Arkansas Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by WBeall
  • Things to Do
    by WBeall
  • Things to Do
    by WBeall

Arkansas Things to Do

  • Battle of Pea Ridge

    Battle of Pea Ridge took place on March 6 - 8, 1862 and was one of the largest engagements in the Western Theater of the Civil War.Additional reading: Pea Ridge Civil War Campaign in the West by William L. Shea and Earl J. Hess

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  • Lake Ouachita State Park

    Lake Ouachita State Park was a pleasant surprise. It was an alternative to staying at the less-than-inspiring campgrounds of Hot Springs Nat. Park. Lake Ouachita is a massive lake that stretches over 40,000 acres. It's perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, etc.... The campgrounds were very well-kept - I stayed right next to the water. I...

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  • Mount Magazine State Park

    The last place I camped was at Mount Magazine State Park. It's a new state park and sits atop the tallest peak in Arkansas...Mount Magazine. Actually, Mt. Magazine isn't very tall...it's more like a big hill... but in this part of the country we'll take any kind of mountain that we can get. The campgrounds were very nice. There aren't any lakes or...

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  • Pea Ridge National Military Park

    Pea Ridge National Military Park commemorates the Civil War battle that occured here on 7 and 8 March 1862. Here 26,000 soldiers fought to decide the fate of Missouri. Even though the Confederate Forces won the early battles, the Union Forces under Brigadier General Samuel Curtis defeated the Confederate Forces under Major General Van Dorn...

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  • What to do in De Witt

    DeWitt (or De Witt) is the county seat of Arkansas County and has a population approaching 4000. I found it to be a pleasant little town with a friendly populace and a nice historic district. Interestingly, the town name came from writing three proposed names on slips of paper and drawing them from a hat. The main Historic District surrounds the...

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  • Lum and Abner Museum - Pine Ridge

    Pine Ridge is one of several tiny places along Arkansas Highway 88. The main thing here is the Lum and Abner Museum. Lum and Abner were a duo of comedians that had a radio show from 1932 to 1954. They also made a few movies. They were known for their low key, rural wit. They resided in the then fictional town of Pine Ridge and ran the Jot 'em Down...

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  • Queen Wilhelmina State Park

    Queen Wilhelmina State Park is perched high in the Ouachita Mountains. I was there in June and the park was a welcome relief from the high 90 degree weather in the lowlands. The park was much cooler and the views were spectacular.The park has had well-known luxurious lodging since 1898. The currect lodge is certainly no exception. The lobby is very...

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  • Go Say Hello to the Ducks

    Is it Southern Quirkiness or Just More Adorable in One Space than You Can Stand? Well, whatever you want to call it - the Peabody Hotel has pet ducks. They live upstairs (I'm sure in their very own suite) and every morning they are escorted downstairs to the lobby where there is a fountain they swim around in all day. Then in the evening, they're...

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  • Hot Springs National Park

    Of course one of the main things to do at Hot Springs National Park is to go to bathhouse row and experience the springs. People have flocked to the area since the mid 1800s to experience the healing powers and just plain comfort from the hot natural water. Bathhouse row started then and has changed in some ways and stayed the same in some. Of the...

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  • What to Do in Sheridan

    Sheridan is the county seat of Grant County, and home to the Grant County Court House. It has a population of around 4000. Sheridan has a small historic district with buildings from the late 1800s to the early 1900s around the court house. Sheridan is a nice little town. For more information see my Sheridan Page.

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  • What to Do in Mena

    Mena is the county seat of Polk County and has a population of around 6000. It is located in the far west central part of the state near Oklahoma. The court house was built in 1939. Frankly, I liked the Mena City Hall better than the Polk County Court House. The city hall was built in 1917 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places....

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  • Phillips County Museum - Helena

    The building housing the Phillips County Museum was built in 1891 and the museum displays various artifacts including early paintings, a Thomas Edison Collection, Native American items, letters from General Lafayette, General Robert E. Lee, and other Civil War artifacts. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is closed on...

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  • What to Do in Helena

    Helena and West Helena used to be separate cities but were merged in 2006. West Helena is the more modernized part with most of the fast food, motels etc., and Helena has most of the old part of town. The Phillips County Court House (Photo 1) is also in the Helena part of town. The town has a combined population of over 15,000. There is also the...

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  • Arkansas Post Museum State Park

    The Arkansas Post Museum State Park is kind of a companion piece to the Arkansas Post National Memorial. It consists of several buildings and artifacts from the early history of the area. They are also trying to preserve the prairie grass native to Arkansas by replanting 4 acres of the grass.The different buildings are set up with appropriate...

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  • Arkansas Post National Memorial

    It would be more appropriate to name this place the Arkansas Posts National Memorial since there have been several posts on or near this site. Although Spanish explorer Hernan de Soto passed this way in 1542, and Father Marquette a French Missionary passed this way in 1682, the first Arkansas Post was not established until 1686 when Henri de Tonti...

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  • canoeing on Buffalo River

    Take lessons before getting in a canoe on the Buffalo River. We were not expecting so many rapids and large rocks to try and avoid when we went canoeing. The group of people we were with (about 60 of us in all) loved it and for some people, it was not their first time to canoe.I would probably not do this again, but that does not mean I am not...

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  • Searching for the BIG Diamond

    We like to go to Murphreysboro,Arkansas(I may have spelled that wrong) & visit the Diamong State Park. You can go out in this huge tilled up area & search for diamonds. You keep what you find. We have never found anything more than some tiny, shiney slivers of something. We didn't get them anaylized but we say that's our big find. People do find...

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  • Horseback Riding

    I searched the internet thoroughly for guided trails in the Mena area and found none. The closest in any direction was an hour away so we went into Oklahoma for riding. We went to the A to Z Guest Ranch and had a fabulous time. The owners are warm and friendly and make you feel at ease right away. The only problem we had was getting there---I used...

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  • Cliff-Jumping!

    Although this doesn't even remotely compare to the high cliff jumping you see in Hawaii or elsewhere, it's still a whole bunch of fun. The name of this place is known locally as "The Blue Hole" and you have to ask locals how to get there as it's not on any map. I haven't researched the history of it but it looks like an old quarry that has filled...

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  • Cooling off at the waterfalls

    Little Missouri Falls is easily accessible by road as well as by ATV. It's about a 30 mile run from Wolf Pen Gap campground to Little Missouri, but it's worth it. All the dust you collected on the way is easily washed off in the clear, refreshing pools the falls make. There is an easy walking/hiking trail following the river and there are picnic...

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  • ATV'ing!

    Of course, most people come to Wolf Pen Gap Campground to go 4-wheeling on the many miles of trails there (I think up to 60 miles in all) and to have fun zooming around beautiful trails and challenging climbs. Because we'd never done it before, we had to borrow an ATV from a friend and our two teens took turns using it or doubling up with another...

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  • Christ of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs

    This is a real pretty statue of Christ. I wouldn't go more than 30 miles out of my way to see it, but if you are in town, it's real awesome to go see. It is free to go see it. Also, nearby is a large piece of the Berlin Wall with religious writing on it.

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  • Arkansas Sceinic Highway 7

    AR-7 is the officially designated sceinic highway in the State of Arkansas. AR-7 runs 290 miles through the Ouachita National Forest, the Ozarks, and several cities along the way. Some of the most beautiful scenery is located along this route.Unfortunately, the camera battery went dead on the way back, so no pics for this tip...sorry! (Time to buy...

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  • Old Hollis CCC Camp

    This was a camp built by the Civillian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early part of the 1930's. CCC workers put out forest fires, built roads and recreational facilities, planted trees, and performed many other tasks. It was later torn down in the 1940's. Now, all the foundations are the only remnants; along with the chimney of what used to be the...

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  • Fordyce Bath House

    This is also the Hot Springs National park Visitor's Center.The only bath house on what is called "Bathhouse Row" that you can actually tour (all other bathhouses are presently being renovated). This is a self-guided tour, so you can take as much time as you like to look at things. You start out at the front desk where you get a map of the...

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  • Hot Springs Mountain Tower

    Absolutely a must see....literally. You can see EVERYTHING from here. It is 216 Feet high, and with a good eye, you can see over 100 miles away! In the level below the top, there is an air-conditioned mini-museum that tells the history of the tower, as well as the area.You can get to the tower 2 ways: Drive or hike. We chose to hike it. Although it...

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  • Walk the Promenade!

    This is a really nice, well-kept walkway that runs through Hot Springs National Park. The Promenade is made up of yellow and red bricks, and runs along the back of what is known as "Bath House Row." All the trails intersect it for the most part, so you will wind up on it eventally. It takes about 30 minutes to walk it from one end to the other.

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  • Hot Springs National Park

    It's a city and a park, intertwined. The city has alot to offer in recreation (several reservoirs) south of town and the National Park in the heart of the old town. For more information, see MY Hot Springs National Park page or VT's Hot Springs page for the city. For more on the park, see VT's Hot Springs National Park page. When you get there...

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  • Central High School

    Pivotal events in the Nations history took place in 1959 at Central High School in Little Rock. Today, it's still an active school. But across the street is the visitor center, where you can learn about these events in moving this nation towards equality for all it's citizens. A goal that we're still working on.For places to stay and more to do,...

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  • Eureka Springs

    Tucked away in the northern Ozarks, on the edge of the Missouri, Eureka Springs is a town that has kept it's turn of the 'last' century (1900) character. Shops, restaurants and quaint lodging await those willing to venture into the Ozarks.See VT's Eureka Springs page

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  • Civil War in Arkansas

    We don't think of Arkansas as a Civil War State because the major action was over with by 1863. The Battle of Pea Ridge ended major actions, as both armies were called east to defend their respective causes in the Tennessee battles to come.For more information, see my Pea Ridge tip. soon to be completed

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  • Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

    One of the most intact Civil War battlefields still in existance can be found in the northwest corner of Arkansas, not far from the Oklahoma state line, in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.Prairie Grove provides the opportunity to explore a the site of a major Civil War battle much as it appeared to Union and Confederate troops December 7, 1862. In this...

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  • Powhatan Courthouse State Park

    This stately old Victorian courthouse, now a historical site and museum, once served all of the northern part of Arkansas, an area which was later divided into 31 counties.In the 1800s Powhatan was a thriving river town, but is now an off-the-beaten-bath little community of about 50 souls on the Black River. The foremost feature of the state park...

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  • Petit Jean State Park

    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.

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  • Hot Springs

    We visited Hot Springs, which has one of the oldest National Parks, and the only one right in the middle of a City. We looked at the hot water coming out of the ground in several places. Some people were filling up gallon water jugs with it! We visited one of the old bathhouses that was turned into a museum. People used to come here to go to those...

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  • Mount Magazine

    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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  • Buffalo River

    We camped at Buffalo Point , right on the river and stayed for a few days. Canoeing was much more fun there than in Florida. No aligators and no trees in the way! We made a trip to the Ozark Folk Center near Mountain View, where we made candles, watched old-fashioned soap being made ( bought some of course, works great and keeps the bugs off), and...

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  • Eureka Springs

    Eureka Springs was a very different and spiritual place, never been anywhere else quite like it. The small city in the Ozarks has a lot of mineral springs and people used to come to cure all kinds of things with the spring water. Now, there are water fountains at all the springs ( lol, hooked to the public water supply, I checked, there are water...

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  • Clinton Presidential Library

    The Clinton Presidential Library is full of one of the most fascinating time periods of history. Even those who aren't Clinton fans can find something to enjoy. There is an exact replica of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, as they appeared during the Clinton administrations. The library is jam packed with technology; in the Cabinet room you...

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  • Eureka Springs, Arkansas

    This quaint 19-century town of Eureka Springs is tucked into a mountainside. It has narrow streets with charming shops. A tour guide told us that within months of its founding (July 4, 1879), the population of Eureka Springs soared to ten thousand people!This famous spa resort town has 63 springs. The town built several elegant bathhouses and...

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  • Quapaw Quarter in Little Rock

    Quapaw Quarter in downtown Little Rock is the oldest section of the city. This area is really southeast of downtown. Here is where we saw American Queen Anne-, Colonial Revival-, and Second Empire-style architecture in a mixed area of both business and residential buildings. The name "Quapaw" comes from the Quapaw Indians. The residences here are...

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  • Little Rock Area Parks

    Little Rock's parks contain many landmarks that we enjoyed seeing.Riverfront Park lies along the Arkansas River, & the "little rock" for which the city of Little Rock was named is located there. This park is a riverside promenade downtown.The "little rock" was partially destroyed during the construction of a railroad bridge over the Arkansas River....

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  • The State Capitol in Little Rock

    A second impressive public building after the Old State House is the new statehouse, The State Capital. Located at Capitol and Woodland streets, it has stood here since 1911, probably because it's built of gray limestone from Batesville, Arkansas. If it looks familiar, that is because it's a small replica of the United States Capitol in Washington,...

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  • Arkansas Territorial Restoration in...

    If you are fascinated by architecture, history, and restoration, then Little Rock, Arkasas, will impress you.Little Rock is near the state's center; it has been the Arkansas capital since 1821, probably because of its location, and because it's the state's largest city with a population of about 175,000.The Arkansas Territorial Restoration is in...

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  • Great Restoration: The Old State House

    South of the Riverfront Park is the historic section of downtown Little Rock known as the Quapaw Quarter. Just beyond the park in this area is the Old State House, which is now a historical museum where we visited the restored legislative meeting rooms and the governor's office.It's a gracious Greek Revival style structure that was popular in the...

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