I spent most of my time in the historic district while in Eureka Springs. The city was established in the late 1800s and still has an old-world look to it. To be honest, Eureka Springs is a bit touristy...but the historic district is a good place for a stroll or for shopping or sitting in a cafe. On the Historic District Drive, which can be a bit steep and curvey at times, you'll find several springs, scenic views, the Crescent Hotel, and Victorian-style private residences.
The Norfork River runs into the White river right outside Mountain Home Arkansas. I have family with a house on the river but there is a place, located right where the two rivers come together, that you can rent gear and grab a guide. They offer a shore lunch with some of the trips. These are little BBQ's that the locals have agreed to allow the tour guides to provide on their land. These homes are beautiful so it is a pretty nice little deal. I suggest bringing your own gear if possible....don't forget your license!
About 8 bathouses make up Bathouse Row...which is in Hot Springs National Park...the national park is actually in the town of Hot Springs. I arrived at bathhouse row late in the afternoon and had to take a sped up tour of the visitors center...which is an old bathhouse and museum. Fordyce Bathouse dates back to the early 1900s and is one of the 2 bathouses that is still open to the public. Another bathouse (Buckstaff) is still an active bathouse. In the past, people looking for cures for illnesses or anything else came to these places to take advantage of the healing power of the nearby springs and to undergo state-of-the-art treatments. In the museum at Fordyce, you'll see displays on those treatments and on the history of the bathouses...as well as spas, lockers, baths, showers...and other contraptions that might not look out of place in a torture chamber.
I read somewhere that the Buffalo River was the first protected river in the U.S. It deserves it. I stayed at an area called Steel Creek. As can be seen in the photo, the view was astounding...look at those bluffs! The river is clear and great for boating (canoes, kayaks.) The only problem was the rain - thunderstorms moved through when I was there, so I didn't get to see as much as I would have liked...or even light a campfire. In the morning, I did jump in the river and stand under a waterfall...which was excellent. I'm going back someday...and I'll rent a canoe.
Cedar Falls, in Petit Jean State Park
This 90 ft waterfall is a one-mile hike from the Lodge. It's worth it!!
When you return to the Lodge, there will be a huge fireplace burning to keep you warm!!
In the Ozarks, you must go enjoy the outdoors. If you like fishing, boating, or water-skiing, there are several beautiful lakes and rivers in this area. Lake Norfork, Bull Shoals Lake, and Beaver Lake are popular vacation spots for houseboating, water-skiing, and fishing bass, trout, and other fish. You can bring your own boat, or rent one from numerous boat docks. The Buffalo National River, the first river designated a US national river, is great for canoeing or floating, and the White River is renowned for trout fishing and fly fishing. If you're coming in for a short vacation, hire a fishing guide to take you to the 'best' fishing spot - inquire at any boat dock and many of the 'resorts' for a good guide. Hiking is quite popular as well - you can take a short walk for an hour or plan a serious hiking excursion for several days. Spring is beautiful with dogwoods and other flowering trees; Summer is hot and lush; and Autumn can be brillant. Camping is common, with many campgrounds situated near our lakes and rivers. Hunting is quite popular here, with whitetail deer and wild turkey being the most popular game. But who knows - maybe you can catch one of those famed Razorbacks?! However you enjoy nature, bring the family and enjoy the simple pleasures this area has to offer!
Ouachita National Forest, Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Mena, Arkansas is the eastern terminus of the Talimena Scenic Drive and the Talimena Trail coming from Talihina, Oklahoma. The scenic drive runs 54 miles and the trail includes 186 miles of trail. Arkansas and Oklahoma share this outdoor resource, and I describe it in more detail on my Oklahoma page. The nicest park along the length of the drive and the trail is the Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Arkansas. The park includes a nice resort with hotel and restaurant accomodations. The park also has a good campground and several activities for children.
Eureka Springs is a great place to spend the weekend. Its old fashioned downtown has lots of things to see, its very unique. There are also nearby parks and hiking, a religious play, trolley rides, good food, ghost tours, a nice botanical garden, a historical chapel, lots of history and activities
The trolley rides are a good way to tour and see the whole area, gives you a good idea of what all is there. Many historical bed and breakfasts and a very very old hotel on the top of the mountain, rumored to be haunted! Also the one place in USA besides Las Vegas you can get quickie weddings! Lots of chapels, ministers, and wedding ideas in Eureka Springs. Nearby lakes also makes for good boating/fishing activities. Lots of historical old time charm in Eureka Springs.
Riverfest is pretty awesome down on the Arkansas River (Little Rock). Catch a Travs' game or see the RiverBlades in action. Check out Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock or visit Hot Springs for an interesting weekend trip.
Crater of Diamonds State Park. The only place in North America where diamonds have been found and for a fee you can dig for diamonds, amethyst, garnet, jasper, quartz and keep whatever you find. The most notable diamond found there was the 40.23 carat 'Uncle Sam' diamond. In 1977 the 4.25 carat 'Kahn Canary' diamond was found and Hillary Clinton wore it durning the presidental inaugural balls.
HOT SPRINGS--- Congress established Hot Springs Reservation in 1832 to protect the hot springs flowing from the Hot Springs Mountains. In 1921 by Congressional order its name was changed to Hot Springs National Park. This makes it the oldest park currently in the National Park System--40 years older than Yellowstone National Park. People have used the water in therapeutic baths for more than two hundred years to treat rheumatism. The Park Service today protect 47 hot springs and their watersheds along with what was once known as 'Bathhouse Row'. That is eight bathhouses including the former luxurious Fordyce Bathhouse, now used as the visitor center.Because it attracted not only the wealthy but also indigent health seekers that the resort was nicknamed 'The American Spa'.
You can't visit Arkansas without going to see the best college basketball around! Get Hogwired and visit Nolen Ryan and his Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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This was a very beautiful State Park and I wished we had more time there to go hiking.
We hiked to a waterfall, and to a large Indian cave with rock paintings.
The highest "mountain" in Arkansas. Not much of a hike to the summit, but we saw a lot of beautiful wildflowers and there are some cliffs you can climb.
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