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Hi, Everybody!

We have four or five weeks to spend in Arkansas, beginning on or about November 15. We'll be coming south from Branson, MO, and heading for Denton, TX. We'd like to hear about places to see and stay. We like State and C.O.E Parks, have a big rig, can boondock, but electricity is nice. Scenery and peace and quiet are priorities. We're not interested in shopping or other city pursuits. A couple of years ago, I spent a couple of weeks at Crowley's Ridge, and liked it.
I carry a canoe, and enjoy venues where I can use it.

Thanks, in advance, for your suggestions.

Hal

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One of the things we keep talking about doing is to get over there to Crater of the Diamonds State Park. Just haven't worked it out yet. But I seem to recall that the campground is closed for renovations. Might want to check on that.


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Petit Jean Mountain, Devil's Den State Park, DeGray Lake, Lake Ouachita,
Northwest Arkansas is the prettiest - Devils' Den is there.

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Don't miss Buffalo Point on the Buffalo River. Terrific scenery.


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I have not gotten to RV in Arkansas, but I raised by parents who were from there. I have heard about places in other words and did a few vacations when a kid to Arkansas. Here are some places which I have heard about or gone by at some time.

Eureka Springs from what I have heard has been a vacation distanation from very early times and it is not far from Branson.

Buffalo National River is a long, narrow park that is crossed by three main highways. Using Harrison as a starting point: To reach the Upper District, visitors travel south from Harrison on Highway 7, or Highway 43; To reach the Middle District, visitors travel 31 miles south of Harrison on Highway 65; To reach the Lower District, visitors take Highway 65 south from Harrison for five miles, then take Highway 62/412 to the east to Yellville, and Highway 14 south. This river runs right by the area where my mothers people lived and some are still there by ST. Joe. Harrison and the River are not too far from Eureka Springs and Branson. Also near Harrison, Hurricane River Cave - I believe we went into it back in the mid-'70s. More information

Ozarks National Forest Scenic Drives Attractions Along Arkansas Scenic Byway are on the way to my dad's homeland. I always enjoyed the drive from Clarksville area to the Harrison area via Salus & Jasper. This link has many other links to attractions. One would be the link to Hot Springs area with a lot to see and do. Such as The Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita State Park.

Queen Wilhelmina State Park and the "Castle in the Sky" is over close where my mom's family lived when she was a young teen.

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I've wanted to go visit Pea Ridge Nat'l Military Park, I have heard it is really neat.

And I see there is also a Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Neat!

Also Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, a park of living history and heritage. Their goal to preserve and teach the history of the Ozarks, and they do this through live demonstrations and performances in a historical setting. It seems to be something I like to see as well. Information

Petit Jean & Lake Fort Smith ** Petit Jean State Park ** Fall Petit Jean ** Lake Fort Smith State Park

I'd heard about Poteau Mountain from my mom, but know little about it. I would guess it would have camping there. Poteau Mountain **** Campgrounds

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I need to get over that way sometime for sure.

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If your time starts in mid-November, I suspect that it might be a little chilly for the canoe, but you might be tougher than I am. The poster above who recommended Eureka Springs is absolutely right. We've been to many of the places listed on the link, and highly recommend the area. Hot Springs in another interesting historic area. The AR state park system is generally very good, but if you're in your RV, check to be sure that the CG's are open. In Little Rock there's the Clinton Presidential Library.

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Well, in Minnesota, we say that canoeing is good until the water ices over. Nowadays, we stay away from Minnesota when it's cold. So we'll check it out and let you know what we think.

Hey everybody, you've given me a lot of great information, and I appreciate it so much! If you have more, please keep it coming.

Thanks,

Hal

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When we're looking for some good old mountain music shows Eureka springs is where we head instead of Branson. Not that the shows aren't good there but the crowds and congestion you have to put up with make it not worth it for me. Some of our favorites are the Buffalo River and a NUMBER of great camping opportunities along it's banks. Canoeing would probably be pretty good this fall and next spring with all the rain they've had but usually in the mid summer months it's pretty calm water with a number of portages.

Lake Ouachita and Hot Springs area are nice with good camping but one of OUR favorites is the Talamena Stairway to the Stars right on the Oklahoma line. It's very much like a miniature version of the BlueRidge Parkway with the high drive. Queen Wihelmina State Park features camp sites directly overlooking the high ridge into the valley below. Very scenic.


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I spent a few days in Little Rock a couple of years ago before we got the RV. I remember in the area where the Petit Jean Park is, there is an Automobile museum with quite a few old cars (if that is your thing). I remember the road was very winding. It is north of Little Rock.

I also enjoyed touring the Clinton library. They even have an area to park RV's and you can take a trolley to the down town area where the gift shop is as well as other histrical sites. They have a Peabody Hotel there with the ducks that walk to the fountain from the elevator. It was interesting to see in Memphis, but I couldn't find a place to park to see it. On the courthouse square they have a statue about the Little Rock students who were escorted to school behind armed guards and there is a civil rights museum not too far away that is across the street from the high school. At that time the museum was in an old gas station but they were building a larger museum.

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"I remember the road was very winding."

That's what the roadster in the trailer behind the motorhome is for.

Super information, everybody! Just what I'm looking for! Keep it coming.

Thanks,

Hal

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