This region of Arkansas is known as the "Timberlands" part of Arkansas or
"West Gulf Costal Plains". There are many interesting State Parks and
Museums in this area. You'll find:
Beaver Lake State Park
is in its initial development. The park is within the Hobbs State
Management Area (HSMA) that covers 11,750 acres along the southern shore of
Beaver Lake. The state park currently offers interpretive programs and
undeveloped access to the 28,000-acre lake.
State Park - In the scenic Ozark Mountains, you'll find one of the
nation's finest fishing and boating combinations; the White River and
Bull Shoals Lake.
State Park is an enchanting park nestled in a picturesque Ozark
Valley. Selected as a park site in the 1930s, Lee Creek Valley
provided the materials for the Civilian Conservation Corps to build the
park's rustic-style wood and stone structures. The mountain stream
forms a peaceful eight-acre lake before cascading over a magnificent native
stone dam. Hiking, backpacking and mountain biking trails lead to
backcountry areas where you can explore caves, crevices and bluff overlooks.
Lake Charles State
Park - Anglers and nature lovers will enjoy this park on the shore of Lake
Charles, 645 acres of spring-fed waters in the Ozark foothills. The
lake offers good catches of bass, crappie, bream and catfish. The park
features 60 campsites (Class A including Preferred sites), and within
walking distance are picnic sites, hiking trails, a standard pavilion
(screened with ceiling fans), launch ramp, swim beach and playground.
Lake Ft Smith State
Park - Plans are for the new Lake Forth Smith State Park to open in 2004.
Facilities will include campsites, group lodging, picnic sites, trails, a
visitor center, pavilion, pool and marina. For updates on the progress
of the new facilities, please contact the park.
Mammoth Springs -
Arkansas's largest spring and a National Natural Landmark, flows nine
million gallons hourly. Forming a 10-acre lake, it then flows south as
the Spring River, a popular trout and float stream. Near the spring,
the 1886 Frisco Depot will take you back to the early 1900s. Just
outside the train station is a Frisco caboose to tour also.
State Park - This park preserves the site of historic Davidsonville.
Established in 1815, the town included the Arkansas Territory's first post
office, courthouse and land office. Bypassed by the Southwest Trail,
an overland route from St. Louis to the border of Mexico, the town faded by
the 1830s. Today, park exhibits and interpretive tours provide
information about this important frontier town.
Ozark Folk Center
- Sample the rich heritage of lie in the Ozark Mountains through music,
crafts, and dance at the Ozark Folk Center. During the Center's
season, artisans demonstrate over 24 homestead skills and crafts in the
Crafts Village, a collection of demonstration shops. Nearby the
comfortable, climate-controlled Music Theater hosts life entertainment at
7:30 p.m. six nights a week, plus Sunday Gospel Concerts during season.
Music is played as it was before 1941 with acoustic instruments.
- In the 1800s, this busy river port on the Black River was the chief
shipping point for a large territory. In 1888 high on a hill
overlooking the busy riverfront, a Victorian courthouse was built from
bricks made on the site.
State Park is recognized nationally as one of America's most intact Civil
War battlefields. The park protects the battle site and interprets the
Battle of Prairie Grove, where on December 7, 1862, the Confederate Army of
the Trans-Mississippi clashed with the Union Army of the Frontier resulting
in about 2,700 casualties in a day of fierce fighting.
Withrow Springs -
Cradled by the bluffs of the War Eagle River in the heart of the Ozark
Mountains, Withrow Springs is a peaceful setting for camping and quiet river
floats. Canoes/shuttle service are available. Enjoy hiking;
swimming; tennis; baseball and softball; the crossbow range; and fishing for
catfish, bream, perch and bass.
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