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WELCOME TO ARKANSAS

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NATURALL STATE RESOURCES

Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas

Five Recommended Tours Through The Natural State

Top 15 Places to be in 2013

Our Past, Our Future

Where the Prairie Meets the River

The Center of it All

Museums, ums, Mountains and Civil War Trails

Natural Wonders

Arkansas CVB Contacts

COVER IMAGE: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

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ARKANSAS The Natural State is a perfect destination for families, groups or individuals who seek beauty, historic sites and outdoor activities. We want your business and look forward to your visit.

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hanks for your interest in The Natural State. Arkansas has a long and proud history of welcoming travelers — and I hope you’ll bring a tour group here soon. As you no doubt realize, several of our communities, including Hot Springs and Eureka Springs, have enticed tourists for well over a century. They continue to come here for the spas, the entertainment and the opportunities to relax while still being reinvigorated. From all four corners of the state, world-class hospitality remains a tradition in Arkansas. What’s changed in recent years is that there’s much more to experience. Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs offers spectacularly beautiful, everchanging botanical displays year round. In Little Rock, the Clinton Presidential Library provides fascinating artifacts and exhibits that change on a yearly basis. In Northeast Arkansas, the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home will soon be open for tours. Major investments in our state park system have produced wonderful results at Petit Jean, Mount Magazine and Village Creek. I’m especially pleased with recent developments in Northwest Arkansas. Enhanced lodging operations and exciting new restaurants are among the latest additions, but the crown jewel is the spectacular Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Designed by internationally recognized architect Moshe Safdie, the complex houses a truly remarkable collection of drawings, paintings and other works of art dating from colonial times to the present. The fact that the museum attracted well over half-a-million guests during its first year illustrates the quality of its holdings. Arkansas also claims two of the Top 100 Events to see in North America this year: Riverfest 2013 in Little Rock and the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro. The Natural State is a perfect destination for families, groups or individuals who seek beauty, historic sites and outdoor activities. We want your business and look forward to your visit. Sincerely,

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POSTCARDS FROM AR FIVE RECOMMENDED TOURS THROUGH THE NATURAL STATE

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THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE ORIGINAL FRONTIER

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n northeast Arkansas you can explore the culture of the Ozarks and the Arkansas Delta. In Mountain View, discover the rich heritage of the area at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Enjoy traditional music during the jam sessions in the downtown Courthouse Square. Don’t miss Blanchard Springs Caverns, one of the great cave finds of the 20th century. Because it’s a “living” cave, Blanchard is constantly changing, creating a different experience each visit. In northeast Arkansas, history comes alive at historic sites and museums throughout the region. From Native Americans to modern times, you can experience the heritage that shaped the lives of the people of Arkansas. Native Americans inhabited the state for thousands of years. Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin and Hampson Archeological Museum State Park detail the lives of Native Americans in eastern Arkansas. Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocahontas is one of the state’s earliest outposts, including the old town site that dates back to 1815. The park was the site of the Arkansas Territory’s first post office, courthouse, and land office. Jacksonport State Park, near Newport, was a thriving river port in the 1800s. In Piggott, explore the literary genius of Ernest Hemingway at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer in 1927 and her family welcomed Hemingway into their life and their home in Piggott. Pauline and Ernest visited the home frequently and the Pfeiffers converted a barn behind the home into a studio for Hemingway’s use during his stays. It was here that Hemingway wrote a large portion of one of his most famous novels, “A Farewell to Arms.”

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t’s here, in the southeast section of The Natural State, that Arkansas got its “start.” At Arkansas Post National Memorial, located south of Gillett, the National Park Service facility commemorates the first permanent European settlement (1686) in the lower Mississippi River valley. Arkansas Post was also the location of the only Revolutionary War skirmish, in 1783, to take place in what is now Arkansas. Due to the settlement’s proximity to the Arkansas River, Arkansas Post was an important part of Arkansas’s history, becoming the first capital of Arkansas Territory in 1819. The Post also played an important part in Arkansas’s Civil War history. Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park near Brinkley preserves a rare headwater swamp and a granite marker denoting the initial point, designated a National Historic Landmark, from which land surveys of U.S. territory acquired from France via the 1803 Louisiana Purchase were measured. Designated a National Recreation Trail, the park’s boardwalk features panels relating the story of the purchase, the survey and the swamp. Known as the “Rice and Duck Capital of the World,” Stuttgart is known for great duck hunting, rice production and a festival that pulls the two together, the World Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival. The Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie tells the story of agriculture and the pioneers who came to and farmed the Grand Prairie. Don’t miss the site where Charles Lindbergh landed his plane after his first-ever night flight.

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THE BEATING HEART OF ARKANSAS

ARTS, CULTURE AND THE FINEST WINE AROUND

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ittle Rock and North Little Rock form the vibrant heart of Arkansas. The two cities and neighboring towns comprise a metropolitan area of some 500,000 people. This metropolis, as well as Conway, Searcy and Cabot, and other nearby cities, offer a cosmopolitan mix of historic attractions, imaginative shopping opportunities, dining, nightlife, arts and fine hotels. A collection of museums offers something for every taste, from history to a presidential library. Be sure to visit the Little Rock River Market for a variety of fresh local produce. You can spend several days in the area exploring its offerings, including the Clinton Presidential Library, Heifer International Heifer Village, Museum of Discovery, Art Along the River outdoor sculpture, Central Arkansas Nature Center, Presidential Park Wetlands and the Old State House Museum. A couple of blocks over, you’ll find the Historic Arkansas Museum. The Arkansas River Trail hugs both sides of the waterway, connected at two points by the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge and the Junction Bridge Pedestrian Walkway.

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wo of the most important battles of the Civil War west of the Mississippi took place at Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove, both located in the Ozarks. Today, a national historic site and state park (respectively) preserve and interpret these events. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is housed in a piece of art itself, surrounded by gardens and trails. The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville presents traveling Broadway productions, symphony concerts and entertainment. In the River Valley, you’ll explore Arkansas’s wine country, centered around Altus, Wiederkehr Village and Paris wineries. Unsurpassed beauty is best viewed from “The Tri-Peaks” that dominate the valley — Nebo, Petit Jean and Magazine. All three have state parks bearing their names. At the Fort Smith National Historic Site, you can discover what life was like on the lawless frontier. A statue of legendary lawman Bass Reeves now dominates the riverfront. Across the river, the refinement of the Victorian Era is preserved in enchanting Van Buren, a mecca for arts, crafts and antiques.

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ugged Ouachita mountain trails. Awe-inspiring vistas. Sparkling lakes. Real diamonds. American history and the nation’s first federal preserve. They’re all found in southwest Arkansas. These attractions are among the reasons vacationers return to the Hot Springs area and Ouachita (Washitaw) Mountain region each year. They come to hike the nature trails of Hot Springs National Park and enjoy the vistas of the Ouachita National Forest. They also come to be pampered at the hotels and thermal baths of the Hot Springs resort city. Five crystal-clear lakes, known as the “Diamond Lakes,” lure tourists who love water and beautiful scenery. The largest, Lake Ouachita, offers a wilderness experience combined with the amenities of full-service resorts. And at many locations, you can enjoy a round of golf after you’ve finished a morning fishing trip. Rockhounds will also be right at home at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, the only diamond mine in the world open to the public. Some real sparklers have been unearthed here. You’ll also find quartz crystals at one of the mines found around Mount Ida.


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Ozark Folk Center State Park

OUR PAST, OUR FUTURE The Delta represents a crossroads of Arkansas tradition, culture and all-American history beneath a backdrop of a sprawling ridge.

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rkansas’s northeast corner is a study in contrasts — large cities and small communities; musical cultures from bluegrass to rock; the flatlands of the Arkansas Delta and the rise of Crowley’s Ridge. Mountain View is the heart of the preservation of Ozark culture. The town is home to the Ozark Folk Center State Park, America’s only facility that works to share the heritage and way of life of the Ozark Mountain people. Visitors can watch crafters as they forge iron, make

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cornhusk dolls, create candles or stitch a quilt. During the day, enjoy the sounds of acoustic music throughout the craft village or stick around for one of the many evening concerts in the park’s auditorium. Downtown Mountain View is home to a variety of shops and stores. On the weekends, the courthouse square is a favorite spot for a pickin’ — musicians getting together to “pick” tunes. Historic downtown districts and small-town charm paint a quaint picture here filled with culture and heritage, from Native American sites to hallowed Civil War battlefields to museums and

historic landmarks. Explore the barn studio where Ernest Hemingway wrote portions of “A Farewell to Arms” at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Cultural Center in Piggott. Visit Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocahontas, the site of Arkansas’s first post office, courthouse and land office. Walk the grounds of Parkin Archeological State Park where many scholars believe explorer Hernando de Soto visited in 1541. In fall 2013, the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opens in Dyess, allowing the public to visit where the music legend and his family moved in 1935, as well as the


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Dyess Colony Administration Building, centerpiece for one of the nation’s agricultural resettlement colonies under the New Deal. The Cash home will be furnished as it appeared when the family lived there, while the Administration Building will include exhibits about the colony and the impact of Dyess on Cash and his music. West Memphis is located along the Mississippi River and is home to Southland Park Gaming and Racing. Southland has the distinction of being one of the largest greyhound racing facilities in the world. Southland offers something for everyone — more than 1,200 gaming machines, simulcast racing, a 150-seat juke joint, as well as Southland’s claim to fame — greyhound racing. For those looking for an outdoor adventure, northeast Arkansas offers a plethora of lakes, rivers and streams with world-class fishing. The Arkansas State Parks within the region offer camping, boating, hiking, birdwatching and biking opportunities. Fly through the treetops at Loco Ropes at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View. Plan a trip to the Little Red River in Heber Springs for some trout fishing. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or an historical journey, it’s waiting for you in Northeast Arkansas!

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM JONESBORO | Native American exhibits, glassware, natural ited inhistory, 1541. Intoy fall museum and a recreated turn-of-the2013, the Johnny Cash century village are all here. 870-972-2074 Boyhood Home opens www.astate.edu/museum

to the public in Dyess, allowing the public BATESVILLE HISTORIC COMMERCIAL DISTRICT to visit the home that BATESVILLE | The state’s the musicsecondlegend and oldest city, settled his in 1812, offers exhibits family moved into and the Old Independence Regional in 1935, as well as the Museum. 870-793-4632; arkansaspreservaDyess Colony Admintion.com/historic-properties/_search_nomiistration Building, nation_popup.aspx?id=1525 centerpiece for one of the nation’s agriculturCALICO ROCK MUSEUM AND VISITOR CENTER CROSS COUNTY al resettlement coloCALICO ROCK | Located in the HISTORICAL SOCIETY nies under the New Deal. The historic Bank of Calico Rock building, WYNNE | Local and regional history Cash home will be furnished exhibits chart the region’s history from and culture come alive through exhibits as it appeared when the family pre-historic culture through the 1960s. in this museum, housed in a restored ellived there, while the Admin870-297-4129; calicorockmuseum.com ementary school from 1939. 870-238-4100 istration Building will include http://www.cchs1862.org/index.htm CENTURY WALLexhibits about the colony and POCAHONTAS | Located in of Black the impact Dyess on CashCRITTENDEN COUNTY MUSEUM River Overlook Park, these three and his music.walls The project isEARLE | Restored train depot features feature images of the 100 most influenon local farming, early churches a joint effort between the exhibits City tial Americans that helped to shape the and area schools. Art gallery includes of Dyess and Arkansas State 20th century. arkansas.com/attractions/ work by local artist Carroll Cloar. 870-792detail.aspx?id=95125University. 7374; crittendencountywebsite.com West Memphis is located CLEBURNE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HEBER SPRINGS | Located in the Frauenthal House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, houses records, archival photos and artifacts chronicling local history. 501-362-5225 cleburnehistory.info CIVIL WAR RIVER WALK MEMORIAL TRAIL POCAHONTAS | The Civil War history of surrounding Randolph County is chronicled by markers along this trail. http://5rhp.org/projects.htm#River_Walk CHALK BLUFF BATTLEFIELD PARK ST. FRANCIS | Site of several Civil War skirmishes is now decorated with commemorative plaques honoring the battle and local history. 870-598-2667 http://civilwartraveler.bravepages.com/ Chalk%20Bluff/CBPage1.htm

DOWNTOWN CALICO ROCK DEVELOPMENTS CALICO ROCK | On the banks of the White River, the developments feature a historic area with an old-fashioned soda fountain, seasonal farmers market and ghost town on the east side of town. Trolley tours available. http://calicorock.us/ EDDIE MAE HERRON CENTER POCAHONTAS | The local community’s African-American history and culture are preserved in exhibits at this one-room museum that was once used as both a church and a school. 870-892-4433; herroncenter.org FORREST CITY DOWNTOWN MURALS FORREST CITY | Seven murals located in the downtown area. 870-633-1651 forrestcitychamber.com

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NORTHEAST NORTH HISTORY & HERITAGE HISTORIC GREYHOUND BUS DEPOT VISITOR CENTER BLYTHEVILLE | Built in 1939, the depot houses tourist information and serves as the headquarters for Main Street Blytheville. 870-763-2525 mainstreetblytheville.com/index.html HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PARAGOULD PARAGOULD | Home to shops, restaurants and the popular Loose Caboose Festival. 870-240-0544 HISTORIC DOWNTOWN POCAHONTAS POCAHONTAS | Seventeen blocks of the district have been designated National Historic Commercial District with several buildings more than 100 years old, including the state’s oldest barbershop and pharmacy. 5rhp.org INDIAN ROCK HOUSE FAIRFIELD BAY | The name says it all. A natural sandstone structure that was the home of prehistoric natives on the grounds of Indian Hills Country Club. 501-884-4899 LOG CABIN MUSEUM FAIRFIELD BAY | Admission is free at this reconstructed cabin from the 1850s. 501-884-4899 MAIN STREET OF HARDY HARDY | Downtown district featuring local events, historic buildings and shops where you can purchase unique antiques, souvenirs, art and much more. 870-856-3571; mainstreetofhardy.org MARKED TREE DELTA AREA MUSEUM MARKED TREE | Replica of a community hospital and a history gallery featuring Native American pottery and early 1900s telephone exhibits. 870-358-4998 markedtreearkansas.org/recreation.htm

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HEMINGWAY-PFEIFFER MUSEUM AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER PIGGOTT | Tour the family home of Paul and Mary Pfeiffer, whose daughter Pauline was married to Ernest Hemingway, and the Barn Studio where Hemingway wrote portions of “A Farewell to Arms” and many short stories during visits to Piggott. See exhibits related to his life and visit the Museum store in the back of the Barn. 870-598-3487; hemingway.astate.edu

MATILDA AND KARL PFEIFFER MUSEUM AND STUDY CENTER PIGGOTT | Museum housing a vast collection of Native American artifacts and more than 1,600 books. Tours, seminars and classes are offered here. 870-598-3228; pfeifferfoundation.com MAYNARD PIONEER MUSEUM & PARK MAYNARD | Step back in time and experience what life was like for early settlers here through exhibits, artifacts and a restored log cabin complex. 870-647-8013

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY HISTORICAL CENTER OSCEOLA | Exhibits located in a restored dry goods store from the early 1900s. 870-563-6161 MUSEUM LEPANTO USA LEPANTO | Vintage store, as well as exhibits on Native Americans and pioneer history. 870-475-2410, 870-475-2692 http://www.lepantoaralumni.com/ LEPANTOMUSEUM.html


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OLD INDEPENDENCE REGIONAL MUSEUM BATESVILLE | Exhibits and archival materials trace local history. 870-793-2121; oirm.org THE OLD MILL MOUNTAIN VIEW | Oldfashioned country store built in 1914, you can purchase heirloom seeds and antiques here, or view old tools, Native American artifacts. 870-269-5337 http://shortturtlesworld.com/Photos/ Old%20Mill.htm PARAGOULD WAR MEMORIAL/ STATUE OF LIBERTY PARAGOULD | Features a seven-foot bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty. 870-240-0544 RANDOLPH COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM POCAHONTAS | Unique exhibits include a pearl button factory and archival photo collection. 870-892-4056; randolphcomuseum.org RANDOLPH COUNTY QUILT TRAIL POCAHONTAS | Located throughout the downtown historic district, trail is made up of more than 60 images of heritage quilts on the sides of buildings. arkansasguesthouse.com/ blog/?p=173 RAPPS BARREN SETTLEMENT MOUNTAIN HOME | Located in Cooper City Park, features historic buildings and a re-created village that let you experience the area’s early years. 870-424-9311 RECTOR COMMUNITY MUSEUM RECTOR | Local and regional historical artifacts are housed here. 870-595-2410 rectorarkansas.com

ARKANSAS CRAFT GUILD AND GALLERY MOUNTAIN VIEW | Traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from around the state, including a Christmas Showcase. 870-269-4120 http://s240831787.onlinehome.us/sandbox/ RECTOR MURAL RECTOR | Illustrates the town’s early history. 870-595-2188 rectorarkansas.com SOUTHERN TENANT FARMERS MUSEUM TYRONZA | Highlights the farm labor movement of the 1930s and regional tenant farming history. 870-487-2909; stfm.astate.edu ST. FRANCIS COUNTY MUSEUM FORREST CITY | Exhibits include fossils, Native American artifacts, war history pieces and artwork. 870-261-1744 sfcmuseum.org VINTAGE MOTORCAR MUSEUM HARDY | Collection of more than 60 vehicles, including a 1981 DeLorean, made famous in the “Back to the Future” films. 870-856-4884 WINGS OF HONOR MUSEUM WALNUT RIDGE | Chronicles the history of one of the seven flying schools established in Arkansas by the military during World War II. 800-584-5575; wingsofhonor.org WALNUT RIDGE DEPOT WALNUT RIDGE | Restored 1910 train station now serves as the local chamber of commerce office. 870-886-3232; cityofwalnutridge.com/ local/walnut-ridge-depot/ WOLF HOUSE NORFORK | Believed to be the oldest log structure in the state, the house, built in the early 1800s, overlooks the nearby White River. 870-425-2755 baxtercounty.org/wolfhouse.php

ARNETT’S DOLL MUSEUM NEWPORT | A private museum featuring a rotating collection of more than 5,000 dolls acquired by Virginia Arnett. 870-523-2194 ARTISANS GALLERY FAIRFIELD BAY | Showcasing work of Arkansas artists with a collection that includes jewelry and wood carvings. 501-884-6000 BATESVILLE MOTOR SPEEDWAY BATESVILLE | Dirt track racing in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. 870-251-0011 batesvillemotorspeedway.net BELLE OF THE BAY FAIRFIELD BAY | Views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the surrounding areas aboard cruises on Greers Ferry Lake. 501-884-6030; somedaystartstoday.tv/cms/marina/ BLANCHARD SPRINGS CAVERNS FIFTY SIX | Guided walking tours through an active cavern system, featuring sparkling calcite formations, stalactites, stalagmites and columns. Ranked among the best caves in North America. 888-757-2246; fs.usda.gov/detail/osfnf/specia lplaces/?cid=stelprdb5351305 THAT BOOKSTORE IN BLYTHEVILLE BLYTHEVILLE | Rare books and signings. 870-763-3333; tbib.com BRICKSHY’S BACKSTREET THEATER MOUNTAIN VIEW | Hosts country variety shows and family comedy every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call for tickets. 870-269-6200 CASH’S WHITE RIVER HOEDOWN MOUNTAIN VIEW | Family entertainment, including comedy and music acts performed April through early December. 800-759-6474; cashswhiteriverhoedown.com

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NORTHEAST NORTH ENTERTAINMENT COLLINS THEATRE PARAGOULD | The historic theater where Will Rogers once performed is now home to live stage productions throughout the year. 870-236-6252 COMMUNITY GALLERY CLINTON | Work of students is on display as part of the North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts and Education program. 501-745-6500 clintonarchamber.com/community-gallery/ DELTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA JONESBORO | Hosts three concerts each year in the Fowler Center on the campus of Arkansas State University. 870-761-2747; deltasymphony.org FORUM CIVIC CENTER JONESBORO | Home to Foundation for the Arts, local productions are held throughout the year in a restored movie theater. 870-935-2726; foajonesboro.org HAUNTED POCAHONTAS TOUR POCAHONTAS | Explore areas be-

lieved to be haunted, including sites related to serial killers and Civil War massacres. http://5rhp.org/projects.htm#Tours THE IMPERIAL DINNER THEATRE POCAHONTAS | Dinner theater hosts live productions throughout the year. 870-892-0030; imperialdinnertheater.com FUNERAL SERVICES MUSEUM NEWPORT | Family-owned museum that exhibits a horse-drawn hearse and funeral buggy, a chapel and other exhibits. Open by appointments only. 870-523-5822 LYON COLLEGE BATESVILLE | Originally founded in 1872 as Arkansas College, the campus hosts the annual Arkansas Scottish Festival in late April. 870-307-7000; lyon.edu MARK MARTIN MUSEUM BATESVILLE | Tracks the career of racecar driver Mark Martin through exhibits and displays of his cars and trophies. 870-793-4461 markmartinmuseum.com

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MELLON’S COUNTRY STORE MOUNTAIN VIEW | Antiques, souvenirs, gifts and food items are available at this recreated pioneer shop. 870-269-3354; mellonscountrystore.com MINIATURE MUSEUM OF MERRITT TINY TOWN TOURS MOUNTAIN HOME | More than 200 original displays and dioramas consisting of dollhouses and miniature figures. 870-492-5222 NATURAL BRIDGE CLINTON | A 100-foot sandstone archway was formerly used as a bridge for early pioneers. It is currently part of a complex that features a log cabin museum and gift shop. Located off U.S. 65. roadsideamerica.com/tip/3880 NORFORK NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY NORFORK | Try to catch your own rainbow trout after learning about the process of growing the local trout population at one of the state’s busiest hatcheries. 870-499-5255; fws.gov/norfork/ NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS ART GALLERY FAIRFIELD BAY | Free admission to this showcase of local and national artists, including original paintings and mixed media. 501-884-6100; ncafae.org OZARK MOUNTAIN MUSIC MAKERS SALEM | Local and regional musical acts perform live every Saturday night. Call ahead for full schedule information and reservations. 870-895-3004

LEPANTO’S “A PAINTED HOUSE” LEPANTO | Original house used in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Arkansas native John Grisham’s novel is re-assembled here. 870-475-2415

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PARAGOULD COMMUNITY CENTER AND WATER PARK PARAGOULD | Popular among young visitors, the water park features slides, a play area and a 12-foot diving pool. Community center includes recreational facilities. 870-239-7530; Paragould.org


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OUTDOOR RECREATION BIG CREEK NATURAL AREA HEBER SPRINGS | Hunting and fishing, 200-foot bluffs and rugged trails. 501-324-9619 naturalheritage.com/!userfiles/ big_creek.pdf BIG LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE MANILA | Wildlife watching, an eagle sanctuary, nature walks and driving tours, preserving more than 11,000 acres for wildlife and water conservation. 870-564-2429; fws.gov/biglake PEARLS UNIQUE NEWPORT | The state’s only White River pearl dealer offers gems from the nearby waters, as well as rare and one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs, such as necklaces and pendants. 800-637-3233 pearlsunique.com PEEBLES FARM AUGUSTA | Seasonal family activities, such as horse-and-buggy rides, hayrides, October corn maze, petting zoo and fall’s pick-your-own pumpkin patch. 870-919-6162; peeblesfarm.com PUMPKIN HOLLOW PIGGOTT | Pumpkin patch and farm, featuring the state’s first corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, kid’s barn and haunted attractions in October. 870-598-3568; pumpkinhollow.com RAIMONDO WINERY GAMALIEL | Family-owned winery, complete with a tasting room and store, produces handcrafted wines and also sells imported olive oils and balsamic vinegars. 870-467-5115; raimondowinery.com RANDOLPH MUSIC THEATER POCAHONTAS | Local and regional artists and bands perform live every Friday with special events scheduled throughout the year. 870-248-0186 angelfire.com/music6/randolphmusictheatre/ RITZ CIVIC CENTER BLYTHEVILLE | Renovated movie palace now hosts local and touring productions throughout the year. Check website for full event schedule and information. 870-762-1744; artsmissco.org

RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY WEST MEMPHIS | The oldest dirt track in the state has been open since 1949 and hosts events from April though November. Check website for full schedule information. 901-508-6200 riversideinternationalspeedway.com

CACHE RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AUGUSTA | Established in 1986, this area protects significant wetland habitats and provides feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl. 870-347-2614; fws.gov/cacheriver/

SONS OF THE OZARKS MUSIC THEATER MOUNTAIN VIEW | Regular performances of local bluegrass and country music acts. Call ahead for full schedule. 870-269-9597

CLEBURNE COUNTY MOTOCROSS HEBER SPRINGS | Converted stock car track is home to bike and four-wheeler racing April through the early fall. 501-362-6325

SOUTHLAND PARK GAMING AND RACING WEST MEMPHIS | High rollers can play more than 1,200 games here, including video poker, electronic craps and roulette, blackjack tables, a poker room and live greyhound racing. 800-467-6182; southlandgreyhound.com WEST MEMPHIS CIVIC AUDITORIUM WEST MEMPHIS | Hosts performances and events throughout the year, including productions by the local Little Theater of Crittenden County. Check website for full schedule information. 870-732-7595; westmemphis.org WHITTON FARMS TYRONZA | Field trips and tours of the giant tomato fi eld, chicken coop, fl ower fi elds, mushroom sanctuary and greenhouse. Homegrown vegetables, herbs and fl owers. 870-815-9519 whittonfarms.com

CROWLEY’S RIDGE NATURE CENTER JONESBORO | Topographical models, wildlife diorama, movie theater, wildlife exhibits, nature trails and observation tower are located at the center. 870-933-6787; crowleysridge.org GREERS FERRY LAKE NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY HEBER SPRINGS | Self-guided tours of the complex, which also features an aquarium. 501-362-3615; fws.gov/greersferry/ LOCO ROPES MOUNTAIN VIEW | Familyfriendly treetop adventure course featuring zip lines, free falls and climbing walls that will challenge and thrill participants. 870-269-3851 locoropes.com

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NORTHEAST NORTH OUTDOOR RECREATION LITTLE RED RIVER HEBER SPRINGS | Popular for trout fishing, the river extends from the Greers Ferry Dam and features many outfitters and resorts for shelter and supplies. 501-362-9067; Arkansas.com/lakes-rivers OZARK NATIONAL FOREST, SYLAMORE DISTRICT MOUNTAIN VIEW | Wilderness playground packed with forests, creeks, two rivers, limestone bluffs and meadows. Popular destination for fishing, hiking, biking and horseback riding. 870-269-3228; http://www.fs.usda.gov/osfnf/ SPRING RIVER HARDY | Popular for canoeing and fishing, there are several outfitters and launch areas along a 17-mile stretch of the river. 870-856-3210 STONECREEK RANCH RESORT MOUNTAIN HOME | Bring your own horse or ride one of the resort’s during trail rides and other riding adventures, including tours, clinics and indoor and outdoor riding facilities. 888-203-7433 stonecreekranchresort.com SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN TRAIL FAIRFIELD BAY | One-mile trail located on an island in Greers Ferry Lake offering panoramic views. 501-362-2416 www.swl.usace.army.mil/parks/greersferry SYLAMORE CREEK TRAIL MOUNTAIN VIEW | Follow this 14-mile trail through the Ozark National Forest and explore waterfalls, natural springs and limestone bluffs. Connects to Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail network. 870-269-3228 WAPANOCCA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE TURRELL | A prime wintering area for migratory waterfowl, such as bald eagles and great blue herons. 870-343-2595 fws.gov/wapanocca

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STATE PARKS BULL SHOALS-WHITE RIVER STATE PARK BULL SHOALS | Located above and below Bull Shoals Dam, offering camping, fishing and swimming. Visitor center also houses an aquarium and interactive exhibits. 870-445-3629 arkansasstateparks.com CROWLEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK PARAGOULD | Network of trails, fishing, swimming and camping. 800-264-2405; arkansasstateparks.com DAVIDSONVILLE HISTORIC STATE PARK POCAHONTAS | Camping, fishing, hiking and biking, as well as Trappers Lake and the site of the state’s first post office and courthouse. 870-892-4708; arkansasstateparks.com HAMPSON ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM STATE PARK WILSON | Guided tours, Native American artifacts, as well as hiking and biking trails. 870-655-8622 arkansasstateparks.com HERMAN DAVIS STATE PARK MANILA | Honoring an American hero, the park surrounds the gravesite of, and monument to, Private Herman Davis, Arkansas farm boy and war hero. 888-AT-PARKS arkansasstateparks.com/hermandavis/ LAKE FRIERSON STATE PARK JONESBORO | Barrier-free fishing pier, boat rentals, pavilion, playground, visitors center and trails. 870-932-2615 JACKSONPORT STATE PARK NEWPORT | Historic exhibits and a courthouse from 1872, as well as a beach, trail, boat ramp and wildflower conservation area. 870-523-2143 arkansasstateparks.com LAKE CHARLES STATE PARK POWHATAN | Popular for fishing, the park also offers more than 60

campsites, a swimming beach , playground and nature trails. 870-878-6595 arkansasstateparks.com LAKE POINSETT STATE PARK HARRISBURG | The 640-acre lake is popular for fishing, camping and picnicking. There are also hiking trails, marina rentals, interpretive programs and a screened pavilion. 870-578-2064 arkansasstateparks.com MAMMOTH SPRING STATE PARK MAMMOTH SPRING | Mammoth Spring and the Spring River are natural wonders that provide plenty of recreational opportunities, such as canoeing, boating and fishing. The park is also home to the 1886 Railroad Depot Museum. 870-625-7364 arkansasstateparks.com PARKIN ARCHAEOLOGICAL STATE PARK PARKIN | Preserved Native American village, one-room schoolhouse, research station, museum, interpretive center and periodic digs are held here. 870-755-2500; arkansasstateparks.com/ parkinarchaeological OZARK FOLK CENTER STATE PARK MOUNTAIN VIEW | Craft showcase pays tribute to local heritage and culture, including art, music and clinics on making bowls, quilts and forging iron. 870-269-385; ozarkfolkcenter.com POWHATAN HISTORIC STATE PARK POWHATAN | There are five restored structures here, including a courthouse, jail, log house and a tworoom school house from the 1800s. 870-878-6765 arkansasstateparks.com VILLAGE CREEK STATE PARK WYNNE | Recreational facilities within this 7,000-acre park include two fishing lakes, a horse camp with stalls, multi-use trail network, cabins and campgrounds. 800-264-2467 arkansasstateparks.com


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Ducks over Stuttgart

WHERE THE PRAIRIE MEETS THE RIVER Southeast Arkansas is known for its bountiful crops, quaint river towns and a rich musical heritage.

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rkansas’s Southeast region features some of the richest agricultural soils found in the country. It’s here that the majority of rice is grown, making Arkansas the number-one grower of the grain in the United States. Stuttgart, known as “the rice and duck capital of the world,” is home to Riceland Rice. The town combines its rice and duck reputations each November during

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the world-famous World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival, celebrating its 78th year in 2013. The event also combines duck and rice in the most logical way — by hosting the World’s Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-Off. Southeast Arkansas is also home to a portion of Arkansas’s Great River Road National Scenic Byway. Helena-West Helena lies along the mighty Mississippi River on Arkansas’s

eastern border. The town is one of the state’s oldest, dating back to the 1820s. In “Life on the Mississippi,” Mark Twain wrote, “Helena occupies one of the prettiest situations on the Mississippi.” In commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, Helena-West Helena has added interpretive sites and signage to mark the city’s historical past. In the 1930s and 40s, the town was a hub for blues musicians and singers. HelenaWest Helena celebrates the town’s


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DR. A.G. ANDERSON HOUSE EUDORA | Restored house from 1901 that is decorated with period furnishings. 870-355-4436

musical heritage each October during the King Biscuit Blues Festival, one of the most celebrated blues events in the U.S. Pine Bluff, where the Arkansas Delta meets the Timberlands, is home to a wide variety of attractions for the entire family. The Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Railroad Museum, the Pine Bluff Symphony, the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and the Delta Rivers Nature Center offer visitors an opportunity to experience the history and culture of the region. Located near Tillar in southeast Arkansas, Delta Resort is Arkansas’s newest resort and conference center destination. The facility atures a 72-room hotel, features restaura restaurant and spa, nestled on a cool-wa cool-water lagoon. stor of JapaneseThe story Americans’ relocation to the Arkansas De Delta comes to light when the World Wo War II Japanese America American Internment Museum open opens in McGehee in 2013. The mu museum will be the permanen permanent home of “Against Their Will,” an exhibit that tells tthe stories of those who were confined at the Jerome and R Rohwer internment sites. The region is also a sportsman’s paradise with quality qu hunting and fishing wit within the region. From deer to du ducks, fish to frogs, you can fu fulfill all your sporting dreams!

ARKANSAS ENTERTAINERS HALL OF FAME PINE BLUFF | Famous entertainers and celebrities with Arkansas roots, such as Johnny Cash and Billy Bob Thornton, are celebrated. 870-536-7600 arkansasentertainershalloffame.com/ ARKANSAS POST MEMORIAL GILLETT | Maintained by the National Park Service, site commemorates the first permanent European settlement here in 1686. 870-548-2207; nps.gov/arpo

BRADLEY Y COUNTY VETERANS NS MUSEUM WARREN N | Honors the service and sacrifice of local military veterans. Exhibits also include nclude military heritage and educationall displays. 870-226-2329 bradleycountyveterans.org CENTRAL DELTA DEPOT MUSEUM AND VISITORS CENTER BRINKLEY | Restored 1912 railroad depot houses exhibits that tell the story of the Louisiana Purchase, local railroad history and more. 870-589-2124 encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/ entry-detail.aspx?entryID=4083

ARKANSAS RAILROAD MUSEUM PINE BLUFF | Exhibits chronicle the history of railroads in the area and include an authentic steam locomotive. 870-535-8819 pinebluffcvb.org/things-to-do/museums/

MAPLE HILL CEMETERY AND HELENA CONFEDERATE CEMETERY HELENA-WEST HELENA | Historic cemetery on Crowley’s Ridge is the burial place of three Confederate generals, including Helena resident Gen. Patrick Cleburne, known as “the Stonewall Jackson of the west.” 870-338-7602

ASHLEY COUNTY MUSEUM HAMBURG | Local history and culture exhibits are here. Tours available by appointment only. Call or visit website for more information. 870-853-2244 ashleycountymuseum.com

COURT SQUARE PARK HELENA-WEST HELENA | A replica cannon and interpretive panels chronicle the area’s Civil War history and is also home to the Downtown Helena Farmers Market during the season. 870-338-5500

BRADLEY COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM WARREN | Honors the service and sacrifice of local military veterans. 870-226-5225 rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arbradle/places/ bradley_museum_2.html

DELTA CULTURAL CENTER HELENA-WEST HELENA | Immerse yourself in local heritage and history at this museum located in a restored depot and storefront. Exhibits include blues and gospel music and the Battle of Helena. 870-338-4350; deltaculturalcenter.com

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SOUTHEAST SOUTH HISTORY & HERITAGE DESHA COUNTY COURTHOUSE ARKANSAS CITY | According to the Desha County Historical Society, the permanent courthouse was built in 1900, making it one of the oldest courts in the state. 870-877-2426 deshacountyhistorical.org/history.htm DESHA COUNTY MUSEUM DUMAS | Complex dedicated to preserving local heritage includes 10 buildings and lets visitors wander and experience life in an Arkansas farming community first-hand. 870-382-4222 dumasar.net DALLAS COUNTY MUSEUM FORDYCE | Exhibits feature native son Paul “Bear” Bryant, geology, pioneer life, railroads, war veterans and the local timber industry. 870-352-7202 DOWNTOWN MCGEHEE MCGEHEE | Plenty of shops and local history to explore here, from the restored depot that now serves as the Chamber of Commerce, to the firefighter’s memorial, a human sundial and restored theater. 870-222-4451 mcgeheechamber.com

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MUSEUM OF THE ARKANSAS GRAND PRAIRIE STUTTGART| Chronicles pioneer history of the region and the state’s standing as leading producer of rice. Exhibits include farming equipment and authentic prairie structures. 870-673-7001; grandprairiemuseum.org

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DREW COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM MONTICELLO | A home originally built in 1906 now houses artifacts and antiques. The complex also features a pair of log cabins originally built in the 1800s. Call for tours. 870-367-7446 THE ELMS PLANTATION ALTHEIMER | Hospitality in the tradition of the old south at this bed and breakfast, originally built in 1866, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 870-766-8337; theelmsplantation.com

HELENA MUSEUM OF PHILLIPS COUNTY HELENA-WEST HELENA | Items from the Thomas Edison collection, Native American artifacts and Civil War history are all part of the museum’s exhibits. 870-338-7790; www.helenamuseum.com J. AUSTIN WHITE CULTURAL CENTER EUDORA | Arts and cultural programs focused on students of all grade levels. Check website for schedule of events and program information. 870-355-4599 jaustinwhiteculturalcenter.com

THE EUDORA GARDEN CENTER EUDORA | This 1930s vertical log structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally built by the WPA. The local garden club has since restored it. 870-355-4436

JOHN H. JOHNSON CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL MUSEUM ARKANSAS CITY | Restored childhood home of the founder and publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines tells the story of his success. 870-877-2426

GRANT COUNTY MUSEUM SHERIDAN | Exhibits here include Civil War displays, 22 restored World War II vehicles, pioneer life and wildlife, as well as a Depression-era café and restored buildings. 870-942-4496 http://grantcountymuseumar.com/

LAKEPORT PLANTATION LAKE VILLAGE | Restored home is now a museum with exhibits that pay tribute to the people and cultures that shaped life on the Mississippi River Delta through the years. 870-265-6031 lakeport.astate.edu


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MARKS’ MILLS CEMETERY PARK FORDYCE | Burials date back to 1843 and include pioneer settlers and Civil War casualties. 870-879-3712 MARIANNA/LEE COUNTY MUSEUM MARIANNA | General store, parlor and kitchen, and cotton farming are among the exhibits at this museum that also features Civil War and World War II pieces. By appointment only. 870-295-2469 MARTHA MITCHELL HOME PINE BLUFF | Tour the childhood home of Mitchell, a controversial fi gure involved in the Watergate scandal. The home was originally built in 1887. Tours by appointment only. 870-535-4973 atrol.com/Martha/ MUSEUM OF CHICOT COUNTY LAKE VILLAGE | Housed in a 1910 infi rmary, you’ll fi nd exhibits on medical history and equipment, a log cabin and an early history of the county. 870-265-2868 chicotcountymuseum.com/

OLD COMPANY HOUSE MUSEUM CROSSETT | Tours available by appointment only of this shotgun mill house that played a part in the area’s founding as a company-owned mill town in the 1800s. 870-364-6591

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF FINE ART GALLERY PINE BLUFF | Part of the Isaac S. Hathaway-John M. Howard Fine Arts Center, art and exhibits are showcased. 870-575-8236; uapb.edu/museum

PILLOW-THOMPSON VICTORIAN HOUSE HELENA-WEST HELENA | Take a step back in time on one of the free tours of this classic Victorian home, furnished with period pieces and a touch of Southern charm. 870-338-8535 pccua.edu/pillowthompson

WIGGINS CABIN CROSSETT | The oldest structure in Ashley County was rebuilt in 2002 and, is home to the Wiggins Cabin Festival, held in October. 870-415-0753

PINE BLUFF/ JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM PINE BLUFF | Local history is on display here with exhibits dedicated to Native Americans, the Civil War, antique dolls, miniature houses and African-American history. 870-541-5402 pbjcmuseum.org RUBYE AND HENRY CONNERLY MUSEUM EUDORA | Housed in a historic grocery store, the museum is a quaint part of local history and contains educational exhibits and artifacts. 870-355-8443

WYNNE-PHILLIPS HOUSE FORDYCE | Listed on the National Register, this is a two-story bed and breakfast built in 1904. 870-352-7202 cityoffordyce.com/?page_id=52

Pine Bluff welcomes, entertains and delights in so many ways, year after year. Call us and we’ll tell you more about the history, attractions, recreation

ST. CHARLES MUSEUM ST. CHARLES | Exhibits chronicle the history of the area and include displays of Civil War artifacts and wildlife exhibits. 870-282-3704 arkansascivilwar150.com/civil-war-sites/ detail.aspx?id=50 UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER PINE BLUFF | The state’s oldest historically black college, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, showcases exhibits chronicling African-American history. 870-575-8232 ; uapb.edu/museum

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ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CENTER OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE STUTTGART | Performing arts series, in addition to displays of original works by local and regional artists. 870-673-1781

fine arts and educational programs. 870-673-4201; pccua.edu/GPC GUACHOYA CULTURAL ART CENTER LAKE VILLAGE | Pays tribute to the Native American name given to the area in the 1500s. 870-265-6077

ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF | Theater hosts shows throughout the year, and the gallery showcases visual arts and sciences. 870-536-3375; artssciencecenter.org

HESTAND STADIUM PINE BLUFF | Horse and livestock shows, rodeo, concerts, antique car shows, fairs and more. 870-535-2900

CITY OF MURALS PINE BLUFF | A total of 13 murals depicting the history and culture of the region are throughout downtown. 870-536-8742; muralcity.org

JAMES HAYES ART GLASS PINE BLUFF | James has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. 870-543-9792 http://www.hayesartglass.com/

DELTA HERITAGE TOURS HELENA-WEST HELENA | Customized tours offer the flavor of a Mississippi River town. 870-995-2698

KARTWAYS AT ARKANSAS MOTORSPORTS PARK WARREN | Largest go-kart facility in the state offers fun for the whole family. 870-820-5595; http://www.kartways.com/

DELTA RIVERS NATURE CENTER PINE BLUFF | Wildlife, aquarium and a hiking trail, as well as exhibits detailing the history and importance of the state’s delta streams. 870-534-0011; deltarivers.com GRAND PRAIRIE CENTER STUTTGART | Auditorium is a hub for

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PINE BLUFF SYMPHONY PINE BLUFF | Orchestra made up of professional local and regional musicians that performs four concerts each year at Pine Bluff Convention Center. 870-536-7666 POMEROY PLANETARIUM MONTICELLO | Visitors explore the heavens through presentations and exhibits. 870-460-1016; uamont.edu SARACEN LANDING PINE BLUFF | Fishing pier hosts tournaments and events yearlong including the farmers market. 870-536-0920 saracenlanding.com TURNER NEAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY MONTICELLO | Three collections of big game and the Pomeroy Planetarium are housed here, located on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. 870-460-1265; uamont.edu

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ARKANSAS POST MUSEUM STATE PARK GILLETT | Interactive exhibits, including how homes were built on the prairie, chart history from the end of the Civil War. arkansasstateparks.com CANE CREEK STATE PARK STAR CITY | Located on Cane Creek Lake, you’ll fi nd hiking trails here, as well as campsites, picnic sites, fi shing piers, and fishing boat, kayak and bike rentals. 870-628-4714 arkansasstateparks.com/canecreek/ DELTA HERITAGE TRAIL STATE PARK BARTON | More than 14 miles of Union Pacifi c Railroad tracks have been converted for hiking and biking as part of an ongoing project. 870-572-2352; arkansasstateparks.com LAKE CHICOT STATE PARK LAKE VILLAGE | Recreational facilities on the state’s largest natural lake include water sports, cabins, campgrounds, a pool, picnic sites, marina, store and visitors center. 870-265-5480; arkansasstateparks.com LOUISIANA PURCHASE STATE PARK BRINKLEY | Monument marking the point that began surveys for the iconic land purchase in 1815 lies within the swamplands here. Also an educational boardwalk through the wetlands. 870-572-2352 arkansasstateparks.com MISSISSIPPI RIVER STATE PARK MARIANNA | Opened in 2009, this is Arkansas’s newest state park and includes boating, nature trail and recreational opportunities in St. Francis National Forest and Bear Creek Lake. 870-295-4040 arkansasstateparks.com


OUTDOOR RECREATION CHOCTAW ISLAND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ARKANSAS CITY | Nine miles of nature trails interwoven throughout the area’s 8,300 acres. 877-367-3559; agfc.com CUT-OFF CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA MONTICELLO | 8,937 acres of bottomland hardwood forest; Ravines Natural Area where rolling hills overlook Cut-Off Creek offers the most scenic views; popular for wildlife watching. 877-367-3559 JACK R. RHODES LAKEFRONT PARK LAKE VILLAGE | Swimming on Lake Chicot, a walking path, fishing piers, boating ramp, picnic pavilions and an

amphitheater are among the park’s attractions. 870-265-4758 http://www.cityoflakevillage.com/colv/ LAKE MONTICELLO MONTICELLO | Fish for trophy bass on this 1,520-acre lake that features complex complete with a picnic area, boat ramp, bow range and a model airplane airport. 870-367-6741; montdrewchamber.com OVERFLOW NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WILMOT | Popular destination for deer and waterfowl hunting opportunities. 870-473-2869 QUAPAW CANOE COMPANY HELENA-WEST HELENA | Canoe

and kayak rentals offering tours of the Mississippi River, St. Francis River and Buck Island. Closed Mondays. 870-228-2266; island63.com ST. FRANCIS NATIONAL FOREST MARIANNA | Home to an abundance of diverse plants and wildlife, hiking, fi shing, hunting, boating and scenic drives. 870-295-5278; fs.usda.gov/osfnf WHITE RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AND VISITORS CENTER ST. CHARLES | Hunting, fi shing, wildlife observation, photography and nature trails make this a popular destination, in addition to an interactive visitors center. 870-282-8200 fws.gov/whiteriver

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CENTRAL

Dickey-Stephens Park

THE CENTER OF IT ALL The heart of Arkansas is home to historic sites, majestic architecture and a host of unique attractions that will educate and keep you entertained.

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ulsating nightlife, stimulating arts, shopping, fine and casual dining, and plenty of green spaces for strolling, hiking and biking. Add all these together and you get the Heart of Arkansas. Little Rock and North Little Rock are at the center of it all. The thriving riverfront areas of both cities are alive with activity. The River Market District on the south side is full of action. A variety of shops, bars and restaurants are housed in restored and converted warehouses. Museums, a library and a seasonal farmers

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market are also found here. Major focal points in the area include the Clinton Presidential Library, the Heifer Project International Global Village and the Old State House Museum. Civil Rights events in Little Rock are preserved at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, site of a major test in 1957 of the Civil Rights Act where nine (the Little Rock Nine) African-American students integrated the all-white school. The museum across the street depicts the struggle through. Another tribute to the Little Rock Nine is the striking monument “Testament,”

nine life-like bronze statues on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol. The impressive capitol building has a white dome, an interior made of marble, bronze doors and chandeliers crafted by Tiffany’s of New York. Constructed between 1899 and 1911. On the north side, the Argenta Arts and Historic District has art galleries, a community theatre and a variety of restaurants. The North Shore River Walk provides access to two popular attractions: the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and the Arkansas Queen Riverboat. Housed at the museum is the USS


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Razorback, a 311-foot submarine that was present in Tokyo Bay during the signing of the Peace Treaty ending World War II. Northwest of the twin cities is Conway, a burgeoning city that has a wonderful downtown shopping, entertainment and dining district. Two of the institutions of higher education located here have active calendars featuring musicals, lectures, exhibits and nationally known speakers. Jacksonville is where the Little Rock Air Force Base is located. Home base for massive C-130s, the facility offers group tours. The Jacksonville Military History Museum explores both the battlefield and homefront, with exhibits on the Civil War, World War II-era Arkansas Ordinance Plant, 3-D Gulf War outpost; interactive Titan II Missile Launch Control exhibit; a 360-degree C-130 virtual tour; and the Mighty-Mite, the smallest jeep ever produced. Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park preserves the 1863 Little Rock Campaign Civil War battle. Southeast of Little Rock is the community of Scott, where you’ll find Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park, the Scott Heritage Farm and Scott Plantation Settlement. Only open to groups and for special events and occasions, Marlsgate Plantation is a stunning example of antebellum architecture. Down the road at Keo, don’t miss the antiquing opportunities at Morris Antiques, one of the largest complexes in the South.

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ARGENTA DRUG STORE NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Take a step back in time at the oldest continuously operating drug store west of the Mississippi. It was built in 1887. 501-374-4851 ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Take a tour or stay overnight aboard the USS Razorback submarine. Exhibits include a replica ship control panel and bridge and pay tribute to vessels, from river tugs to warships. 501-371-8320 aim.museum ARKANSAS QUEEN RIVERBOAT NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Experience the river culture Mark Twain wrote about during a sightseeing or dinner cruise aboard a vintage paddle wheeler. 501-372-5777; arkansasqueen.com ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Located inside Verizon Arena in the Historic District, interactive exhibits spotlight the achievements of the state’s greatest athletes. 501-663-4328; arksportshalloffame.org ARKANSAS STATE CAPITOL LITTLE ROCK | Neoclassical building was constructed between 1899 and 1911 and now houses the state government headquarters. Many monuments dedicated to state history can be found throughout the grounds. Guided and

self-guided tours of the complex are available. 501-682-5080 sos.arkansas.gov/tours.html ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE LITTLE ROCK | The state’s largest facility dedicated to the study of Arkansas includes exhibits on the people, places and events that shaped the state’s history. 501-320-5700; arstudies.org BAUXITE MUSEUM BAUXITE | Four decades of mining history is on display with exhibits also touching on the community and military history. 501-557-9858 arkansasties.com/saline/bauxitemuseum.htm CENTRAL HIGH MUSEUM AND VISITORS CENTER LITTLE ROCK | Highlights the historic events of 1957 that were part of the civil rights movement, particularly the de-segregation of Central High School. 501-374-1957; nps.gov/chsc CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE LITTLE ROCK | U.S. landmark and a working high school that was once the flashpoint of the civil rights movement and school de-segregation in 1957. 501-396-3010; nps.gov/chsc CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM LITTLE ROCK | Authentic replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, in addition to a collection of documents. 501-374-4242; clintonpresidentialcenter.org

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CENTRAL CENTR HISTORY & HERITAGE DAISY BATES HOME LITTLE ROCK | A National Historic Landmark that was once a safe haven for the Little Rock Nine during the 1957 school desegregation conflict. It is not open yet; only drive-by. nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/ak2.hrm

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EMOBA LITTLE ROCK | The Museum of Black Arkansans and Performing Arts houses exhibits dedicated to prominent AfricanAmericans and their experiences. Guided tours available. 501-372-0018 emoba.org

HISTORIC BLACK HOUSE SEARCY | This expanded 1858 log cabin was one of the first buildings in the state placed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is now an art gallery, historical room and gift shop inside the expanded structure. 501-279-1094

EMPRESS OF LITTLE ROCK LITTLE ROCK | Historic mansion constructed entirely of materials native to Arkansas. Listed on the National Register. 501-374-7966; theempress.com

JACKSONVILLE MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM JACKSONVILLE | Exhibits on the Civil War, World War II, interactive missile launch control and virtual tours of a C-130. 501-241-1943; jaxmilitarymuseum.org

FORT ROOTS NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Former 1890s military installation, the complex of almost 100 buildings is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. GANN MUSEUM OF SALINE COUNTY BENTON | The only structure in the world made entirely of Bauxite houses exhibits on Native American heritage, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and rare Niloak Pottery. 501-778-5513 FAULKNER MUSEUM CONWAY | Exhibits preserve local heritage and include modern crafts, equipment and photographs. Located in the historic 1869 County Jail. 501-329-5918; faulknerhistory.com/museum/ HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM LITTLE ROCK | Guided living history and daily tours allow you to explore territorial Arkansas history with the Bowie Knife collection, children’s gallery and the oldest still standing building in Little Rock. 501-324-9351 historicarkansas.org

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LA PETITE ROCHE PLAZA LITTLE ROCK | The city’s namesake, the little rock, is here, as well as a bridge connecting the park and Junction Bridge and interpretive signage. LONOKE COUNTY MUSEUM LONOKE | Local history is on display in Civil War battle exhibits, an Eberts Field display and a genealogy room. 501-676-6750; lonokecomuseum.com LOWER WHITE RIVER MUSEUM STATE PARK DES ARC | Educational exhibits focus on river life during the 1800s and 1900s. 870-256-3711; arkansasstateparks.com MACARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY LITTLE ROCK | The birthplace of Gen. Douglas MacArthur houses exhibits of the state’s military heritage dating back to Territorial days. The Korean War Veterans Memorial and Civil War marker are also here. 501-376-4602 arkmilitaryheritage.com

MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER LITTLE ROCK | The state’s rich African-American heritage is on display here in exhibits highlighting historic achievements in business, politics and the arts. 501-683-3593 mosaictemplarscenter.com MOUNT HOLLY CEMETERY LITTLE ROCK | Included on the National Register of Historic Places, some of the state’s most prominent historical figures and politicians are buried here. mounthollycemetery.com NATIONAL CEMETERY LITTLE ROCK | Originally the site of a Union outpost during the Civil War is now the resting place of more than 22,000 veterans of foreign and domestic confl icts. 501-324-6401 NATIONAL GUARD MUSEUM NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Located at Camp Robinson, exhibits chronicle the history of the National Guard and detail the history of the post. Check website for hours of operation and security protocol. Admission is free. 501-212-5215; arngmuseum.com THE OLD MILL AT T.R. PUGH MEMORIAL PARK NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Famous for its appearance in the fi lm “Gone With the Wind,” the re-created water-powered gristmill makes for a great photo souvenir. 501-758-1424 northlittlerock.travel


LESTER FLATT MEMORIAL PARK OTTO | Jamming sessions held from April to October; large lake for fishing and swimming, RV hookups/ campground, pavilions. 501-835-2451, 501-796-2030 lesterflattmemorialpark.com OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM LITTLE ROCK | The oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi is now a museum of state history and includes restored legislative chambers. 501-324-9685; oldstatehouse.com PIONEER VILLAGE SEARCY | Restored complex of 19th century structures includes the Gordon House, a schoolhouse, depot, store, jail and windmill. 501-580-6633

POLITICAL HISTORY AUDIO TOUR LITTLE ROCK | Self-guided walking tours can be downloaded and take you to 23 locations throughout the Little Rock for a unique history lesson. littlerock.com/audiotour QUAPAW QUARTER LITTLE ROCK | This district is made up of Little Rock’s oldest and most historic places, including 15 National Register Historic Districts and other attractions. 501-371-0075; quapaw.com REED’S BRIDGE BATTLEFIELD JACKSONVILLE | An 1860-era replica homestead located on the grounds as well as a walking trail with educational markers honoring the 1863 Civil War battle. 501-241-1943

SCOTT PLANTATION SETTLEMENT SCOTT | This complex depicts early farming life and the history of local agriculture. 501-351-5737 scottconnections.org SHOPPACH HOUSE HISTORIC PARK BENTON | The oldest structure in town, built in 1853, is here as well as an old covered well, an 1860s church and the 1940 DeTonti Post Office. 501-778-5513 WILLOW SPRINGS WATER PARK LITTLE ROCK | The city’s first water park features a 400-foot water slide, two kiddie pools, log roller, water trampoline, water volleyball and basketball and other water activities. 501-888-4148 willowsprings.net

North Little Rock, one of “America’s Crossroads�

Let Us Treat You Like Royalty... by providing a “Red Carpet� Welcome with gift bags for passengers and complimentary Step-On Guide services. The North Little Rock Visitors Bureau “Concierge� is available 24/7 for your group. We assist in providing itineraries that are custom designed for your needs.

Visit our Civil War sites with the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Passport! Collect all 23 stamps and win a commemorative patch or coin! Write us at acwsc@arkansasheritage.org or call (501) 324-9880 to get your FREE passport.

Cruise along the river on the Arkansas Queen Riverboat, tour a WWII submarine at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, ride the River Rail Trolley through our historic downtown Arts District, catch a baseball game at Dickey-Stephens Park, visit museums, enjoy a meal or just relax at the Old Mill. No matter your interest, I will make our city a stop you’ll want to return to over and over again. The location you can’t resist... Magnetic North Little Rock! Bob Major Executive Director North Little Rock Visitors Bureau t BMajor@NorthLittleRock.org NorthLittleRock.travel

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CENTRAL CENTR ENTERTAINMENT ARGENTA ARTS AND HISTORIC DISTRICT NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Spend the day here exploring art galleries, attending a festival or sampling local produce at the farmers market. With many restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, there is also plenty to do when the sun goes down, too. 501-993-1234; argentaartsdistrict.org ARGENTA BEAD CO. NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Showcases handmade bead art crafted by local talent; also offers classes that teach you how to make your own masterpieces. 501-374-1975 ARGENTA COMMUNITY THEATRE NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Black Box Theater inside the Faucette Building, a part of the Historic Argenta District, listed on the National Preservation List. 501-353-1443; argentacommunitytheater.org/ ARGENTA FARMERS MARKET NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Located in the vibrant Arts and Historic District, this farmer-owned market carries locally grown produce, baked goods, prepared foods, wine and cheese, seafood and meats. 501-379-9980; argentamarket.com

ARKANSAS SKATIUM LITTLE ROCK | Lace up for roller and ice skating fun, as well as broomball and a fully stocked hockey pro shop. 501-227-4333; arkansasskatium.com

BAUM GALLERY OF FINE ART CONWAY | Works that are part of national and international touring exhibitions are on display at this educational art museum. 501-450-5793; uca.edu/art/baum/

ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LITTLE ROCK | Professional music productions are held throughout the year at the Robinson Center Music Hall. 501-666-1761; arkansassymphony.org

BURNS PARK FUNLAND NORTH LITTLE ROCK | A children’s amusement park that features 14 rides for younger visitors is open seasonally on weekends, April through September. 501-753-7307; nlrpr.org

ARKANSAS TRAVELERS BASEBALL NORTH LITTLE ROCK | The Double-A minor league affiliate of the Anaheim Angels plays at Dickey-Stephens Park. 501-664-1555; travs.com BALLET ARKANSAS LITTLE ROCK | Robinson Center Music Hall hosts seasonal productions by this professional dance company. 501-223-5150; balletarkansas.org

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CELEBRITY ATTRACTIONS LITTLE ROCK | Theatrical and family entertainment at the Robinson Center Music Hall. Check website for schedule. 501-244-8800; celebrityattractions.com CENTER ON THE SQUARE PERFORMING ARTS/ DINNER THEATRE SEARCY | Theater company and dinner theater also operates a children’s theater. 501-368-0111; centeronthesquare.org CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER LITTLE ROCK | Exhibits highlight the role of fish and wildlife management. Located in Riverfront Park. 501-907-0636 centralarkansasnaturecenter.com

ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER LITTLE ROCK | Theatrical performances are hosted here, along with galleries stocked with international works and a renowned drawing collection. 501-372-4000; arkarts.com

COMMUNITY THEATRE OF LITTLE ROCK LITTLE ROCK | Hosting public theatrical productions for more than 50 years. 501-410-ACT3; ctlr-act.org

ARKANSAS FESTIVAL BALLET LITTLE ROCK | Professional dance company and other state performing arts groups stage productions here. 501-227-5320; arkansasdance.org

CONWAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONWAY | Performances are held in Reynolds Performance Hall. 501-269-1066 conwaysymphony.org

ARKANSAS MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY LITTLE ROCK | Interactive science museum that focuses on the human body, physics, engineering and earth science. 501-396-7050; museumofdiscovery.org

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RIVER MARKET FARMERS MARKET LITTLE ROCK | A downtown shopping experience since 1974; housed River Market’s outdoor open-air pavilions overlooking Riverfront Park; filled with farmers selling local produce; arts and craft vendors. rivermarket.info

DONALD W. REYNOLDS PERFORMANCE HALL CONWAY | Located at the University of Central Arkansas, hosts concerts, lectures and performances. 501-450-3265


Little Rock Zoo

PICKLES GAP VILLAGE CONWAY | Ozark shopping village with unique shops. 501-327-8049 picklesgap.com RECYCLING EDUCATION PARK JACKSONVILLE | Interactive environmental center and educational facility for elementary school students that explains the importance of recycling. 501-982-0686

THE FUN FACTORY CABOT | Features more than 10,000 square feet of fun, including seven inflatable play and jump areas and party rooms. 501-843-3861; funfactoryofcabot.com

LITTLE ROCK CARRIAGE COMPANY LITTLE ROCK | Horse-drawn carriage rides through town. 501-372-8449 littlerockcarriagecompany.com

HARDIN FARMS AND MARKET TOO! SCOTT | Bring your appetite for a mouth-watering collection of meats, cheeses, jams, jellies and gifts. 501-961-1100; hardinfarmsandmarket.com

LITTLE ROCK CLIMBING CENTER LITTLE ROCK | Indoor rock climbing facility has walls for participants of all skill levels, including 27 belay stations, a bouldering cave and overhangs. 501-227-9500 littlerockclimbingcenter.com

HAUNTED TOURS OF LITTLE ROCK LITTLE ROCK | Explore the haunted places of the Historic Quapaw Quarter and the Argenta Historic District. 501-681-3857; hauntedtoursoflittlerock.com JOE HOGAN FISH HATCHERY LONOKE | Aquariums, and one of the oldest state-owned warm-water pond hatcheries in the country. 877-676-6963 http://www.arkansasstripers.com/ joe-hogan-fish-hatchery.htm J&P RANCH SCOTT | Fun for the whole family, including hayrides, horseback rides and pumpkin picking in season. 501-961-9938 LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE JACKSONVILLE | Group tours of the world’s largest training and maintenance facility for C-130 aircraft. 501-987-6095 littlerock.af.mil/

LITTLE ROCK TOURS LITTLE ROCK | Guided tours and charter services to see attractions throughout Little Rock and Hot Springs. Various tours available. 800-933-3836; littlerocktours.com LITTLE ROCK ZOO LITTLE ROCK | Nationally accredited facility houses more than 750 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, including a petting zoo, miniature train rides and Over the Jumps Carousel. 501-666-2406 littlerockzoo.com PLAYTIME PIZZA LITTLE ROCK | Pizza buffet is part of a two-story entertainment complex featuring arcades, bumper cars, go-karts and laser tag arena. 501-227-7529 playtimepizza.com

RIVER MARKET DISTRICT LITTLE ROCK | Converted warehouse district is now the retail hub of Little Rock, offering many shopping and dining options, museums and markets. 501-375-2552; rivermarket.info RIVER RAIL TROLLEY LITTLE ROCK | Replica vintage trolleys connect downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock, stopping at several popular attractions along the way. 501-375-6717; cat.org/rrail/ ROCK TOWN DISTILLERY LITTLE ROCK | The state’s fi rst legal liquor production facility since Prohibition uses local grains, fruits and vegetables to make bourbon, vodka and gin. Tasting tours offered at the factory. arkansaslightning.com SCHAEFER’S CORN MAZE MAYFLOWER | Hayrides, concessions, playground and a Corn Maze Express tractor-pulled train, in addition to the mazes. Open only October-November. 501-269-7903 shaeferscornmaze.com WILD RIVER COUNTRY NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Pack a bathing suit for the state’s largest water park. Open May-September. Check website for full list of promotions and hours of operation. 501-753-8600; wildrivercountry.com

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OUTDOOR RECREATION ARKANSAS RIVER CONWAY | Renowned for bass, crappie and catfish fishing opportunities, as well as plenty of watersports options such as canoeing and kayaking. 501-324-5551

PINNACLE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK LITTLE ROCK | Recreational facilities here include picnic sites, pavilions, boat launch ramps, mountain biking trails, canoe and kayak rentals, fishing, star parties, horseback riding and the Arkansas Arboretum. 501-868-5806; arkansasstateparks.com PLANTATION AGRICULTURE MUSEUM SCOTT | Learn about cotton agriculture history with exhibits detailing the changing tools and practices of cultivating the crop, from statehood in 1836 through the 1940s. 501-961-1409; historystateparks.com TOLTEC MOUNDS ARCHAEOLOGICAL STATE PARK SCOTT |1 There is a visitor’s center, museum and guided tours that will take you to Native American sites and the state’s tallest mound. 501-961-9442; historystateparks.com WOOLLY HOLLOW STATE PARK GREENBRIER | Swimming, fishing and boating opportunities on Lake Bennett, in addition to plenty of campsites, hiking and iconic Woolly Cabin. 501-679-2098 arkansasstateparks.com/woollyhollow/

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ARKANSAS RIVER TRAIL LITTLE ROCK | More than 17 miles of the projected 24-mile network are completed and offer biking and hiking opportunities along the Arkansas River. http://arkansasrivertrail.org/ BAYOU METO URBAN CANOE TRAIL JACKSONVILLE | Two-mile shaded waterway provides canoers and kayakers a view not seen from any other location, including large cypress trees, beaver dams and a profusion of wildlife. Ramps are located at Dupree Park and Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park. BEAVERFORK LAKE CONWAY | Swimming, boating and fishing opportunities abound here with a boat launch ramp, fishing dock and beach volleyball facilities. 501-450-6186 http://www.discoverourtown.com/AR/Conway/ Attractions/beaverfork-lake/136555.html BELL SLOUGH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA AND NATURE TRAIL MAYFLOWER | Popular for hunting and fishing, you can also make a day of exploring The Kenny Vernon Nature Trail. 800-364-4263 BIG DAM BRIDGE LITTLE ROCK | One of the longest pedestrian bridges in the U.S. is 14 feet wide and stretches almost seven stories above the Arkansas River. 501-340-6800 bigdambridge.com BURNS PARK NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Explore the historic log cabin and the quaint covered bridge here before taking advantage of

the park’s many recreational opportunities, including fishing, golf, disc golf, tennis, trails archery range and dog park. 501-791-8538; nlrpr.org CABOT COMMUNITY POND CABOT | Fully stocked for catfish and rainbow trout fishing. Every May, a Kids Fishing Derby is held at this five-acre pond. 501-605-1506; http://cabotparks.com/ cabot-community-pond-and-walking-track/ CADRON SETTLEMENT PARK CONWAY | National Historic Site on the Arkansas River offers boat ramp, pavilion; Blockhouse restoration, historical markers, Cherokee Trail of Tears Memorial Hike. 501-329-2986; www.swl.usace.army.mil/ parks/toadsuck/recreation.htm CHIEF WHITEHORSE’S TRAIL RIDES ROLAND | Offers scenic trailrides through the Nowlin and Little Maumelle rivers of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. 501-327-7776 horserentals.com/chiefwhitehorse.html FOURCHE CREEK WETLANDS LITTLE ROCK | One of the nation’s largest urban wetlands. 501-244-2229 fourchecreek.org HINDMAN PARK URBAN CANOE TRAIL LITTLE ROCK | A unique way to explore the area, urban canoe launch sites provide access to a 20-mile creek and city parks and trails. 501-565-6450 HOLLAND BOTTOMS STATE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA JACKSONVILLE | Excellent for bass fishing, area is made up of 6,000 acres of state Game and Fish reserve, including Lake Pickthorne. 877-470-3650 LAKE CONWAY CONWAY | The largest man-made Game and Fish Lake in the country is popular for catfish, bream and bass fishing. 501-327-7788


The Arkansas River

LAKE DES ARC DES ARC | Hunting, fishing and bird watching are popular draws to this Game and Fish Commission Lake. 877-734-4581 LITTLE ROCK AUDUBON CENTER LITTLE ROCK | Surrounded by Fourche Creek wetlands and Granite Mountain, features a trail network that educates visitors on conservation, restoration, wildlife and plants. 501-244-2229; ar.audubon.org/ NORTH CADRON CREEK GREENBRIER | A float stream that features bluffs, caves and seasonal whitewater, as well as quality fishing opportunities. Arkansas.com/outdoors/canoeingrafting-kayaking/

NORTH RIVER LANDING NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Boat ramp is also host to the popular Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza and Fish ‘N Stuff tournaments. 501-758-1424; northlittlerock.travel NORTH SHORE RIVERWALK NORTH LITTLE ROCK | Enjoy a quiet evening stroll along the water. The riverwalk features a Trail of Tears monument. 501-758-1424; northlittlerock.travel OLD FERRY LANDING PARK/TOAD SUCK PARK CONWAY | Restored metal towboat once used by the ferry is still here, as well as a boat ramp, picnic areas, playground

and campsites. 501-329-2986; swl.usace. armly.mil/parks/toadsuck/index.htm PEABODY PARK LITTLE ROCK | This scenic park was designed from suggestions submitted by area children and features a unique playground with underground rooms. Large water spray area with motion-censored waterspouts. WATTENSAW BAYOU WATER TRAIL HAZEN | Network of three water trails of varying distances allow adventurous visitors unique views of native wildlife and habitats. 501-223-6473 agfc.com/resources/wildlifeviewing/

WELCOMING THE WORLD. Since opening its doors in 2004, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center has welcomed more than two million visitors from around the world. The Center is an educational and cultural venue offering a variety of special events, exhibitions, educational programs and lectures throughout the year.

CLINTONPRESIDENTIALCENTER.ORG 501-374-4242

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Pea Ridge National Military Park

MUSEUMS, MOUNTAINS AND CIVIL WAR TRAILS Northwest Arkansas holds the allure of small towns, the amenities of big cities and an abundance of outdoor opportunities.

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long the Interstate 540 corridor in the far corner of the state is Fayetteville, home to the University of Arkansas flagship campus and a thriving shopping, dining and music district. Rogers offers shopping in its historic downtown and new outdoor malls. Bentonville is bustling with the energy produced from the opening of Crys-

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tal Bridges Museum of American Art, a major art destination. Unique museums dot the entire 540 corridor, including the Daisy Airgun Museum, Arkansas Air and Military Museum, Clinton House Museum and the Walmart Visitor Center. The arts are alive from the Crystal Bridges Museum to Terra Studios, home of the Bluebird of Happiness, and the entire town of Eureka Springs, an artist community. State parks offer vistas and

engaging visitor centers. Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves a Civil War battlefield. In the Arkansas River Valley, catch a ride on the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad from Springdale to Van Buren. Three peaks — Petit Jean, Mount Nebo and Mount Magazine — beckon for reasons ranging from hiking to amenities. Petit Jean Mountain is also home to the The Museum of Automobiles.


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Along the banks of the Arkansas River you’ll find enhanced riverfront development amid the Wild West preserved in Fort Smith at the National Historic Site. Wineries dot portions of the river valley as well, providing tastings, tours and dining. Lodging here ranges from historic hotels and new luxury hotels to country estates. Also known for modern meeting facilities are Springdale, Harrison, Morrilton, Mountain Home and Russellville. Plenty of group activities await you at any setting you choose. Visit art galleries, studios, boutiques, malls and upscale shopping districts. Cultural arts opportunities abound, from community theatre performing arts, to nationally touring Broadway shows, Opera in the Ozarks and jazz and blues festivals. Or dine on a riverboat or rail car, golf or search for antiques. Additional outdoor fun includes touring limestone caverns and ecotourism opportunities. Any season is a pleasure to see, especially the fall. Or, if your meeting is about seeing more green, try visiting us in the spring. And getting here is easy, too, via scenic byways, new highways and a new airport. Our state highway wildflower program enhances roadsides that already give way to gorgeous vistas of the rolling Ozark countryside and verdant river valley.

Arkansas Air & Military Museum

ALTUS HERITAGE HOUSE MUSEUM ALTUS | Originally the GermanAmerican State Bank, built in the 1800s, now houses coal mining exhibits. 479-468-1310

ARKANSAS RIVER VISITOR CENTER RUSSELLVILLE | Interpretive exhibits chronicle the history of the river, from early Native American settlements to the present day. 479-968-5008

ALTUS VETERANS MEMORIAL ALTUS | Lists names of area soldiers. 479-468-4191

ARKANSAS TECH MUSEUM RUSSELLVILLE | Exhibits on the 2nd District Agricultural High School, currently Arkansas Tech University. 479-964-0826; www.atu.edu/museum/

ARKANSAS AIR & MILITARY MUSEUM FAYETTEVILLE | Exhibits tell the story of the state’s air history, including racing planes, military crafts and an airliner. 479-521-4947; arkairmuseum.org ARKANSAS COUNTRY DOCTOR MUSEUM LINCOLN | Medical history exhibits include a clinic, iron lung and artifacts. 479-824-4307; drmuseum.net ARKANSAS AND MISSOURI RAILROAD VAN BUREN | Hop aboard a scenic rail excursion through the Boston Mountains on a restored passenger car. Three regular excursions are available. 800-687-8600; www.amrailroad.com ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER RUSSELLVILLE | Showcasing work by renowned artists, a local artists gallery, classes, workshops and a gift shop. 479-968-2452; arvartscenter.org

ARKANSAS TUBERCULOSIS SANATORIUM BOONEVILLE | By 1940, this was the largest facility of its kind in the country. Self-guided tours available. 479-675-2666; Booneville.com/c-tb.htm ARKANSAS HISTORIC WINE MUSEUM PARIS | Learn about local wine-making among exhibits that include a wine press, fermentation tanks and barrels. 479-963-3990; coiwewinecellars.com AVIATION CADET WORLD EUREKA SPRINGS | Displays of fighter jets among a collection of exhibits that tell the story of military aviation history. 479-253-5008; http://www.aviationcadet.org/ BELLE GROVE HISTORIC DISTRICT FORT SMITH | Experience the architecture of the past at this 22-block area filled with restored homes and buildings. 800-637-1477; fortsmith.org

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NORTHWEST NORTH HISTORY & HERITAGE BELLE MUSEUM AND CHAPEL CHARLESTON | Dedicated to preserving the history of Charleston and surrounding Franklin County. Chapel, built in 1920, remains open. 479-965-2269 BELLE OF THE OZARKS/ BEAVER LAKE CRUISES EUREKA SPRINGS | Explore more than a dozen points of interest, including Beaver Dam and the Ozark Dweller’s burial ground. Cruises run May-October. Closed Thursdays. Call for tour schedule and rates. 800-552-3803; estc.net/belle/ BLUE SPRING HERITAGE CENTER EUREKA SPRINGS | View historic film and exhibits that tell the story of this stop on the Trail of Tears. The bluff shelter is on the National Register of Historic Places. 479-253-9244; bluespringheritage.com BOONE COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM HARRISON | Originally Harrison High School, this building, built in 1912, houses railroad artifacts and Civil War exhibits. 870-741-3312; bchrs.org CARROLL COUNTY HERITAGE CENTER BERRYVILLE | Houses a one-room school, moonshine still, and a courtroom that was in use until 1975. 870-423-6312 CLINTON HOUSE MUSEUM FAYETTEVILLE | First home of Bill and Hillary Clinton contains family history. 877-245-6445; clintonhousemuseum.com CRAWFORD COUNTY COURTHOUSE VAN BUREN | Built in 1842, this is believed to be one of the oldest active courthouses west of the Mississippi. 479-474-1312; www.crawford-county.org DAISY AIRGUN MUSEUM ROGERS | Airguns from the 1600s to the present. 479-986-6873 daisymuseum.com

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DEPOT MUSEUM MORRILTON | Exhibits on the Trail of Tears and railroad history. 501-354-4347 mainstreetmorrilton.com EUREKA SPRINGS DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT EUREKA SPRINGS | Explore Victorian homes and hotels on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as local spas and restaurants. Narrated tram tours of the historic district are available. 866-947-4387; eurekasprings.org EUREKA SPRINGS HISTORICAL MUSEUM EUREKA SPRINGS | Exhibits featuring the region’s historic past. 479-253-9417 eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org FORT CHAFFEE CROSSING FORT SMITH | Tour the facility where Elvis Presley began basic training. Complex also includes a haunted prison. 800-637-1477; chaffeecrossing.com

FORT CHAFFEE BARBERSHOP MUSEUM FORT SMITH | Elvis was one of the soldiers who received an Army haircut here. 479-452-4554; chaffeecrossing.com FORT SMITH MUSEUM OF HISTORY FORT SMITH | This has been a central part of local culture for more than 100 years. 479-783-7841; fortsmithmuseum.com FORT SMITH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE FORT SMITH | Exhibits on the Trail of Tears, outlaws, gallows and frontier forts. 479-783-3961; www.nps.gov/fosm FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM FORT SMITH | Opening this year, a state-of-the-art museum showcasing national and international traveling exhibits, workshops, fi lms and lectures. 479-784-2787; fsram.org/index.html


FORT SMITH TROLLEY MUSEUM FORT SMITH | Ride an authentic 1926 streetcar that’s listed on the National Register. Also features railroad and transportation exhibits. 479-783-0205 www.fstm.org HEADQUARTERS HOUSE MUSEUM AND GARDEN FAYETTEVILLE | Union and Confederate troops used this 1853 home as a headquarters during the Civil War. 479-409-9654 washcohistoricalsociety.org HISTORIC OARK GENERAL STORE AND CAFÉ OARK | Arkansas’s oldest store has been open since 1890. 479-292-3351; oarkgeneralstore.com LOGAN COUNTY MUSEUM PARIS | Housed in the old jail where the last hanging in the state took place in 1914. 479-963-3936; http://www.loganso.com/logan_county_ sheriffs_office_web_page_009.htm MASSARD PRAIRIE CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELD PARK FORT SMITH | Preserved sites, including the Parade Ground, Mess Area and camps. 479-784-2368; fortsmithparks.com MUSEUM OF AUTOMOBILES MORRILTON | A collection of 50 vintage cars where annual car shows are held. 501-727-5427; museumofautos.com MUSEUM OF NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY BENTONVILLE | Exhibits include a collection of headdresses and artifacts. 479-273-2456; www.monah.us NATIONAL CEMETERY FORT SMITH | Union and Confederate soldiers are buried side by side. 479-783-5345; fortsmith.org

OLD FRISCO DEPOT VAN BUREN | Exhibits showcased within this restored depot, built in 1901. 800-332-5889; www.vanburen.org OLD JAIL MUSEUM GREENWOOD | Read messages that remain on the walls, written by inmates of this former 1892 Sebastian County Jail. 479-996-6357; greenwoodarkansas.com PARIS-LOGAN COUNTY COAL MINERS MEMORIAL PARIS | Honoring the miners who worked here between 1880 and 1955. 479-963-2244; http://coalmemorial-paris-ar. com/

SILOAM SPRINGS MUSEUM SILOAM SPRINGS | Native American culture, pioneer life, medecine and local history are among the subjects of the rotating exhibits here. 479-524-4011 siloamspringsmuseum.com SUBIACO ABBEY, ACADEMY AND RETREAT CENTER SUBIACO | Self-guided walking tours of this gothic complex established in 1878 as a monastery and boys’ preparatory school. 479-934-1000; www.subi.org

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PEA RIDGE NATIONAL MILITARY PARK PEA RIDGE | Preserved Civil War battlefield offers self-guided tours and hiking trails. 479-451-8122; nps.gov/peri POTTS INN MUSEUM POTTSVILLE | Located in a preserved stagecoach station with exhibits featuring farm equipment. 479-968-8369 http://www.pottsinnmuseum.com/ THE RUSSELLVILLE DEPOT RUSSELLVILLE | The depot was built in 1916 and houses railroad exhibits. 479-968-2098 russellvillearkansas.org/visitors/depot.asp SAUNDERS MUSEUM BERRYVILLE | Showcases collection of antique and unusual firearms, as well as knives, textiles and accessories. 870-423-2563; Berryville.com/museum.html SHILOH MUSEUM OF OZARK HISTORY SPRINGDALE | Regional history is explored through exhibits, programs and special events held here. Complex also includes historic buildings and a museum shop. 479-750-8165 shilohmuseum.org

BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER BOXLEY | In 1972 an unsurpassed area of beauty in The Natural State became a part of history when it was designated as the first national river. Of course, we’re referring to the breathtaking Buffalo River in Arkansas, which flows for 135 miles through the Arkansas Ozarks. 870-439-2502 nps.gov/buff/

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NORTHWEST NORTH ENTERTAINMENT ALMA AQUATIC PARK ALMA | Pack a bathing suit for slides, diving, wading pool and a water play area. There’s also a fire truck play station and Frisbee golf. 479-632-0700 www.almachamber.com/almawater-park/

BULL SHOALS CAVERNS BULL SHOALS | Underground network of rock and limestone formations that was the home of prehistoric natives. 800-445-7177 http://www.bullshoalscaverns.com/

ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY NATURE CENTER FORT SMITH | Learn about nature and history of surrounding areas. 479-452-3993 rivervalleynaturecenter.com

CENTERVILLE DRAGWAY CENTERVILLE | Regarded as the state’s best drag racing action. Check website for full schedule information. 479-576-4001; centervilledragway.com

ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS SPRINGDALE | Cultural events, including drama, musicals, gallery showings, classes and performances are hosted here throughout the year. 479-751-5441 artscenteroftheozarks.org

CENTERVILLE SPEEDWAY CENTERVILLE | Stock car racing at “The Outlaw Track of the South,” from mid-March through October. 479-970-0160; centervillespeedway.com/

BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE OZARKS FAYETTEVILLE | Various gardens and diverse plant species are spread across 86 acres along Lake Fayetteville. 479-750-2620; bgozarks.org

CHATEAU AUX ARC VINEYARDS AND WINERY ALTUS | The largest Chardonnay vineyard in the U.S. outside California. 800-558-WINE chateauauxarc.com

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CLAYTON HOUSE FORT SMITH | Part of the “Haunted Arkansas” attractions. Ghost tours available Friday nights. Check website for more information. 479-783-3000; claytonhouse.org COMPTON GARDENS BENTONVILLE | Showcase more than six acres of native plants and walking trails. 479-254-3870; comptongardens.org COSMIC CAVERN BERRYVILLE | Underground caverns containing unique rock formations and geology. 870-749-2298; cosmiccavern.com CREEKMORE EXPRESS FORT SMITH | Seasonal train rides, including the Holiday Express. 479-784-2368; fortsmithparks.com CRESCENT HOTEL GHOST TOUR EUREKA SPRINGS | Featured on television shows for its paranormal activities. 877-342-9766; americasmosthauntedhotel.com DEER ACRES ZOO HACKETT | Petting zoo re-opening Spring 2013. 479-638-8787 deeracreszoo.com EUREKA SPRINGS AND NORTH ARKANSAS RAILWAY EUREKA SPRINGS | See a 1940s-era locomotive and enjoy the flavor of the 1920s on the Eurekan Dining Car. 479-253-9623; esnarailway.com EUREKA SPRINGS TROLLEY SYSTEM AND VISITOR WELCOME CENTER EUREKA SPRINGS | Travel around the city aboard one of the historic trolleys. 479-253-9572; eurekatrolley.org FORREST L. WOOD OUTDOOR GALLERY FLIPPIN | History of the Ranger Bass Boat is exhibited here and pays tribute to the boats and bass fishing. 870-453-3212; flwsportsgallery.com

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FORT SMITH LITTLE THEATRE FORT SMITH | The state’s oldest continuously operating theater, hosting live theatrical performances. 479-783-2966 www.fslt.org FORT SMITH SYMPHONY FORT SMITH | Oldest orchestra in Arkansas. 479-452-7575; fortsmithsymphony.org FROG FANTASIES MUSEUM AND GIFT SHOP EUREKA SPRINGS | Facility housing frogs and amphibians. 479-253-7227 www.mizfrogspad.com/frog_fantasies.htm GILBERT GENERAL STORE GILBERT | Country store, originally

built in 1901 is still in operation today. 870-439-2888; buffalocabins-canoes.com HAUNTED EUREKA GHOST TOURS EUREKA SPRINGS | Nightly local tours, for paranormal enthusiasts. 479-253-7837 eurekaghosttours.com HORSESHOE CANYON RANCH JASPER | “A Western Experience with Southern Hospitality” describes this all-inclusive lodging and entertainment complex. 800-480-9635 gohcr.com IRIS AT THE BASIN PARK EUREKA SPRINGS | Fine arts and craft

gallery recognized as a top retailer of American crafts. 479-253-9494 irisatthebasinpark.com THE JEWEL BOX EUREKA SPRINGS | Handmade items including jewelry, glass and masks. 479-253-7828; thejewelboxgallery.com THE JONES CENTER SPRINGDALE | The region’s only indoor ice skating rink. 479-756-8090 thejonescenter.net KEELS CREEK WINERY EUREKA SPRINGS | Functioning winery with a tasting room. 479-253-9463 keelscreek.com

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NORTHWEST NORTH ENTERTAINMENT KING OPERA HOUSE VAN BUREN | This restored 1880s theater once hosted famous performers. 479-474-2426 www.vanburen.org/king_opera.php LYRIC THEATER HARRISON | Restored 1929 theater hosts live productions, concerts and movies. 870-391-3504; thelyricharrison.org/ MOUNT BETHEL WINERY ALTUS | Enjoy tastings, tours and a gift shop. 479-468-2444; mountbethel.com MOUNTAIN VILLAGE 1890 BULL SHOALS | Restored village has authentic structures, petting zoo and mini golf. 800-445-7177; 1890village.com MYSTIC CAVERNS HARRISON | Experience underground adventure in Mystic Caverns and Crystal Dome Caverns. 888-743-1739 mysticcaverns.com NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NATURALS SPRINGDALE | Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals baseball team with home games played at Arvest Ballpark. 479-756-8090; nwanaturals.com OAK LEAF GALLERY AND GIFT SHOP HARRISON | Unique souvenirs offered in the gift shop, which features crafts and original pieces. Operated by the Ozark Arts Council. 870-391-3504 ozarkartscouncil.org OLD SPANISH TREASURE CAVE SULPHUR SPRINGS | Underground cavern network with legends of hidden treasures located among the rock formations and fossils. 479-787-6508 Spanish-treasure-cave.com ONYX CAVE EUREKA SPRINGS | Radio-guided tours of an underground playground

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OZARK FOLKWAYS HERITAGE CENTER WINSLOW | Classes and gallery, featuring work of local artists and craftspeople. 479-634-3791; ozarkfolkways.org

QUIGLEY’S CASTLE EUREKA SPRINGS | Unique historic home featuring two-story tropical plants, birds and fish all living naturally indoors. 479-253-8311; quigleyscastle.com

OZARK MOUNTAIN HOE-DOWN EUREKA SPRINGS | Country, bluegrass, pop and gospel performances. 800-468-2113; ozarkmountainhoedown.com/

SAGER CREEK ARTS CENTER SILOAM SPRINGS | Children’s theater, along with other dramatic, musical and visual arts performances. Check website for schedule and ticket information. 479-524-4000

THE PARK AT WEST END FORT SMITH | Retro amusement park featuring a 1937 Ferris wheel, carousel and the Boom-a-Rang Diner, a 1957 dining car restaurant. 479-783-2292 fortsmithparks.com PEEL FERRY PEEL | Last public ferry boat still operating in Arkansas transports passengers and vehicles across Bull Shoals Lake. 870-436-5666 POPEYE STATUE ALMA | Located in Popeye Park, a tribute to the spinach-eating sailor. 479-632-4110; almachamber.com POST WINERY ALTUS | Tours, wine and juice tastings at this fifth-generation family-owned and operated facility. Unique grape-

SERENITY FARM BREAD LESLIE | Watch artisan bakers make nationally recognized hand-shaped bread in a wood-fired brick oven. 870-447-2211; serenityfarmbread.us SLAUGHTER PEN BIKE PARK BENTONVILLE | Pedal your way through 16 miles of tracks and trails here. The free-ride park is for tricks and jumps and riders of all ages are welcome. Slaughterpen.com SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS FAYETTEVILLE | Founded in 1954, this group presents classical and pops performances in partnership with the Walton Arts Center. 479-521-4166 sonamusic.org


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NORTHWEST NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TONTITOWN WINERY TONTITOWN | Free tours and wine tastings available seven days a week at this family-operated facility that uses locally grown grapes. 479-361-8700 Tontitownwinery.com

WALTON ARTS CENTER FAYETTEVILLE | Performances of Broadway musicals, dance companies, international artists and musicians. Check website for schedules. 479-443-5600; waltonartscenter.org

WESTERN ARKANSAS BALLET FORT SMITH | Workshops, classes and performances held throughout the year. Check website for ticket and full schedule information. 479-785-0152 www.waballet.org

TYLER BEND VISITORS CENTER ST. JOE | Operated by the National Park Service, there is a museum exhibit, theater and bookstore to see before heading off to experience the Buffalo National River. 870-439-2502 www.nps.gov/buff/index.htm

WAR EAGLE CAVERN ON BEAVER LAKE ROGERS |Guided tours through an underground wonderland, complete with rock formations, fossils, streams and dams. Located on Beaver Lake. 479-789-2909: wareaglecavern.com

WIEDERKEHR WINE CELLARS WIEDERKEHR VILLAGE | Tours and tastings available at this Swiss-German family-owned winery that’s been open since 1880. 479-468-WINE wiederkehrwines.com

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FAYETTEVILLE | Sprawling campus includes historic buildings, on-campus hotel and NCAA sporting events, such as Razorback football games. 479-575-2000; uark.edu

WAR EAGLE MILL/ WAR EAGLE BRIDGE ROGERS | Fabulous photo opportunities of a working water-powered grist mill. There is also a restaurant and gift shop. 866-492-7324; wareaglemill.com

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SPORTS MUSEUMS FAYETTEVILLE | Campus athletic center exhibits honor Razorback and local athletes and teams of the past century. 479-575-2000; uark.edu UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS WALTON FINE ARTS CENTER CLARKSVILLE | The Stephens Gallery houses a vast collection of paintings. Hosts annual Walton Arts and Ideas Series. 479-979-1346 www.ozarks.edu THE VILLAGE PLAYERS BELLA VISTA | Local theater company that presents three to four productions throughout the year. 479-876-1481; bvvillageplayers.org WALMART VISITORS CENTER BENTONVILLE | Located in Sam Walton’s original variety store, interactive exhibits trace the origin and growth of Walmart stores. 479-273-1329 walmartstores.com

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WINTHROP ROCKEFELLER INSTITUTE MORRILTON | Attend an educational program on a variety of topics, including cooking and gardening atop Petit Jean Mountain. 501-727-5435 UAWRI.org


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NORTHWEST NORTH OUTDOOR RECREATION BLUE MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE AREA BOONEVILLE | World-class bird dog fi eld trial area, hiking, bird watching and trail riding opportunities. 479-761-3325 arkansasstateparks.com DINNER BELL RANCH EUREKA SPRINGS | Horseback riding and guided trail rides. 479-253-2900 dinnerbellranchandresort.com DREWRY FARM AND ORCHARDS DOVER | Farmers market offering baked goods and seasonal produce. 479-331-2987; drewryfarmandorchards.com FLATSIDE WILDERNESS AREA PERRYVILLE | Explore rugged terrain that includes 10 miles of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. 501-321-5202

STATE PARKS DEVIL’S DEN STATE PARK WEST FORK | One of Arkansas’s original state parks built in the 1930s. In the heart of Devil’s Den, is Lake Devil, a serene setting for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and boating. 479-761-3325 arkansasstateparks.com/devilsden/ friendsofhobbs.com HOBBS STATE PARK CONSERVATION AREA ROGERS | Five trails for hiking, biking and equestrians within this 12,056acre wonderland, as well as a 100-yard public shooting range. 479-789-5000; friendsofhobbs.com LAKE DARDANELLE STATE PARK RUSSELLVILLE | Some of the state’s best bass fishing can be found here, as well as camping, and four aquariums. 479-967-5516 arkansasstateparks.com/lakedardanelle

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HILARY JONES WILDLIFE MUSEUM AND ELK EDUCATION INFORMATION CENTER JASPER | Exhibits on elk, deer, ducks and other animals of the region, as well as six freshwater aquariums and a gift shop for souvenirs. 870-446-6180 arkansaselkcenter.com

REED MOUNTAIN PARK, DAM OVERLOOK AND RIVER BLUFF NATURE TRAIL OZARK | Bring your camera for views of the Jetta-Taylor Lock and Dam, the Arkansas River and surrounding areas. 479-968-5008; www.swl.usace.army.mil/ parks/ozark/recreation.htm

HOLLA BEND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE DARDANELLE | Pay close attention and you’ll catch a glimpse of one of the bald eagles here. Home to several species of birds and waterfowl. 479-229-4300 fws.gov/hollabend/

TURPENTINE CREEK WILDLIFE REFUGE EUREKA SPRINGS | The largest big-cat refuge in the world is home to lions and tigers. Daily tours and viewings of feedings are popular. 479-253-5841; turpentinecreek.org

OZARK HIGHLANDS NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL CLARKSVILLE | Intersecting with the Ozark Highlands National Scenic Byway, you’ll fi nd more than 34 miles of trails and vistas here. 479-754-2864

LAKE FORT SMITH STATE PARK MOUNTAINBURG | Park serves as western trailhead of the Ozark Highlands Trail. Facilities for camping, swimming and boating, including rentals. 479-369-2469 arkansasstateparks.com

WILD WILDERNESS DRIVE-THROUGH SAFARI GENTRY | Safari consists of a four-mile drive through exotic animals living in the natural environment. 479-736-8383 wildwildernessdrivethroughsafari.com

PETIT JEAN STATE PARK MORRILTON | The state’s first park includes trails, scenic overlooks, campsites and cabins. The iconic Cedar Falls are also located here. 501-727-5441 petitjeanstatepark.com

MOUNT MAGAZINE STATE PARK PARIS | This is the highest point in the state at 2,753 feet, offering views, camping, repelling, hang gliding facilities and hiking trails. 479-963-8502 mountmagazinestatepark.com

PRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK PRAIRIE GROVE | Preserved Civil War battlefi eld includes hiking trail and driving tour, as well as a museum. 479-846-2990; arkansasstateparks.com

MOUNT NEBO STATE PARK DARDANELLE | Historic Cornwell House contains exhibits about the mountain, while facilities include cabins and a hang gliding area. 479-229-3655 arkansasstateparks.com/mountnebo

WITHROW SPRINGS STATE PARK HUNTSVILLE | Outdoor adventure along the War Eagle Creek, which runs through the park. Canoe rentals, fi shing and camping facilities. 479-559-2593 arkansasstateparks.com


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Texarkana is home to the State Line Post Office, the only U.S. post office that sits in two states. In Hope, you’ll discover the birthplace of President Bill Clinton. The two-story white-framed house now designated the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home Historic Site is furnished with items that date to the time period when Clinton lived there. Only a few miles outside of Hope you’ll find Historic Washington State Park, a

National Historical Landmark. Visitors experience a sense of 19th century life in Arkansas through historic tours and interpretive programs and demonstrations throughout the park. The oil boom can be relived at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover, and Civil War buffs will find sites to visit in Camden and at the Arkansas State Parks’ Red River Campaign sites: Poison Spring, Marks’ Mills and Jenkins’ Ferry.


HISTORY & HERITAGE

Don’t miss Bathhouse Row, located in Hot Springs National Park. Described as “the grandest collection of bathhouses of their kind in the nation,” the eight bathhouses that make up the Row are a National Historic Landmark District with structures dating to the late 1800s. Hot Springs and Hot Springs National Park owe their existence to an array of springs that supply naturally heated water. The city also has a racetrack, gangster museum and a thriving arts community. Surrounding the city is the Ouachita National Forest, the oldest and largest forest in the South. The region is also home to many beautiful lakes including Lake Ouachita, the largest lake in Arkansas. Due south is Crater of Diamonds State Park, the only place in North America where you can dig for diamonds and take home what you find. To the west, Mount Ida is the quartz crystal capital of the world. Take in breathtaking panoramic views of the Ouachita Mountains in Mena. The town is home to Queen Wilhelmina State Park, located atop Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second-highest peak. While in town, drive the Talimena Scenic Drive, a National Scenic Byway. Wherever you choose to go, plenty of charm, history and outdoor beauty await you in Southwest Arkansas.

CLARK COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM ARKADELPHIA | Exhibits highlight local history and heritage, from prehistoric times to the present. 870-230-1360 www.clarkcountyhistory.org/museum.asp CLINTON BIRTHPLACE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE HOPE | The home where the 42nd President spent the first four years of his life. Open daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Rangerguided tours of the Birthplace Home offered every 30 minutes, with the last tour at 4 p.m. The park visitor center includes exhibits about President Clinton’s early life in Hope. Admission is free. 870777-4455; nps.gov/wicl/index.htm CLINTON TOUR HOT SPRINGS | Visit the former stomping grounds of President Bill Clinton, including his boyhood home, high school, favorite hamburger hangout and more. 501-321-2277; hotsprings.org

GANGSTER MUSEUM OF AMERICA HOT SPRINGS | Expanded museum offers customers more of the famous spa town’s gangster past, with more spacious galleries, new acquisitions, more eyewitness accounts of the glory days of gambling, along with a great gift shop in the heart of Central Avenue. The Gangster Museum of America focuses on the 1920s-40s era of Hot Springs. The museum highlights the stories of many notorious gangsters such as Lucky Luciano, Al Capone, Bugs Moran and Frank Costello who were known to vacation in The Spa City. 501-318-1717; TGMOA.com GARLAND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES HOT SPRINGS | Treasure trove of artifacts, from photographs to relics charting the county’s rich history. 501-321-2159 garlandcountyhistoricalsociety.com

COLLIN RAYE MUSEUM DE QUEEN | Museum dedicated to famous country singer Collin Raye. Call ahead to arrange a tour. 870-642-6642

HERITAGE HOUSE MUSEUM OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY MOUNT IDA | Local history is on display, including a new exhibit barn and a collection of regional crystals and genealogy materials. 870-867-4422; hhmmc.org

FOUR STATES ANTIQUE AUTO MUSEUM TEXARKANA | Rev up for exhibits showcasing more than 100 years of automobile history. 870-772-2886 fourstatesautomuseum.com

HOPE VISITORS CENTER AND MUSEUM HOPE | Housed in a restored 1912 railroad depot, contains artifacts and exhibits about President Bill Clinton. 870-722-2580; hopearkansas.net

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SOUTHWEST SOUTH HISTORY & HERITAGE HOT SPRINGS HISTORIC DISTRICT HOT SPRINGS | Restored buildings date back to the late 1800s. The Arlington Hotel, built in 1875, was reportedly a favorite of Al Capone’s. 501-321-2277; hotsprings.org HOT SPRING COUNTY MUSEUM MALVERN | Caddo Indian pottery, local artifacts, quilts and more relating to regional history. Call for hours of operation. 501-337-4775 LUM AND ABNER MUSEUM AND JOT ‘EM DOWN STORE PINE RIDGE | Memorabilia relating to the famous 1930s radio team of Lum and Abner. Local history is also on display. There is also a gift shop. 870-326-4442; lum-n-abner.com

American and county history exhibits. 870-887-5821; depotmuseum.org NEW ROCKY COMFORT MUSEUM FOREMAN | A restored 1902 jailhouse contains local artifacts and documents on display. 870-542-7887; http://www.foremanar.com/index.php/community/museum OAKLAND CEMETERY CAMDEN | Burial grounds of prominent Arkansas pioneers and 231 Confederate soldiers. 870-836-6246

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SMACKOVER HISTORIC COMMERCIAL DISTRICT SMACKOVER | An Oil well exhibit, as well as historic buildings and murals are here. 870-725-3251

MCCOLLUM-CHIDESTER HOUSE CAMDEN | Former Civil War headquarters for Union Gen. Frederick Steele during the Red River Campaign. Built in 1847. 870-836-9243; arkansassouth.com/history/

STATE LINE POST OFFICE AND FEDERAL BUILDING TEXARKANA | Completed in 1933, this is the only U.S. Post Office that sits in two states. There is a historic exhibit on the second floor. 903-792-7191; texarkana.org

MCKINNEY-O’CONNOR HOUSE EL DORADO | Restored mansion from the 1920s oil boom. Home to the Granite Jazz Club and Restaurant. 870-864-8447

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ROCKPORT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH MALVERN | Established in 1809, this is known as the oldest church west of the Mississippi. Structure still has the original log framework. Located just off Hwy. 270 W at Lodge St. SEVIER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM DE QUEEN | Replica village with artifacts, as well as a fully furnished 1940s house are included among items related to the county’s history. 870-642-6642

MENA KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN DEPOT MENA | Located in a restored train depot, this is a local history museum and art gallery showcasing the work of local artists. 479-394-2912; VisitMena.com/attractions.asp

MUSEUM OF REGIONAL HISTORY TEXARKANA | Housed in the city’s oldest building, built in 1879, are exhibits featuring Caddo Indian artifacts and local history. 903-793-4831; texarkanamuseums.org

CAIRO-FULTON DEPOT/KLIPSCH CONFERENCE ROOM & MUSEUM HOPE | Dedicated to the life and achievements of the Hope resident and designer of world-famous loudspeakers. Located in the Cairo-Fulton Railroad Depot, Hope’s oldest building. 870-777-3540 www.hopearkansas.net/CairoFulton.html

PHOTOGRAPHER’S ISLAND TEXARKANA | Located on the state border, you can pose for pictures at the State Line Post Office, with one foot in Arkansas and the other in Texas. 903-792-7191 texarkana.org

TRANSPORTATION DEPOT AND PLAZA HOT SPRINGS | Restored train depot is now the major bus station for tourists visiting historic downtown. 501-321-2006 TWO RIVERS MUSEUM ASHDOWN | Exhibits include a horsedrawn funeral wagon and artifacts from Southwest Arkansas history. Open by appointment only. http://www.rootsweb. ancestry.com/~arlrchs/2rivers.html


ENTERTAINMENT ACE OF CLUBS HOUSE TEXARKANA | Historic home built in 1885 in the shape of a club from a deck of cards. House was built with winnings from a poker game. 903-793-4831 texarkanamuseums.org ARKADELPHIA AQUATIC PARK ARKADELPHIA | Water park with areas for swimming, diving, water slides and sprays. Also has picnic areas. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. 870-246-5499; cityofarkadelphia.com ARKANSAS ALLIGATOR FARM AND PETTING ZOO HOT SPRINGS | See more than 300 alligators ranging in size from six inches to 10 feet long. Petting zoo and mini-zoo with assorted animals perfect for the kids. 501-623-6172 arkansasalligatorfarm.com ARKANSAS WALK OF FAME HOT SPRINGS | Plaques honoring famous Arkansans, such as President Bill Clinton and Brooks Robinson. Located along sidewalk in front of the Hot Springs Visitor Center. 501-321-2277 BELLE OF HOT SPRINGS HOT SPRINGS | Take a sightseeing tour on a 300-passenger riverboat along the Lake Hamilton. Lunch and dinner cruises available. 501-525-4438 belleriverboat.com BILLY’S HOUSE OF GUITARS AND MUSICAL MUSEUM GLENWOOD | Contains historic collection of guitars and other instruments used by musicians such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson. Also includes movie memorabilia. 870-356-4422 BUCKSTAFF BATHHOUSE COMPANY HOT SPRINGS | Bathing facility located on historic Bathhouse Row, in operation since 1912, offers traditional thermal mineral baths, massages and

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other services. 501-623-2308; buckstaffbaths.com CRYSTAL MINES MOUNT IDA | Area mines allow visitors to dig for their own quartz crystals. 870-867-2723; mtidachamber.com DISCOVERY PLACE TEXARKANA | Hands-on science and history exhibits geared toward children. 903-793-4831; texarkanamuseums.org ESSO GAS STATION MENA | Restored 1928 gas station now showcases muscle cars, antique automobiles, hot rods and motorcycles. Open during special events and by appointment. 479-394-8355 http://www.visitmena.com/attractions.asp FAMILY FUN PARK HOT SPRINGS | Go-karts for visitors of all ages, as well as bumper cars, minigolf, arcade and snack bar. 501-620-4100 FOUR STATES ENTERTAINMENT CENTER TEXARKANA | Each September, the annual fair and rodeo are held here. There is also an Equine Center and Learning Center on site. 870-773-2941; fourstatesfair.com

FUNTRACKERS FAMILY PARK HOT SPRINGS | Bring plenty of quarters for go-karts, bumper boats, a large arcade and Volcano Falls mini-golf. 501-767-8140; funtrackersfamilypark.com HISTORIC BASEBALL TRAIL HOT SPRINGS | A one-of-a-kind baseball trail documenting Hot Springs’ status as The Birthplace of Spring Baseball with 26 historical markers telling the story of baseball training camps held in the Spa City. 501-321-2027 www.hotspringsbaseballtrail.com HOT SPRINGS KOA MINI GOLF HOT SPRINGS | Adventure golf course with 18 holes and a snack bar. 501-624-5912; hotspringskoa.com HOT SPRINGS MOUNTAIN TOWER HOT SPRINGS | A 216-foot observation tower atop Hot Springs Mountain with two viewing decks of the surrounding areas. 501-623-6035; hotsprings.org JOSEPHINE TUSSAUD WAX MUSEUM HOT SPRINGS | Houses more than 100 wax figures and scenes depicting famous people, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. 501-623-5836; rideaduck.com

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SOUTHWEST SOUTH ENTERTAINMENT MAGIC SPRINGS WATER AND THEME PARK HOT SPRINGS | More than 80 roller coasters, water rides, attractions and live concerts will keep the family busy all day. 501-318-5370 magicsprings.com MID-AMERICA SCIENCE MUSEUM HOT SPRINGS | The state’s largest hands-on science center that is an affi liate of the Smithsonian Institute. Home to the world’s most powerful conical Tesla Coil. 501-632-0583; midamericamuseum.org MOUNTAIN VALLEY SPRING COMPANY HOT SPRINGS | Home of Mountain Valley Spring Water also includes a visitor center and antique bottle collection. 501-624-1635 mountainvalleyspring.com MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART HOT SPRINGS | Museum, located in the restored Ozark Bathhouse on historic Bathhouse Row, showcases artists from around the world. 501-609-9966 museumofcontemporaryart.com NATIONAL PARK AQUARIUM HOT SPRINGS | One of the state’s largest collections of fi sh and wildlife exhibits. 501-624-3474 http://nationalparkaquarium.org/ NIRVANA STAR FARMS MOUNT IDA | Displaying rare minerals and local crystal specimens. 870-867-2560 nirvanastarfarms.org/HOME.html OAKLAWN RACING AND GAMING HOT SPRINGS | Thoroughbred races and electronic gaming offer a detour packed with excitement. See Triple Crown-caliber horses in action. 501-623-4411; oaklawn.com

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PIRATE’S COVE ADVENTURE GOLF HOT SPRINGS | Offers a pair of 18-hole mini-golf tracks packed with caves, a pirate ship, bridges and water scenes. 501-525-9311; piratescove.net/ hot-springs QUAPAW BATHS AND SPA HOT SPRINGS | Family-friendly spa set in a renovated Spanish Colonial Revival bathhouse on historic Bathhouse Row with pools and fountains. 501-609-9822 quapawbaths.com READ HAUNTED HOUSE MALVERN | Frightening fun at this attraction. Open Friday-Saturday during October. 501-332-4039; readhelp.com REYNOLDS SCIENCE CENTER PLANETARIUM ARKADELPHIA | On the campus of Henderson State University, features a planetarium and multi-media exhibits. Public shows during the academic year. 870-230-5000; arkansasbeautiful.com/ ouachitas/reynolds-science-center.html SMACKOVER GHOST TOURS SMACKOVER | Gear up with equipment and tour any of fi ve buildings and three haunted cemeteries. 870-944-0221 smackoverarkansasghosttours.com

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SOUTH ARKANSAS SYMPHONY EL DORADO | Visiting musicians from south and central Arkansas, as well as from around the nation. 870-862-0521; southarkansassymphony.com T-REX GO-KARTS, LASER TAG AND INDOOR GOLF HOT SPRINGS | Get prehistoric at the dinosaur-themed facilities attractions, including go-karts, laser tag course and mini-golf. 501-623-3285; trexgolf.com TINY TOWN TRAINS HOT SPRINGS | One of the world’s best indoor mechanical displays, featuring miniature trains, towns, the Wild West and more. 501-624-4742; tinytowntrains.com UNION SQUARE DISTRICT EL DORADO | 1920s and 1930s architecture, boutiques, galleries, shops and historic square. 870-862-4747; goeldorado.com WEGNER QUARTZ CRYSTAL MINES MOUNT IDA | Dig for your own crystals and stones here. Also features Wegner Museum and Warehouse displaying rare crystals, minerals and earth history exhibits. 870-867-2309; wegnercrystalmines.com


STATE PARKS ARKANSAS MUSEUM OF NATURAL RESOURCES STATE PARK SMACKOVER | Exhibits and working equipment share stories of the region’s resources. 870-725-2877 arkansasstateparks.com/ museumofnaturalresources/ CRATER OF DIAMONDS STATE PARK MURFREESBORO | Search for diamond’s at the world’s only diamondbearing site that’s open to the public. Keep anything you find. The Diamond Discovery Center explores diamond hunting. Also features Diamond Springs Aquatic Playground. 870-285-3113 craterofdiamondsstatepark.com CONWAY CEMETERY STATE PARK BRADLEY | Recreational facilities and the burial site of the state’s first governor, James Sevier Conway. 501-682-1191 ArkansasStateParks.com/conwaycemetery/ COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK - NATURAL AREA WICKES | Offering some of the state’s most challenging whitewater rafting. Visitors can also enjoy 20 miles of hiking trails, picnic sites and campsites. 870-385-2201 ArkansasStateParks.com/cossatotriver/ DEGRAY LAKE RESORT STATE PARK BISMARCK | Resort park offers lodging, conference center, pool, spa and fitness center. Camping, marina, golf course, nature trails, horseback riding, athletic courts, bike trails and boat rentals can be found here. 501-865-2801; degray.com

DAISY STATE PARK KIRBY | Campsites, picnic areas, boat launches, hiking trails, dirt bike and ATV trails on the shores of Lake Greeson. 870-398-4487 ArkansasStateParks.com/daisy HISTORIC WASHINGTON STATE PARK WASHINGTON | Arkansas’s premier 19th-century village, is conserved and interpreted by Arkansas State Parks in conjunction with the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation. 870-983-2684 historicwashingtonstatepark.com JENKINS FERRY BATTLEGROUND STATE PARK LEOLA | Part of the Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark commemmorating the Civil War battle here. 888-AT-PARKS arkansasstateparks.com/jenkinsferry LAKE CATHERINE STATE PARK HOT SPRINGS | Located in the Trap Mountain Range, park features structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Activities include camping, fi shing, boat rentals, trails, horseback riding and more. 501-844-4176 ArkansasStateParks.com/lakecatherine LAKE OUACHITA STATE PARK MOUNTAIN PINE | Lake and islands o offer boating, fi shing, diving and sswimming opportunities. The ssurrounding forest is popular for c camping, hiking and the historic Three S Sisters Springs. 501-767-9366 ArkansasStateParks.com/lakeouachita A LOGOLY STATE PARK MCNEIL | Group tent campsites, trails, t exhibits and picnic areas available a at the state’s fi rst environmental education state park. 870-695-3561 ArkansasStateParks.com/logoly

MARKS’ MILLS BATTLEGROUND STATE PARK FORDYCE | Part of the Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark commemmorating the Civil War battle here. 888-AT-PARKS arkansasstateparks.com/marksmills/ MILLWOOD STATE PARK ASHDOWN | Popular destination for fishing and bird watching. Features bicycle and nature trails, marina, store, and camping and picnic sites. 870-898-2800 ArkansasStateParks.com/millwood/ MORO BAY STATE PARK JERSEY | Recreational facilities include fishing, hiking and cabins on the grounds. Also of note, the Moro Bay Ferry is docked here. 870-463-8555 arkansasstateparks.com/morobay/ POISON SPRINGS BATTLEGROUND STATE PARK CAMDEN | Part of the Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark commemmorating the Civil War battle here. 870-695-3561 arkansasstateparks.com/poisonspring QUEEN WILHELMINA STATE PARK MENA | Campsites, picnic areas, trails, miniature scenic railroad and mini-golf atop Rich Mountain, along the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Lodge and restaurant closed for renovations until late 2013. 479-394-2863; queenwilhelmina.com SOUTH ARKANSAS ARBORETUM EL DORADO | Collection of native plants and exotic species. Also features walking trails and a pavilion. 870-862-8131, ext. 144 ArkansasStateParks.com WHITE OAK LAKE STATE PARK BLUFF CITY | Interactive exhibits, Civil War artifacts and plenty of recreation opportunities, including campsites, trails and fishing pier. 870-685-2748 ArkansasStateParks.com

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SOUTHWEST SOUTH OUTDOOR RECREATION GEO-FLOAT TRAIL ROYAL | Boaters navigate the waters using a self-guided booklet along a 16mile route. 501-767-2101 HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK HOT SPRINGS | Home to a museum of thermal bathing and the nation’s oldest preserve. 501-624-270; NPS.gov/hosp/ LAKE OUACHITA HOT SPRINGS | The largest man-made lake in the state offers excellent fishing. 501-767-2101, ext. 3001 LAKE OUACHITA VISTA TRAIL HOT SPRINGS | Scenic trails along the shores of Lake Ouachita. 870-867-2101 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita.htm

MOUNTAIN HARBOR RIDING STABLE MOUNT IDA | Scenic horseback trail rides through the Ouachita Mountains and along Lake Ouachita. 501-622-9742 NATIONAL PARK DUCK TOURS HOT SPRINGS | Ride amphibious vehicles over land and water around the Lake Hamilton area. 501-321-2911 rideaduck.com OUACHITA NATIONAL FOREST MALVERN | Established in 1907, this is the South’s oldest and one of the largest national forests. Hiking trails, fishing, camping and picnic sites are popular attractions, as is the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail. 501-321-5202; fs.fed.us/r8/ouachita

OUACHITA RIVER TRAIL AND WHITEWATER BOATING PARK MALVERN | River Bend Adventures runs river floats and shuttles, rents kayaks and canoes. River rescue teams train here. 501-332-0123 TALIMENA NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY MENA | A 54-mile stretch of vistas, straddling crests of the Ouachita Mountains. 918-653-2187; talimenascenicdrive.com TWO RIVERS CANOE AND TUBE RENTAL ARKADELPHIA | Canoe and tube rentals for adventures on the Caddo River. Open May 1 through Labor Day weekend. 870-403-3682; tworiverscanoerental.com

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Group Reservations: 1-800-526-3263 • (479) 253-6262 • www.landonodinn.com 109 Huntsville Road • Located at the intersection of 62 East & 23 South • Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632

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A R K A N S A S A-T E A M /A M E R I C A N B U S A S S O C I AT I O N M E M B E R S Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism Cara Clemmons, cara.clemmons@arkansas.gov Cheryl Ferguson, CTIS, cheryl.ferguson@arkansas.gov Renee Robison, CTIS, renee.robison@arkansas.gov Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau John Lamparski, john@bentonville.org

Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau Sylvia Blain, sblain@littlerock.com Little Rock Tours, Inc. Gina & Cary Martin, tickets@littlerocktours.com Mount Magazine State Park Lodge Heidi Ryan, Heidi.ryan@arkansas.gov

Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Leslie Leggett, leslie@innoftheozarks.com

North Little Rock Visitors Bureau Bob Major, bmajor@northlittlerock.org

Crowne Plaza Little Rock-IHG Beth Boyd, bethboyd@lrar.com

Ozark Folk Center State Park Jimmie Edwards, jimmie.edwards@arkansas.gov

DeGray Lake Resort State Park Kathy Ritter, kathy.ritter@arkansas.gov Eureka Springs City Advertising & Promotion Commission Karen Pryor, CTIS, karen@eurekasprings.org

Pine Bluff Convention & Visitors Bureau Susan Madsen, CTIS, smadsen@cablelynx.com Rogers CVB Frank Adase, frank@rogerslowell.com

Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau Julie Pennington, jpennington@experiencefayetteville.com

Trump Tours, Inc.

Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau Carolyn Joyce, cjoyce@FortSmithAR.gov

Visit Hot Springs

Francis Custom Tours, Inc. Susan Brackett, francistours@suddenlinkmail.com

William J. Clinton Presidential Center

Tiffany Trump Humbert, thumbert@trumpgroups.com

Cora Easterday, CTIS, ceasterday@hotsprings.org

Megan Moore, mmoore@clintonfoundation.org

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The art of COUNTRY, BLUES and ROCK ’N’ ROLL . Blues in Helena-West Helena

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