In west Little Rock on Denny Road, you'll find the Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts It has six gardens & is the largest park in the Southeast that's dedicated to the performing arts.
Burns Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the U.S. with boating, wildlife trail, miniature golf, & tennis. It also offers hiking trails, picnicking areas, two 18-hole golf courses, & campsites. It's located in North Little Rock along the river
Pinnacle Mountain seems to dominate the landscape in this area & is home to a State Park that has a visitor center with exhibits about geology, flora & fauna. The mountain is cone-shaped & juts 1,000 ft above a heavily forested park, bordered on the west by a huge lake called Lake Maumelle. There are great hiking trails, including one that climbs the park's namesake peak & another that gives a panoramic view of the Arkansas River. Fishing, boating (ramps), picnicking, & a playground are available. There's also a gift shop.
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park is 15 miles southeast of North Little Rock off of US 165 on AR 386. In the mid-1800s, Gilbert Knapp discovered huge mounds on his property & thought the mounds had been built by the Toltec Indians of Mexico; he named them the Toltec Mounds. Archaeologists later found that the Toltecs had not built the mounds; yet, the name remains. It is the site of one of the largest & most complex prehistoric Native American settlements in the Lower Mississippi Valley! You are able to see several mounds & a remnant of the embankment. You need an appointment & to pay a fee for a guided on-site tou,departing from the visitor center. The Center has exhibits that explain how archaeologists work as well as the history of the site.
As you can see, the Little Rock Area provides plenty of outdoor sites that most every age group can enjoy.
To get here, you will encounter a very scenic drive, especially if you are travelling between here and Hot Springs. This is one of the newest state parks in Arkansas. Signal Hill is the very highest point of Mount Magazine--and all of Arkansas. While the summit itself is wooded, there are views and overlooks in the immediate region. Some cliffs are on the mountain. If you come at the right time of year, the fall colors are sure to be spectacular. If you want a nice walk in the woods, the Signal Hill trail is only a half mile to the high point. There will be a sign and a marker there to indicate you are standing on top of Arkansas. There is a well developed campground nearby.
Dogpatch U.S.A. was a theme park in northern Arkansas not far from the Buffalo River which I visited when I was younger. It had a hillbilly theme...L'il Abner characters, rides, shacks, a pond for paddleboats and so on... Unfortunately, it's no longer there...it closed down. The park was located near the town of Marble Falls, and the town actually changed its name to Dogpatch...I guess to exploit the park and attract more tourists. When the park closed, the town ended up changing its name back to Marble Falls. I hear that some of the buildings at Dogpatch U.S.A. can still be seen from the road, but "souvenir hunters" have taken everything else. If you're one of the lucky people that got to visit Dogpatch while it was still in business, it might be worth trying to get a look at the place if you're in the area.
The C-130 Flight Simulator at Little Rock AFB in Jacksonville.
Arkansas is the world center of C-130 training!! Individuals from all over the world come here to fly this universal aircraft. You'll see them flying overhead all over the state, usually below 500 ft AGL.
Ask anyone in Hot Springs about how to get to Mt. Ida. That's where the qualtz mines are, well most of them anyway. If you're just wanting to buy stones, try Wright's Rock Shop, he has an awesome rock store and goes around the world to rock shows. The prices are rather steep, so bring plenty of money!
Here's another of my favorite shots. I call this a shed. It has a log pen in the center aisle for animals and a lean to on one side for a cow or two and a chicken pen on the right side. I'll bet this arrangement worked really well for many years.
There's a beautiful drive from Hot Springs to Northwest Arkansas up Hwys. 7, 9 and 10. If you're in Hot Springs, check out Gulpha Gorge Park for some beautiful scenery - roll up your pants and walk down the creek a bit (but watch for the snakes).
And this is what farmers do while their crops are growing :-)). No, actually these are two lovely women in my life. My Mom and my wife, Barbara. BUT, they ARE watching the cotton picking activity which is happening just across the road from my sister's house. (Barbara is just pretending to be asleep :-)
Since cotton is a precious commodity, a man is stationed on the ground outside the collector to pick up any cotton which does not remain in the collector. He may be one of the last vestiges of human cotton pickers :)
When this collector (large yellow rectangle) is packed and moved, the cotton is left on the ground in a huge, packed bale form ready to be picked up and transported to a cotton gin (similar in looks to a loaf of bread). There, the seeds will be extracted. Oil is made from the seed and fertilizer from the residue. The cotton is then ginned and graded. The grading determines if it will be used for fine clothing or only for mops, and lessor uses;
When this yellow hopper gets full, it is transported to a stationery collector. This collector does not have a bottom. The cotton is setting immediately on the ground. When full, the wheels of the collector will raise the collector up and leave the cotton bale sitting there ready to be transported to a cotton gin.
Here is a modern day mechanical cotton picker capable of picking 7 rows of cotton at a time. And this is a SMALL cotton picker. They have gigantic ones now. But this one was being used in a small field.
Then you will see the husk after the cotton is removed. This looks like a flower doesn't it? This cotton picking process may look somewhat nostalgic and romanticized. But, you must know, that when cotton was being picked by hand, these tough husks cut the laborers hands unmercifully.
The International Heifer Project Ranch. I was very interested in the history of the project as well as finding out more about my church through this. The Church of the Brethren helped to begin the Heifer Project.
If you would like to see some real wilderness look on an Arkansas map and find Russellville. Just west is Lamar. Drive up Highway 123 to Hagarville and stop at the Hagarville Grocery for directions to the Hurricane Wilderness Area and info on various sites.
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