Explore Devil’s Den State Park

February 15th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Devil’s Den State Park DamDevil’s Den State Park, just 40 minutes south of Fayetteville, AR, is an Arkansas icon with fishing, boating, hiking trails, caves, and one of the best-preserved CCC park developments in the country.

Devil’s Den State Park was created in the 1930’s as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program. The CCC first built the road to Devil’s Den, which later became Arkansas 170. Then they added hiking trails, cabins, offices, and a restaurant. They also built the stone dam across Lee Creek.

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Discover the Museum of Automobiles Atop Petit Jean Mountain

January 30th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

an antique car at Museum of AutomobilesIf you like cars you’ll love the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, AR. This Rockefeller collection turned museum houses over 50 gorgeous, vintage vehicles, dating from 1904 to 1981. The museum also displays antique motorcycles, guns, license plates, arcade machines, auto memorabilia, and more.

Winthrop Rockefeller (1912 – 1973) was a third-generation member of the famous Rockefeller family and 37th Governor of Arkansas, serving from 1967 to 1971. He moved to Central Arkansas in 1953, establishing “Winrock Farms” cattle ranch atop Petit Jean Mountain.

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Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

January 23rd, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo, in Hot Springs, is home to emu, goats, lemers, mountain lions, wolves, turtles, peacocks, and yes: alligators. Why, there’s even a leathery old Merman in residence!

Hot Springs’ Arkansas Alligator Farm is a lively part of America’s roadside tourist attractions and has been for over a century. In fact, the private farm has been raising alligators for exhibition since 1902.

The Farm was started by H.L. Campbell. Campbell was a real Arkansas character. He not only raised alligators but also collected sideshow oddities, shrunken heads and the like, for his roadside museum. His goal, so he said, was to provide Hot Springs with a tourist attraction to accompany the springs. He more than succeeded.

A lot has changed since those early days but the farm still raises alligators – and there is at least one original oddity still on display.

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Pea Ridge National Military Park

December 30th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Pea Ridge National Military ParkTake a trip back in time at Pea Ridge National Military Park, one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields around. The park also preserves a section of the Trail of Tears and includes a museum, a driving tour, hiking trails, and more.

The Battle of Pea Ridge

The Battle of Pea Ridge, also known as the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, was fought on March 7th and 8th, in 1862. The battle was over the control of Missouri, a crucial border state held by the Union.

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Onyx Cave – Arkansas’ Oldest Show Cave

December 20th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Onyx Cave ArkansasCome explore Arkansas’ oldest show cave. Onyx Cave, just outside Eureka Springs, AR has been attracting tourists since 1893!

Arkansas is riddled with naturally occurring caves. They can be found all over the state. Some are big and some are small but all of them are fascinating to those of us who like caves. If you consider yourself a cave lover, you won’t want to miss a chance to explore one of Arkansas’ the oldest show caves, Onyx Cave.

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Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019

November 24th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019The holidays are here and, all across Arkansas, the brightly colored, twinkling lights, creative displays, and classic Christmas tunes are ready. Come follow along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

It seems that almost everyone enjoys colorful Christmas lights – and who can blame them. Can you imagine how dark and dull December nights would be without them? You don’t even have to celebrate Christmas to appreciate the warmth, joy, and good will they express during one of the colder times of the year.

Arkansans are no different than anyone else – we love our holiday decorations, too. In fact, we might even like them a little more than most. That’s the sense one gets, looking at a listing of Arkansas’ public holiday light displays!

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Hot Springs’ Gangster Museum of America

November 15th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Gangster Museum of AmericaStep back in time to the wilder Hot Springs of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s with a visit to The Gangster Museum of America!

Hot Springs, AR is known for its heated springs, historic architecture, diverse art community, hiking, biking, festivals, and more – but gangsters? The concept seems pretty unlikely until you discover that, before there was Las Vegas, there was Hot Springs.

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Stay On Track at the Arkansas Railroad Museum

October 28th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Railroad MuseumThe Arkansas Railroad Museum, in Pine Bluff, AR, is a hands-on museum containing one of the largest collections of historic railroad equipment in the state.

The museum is housed in the shops of the former St. Louis Southwestern (SSW) Railway Cotton Belt Route yard. The museum collection includes an impressive array of rolling stock, railroad memorabilia, and two steam-powered engines, including the last ever built in Arkansas.

In fact, the museum wouldn’t even exist were it not for SSW 819.

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Attend Ozark Folk Festival 2019

October 13th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Ozark Folk Festival 2019The upcoming, Original Ozark Folk Festival is America’s longest, continuously running folk festival. Ozark Folk Festival 2019 marks the beloved tradition’s 72nd anniversary. Come see what all the fuss is about November 6th through the 10th in Eureka Springs, AR!

Eureka Springs’ Ozark Folk Festival has been an autumn tradition since 1948. The festival is a showcase of folk music mountain music in the Ozark tradition, often performed on handcrafted instruments. You’ll also be treated to big name, national acts, like headliners, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Marty Stuart.

This year’s event includes nearly 30 performances, many of which are free!

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See You at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019!

September 23rd, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019Get ready for 9 days of nonstop films, filmmakers, and film lovers at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019! October 18th through the 26th, 2019 in Hot Springs, AR.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019 (HSDFF) marks the 28th annual return of North America’s longest running, non-fiction film festival. Movie Maker Magazine has named it one of “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” and we agree.

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