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Old 04-17-2016, 05:15 PM   #1
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First trip to Arkansas

We are planning on heading up to Arkansas around May 15th (depending on work schedule) this will be a state we have driven through but never stayed at...I would greatly appreciate/love to hear of some of the places everyone has stayed.

Little background of what we like to do: our little boy will be 8 months old so we prefer the easy nature walks so we can introduce him to the great outdoors without any backpacking or mountain biking that needs to be done. My wife and I also love to tour different wine vineyards (major reason she wants to go there)

If anyone has good infant kid friendly suggestions we are all ears.

Thank you in advance and sorry for the drawn out post.


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Old 04-17-2016, 05:21 PM   #2
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Check out Mt. Magazine State Park. That's not far from Altus and the wine area. Several Corps of Engineers campgrounds along the Arkansas river not far from there. Ft. Smith State Park.

State Parks - State Park - Arkansas State Parks

North Arkansas lakes have tons of Corps campgrounds, and Bull Shoals State Park, all pretty.

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Old 04-17-2016, 05:33 PM   #3
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Petit Jean St Park is real nice


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Old 04-17-2016, 06:13 PM   #4
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Check out Mt. Magazine State Park.
Mt. Magazine State Park is easily in the Top 5 of my favorite state parks. Beautiful state, beautiful area, beautiful park! It's a very small park and doesn't have a swimming area for those with older kids. It's the highest point in Arkansas. We went in June and the temperature up on the mountain was about 8 degrees cooler than the valley below. There is a restaurant at the Lodge near the campgrounds and I recall the food being reasonable but nothing special. For activities outside the campground you're probably looking at a 20 - 30 minute drive to get to anything. Our camp site was the last site on the loop so we had nothing but nature in front of us when we stepped outside our camper. Absolutely beautiful!
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We stayed at Ouachita State Park. Beautiful clear lake but man we had some chigger issues. They were a pain. Literally.
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We stayed at Ouachita State Park. Beautiful clear lake but man we had some chigger issues. They were a pain. Literally.
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We spent a month in Arkansas in 2014. We prefer state parks and COE campgrounds. I found the parks impressive. Clean and well cared for. Petit Jean was one of the prettiest ones for sure. Just go, you won't be disappointed.
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Bull Shoals White River SP is also great. Right beside White River which offers great trout fishing.
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Lots of great areas in AR. We are planning to go to Petit Jean SP this summer after numerous recommendations of how great the rivers, lakes and waterfalls are in that area. Crater of diamonds SP you can hunt for diamonds. I love greers ferry lake at Heber Springs, beautiful clear water. Good Luck!
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We are planning on heading up to Arkansas around May 15th (depending on work schedule) this will be a state we have driven through but never stayed at...I would greatly appreciate/love to hear of some of the places everyone has stayed.

Little background of what we like to do: our little boy will be 8 months old so we prefer the easy nature walks so we can introduce him to the great outdoors without any backpacking or mountain biking that needs to be done. My wife and I also love to tour different wine vineyards (major reason she wants to go there)

If anyone has good infant kid friendly suggestions we are all ears.

Thank you in advance and sorry for the drawn out post.


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Depends on what part of Arkansas you visit, Hot Springs, you can North to Mt. Magazine, or Petit Jean mountain, Fort Smith, Northwest Arkansas, then east to Eureka Springs, since you'll be close you can go north on 65 to Branson.
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