Category Archives: Attractions

Buffalo National River

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Photo by Tim Ernst.

Located on Goldwing and Jasper.

The Buffalo National River was named America’s First National River in 1972. One of the few remaining undammed rivers in the nation, it flows freely for 135 miles through the painted bluffs of the Ozark Mountains. A place loved by many including Dr. Neil Compton who was instrumental in saving the river and Thomas Hart Benton, famous for his paintings of American rural landscapes, small towns and everyday people.

Ride through Boxley Valley. Hear Elk bugle in the fields of historic Boxley Valley on Highway 43. Eastern Elk were native to Arkansas prior to the 1800’s. In 1981, elk were reintroduced into the Buffalo River area and today more than 400 elk make their home in the Boxley Valley. A visit to the Elk Education Center offers educational and interpretive programs about elk, black bear and other wildlife near the Buffalo River.

Ride to Lost Valley. One of the most popular sites along the Buffalo National River, Lost Valley is a magical trail that leads to several waterfalls. Eden Falls is a level, one mile hike along Clark Creek through stands of American beech and towering cliffs. The last half mile of the trail makes a steep climb to the mouth of a cave. With a flashlight, a tight 200 foot trek leads to a 35 foot waterfall inside the cave. Located on Highway 43.

Don’t miss Tyler Bend. Tyler Bend is the main visitors center for the Buffalo National River. Located on Highway 65. .

Mulberry River

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Located on PigTrail.

A class II/III river is one of the most scenic rivers in Arkansas and was recognized as a National Wild and Scenic River in 1992. Winding through the Ozark National Forest, the Mulberry River features narrow canyons, tall bluffs, pristine woodlands and one of the state’s largest concentrations of black bear. Wolf Pen is the primary access point to the Mulberry River and has toilets and picnic sites. Located on Highway 23

Roaring River State Park

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Photo by Tommy Hornbeck.

Located on Hwy103.

One of the nation’s premier trout fisheries, Roaring River Missouri State Park features fishing, hiking and more. The park is home to more than 600 species of plants, many of which are found nowhere else in the state. Roaring River Spring gushes 20 million gallons of water daily and the 1930’s CCC facilities are a historical asset to this natural park. Located on Highway F in Cassville, Missouri.

Thorncrown Chapel

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Located on Hwy103.

Inspired by the Sainte Chappelle, a light filled gothic chapel in Paris, Thorncrown Chapel was designed by the world famous architect E. Fay Jones who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright. Thorncrown Chapel is #4 of the Architectural Institute of America’s Top Ten Architectural Features of the Twentieth Century. Located on Highway 62 in Eureka Springs.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Located on Hwy103.

One of the Top Ten Destinations in the State of Arkansas, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to 100’s of big cats. Tour the refuge and see tigers, lions, leopards, cougars and more everyday 9am-5pm. Learn about the plight of abandoned, abused and neglected big cats in the United States and Turpentine Creek’s mission to care for them. Located on Highway 23 in Eureka Springs.

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Little Golden Gate Bridge

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Located on BeaverTownBridge.

Built in 1949, the picturesque yellow bridge crosses the White River at the Town of Beaver on Highway 187. This historic crossing was first recorded in 1847 and was crossed by General Sterling Price following the Battle of Pea Ridge during the Civil War in 1862. It has appeared in the movie Elizabethtown and the TV mini-series The Blue and the Grey. The wooden plank bridge accommodates only one lane of traffic and is the last remaining suspension bridge of its kind in Arkansas. Located on Highway 187.