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Mountainburg Cabins I drive through Mountainburg in route to many trailheads, but only recently noticed these little cabins, last used in the late 1960s. They are a short distance off of AR 71 at the turnoff that led to the original Lake Fort Smith State Park, which closed in 2002 when the lake was expanded.

The Dairy Dream The Dairy Dream is a little farther south on the east side of AR 71 in Mountainburg. Built in 1955 by Bob Willroth, the Dairy Dream sold "Mountainburgers" for twenty-five cents and ice cream cones for a nickel. Mountainburg local Brad Birchfield said, "I highly recommend a Mountainburger with cheese. You’ll be hooked!" I look forward to having a “Mountainburger” at today's price of $2.50 after my next hike on Shepherd Springs Loop at Lake Fort Smith State Park.

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