We have just finished a two week stay in Arkansas. Oh my, what a beautiful state! Our first stop was in the Ozark National Forest at Lake Fort Smith state park. This was a beautiful park tucked in the forest hills in the NW part of the state 30 miles south of Fayetteville. We were only able to stay for four days as the place was booked up for the weekend. We enjoyed the hiking trails and on one rainy day we took a drive into Fayetteville, drove around the campus (Go Razorbacks!) and enjoyed a wonderful lunch at a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich restaurant (washed down with local brew).
Our second stop was at a COE park on the west side of Little Rock. Busy park with no hiking, just walks around the park but we did have a giant field behind our campsite so the dogs were thrilled to play some frisbee for a change. We went into Little Rock to visit the Clinton Presidential Library. Our first time at a presidential library and we very impressed. So much history to take in, definitely a place we’d go again. We wandered around the river side park and downtown area too.
Our final stop was on the east side of the state at Village Creek state park, an hour drive west of Memphis. Lovely park that we had to ourselves until the weekend when we were joined by others. Spectacular hiking that reminded us of spring time MN hiking. The dogs were happy to swim in the lake after hiking.
We took two trips into Memphis, the first (sans dogs) was to the famous Pyramid Bass Pro Shop and Elmwood Cemetery. Seems like an odd combo but not for us. BPS was cool, boats displayed in water with fish swimming all through the store. Lots of stuff to buy, we left with a floating chuck-it frisbee and two Moon Pies 😉. Elmwood Cemetery, very old, lots of history and a level 2 arboretum. Pizza lunch in downtown Memphis!
Our second trip was a cool/cloudy day so the dogs joined us. We had hoped to see the National Civil Rights museum but as we pulled up so did about 10 bus loads of school kids….we decided to pass and get lunch instead. Fried chicken and local beer was fantastic. We took the dogs down to riverside park for a stroll along the Mississippi River and through a historic neighborhood.
We couldn’t leave Memphis without a drive by of Graceland…..so we did.