Subjected to diverse geological and cultural influences because of its mid-America location, Arkansas contains a striking variety of landscapes and regional histories. The Ouachita Mountains are among the rare U.S. Mountains with east-west ridges. The Ouachita Mountains were produced by the folding of sedimentary rocks upward from an ocean some 300 million years ago. Here in the Natural State,
Mother Nature has created a masterpiece of natural beauty decorated
with rivers, lakes and streams, two mountain ranges, three national
forests, plus prairie and delta lands with crops that seem to stretch to
the horizon. Fishermen and hunters revere the waters and woods of the Timberlands. Since
pioneer days, forests have fueled the area’s economy; and the wealth
yielded by oil and natural gas since the 1920s is the regions legacy of
eons spent on an ocean floor. Arkansas has a total of 600,000 acres of lakes, 9,700 miles of streams and rivers, and over 2.6 million acres of national forests. When observing wildlife, elk, bears, deer, alligators, and more than 350 species of migratory birds can routinely be seen. The landscape in spring is colorful with wildflowers among our green mountains and valleys. Summers
are filled with Arkansans and visitors splashing it up at rivers and
lakes or trying out the “natural air conditioning” in one of the tour
caves. Autumn turns leaves to
brilliant hues of red and gold, and the fun continues through winter,
since most of our winters are on the mild side.
Nashville offers several restaurants and lodging establishments while enjoying the local area. The
City is conveniently located and provides easy access to a number of
interesting and entertaining places to visit within a 60 mile radius. Featured below are some of the areas of interest:
Nashville: Our 125
acre City Park has nine ball fields, Two tennis courts, Two Soccer
Fields, a skate park, a Volleyball court, walking trails, picnic areas,
playground, three pavilion's, half-acre pond, RV hook-ups, and an
amphitheater. Festivals and local entertainment are featured regularly. Dinosaur tracks taken from an archeological dig near Nashville are on display.
Howard County Courthouse, Museum, and others are listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. The Elberta Arts Center offers art
exhibits on display several times a year. In
the planning stage is “Art on the Block”, an event where many artists
will be invited to set up, demonstrate art techniques and exhibit their
art work. The Elberta Jamboree is held the last Saturday of each month featuring country, rock, and other varieties of music.
Washington: Step back to frontier times at a 19th
century restoration town. Old Washington Historic State Park is where
names like Bowie, Houston, and Crockett are woven into the fabric of the
park. Tour the Confederate Capitol, Blacksmith Shop, Weapons Museum, period homes and other structures. Sit down to a delicious lunch at the Williams Tavern Restaurant.
back to 1912 when thousands boarded trains at the Old Iron
Mountain/Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot which serves as a showcase of
artifacts of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and has an impressive
collection of photos and memorabilia from the life of William Jefferson
Clinton. You can also trace the history of the 42nd President of the United States at the Clinton Center. Tour the home where Clinton lived from his birth in 1946 to 1950. See portraits, memorabilia, personal effects as well as the “Time Line” of Bill Clinton’s rise to the White Houston.
Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center: located in Columbus, this Arkansas Game and Fish Commission multi-use area includes public fishing lakes, Native American mounds, and several hundred acres of Blackland Prairie and native wildlife. The
Educational Area has two public use buildings, a small fishing pond, a
classroom facility and a walk through sporting clay range.
Murfreesboro: Lake Greeson is a 7,260 acre Corps of Engineers impoundment known for its bass, striped bass, and crappie fishing. Several Corps recreation areas are located around the lake, as is a state park. This is the annual site for the Electrolux Bass Tournament.
Narrows Dam Trout Fishing: Six (6) miles of tailwater trout fishing on scenic Little Missouri River. Excellent for fly fishing in the cooler months. Murfreesboro area.
The Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro: The
only diamond mine in North America that’s open to the public, where you
keep what you find. Over 70,000 diamonds have been taken from the 35
acre volcanic field, including a 40.23 carat gem and a
“one-in-a-billion” perfect diamond found in 1990. Weighing 3.03 carats in the rough, it has been certified as the highest quality attainable by the American Gen Society. The stone is displayed at the state park.
Albert Pike Recreation Center: “The Oldest Swimming Hole” charm is irresistible at this natural pool in the Little Missouri River. Great fishing, camping units, a 6.3 mile hiking trail to the Little Missouri Falls.
Little Missouri Falls: Day-use area has cascading waterfalls, picnic area, and hiking trail. Great for scenic photography. Northwest of Glenwood.
Prescott: The Nevada County Depot Museum displays include Indian artifacts, railroad memorabilia, and Civil War relics. Prairie Deann Battlefield is Civil War battle sites of skirmishes that took place in 1864. White Oak Lake State Park provides excellent fishing, campsites, marina, nature trails, and group pavilion.
Millwood State Park: One of Arkansas’s top bass lakes, also provides camping and recreation at the namesake state park. This area is nationally known as a birding hot spot with over 300 documented species. Millwood Dam is the state’s largest earthen dam.
Dierks Lake: Known for its largemouth bass fishing, plus crappie, catfish and bream fishing. Site of an annual bass tournament.
Cossatot River State Park Natural Area: Eleven (11) miles of one of the most rugged and spectacular river corridors in the central United States. Furnishes challenging canoeing and kayaking plus good fishing for small mouth bass and spotted bass in its more tranquil waters.
Howard County Wildlife Management Area: Good hunting for deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, and quail.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park: Located near Mena on Arkansas’s second highest peak and the Talimena National Scenic Byway.
Mena Depot Center is a local history museum, art gallery featuring works of local artists in a restored train depot.