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Gorgeous and interesting places to visit in my beautiful home state of Arkansas ~ The Natural State.


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Mammoth Spring State Park, Arkansas. This area is also a designated National Natural Landmark. This massive spring flows a whooping 9 million gallons of water per day from underground that forms a gorgeous 10-acre lake then flows into the Spring River, a popular trout fishing and float river. The park also has an old restored train depot dating back to 1886 as well as remnants of an old mill. There is a welcome center with displays about the area's history, picnic sites and a hiking trail.

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Ozark Folk Center State Park, Mountain View, Arkansas. This Ozark Mountain town is so quaint and is called the "Folk Music Capital of the World" and home to the Ozark Folk Center State Park. You can watch craftsmen make heritage crafts like pottery, baskets and quilts as well as take classes in arts like herb growing and weaving. Listen to local musicians who play folk instruments handed down generation to generation. A lovely mountain town that is beautiful and rich with American heritage.

Ozark Folk Center State Park

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Sugar Loaf Mountain - located in Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas. This island is accessible only by boat and has a well maintained one and a half mile hiking trail - "The Sugar Loaf Mountain Island Nature Trail" - that allows you to hike to the top and get sweeping, beautiful views of the lake and surrounding countryside. A unique and beautiful hiking experience!

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Haunted!! The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Ghost tour leaders on the nightly excursions through the hotel tell visitors that the professional ghost hunters from the television show proclaimed this hotel as the third most haunted building they had ever investigated. The hotel is one of the only places the team caught a full-bodied apparition on infrared camera. Those aren't the only cameras capturing spirits here..

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Mammoth Orange Cafe--Redfield, Arkansas. This quirky slice of days gone by first opened in the early 1960s and is a fun vintage dining experience serving up some down home food like fresh burgers, yummy milkshakes and smothered steak and mashed potatoes. Its worth a visit when you are in central Arkansas!

Mammoth Orange Cafe by Amanda Galiano on Capture Arkansas

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Hope Watermelon Festival, Hope, Arkansas. This annual old-fashioned festival which is held every August features arts and crafts, a 5K fun run and, of course, lots of Arkansas' most delicious watermelon! ~ photo by Casey Curtis at Capture Arkansas

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Hike Cecil Cove Loop Trail to reach this beautiful waterfall ~ Thunder Canyon Falls ~in the Buffalo National River Area of the Ozark Mountains, Arkansas.

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The Oark General Store and Cafe, est. 1890, in Oark, Arkansas. This is the oldest continuously operated business in the state of Arkansas. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it serves up some great homemade southern style comfort food and is just dripping with character and charm!

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Elk watching in Boxley Valley, Arkansas. This is the one and only heard of Elk in the state and they live in the Buffalo National River Park and are protected from hunting. This photo shows the elk enjoying the National River.

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Johnny Cash's family home in the southern delta town of Dyess, Arkansas, population about 500. The house was in very poor condition when it was acquired by Arkansas State University, which worked to raise money to restore it. The property is now an Arkansas Heritage Site. The annual Johnny Cash Music Festival takes place near here at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and it raises money for continued restoration of the property & also funds scholarships in Cash's name.

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

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Cotham's Mercantile in Scott, Arkansas just outside Little Rock. This little old place is famous in the state for something called a "Hubcab Hamburger". It's a delicious all american classic burger that is so large it takes up almost the entire plate! Most people cannot finish it! The place may not look like much on the outside but it attracts people from all over the region as well as tourists who are looking for a delicious, massive, homemade style burger!

Cotham's Mercantile

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Bella Vista, Arkansas ~ Tanyard Creek Nature Trail. This well maintained and beautiful trail is fun to hike or mountain bike and it has this awesome swinging bridge and a pretty waterfall, too. It winds through lush woods and has some ancient and gorgeous large rock formations.

Bella Vista, Arkansas Tanyard Creek Nature Trail

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Map of the 52 Arkansas state parks. This interactive map gives you all the information you need to know about the parks from what they have to offer to how to get there!

Map of Arkansas - Arkansas State Park Map

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Longbow Resort in Prim, Arkansas. A secluded, private cabin which is actually built into a natural cave and set on two lush wooded acres. This is the view from the cabin and the lagoon is the renter's own private swimming hole. Nothing more romantic than this - just you and the one you love!

Longbow Resort

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Panoramic view of the Arkansas River photographed from Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton, Arkansas. This park is named for a female French explorer who died here while the territory belonged to France. Her grave is still marked and is visited by many park goers. Photo © copyright by Tom Kennon.

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Mirror Lake Falls, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas - Tim Ernst Photography

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The Ohio Club in Hot Springs Arkansas. Al Capone, Bugsy Segel, Bugs Moran, Lucky Luciano, just to name a few of the gangsters who hung around here and it was also visited by many Major League Ball players since they had spring training in Hot Springs in the early 1900's. Babe Ruth was the most famous to visit. Located in Historic Downtown across from Hot Springs National Park.

The Ohio Club | Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Quirky Arkansas! The Texarkana, Arkansas Post Office is the only post office that straddles two states, earning it a place on Travel + Leisure's list of America's Quirkiest! Get your picture taken at the entrance with one foot in each state, in front of the prominent “State Line” sign.

America's Quirkiest Post Offices

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Love to Mountain Bike? Then ride the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail, Ozark Mountains, Mountain View, Arkansas. This is just one of the stunning views on this trail which offers three intersecting loops ranging in length and skill level with a total of 50 miles of trail. It was recently honored by the International Mountain Biking Association for its adventurous challenges and beauty and is rated by them as one of America's "epic" trails. There's also a bike race held here: www.syllamosreven...

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Kings Bluff Falls - Ozark National Forest, Arkansas. This waterfall is on a fairly easy 1.9 mile trail called King's Bluff Loop. It is gorgeous with majestic views and lush forest land!

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Arkansas Arts Center in the state's capitol city, Little Rock. Contains an international collection of art and special exhibitions; live theatre performances for family audiences; lectures, films, poetry slams and family festivals.

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House was saved by the museum and moved from New Jersey to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville Arkansas - The house is being repaired and reconstructed on the grounds of the museum and will be available for tours by the public in the spring of 2015.

Bachman Wilson House - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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White House Café in Camden, Arkansas. Quaint and full of character, the original White House Café still operates and serves up some great food to locals and visitors alike. It was built next to the railroad for the workers who were coming into the town to work in the lumber industry way back in 1907.

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  • Lauren Frost
    Lauren Frost

    Many childhood memories made here! Love the fried cheese...little squares of goodness!

  • Kimberly Brock
    Kimberly Brock

    Me too! Way back in the eighties when I was a teenager! Even had a high school boyfriend who worked there after school! :)

The Cave at Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Hernando Desoto came to this cave during his search for the fountain of youth. There are several ancient pictographs from the native Americans that called this cave home. Amazing history here!

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McClard's Bar-B-Q is an Arkansas landmark. Located in Hot Springs, it's been in business since 1928 and is completely delicious authentic southern style BBQ. Made well-known outside the state because of President Clinton's fondness for their menu. Be sure to stop by if you're in Hot Springs! McClard's is on Southern Living Magazine's "Smokin' Hot 'Cue" list.

The Smokin’ Hot List: McClard’s Bar-B-Q

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