinton was born. Clinton's Birthplace Home on South Hervey Street is where he lived from his birth in 1946 until his mother married Roger Clinton in 1950. It's a National Register Historic Site. It also serves as a vistor center and has a gift shop.
    Hope is also known for its gigantic watermelons! They can grow to 250 pounds (113 kilograms)! One watermelon weighed 262 pounds!
    Each August, Hope hosts the Watermelon Festival, and the grower of the largest watermelon wins a prize. People at the festival compete in watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests!

    Clinton's Birthplace Home in Hope
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    In and Around Eureka Springs

    by deecat Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    There is plenty to do in & around Eureka Springs.
    I was particularly fond of Thorncrown Chapel, a stunning glass chapel structure that is tucked in the woods in the Ozarks. It is designed by noted architect E. Fay Jones.
    This modern steel/glass structure somehow co-exists with the natural rocks & trees in this lovely spot. It is so tranquil & filled with a feeling of peace.
    Five miles west of Eureka Springs off of US 62, you will find Eureka Springs Gardens which is made up of specialty gardens as well as natural garden settings. The best time to visit is the spring or the fall; however, I'm sure it's beautiful year around.
    Christ of the Ozarks is a seven-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ, & it weighs more than one million pounds. The armspread is an astounding 65 feet! It is really something to behold.
    Withrow Springs State Park is a large recreation area that stretches across mountains & valleys along the bluffs of War Eagle River. There is a large gushing spring from a shallow cave at the foot of a soaring bluff. There is a swimming pool, hiking, tennis, picnicking, canoeing with rentals, a playground, camping with hookups and a dump station, & a snack bar. There is a Visitor Center also. Route 3, Huntsville.
    Onyx Cave Park is an interesting & unusual onyx formation cave where it is always 57 degrees. There is a blind cave fish
    display, a museum of "Gay 90s costumes, dolls & antique button collections. Also, there is a gift shop. They have continuous tours. Located three miles east on US62, a little over three miles north on Onyx Cave Road.
    Pivot Rock & Natural Bridge where I could not believe it but it's true that the top of Pivot Rock is 15 times as wide as the bottom; yet it is perfectly balanced. They think the caves here were a hiding place of Jesse James. About half mile west on US62 and two & a half miles north on Pivot Rock Road.
    With all these options, I think most people would enjoy these outdoor activities near Eureka Springs.

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