State Park near Paragould. Drive south to
Helena-West Helena where the Delta Cultural
Center houses interactive exhibits on the
region’s blues and gospel heritage. Continue
south to Dumas to visit the Desha County
Museum where 10 buildings re-create a typical south Arkansas farming community. In
Lake Village, the Lakeport Project is located
in the last remaining antebellum home on the
Mississippi River in Arkansas.
➌ The Timberlands Region is a haven for hunters and anglers. Top-flight fishing can be found at
Millwood State Park in Ashdown and Felsenthal
National Wildlife Refuge in Crossett.
History buffs must make time for Smackover’s
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources,
which documents the 1920s oil boom; the
McCollum-Chidester House in Camden,
which served as a Civil War headquarters
during the Red River Campaign; and former President Bill Clinton’s childhood home
in Hope. El Dorado’s historic town square
offers excellent shopping and dining.
➍ Fishing, boating and water-sports enthusiasts, the Ouachitas Region is for you. Take
your pick from five sparkling lakes — Lake
Ouachita, Lake Hamilton, Lake Greeson,
Lake Catherine and DeGray Lake — known
as the Diamond Lakes. Located on Lake
Hamilton is Garvan Woodland Gardens, a
210-acre botanical garden featuring a nationally ranked Japanese garden, waterfalls,
stone bridges and hundreds of thousands
of colorful plantings. Known as America’s
First Resort, Hot Springs National Park is
home to historic Bathhouse Row. Other
unique attractions in Hot Springs include
Oaklawn Park, a world-class thoroughbred
racing and gaming facility; Magic Springs
and Crystal Falls, the state’s only theme
park and water park; and The Gangster
Museum of America where visitors can learn
about notorious mobsters and their Spa City
exploits. DeGray Lake Resort State Park in
Arkadelphia is a luxury resort with a 96-
room lakeside lodge, a convention center, a
restaurant, a marina, an 18-hole championship golf course, riding stables and more.
➎ The River Valley Region is home to three
of the state’s highest peaks — Mount Maga-
zine, Mount Nebo and Petit Jean Mountain.
Plan your River Valley adventures around
a tour of Arkansas Wine Country where
you’ll find Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards
and Winery, Mount Bethel Winery, Post
Familie Vineyards and Winery and Wie-derkehr Wine Cellers in and around Altus.
Don’t miss the historic Wine Museum at
Cowie Wine Cellars in nearby Paris. This
region is also home to the historic Old West
town of Fort Smith. Tour the Fort Smith
National Historic Site, featuring two frontier forts, “Hangin’ Judge” Isaac C. Parker’s
courtroom, the “Hell on the Border” jail
and a re-creation of the 1886 gallows.
➏ The Ozarks Region boasts some of
the most breathtaking views in the state.
Towering bluffs loom over the Buffalo
National River where fishing and float-
ing adventures are in high demand. For
a scenic excursion through the Ozark
Mountains, board the Eureka Springs and
North Arkansas Railway. Eureka Springs
is a charming mountain town that’s known
for unique shopping and dining. While in
Eureka Springs, experience The New
Great Passion Play, an epic drama depicting Jesus’ last days on earth, His death
and resurrection. Explore what lies below at Berryville’s Cosmic Caverns, the
site of the Ozarks’ largest underground
lake. Fayetteville is home to the 86-acre
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, featuring
nine themed gardens, a greenhouse and
horticulture center. The Clinton House
Museum is located at 930 California Dr.
The 1930s bungalow, the first home of Bill
and Hillary Clinton, now serves as a museum showcasing their years in Fayetteville.
Located on Dickson Street, the Walton Arts
Center is Fayetteville’s premier arts and entertainment venue for music and theater as
well as gallery exhibits and arts education.
During the spring and summer months,
take in a minor league baseball game at
Springdale’s Arvest Ballpark, home of the
Northwest Arkansas Naturals. STS
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