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Old 09-09-2015, 04:53 PM   #31
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We lived in Little Rock for 10 years, have kids in LR and Bentonville that we visit regularly (next month, in fact). Some suggestions for you:

1. Petit Jean park is a must. Spend an entire day if possible. Kids? Check out the Bear Cave and a Turtle Rocks. Nice trails, beautiful! Don't miss Petit Jean's gravesite and overlook.
2. If kids, there's a great hands on museum in Hot Springs. Forget the name, Discovery maybe?
3. Around Mt. Magazine, we always liked Cove Lake. Small and very quiet.
4. When you go to Branson, detour a bit and eat at Lamberts - Home of the Throwed Rolls. You will not regret it!
5. A little south and west of Bentonville you'll find a safari park at Gentry, AR. Best we've ever been to. Take the grandkids every time we visit. Fantastic!
6. History museum just across the line in OK. Harbor Village Museum in Grove, OK. Nice and lots of neat, old stuff. Not a typical museum but has around 100 display areas.
7. If in Bentonville on a Saturday, check out the farmers market in the square.
8. Art museum is nice, also tour the Peel Mansion, Rogers History Museum and the Lowell Museum.
9. Several civil war battlegrounds, including Pea Ridge. Driving tours are very nice at those.
If you need other campsites on your trip, check out CoE's Maumelle Park at Little Rock. Right on the river, very quiet and clean. No sewer at the sites but really nice. In Bentonville, we stay at The Creeks in Cave Springs, just outside of town. Small but nice. No bath houses there, though, so you're stuck with your own showers.

Have fun. You picked the right time of year to visit there. Summers are beyond brutal in AR (and we live in FL now!). Stay safe.
Petite Jean was susposed to be buried there she had disquiet herself as a man and worked as a oars man on a French longboat. I believe if not mistaken the French called Little Rock "LA Petite Rouche" which was a french trading post.
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Old 09-10-2015, 12:28 PM   #32
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We are heading here 2nd & 3rd week of October too. This is very helpful! Thanks!
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Old 09-10-2015, 12:45 PM   #33
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We are heading here 2nd & 3rd week of October too. This is very helpful! Thanks!
You will love it. Many sites to see!
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Myrtle: Correct. Jean is supposedly buried at the gravesite. Disguised herself as a boy to follow her fiancé to the new world. Was discovered when she fell ill and died. And yes, that was Little Rock. I believe downtown right around the railroad bridge over the river you can still see the little rock that marked the town for folks on the river.
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If you do make it to Mountain View, they still have a family run drive in theater. Louisiana hasn't had an operational drive in for many years. I took my daughter up there so she could experience one.

Its called the Stone drive in theater. They may still be in season in October.

http://www.stonedrivein.net/
Wow. Been to mountain view many times and never knew about the drive in.
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:10 PM   #36
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We lived in Little Rock for 10 years, have kids in LR and Bentonville that we visit regularly (next month, in fact). Some suggestions for you:


2. If kids, there's a great hands on museum in Hot Springs. Forget the name, Discovery maybe?
I think it's called Mid-America Museum.😀
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Old 09-10-2015, 09:17 PM   #37
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I think it's called Mid-America Museum.��
It is. It's west of town. Take US270W then right on AR227N (Mountain Pine road). In about a mile of so turn right at the light. Mid-America Park is just past National Park Community College.
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:41 AM   #38
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All good suggestions on places to visit in Arkansas. Take some advice on a couple day trips from an Arkansas motorcyclist that travels the Ozarks almost every weekend. If you are staying at Fort Smith State Park then you cannot miss Oark, Arkansas which boasts the longest continuously operating business in Arkansas. The Oark general store is a great destination place with great food and atmosphere. They may have the best pies you will ever eat. Between Fort Smith and Branson is the Buffalo National River, specifically Boxely Valley near Ponca, Arkansas. In October you are likely to see a herd of Elk along the Buffalo River in Ponca. This is the most beautiful spot in Arkansas (in my opinion). On your way out of the valley stop at Low Gap Cafe between Ponca and Jasper for some French cuisine. An ex dude ranch chef from the area opened this gourmet resturant a couple of years ago, another cannot miss destination.
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Thanks again for all the wonderful suggestions. We leave in a week or so and are getting more excited everyday. We have a "big" trip in the spring and fall. Been all over the southeast and as far west as Las Vegas. Something about this trip has our excitement peaked. Your help is appreciated.
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Need Arkansas travel suggestions.

Let us know what you find and any new recommendations. We head down that way Oct 10th.

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