Arkansas Journals

Arkansas Camping In June

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A travel journal to Arkansas by sasha1

Crater of Diamonds State Park Photo, Murfreesboro, Arkansas More Photos
Quote: It was so hot in Florida that I said "Let's go to the mountains- somewhere we haven't been before!" Arkansas has the Ozarks right? It will be cool there. Let's camp! Well over 100 degrees F. isn't cool but Arkansas sure was!

Eureka Springs- Buy a Trolley Ticket!

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Eureka Springs Transit Trolley Photo, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Your first stop in Eureka Springs should be the trolley depot to purchase your all day pass which will become your best friend when you tire of the steep and uneven hills of Eureka Springs. Regardless of their inarguable charm the streets of this town will give hikers a workout. Prepare for very uneven curbs and sidewalks and inclines. Fair warning.Once again Arkansas took me by surprise with both its history and diversity. If you visit Crystal Bridges, Eureka Springs is a short detour and well worth the trip.The healing waters of Eureka Springs have been valued since Indians inhabited the area and a little Indian princess had her sight restored by the waters of the Basin ...Read More

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Crystal Bridges Museum

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Attraction | "Crystal Bridges Art Museum a 5 Carat Find"

Crystal Bridges Museum Photo, Bentonville, Arkansas
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Mr. Walton- you'd be proud. While we weren't lucky enough to find a diamond at Crater of Diamonds Park at the start of our circuitous Arkansas exploration, we certainly struck it rich in the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville. If you are a serious art lover you'll want to plan on spending more than a day as it will easily take you that long to begin to appreciate the enormous collection the Walton (Wal-Mart) family has on display. The good news is the exceptional quality of the exhibits and surroundings. Even better news is that the Wal-Mart corporation covers the cost of general admission- so with the exception of special shows, food or gift shop purchases you can indulge to your heart's conten...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2012

Crystal Bridges Museum
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
(479) 418-5700

The Station Cafe

Restaurant | "Not "Best Lunch & Freedom Fry in Benton County""

The Station Cafe Photo, Bentonville, Arkansas
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As we walked around Bentonville's quaint town square The Station Cafe caught our eye with the bright awning and welcoming outdoor seating. A banner noted that it won the Reader's Choice Award for the Best Lunch and Best Freedom Fry in Benton County. We went to the ordering counter and got the special which was a hot dog, fries and a drink and went to locate a seat while we waited for our food. The temperature was already edging up to 100 degrees F. so we opted to sit inside as most of the other customers already had. There was a booth right in the front window that would have been perfect for people watching and we headed for it carrying our self-serve drinks and were about to sit down when I re...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 24, 2012

The Station Cafe
111 North Main Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
(501) 273-0553

Wal-Mart Visitor's Center

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Attraction | "Walmart Vs. Town Square Bentonville "

Wal-Mart Visitor's Center Photo, Bentonville, Arkansas
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Sam Walton of Wal-Mart fame has carved a home in Bentonville, Arkansas. Although this isn't truly where his astonishing career began as a mega- entrepreneur, it is his recognizably chosen home base and where you can visit his five and dime store and museum as well as the charming little town that hosts it and the amazing Crystal Bridges Art Center that his family created to display an extraordinary collection of art. I truly like small towns and can't put my finger on why I didn't like Bentonville- but I didn't. It was charming. Friendly folks and a lovely town square but I felt like I'd walked on to a half finished movie set. When I wanted to linger in the store front of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2012

Wal-Mart Visitor's Center
105 North Main Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
(479) 273-1329

Pea Ridge National Military Park

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Attraction | "Soldiers Walked The Trail of Tears at Pea Ridge"

Pea Ridge National Military Park Photo, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Between 1837-1839 sometimes in the dead of winter and always lacking in supplies, 11,000 Cherokees walked in a forced march in their brutal relocation from their homelands to Oklahoma. Many died along this route through Arkansas that came to be known as The Trail of Tears. On two days in March 1862, 26,000 Union and Confederate soldiers paths crossed this same trail as they fought the Battle of Pea Ridge (also known as the Battle of Elkhorn). Many of these soldiers had never been more than 20 miles away from home before the war and like the Cherokees, many would never see their home again. An odd coincidence is this battle was the only major battle of the Civil War in which ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2012

Pea Ridge National Military Park
West Highway 62
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
(479) 451-8122

Fort Smith Museum of History

Attraction | "Hanging Judges and Ice Cream Socials Fort Smith"

Fort Smith Museum of History Photo, Fort Smith, Arkansas
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After you've gotten your head around Miss Laura's Bordello you might want to take a trip a little bit further down the road and visit the museum where Hanging Judge Parker gives Judge Roy Bean a run for...well whatever. When I was at Miss Laura's I got to try a little replica of the multiple hanging gallows. But we moved on to the museum and not only had an opportunity to see the actual courtroom but also a wonderful ice cream parlor that you can still enjoy treats at today. Okay- Fort Smith just left me accepting that there was a whole lot more of Arkansas than I'd ever expected. What I'd though was a little bland fly over of nowhere has floored me with not just history but very raw history.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2012

Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
(479)783-7841

Miss Laura's Social Club/Visitor Center

Attraction | "A Bit of Risqué History at Ms. Laura's Bordello"

Miss Laura's Social Club/Visitor Center Photo, Fort Smith, Arkansas
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It seems that the infamous Belle Starr didn't want her little girl to go down the same road of crime that mama did. So mama was proud when her daughter became a legitimate business woman as a bordello owner. Back then a house of ill-repute was legal in Fort Smith, Arkansas placed on the very edge of the Indian territory and which made it kind of a fast food equivalent stop for frisky cowboys and bad boys. To this day there are those in Fort Smith than would like Miss Laura's to go away with this enticing bit of Arkansas history much less be part of the visitor center experience. This house has been carefully and lovingly restored and we need to give a shout out here to Mildred, who's been offer...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2012

Miss Laura's Social Club/Visitor Center
2 North B Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
(479) 928-5990

Crater of Diamonds State Park Campground

Hotel | "Camping in Crater of Diamonds State Park"

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Wow! No complaints here about feeling like your camping in a parking lot. We not only had room to back in our little Class "C" Rialta (can't beat them) but also set up our huge screen room, and enjoy the provided picnic table, fire ring and grill. The sites are terraced to provide even more of a spacious feel. The only negative I'd note is that because of the large number of primitive campsites the restroom/bath facilities were surprisingly sparse. Still, a sky full of stars and towering trees. Great big sites to stretch out and relax and always helpful rangers. For a top rate of $28.00 (US) you'll hear no complaints from us. A trail from the campground goes to the visitor center/mine/restaur...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2012

Crater of Diamonds State Park Campground
209 State Park Road
Murfreesboro, AR 71958
(870) 285-3113

Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Attraction | "Mining for Diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park"

Crater of Diamonds State Park Photo, Murfreesboro, Arkansas
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Crater of Diamonds State Park is on the west border of Arkansas just outside of the tiny town of Murfreesboro (not to be confused with the town of the same name in nearby Tennessee) . We arrived late in the afternoon, set up camp and looked forward to our next day's mining experience. Crater of Diamonds was originally an active volcano. The mine was purchased by the state in 1972 and is the only one in the world where the public can dry or wet mine for diamonds. Entrance fees are more than reasonable, $11. adult $7. child (US) for the day. Rental equipment ranges from $2.50 up or you can bring your own buckets, shovels, screens, etc. Staff will identify stones and you keep your finds. Although w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2012

Crater of Diamonds State Park
209 State Park Road
Murfreesboro 71958
(870) 285-3113