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Centerville - Best place to eat a cheesburger

Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area. (2)

DeGray Lake Resort State Park                 (2)

Devils Den                                           (8)

Hot Springs National Park                         (1)

Lake Catherine State Park                       (2)

Lake Dardanelle State Park                     (2)

Lake Ft. Smith                                      (5)

Lake Wedington                                    (1)

Mount Magazine State Park                    (5)

Mount Nebo State Park                          (4)

Nimrod Lake/Dam                                   (5)

Petit Jean State Park                              (8)

Quachita State Park                              (1)

Quachita Lake Vista overlook                   (1)

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Centerville - best place to eat a cheeseburger.

On Hwy 7, south of Russellville, on the southeast corner of Hwy 7 and Hwy 154 is a small convenience store called "Pure" or "Deli".
Make sure "Ann" only cooks your burgers.
The burgers were so fresh tasting.
They don't overcook them like the chain burger places do.
A young, cute, short, dark haired girl that worked there said when she wants a burger, she only has Ann cook them. 
We had a large order of spicy fries and Marilyn and I together could not eat all the fries.

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Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area.

I don't know the name of the other adjacent area (we did not go there).

Generally located: Arkansas near SE Okla.

Best known for it's: River area and well developed natural area and 4 large wooden bridges.

Phone:

Date stayed: 11-17-08 - we stayed at the Natural Area - day use only area.

Directions: East of Beaver's Bend (in Broken Bow) Ok. In Arkansas. Located on Hwy 246.

Size of park: very small

RV Camping: no

Cost of RV spots: none

Showers and restrooms: one small waterless bathroom

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: none.

Cabins: none

Length of trails: 1 very rocky trail. We could not walk it due to the trees and rocks.

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park: a small river runs thru it.

Sites to see outside the park: None

Pros: most beautiful small park we have seen. Alot of asphalt and concrete.

Cons: none

Fishing: none

Date built: 2008.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info:

4 large elaborate wooden bridges take you under the main road (hwy 246) to all 4 sides of the river and bridges.

The park head quarters is 12 miles away on Hwy 278. A dirt road connects the 2 areas.



Nearest cities: ?

Dogs we took: Buddy, Sache, Gap.

Website:

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DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Generally located: South of Hot Springs on Hwy 7.

Best known for it's: standard resort features, nice lodge, golf course, horse riding, marina. Nice direction signs.

Phone:

Date stayed: 11-4-11 - just passed thru.

Directions: South of Hot Springs on Hwy 7

Size of park: large

RV Camping: yes. There were too many pine trees, difficult to back into spots without hitting one. I didn't see any spots we could back our 32' long RV in without hitting one.

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: None.

Cabins:

Length of trails: 5 trails. All 1 mile long. All start at one of the main areas - Lodge, Park office, RV area, Marina, amphitheater. We walked 2 trails.

Animals to see:

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros:

Cons:

Fishing:

Date built:

Dogs we took: none

Other info: Had internet connection.

Nearest cities:

Website:

 

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Devils Den

Best known for it's: Trails, lots of tall trees (an Ozark hardwood forest - mostly hickory and oak), Lee Creek, high bluffs, 2 small waterfalls, very beautiful park, largest crevice area in the USA, caves.

Phone: 479-761-3325

Date stayed: 10-29-06

Directions: From Tulsa, take Hwy 412 to Springdale (100 miles) then go south on I-540 about 30 miles to the first Hwy 170 exit.

Size of park: 2500 acres

RV Camping: Premium hookups - $26 night in camp area E (site #54 is where we stayed and there is a path to the creek behind the site). RV spots are somewhat spread out.

Showers and restrooms: Nice bathrooms. Well heated. 2 showers and 2 sinks per bathroom.

Cabins: Very large and spread out from each other. By the park office.

Length of trails: 8 trails. 5 are under 1 1/2 miles. 1 trail is 3 miles.

Yellow Rock trail - very rocky. Takes you up a plateau. 2 great overlook areas to see. 3 mile trail. 2 parking areas. Difficult trail. Federally recognized trail !.

Devil Den's trail - where most of the crevices and caves are( Federally recognized trail also). 1 1/2 miles long. Lots of up and down hiking. Very difficult.

Woody Plant trail - a short trail - 1/4 mile long - that runs inside of camp area E.

Lake Trail - 1/2 mile long. Starts at camp area E and runs along Lee Creek.

Fossil Flats Mountain Bike trail - several trails within this area. Runs by Lee Creek but mostly you are in the woods and nothing to see but lots of trees.

Butterfield trail - 15 miles.

Animals to see: squirrels, deer, bats.

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park: On Hwy 170 going south out of the park is a beautiful vista overlook.

Pros: Wide creek -"Lee Creek" -  runs thru the park. Very clean. We did not see any trash on the trails. No fishing, boating, swimming in the creek, no lake.

Cons: Lots of leaves which means ticks in the spring and summer.

Fishing: None

Date built: 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info: We went on 10-29 (all sites were reserved and we got the last one) and that was the peak time to see the leaves turn. A visitor told us they had been to Vermont during the fall and Devil Den was as beautiful as Vermont. Devil's Den is in the Boston mountains (which are not really mountains but an eroded plateau - the Ozark mountains are actually 3 eroded plateaus).
All sites are reserved only.

Nearest cities: Fayetteville - about 32 miles to the north.

Website: ArkansasStateParks.com

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Hot Springs National Park

Inside Hot Springs.

The RV area at Gulpha area had 50 spots but no showers. Spots are close together.

Has an aquarium and nice overlooks on top and around the mountain.

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Lake Catherine State Park

Generally located: 15 - 20 miles south east of Hot Springs on hwy 240.

Best known for it's: Marina and boat launch, 15 - 20  miles from Hot Springs.

Phone:

Date stayed: 11-5-11 - we just passed thru for 90 minutes.

Directions: from Hot Springs go south on Hwy 7 to Hwy 240, then go east 15 miles.

Size of park: small - 2000 acres.

RV Camping: best spots I have every seen. Spots have nice heavy guard rails.

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: none

Cabins: none

Length of trails: one trailhead and 3 trails. One trail is 2 miles long. A 2nd trail is 3 miles long. The 3rd trail is 4 miles long. All trails are nicely marked. We walked the 2 mile trail.

Lots of big rocks on the trails however.

Animals to see: none

Sites to see inside the park: nice visitor center.

Sites to see outside the park: Hot Springs

Pros: trees everywhere, very beautiful park to be in when the leaves turn. Had internet and phone service (being close to Hot springs).

Cons: nothing to do at the park. Trails have big rocks on them.

Fishing:

Date built: looks new.

Dogs we took: Gap, Sache, Snowflake.

Other info:

Nearest cities: Hot Springs - 20 miles away.

Website:

 

 

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Lake Dardanelle State Park:

Generally located: Northwestern Arkansas - 2 miles south of Russellville - halfway between Ft. Smith and Little Rock, just south of I-40.

Best known for it's: Large lake and surrounded by the Ouachita mountains on the south and Boston mountains on the north, bass fishing tournaments, nuclear power plant in the middle of the lake, boating.

Phone: 479-967-5516

Date stayed: 11-7-07 - at the Russellville side of the lake (the nicer side).

Directions:
200 miles from Tulsa (or our house).
Take the Muskogee turnpike to I-40, turn east. Exit at Russellville at exit 81. Go 2 blocks south to Hwy 7 south to Hwy 326. Then go 4 miles. The entrance to the Russellville part of the lake is on Hwy 326.

The entrance to the Darndanelle part of the lake is across the lake. Not sure how to get there. We stumbled on it by accident. The Darndanelle part has a smaller marina and smaller RV area.

Size of park: Man-made lake is 34,000 acres and formed by the Arkansas river. 315 miles of shoreline. Park itself is medium-small in size.

RV Camping:
3 areas on the Russellville side. Camp area A, C, D (where we stayed).
1 area on the Dardanelle side. A much smaller area.
Open year round.

Camp A (16 sites) and C (28 sites) are very nice with wood decks on most of them. These are very close together sites.

We stayed at Camp D (9 sites) (cost - $19 per night - check out time is 3:00 PM ) which is across the road from C. Camp D is best if you have dogs. The best site for dogs is site #58 (where we stayed). Site #56, 60, 61, 62, 64 are also good.

Showers and restrooms: The shower and restroom are in camp C - about 700' away from Camp D. They had the best shower we have been to. Showers (2) are very private from each other, great water pressure, real glass mirrors, large lavatory area (2 sinks), heated, 2 entrance doors (screen door behind the main door).

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: None. Park too small.

Cabins: 2 only and very small.

Length of trails: Only 1 trail - Meadowbrook trail. Starts at Camp area D. Short trail (1/2 mile one way). Heavy brush on both sides of the trail. Runs between 2 main roads. You can hear the cars.

Animals to see: None. Park is too developed. Like a small resort park.

Sites to see inside the park: Park visitor center is very nice with freshwater aquariums with fish from the area and many exhibits about the area. Has a live honeybee hive exhibit, turtle touch tank. Great topographical map (about 10' in diameter) of the area with the roads showing also.

Sites to see outside the park: Other parks.

Pros: Overly developed (we don't like it but most people would). Very beautiful park. Very clean. Lots of paved roads. Landscaped well. Beautiful view of the mountains against the lake.

Cons:
No animals to see. 
Area "D" is not listed on the park signs, only area A and C. However, D is on the way to A and C (this was a big problem because we got there at night and could only see the road signs and no sign mentions the "D" area which is where we were staying).

Fishing: Yes

Date built: 1968.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:
Closest one is at Sweeden Island Park off Hwy 7 in Dardanelle. Closed for the winter (was closed when we went by - made Marilyn mad - 11 mile drive to get to it. The sign did not notate it was as Corp place).

Other info:
Huge parking area for fishing boats when you first come in.
Most beautiful small park we have seen. Looks like a large city park since the park is inside the city.
Lots of expensive homes on Hwy 326 (when you come out of the park is Hwy 326).

Nearest cities:
Russellville - population 23,000,
Dardanelle - population - 5,000.
To get to Russellville, go back towards I-40, about 3 miles until you get to Hwy 64 which is Main Street of Russellville. Turn right. This road has every business in Russellville on it including 4 grocery stores (Harps, Freds, Kroger, Walmart ).
 

Website:

Email: lakedardanelle@arkansas.com

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 Lake Ft. Smith

Generally located: far west central Arkansas

Best known for it's: New park design, beautiful overlook of the lake. Prettiest park I have ever seen.

Phone:

Date stayed: 11-12-11

Directions: 140 miles from Broken Arrow. Take Muskogee turnpike to I-40, go east to I-540 and then go north. Take exit #29, turn right to hwy 71, then go north and follow the signs.

Size of park: Medium

RV Camping: 30 spots. We stay at spot#29 - in the upper area , the furthest spot from any other spot, there were no spots to our west. We were also about 600' from the bathrooms. Spots are all far apart from each other with no pine trees to back around!.

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms: The bathroom was new but old style. Showers were inside with the 2 toilets and 2 lavatories with real glass mirrors. Showers were push button type and not adjustable heads. Lavatory faucets were push button. Shower did have it's own door and dressing area.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: There was a trail that leads around the camp that we let the dogs run without leashed.

Cabins: none

Length of trails: The trail around the park is about 3/4 miles

Animals to see: None

Sites to see inside the park: Very nice visitor center.

Sites to see outside the park: White Rock Mountain - great overlook area. Great view of the leaves changing. We drove 5 miles on a rough rocky road - no faster than 15 mile an hour tops.

There are 3 roads up to White Rock and the road we took was closed due to the road being washed out. We had to walk 3.5 miles one way to get to the top of the mountain where White Rock was. We averaged walking 2 miles an hour.

Pros: Nicely laid out park with new roads and nice day use area.

Cons: None

Fishing:

Date built: 2008

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Dogs we took: Gap, Sache, Snowflake.

Other info: For dinner we recommend La Fiesta mexican restaurant in Alma on Hwy 71 and I-40.
The old park is under water now when they combined the old lake with a reservoir to make for more water available for Ft. Smith. 
We had lunch at a huge Catfish restaurant in Alma that had some unusual "fixins" as appetizers - I did not care for the fixins. Was a little expensive. The catfish was very good.

Nearest cities: Alma - 15 miles south - lots of restaurants and a Walmart.

Website:

 

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Lake Wedington

Generally located: Between Springdale and Fayetteville about 15 miles west. Located in the Ozark National Forest.

Best known for it's: Lake.

Phone:

Date stayed: 1-17-08 just visited for 2 minutes.

Directions: From Tulsa, take Hwy 412 east. Go just past Siloam Springs then exit on Hwy 16 and go south. Located in the Ozark National Forest, about halfway between Siloam Springs and Fayetteville.

Size of park: Very small.

RV Camping: No.

Showers and restrooms: ?

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: No dogs allowed.

Cabins: No.

Length of trails:

Animals to see:

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros: Tent camping only.

Cons: No dogs allowed.

Fishing:

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info:

Nearest cities: Savoy, Wedington.

Website:

 

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Mount Magazine State Park

Generally located: North west and central Arkansas.

Best known for it's:
Magnificent vistas of broad river valleys, deep hollows and distant mountains, highest point in Arkansas (2,753' above sea level). Cooler temperature (10-15 degrees cooler) made it a vacation spot during the summer, walking trails.

Phone: 479-963-8502

Date stayed: 11-7-07

Directions: On Hwy 309, 16 miles south of Paris or 10 miles north of Havana.

Size of park: 2,234 acres

RV Camping:
Cameron Bluff Campground - Brand new - built 2006. 18 sites all with full hookups (water, sewer, elec). Still developing the area. Site are spread out alittle. Make sure your car can pull your trailer up the mountain.

Showers and restrooms: yes. Heated.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes:

Cabins: 13.

Also - 60 room lodge - very nice lodge - with a restaurant, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, game room, high-speed internet access.

Length of trails:
14 miles total. Trails not well marked.
(1) Will Apple Road - 1.6 miles (one way). Starts at the visitor center. very easy trail. Takes you to the horse camp.
(2) Bear Hollow trail - 2.8 miles - starts at the end of Will Apple road. difficult trail. up and down the mountain.
(3) Benefield trail - 1.1 miles
(4) Mossback Ridge trail - We lost Buddy and Gap here for 5 minutes. Then they just showed up.
(5) North Rim trail - very, very steep trail and leaves cover the trail. Nice overlook at Dill point.
(6) Cove lake trail
(7) High point trail - (.4 miles) Highest point in Arkansas. No view, however.

Note - we let the dogs run free on the trails. We did not meet anyone.

2nd note - we walked 7 miles total at one time( Will Apple to Bear Hollow to Benefield to Mossback). Not sure if Marilyn or I could walk that far, up and down the mountain, not knowing where or what the trail was. It was too much for Kelly. Never again. (Huge argument after Will Apple whether to go on or not. Going on meant a 7 mile commitment which we did).

Animals to see: We didn't see any

Sites to see inside the park: none

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros: Best overlooks of all the mountains (so far). New asphalt roads.

Cons: No view at the highest point.

Fishing: no.

Date built:
In the 1930's, campgrounds, trails, cabins were built by the WPA (works progress admin. ).

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info:
The mountain was once home to farms, home sites and resorts but little remain of them.
Settlers and vacationers began using the mountain in the 1870's due to its cooler temperature.
Road up the mountain is winding.
We lost Buddy and Gap on the Mossback ridge trail for 5 minutes (a long 5 minutes).

Nearest cities:
Havana - 10 miles south
Paris - 16 miles north.

Website: mountainstateparks.com

Email: mountmagazine@arkansas.com

 

 

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Mount Nebo State Park

Generally located:
Northwestern central Arkansas - halfway between Ft. Smith and Little Rock, just south of I-40.

Best known for it's:
Breathtaking scenery from it's mountain top view (1,350 ft above the valleys) of Lake Dardanelle, the Arkansas river and the surrounding mountain ridges, walking trails. Sunset point (during sundown) and Sunrise point (in the morning) provide a great view. Lots of pine and maple trees on the mountain. Beautiful park. Cooler temperature (10-15 degrees cooler) made it a vacation spot during the summer.

Phone: 479-229-3655
(for cabins only - 800-264-2458

Date stayed: 11-8-07

Directions: Only 1 way up the mountain, on the east side, Hwy 155.
From I-40, Exit 81, take Hwy 7 south through the city of Russellville to Darndanelle, turn right onto Hwy 22 west, then left on Hwy 155 south up the mountain.

Size of park: small.

RV Camping: No trailers over 24' allowed up the mountain. 25 sites. All with water and electricity. Open year round. No dump station. Must go to Lake Dardanelle. The bath house is open from April to Nov.

Showers and restrooms: ?

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: yes, if the trails are not occupied. When we were there, we saw few people on the trails and we let the dogs run free.

Cabins: 10 rustic and 5 modern. All have great overlook views. No pets in the cabins. Cabins are very nice and roomy. Cabins are spread out from each other and go around the rim of the mountain.

Length of trails:
7 trails - 14 miles total.
(1) Bench trail - we walked this. 3/4 way up the mountain. Very wide trail. Easy to walk it. (used to be a maintenance road). (we lost Shoney here for 20 minutes!).
(2) Rim trail - 4 1/2 miles. We walked some of this. Great overlook views.

Animals to see: we did not see any.

Sites to see inside the park: None. Small park.

Sites to see outside the park: None

Pros:

Cons: No place to walk the dogs if people are on the trails due to the small park.

Fishing: None.

Date built: 1927 was designated a state park.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:
Closest one is at Sweeden Island Park off Hwy 7 in Dardanelle. Closed for the winter (was closed when we went by - made Marilyn mad - 11 mile drive to get to it. The sign did not notate it was as Corp place).

Other info:
Mt. Nebo is biblically named.
In the 1890's, a resort hotel was built on top of the mountain to house steamboat passengers on the Arkansas river. A favorite vacation spot due to it's cooler temperature during the summer.
The majority of the area was built by the CCC (civilian conservation corps).
Numerous private homes are inside the park (very unusual ).
The most zig zag road we have every been on. Marilyn got sick on the way down. Most steep road we have been on also. They caution to turn off the A/C on your car to prevent overheating.
You can rent mountain bikes at the park office.
Lots of nice paved roads.
We lost Shoney for 20 minutes on the Bench trail ! We leashed up Buddy (Shoney was in sight), walked 10' and looked for her and couldn't find her anywhere. She just showed up on the trail.

Nearest cities:
Russellville - population 23,000,
Dardanelle - population - 5,000.

Website:

Email: mountnebo@arkansas.com

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Nimrod Lake and Dam

Located on Hwy 7 about 15-20 miles south of Russellville.

A corp of engineer area.

No RV areas.

Very nice area to walk the dogs on the far side across the dam you walk on and over. Not a large area but has some interesting walking areas. There were these large cages you can walk around. You walk down this steep hill to bottom of the dam area.

There is an official trail near the cages but it was too neglected and over grown to walk it.

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Petit Jean State Park

Generally located: Northwest Central Arkansas

Best known for it's: Overlooks and trails

Phone: 501-727-5441 - this is the direct line to the park. It is better to call the park directly then to go thru the state reservation service.

Date stayed: 9-21-11

Directions: 235 miles from Tulsa. Take the Muskogee turnpike to I-40 and go East. Exit at Morrilton, exit 108. Then go south on Hwy 9 straight south to Hwy 154 and turn right. Go 12 miles. The park in on Hwy 154. (25 miles from I-40 to the park).

Size of park: Huge.

RV Camping: we stayed in campground D in spot# 99. Spots are all short and narrow. Lots of pine trees to dodge. This D area is in the older part of the park and the asphalt spots were not level.

Spot # 105 is a pull thru in campground D that we would stay at if we went back but it is a long way from the bathroom.

Campground A was newly renovated - lots of drive thrus. 

Cost of RV spots: $18 night

Showers and restrooms: 2 lavatories, 2 showers, 2 toilets. Not heated well. Old style bathrooms (ie - all are in one big room).

2 problems with the bathrooms - (1) showers are small and you cannot adjust the water spray. (2) lavatory faucets have too much pressure and are push button, one faucet for cold and a separate faucet for hot. You cannot combine them to get warm water, you get either hot water or cold water.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: none

Cabins: many

Length of trails:
Cedar Falls overlook trail - starts on a 1/4 mile boardwalk (very sturdy constructed ).
7 Hollow trail - 4.5 miles long. Marilyn walked it in a fast 2 hours. Lots of big rocks and tree roots on trail. Kelly could not walk it with his sprained ankle. Up and down the mountain.

Animals to see:

Sites to see inside the park: Musuem of automobiles, large swimming pool, 2 tennis courts. Mather Lodge.

Sites to see outside the park:
Petting zoo - the Barnyard Friends petting zoo - only 1 acre in size. You can ride horses on a long trail thru the woods. A pony ride thru the woods cost $17.50 each.

Pros:

Cons: 1 dump station for all 110 spots.

Fishing:

Date built: old park

Dogs we took: Gap, Sache, Snowflake.

Other info: Park is on top of the mountain.
First night I was there I stepped out at night, it was pitch black, and I stepped on an uneven piece of asphalt and fell down and sprained my ankle badly.
I went to Petit Jean because I entered the Arkansas open table tennis tournament but had to cancel.

Marilyn got 3 bars on her internet connection and the cell phones worked (we were on top of the mountain and got good reception).

We ate at the Bonanza in Morrilton (at the corner of Hwy 9 and I-40 then go west). Bonanza made 3 foods we liked - Meat load, fried chicken and chicken noodle soup. The Buffet was $10.

Park does not allow ATVs, golf carts, motorized bicycles, scooters, mini-bikes.

Mt. Nebo and Mt. Magazine are just west of this park - part of the tri-mountain area.

Petit Jean is Arkansas's most visited state park.

Nearest cities: Morrilton - 22 miles away - population - 6,600. They have a Walmart.

Website:

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Quachita Lake Vista overlook

On Hwy 270 about 10 miles east of Mt. Ida (which is west of Hot Springs).
Or 1 mile east of Joplin (which is the entrance to a huge resort area). The "Joplin Store" also has a restaurant in it it.
or 16 miles west of Hot Springs on Hwy 270.
You have to go 4 miles north on a rough rocky road off Hwy 270 to get there.
When you come to the fork in the road, go left (the fork does have any signs showing you where the vista is).

Best vista Marilyn and I have ever seen. Overlooks Quachita Lake. The lake has a lot of islands surrounded by sand. Best to view it around 11-5 when the leaves are changing. Huge parking lot.

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Quachita State Park

Generally located: Central south Arkansas

Best known for it's: lots of pine trees, beautiful natural park. Marina and boat fishing. 14 miles from Hot Springs.

Phone:

Date stayed: 11-4-11

Directions: 258 miles from Broken Arrow - a 5 hour trip. Take the Muskogee turnpike to I-40, go east. Exit at Russellville (exit 81). Go south on Hwy 7. Go to Hwy 192 and go west. Go to Hwy 227, turn right. Park is on hwy 227.

Size of park: small - like a large corp of engineer camp. This is a national park.

RV Camping: have 4 RV areas  - A,B,C and D. We stayed at D (had only 12 spots) in spot #94 which overlooks the marina - a beautiful sight to see at sundown . Behind our spot, down the hill along the shoreline we could let the dogs use the bathroom. Spot# 94 is about 500' from the bathroom. Spots are all close together. Spot C was next to our spot and it had about 12 spots. Area B was closed off due to a tornado. Spot D and C share the same bathroom.

Area A is the most popular area with about 50 spots, all close together with all asphalt pads about 60' long (very long pads).

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms: Area D and C share the same bathroom. Real glass mirrors and very nice. 2 lavatories, 2 showers with doors, heated bathroom.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: none.

Cabins: 8 very nice ones with asphalt roads, concrete curbs.

Length of trails: None. We did walk on the main road to the 3 sisters.

Animals to see: none

Sites to see inside the park: 3 Sisters Spring - an old closed down small lodge with 3 running mineral springs coming out of 3 metal pipes. 80 years ago it was advertised as being able to heal the sick and people from all over the USA would come and stay at the lodge to get healed. Hot Springs started the "mineral springs will heal you" hoax that built Hot Springs and other mineral springs areas.

Nice visitor center with ice, refrigerated foods, supplies. Open 8:00 to 5:00, 7 days a week.

The turning trees were beautiful to see, the park is all trees and were at their peak colors when we were there.

Sites to see outside the park: Hot Springs and trails.

Pros:

Cons: No phone service - too many mountains. No internet service either. No wi-fi either.

Fishing:

Date built:

Dogs we took: Gap, Sache, Snowflake.

Other info: This is a national park.

Quachita National Forest visitor center on Hwy 7 - not open on the weekends.

We ate at Perkins on Hwy 7.

Nearest cities: Hot Springs - 14 miles south - population 35,000 - a lot of businesses for a town this size. Fascinating town with it's old and new businesses mixed together. Lots of retired people in Hot Springs. Hwy 7 has most of the businesses on it.

Mountain Pine is the nearest city - 4 miles away -  population 772 and has a very small grocery store called "Betty's" - open to 7:00 PM - one old man runs it, and no gas station.

Website: arkansasstateparks.com

 

 

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