Arkansas Off The Beaten Path

  • Site of Civil War skirmish.
    Site of Civil War skirmish.
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Arkansas Off The Beaten Path

  • The Ozarks ... God's Country

    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!"?

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  • Crucifixion Sculpture, St. Vincent...

    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.

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  • Eagle Rock Loop Trail

    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...

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  • Lots of folks headed for Devil's Den!

    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....

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  • Lake Catherine State Park

    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...

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  • Ouachita National Forest

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Arkansas Post

    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...

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  • Crystal Mining

    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

    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...

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  • gorgeous driving adventures

    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...

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  • Born in a Place Called HOPE

    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...

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  • In and Around Eureka Springs

    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...

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  • More Places to See in and Near Little...

    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...

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  • Mount Magazine State Park

    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...

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  • Dogpatch U.S.A.

    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...

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  • Click here for Ozark Highlands...

    Click here for Ozark Highlands Trail Travelogue

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  • Spring River Dam at Mammoth...

    Spring River Dam at Mammoth SpringClick here for Canoeing the Spring River Travelogue

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  • The C-130 Flight Simulator at...

    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.

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  • Ask anyone in Hot Springs...

    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!

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  • Here's another of my favorite...

    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.

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  • There's a beautiful drive from...

    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).

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  • And this is what farmers do...

    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 :-)

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  • Since cotton is a precious...

    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 :)

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  • When this collector (large...

    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...

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  • When this yellow hopper gets...

    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.

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  • Here is a modern day...

    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.

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  • The cotton from the picker is...

    The cotton from the picker is taken to an awaiting mechanical hopper (orange) which takes it to a conveniently located hopper (yellow) at the end of the rows of cotton

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  • Then you will see the husk...

    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.

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  • This is the bud where the...

    This is the bud where the cotton is contained. It will open like a flower, revealing it's white fiber we know as cotton.

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  • I just had to put this picture...

    I just had to put this picture on here! It's a pic of me and my friends Kelle and Ana all dressed up as gangsters for a school psychology project.

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  • I took a few side roads and...

    I took a few side roads and drove close to the White River. Here I am at a creek that feeds into the river. A nice place to stop and see woods, water, and rocks.

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  • THIS 'LAND SURVEY MONUMENT',...

    THIS 'LAND SURVEY MONUMENT', MEANT TO DELINEATE PROPERTY OWNERSHIP RIGHTS...IS THE HIGH POINT.

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  • HERE I AM TAKING A PICTURE OF...

    HERE I AM TAKING A PICTURE OF THE ROUND BRONZE SURVEY PLAQUE WHICH CONFIRMS THE SPOT AS THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE STATE OF ARKANSAS.

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  • ITS AMAZING HOW MANY HIGH...

    ITS AMAZING HOW MANY HIGH POINT PLACES MAKE YOU REGISTER (WELL, I GUESS YOU DON'T HAVE TO, BUT HEY...WHY NOT?)

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  • THE HIGH POINT IS MAGAZINE...

    THE HIGH POINT IS MAGAZINE MT...ELEVATION IS 2753 FEET...HIKING TIME IS THIRTY MINUTES.

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  • The International Heifer...

    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.

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  • If you would like to see some...

    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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