Coming from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia “planters” began arriving in Arkansas during the early 19th century to grow the king of all crops –cotton. The stately homes these planters built with their unique architectural style, exemplified that plantation era steeped in southern history. Through these plantation homes of Arkansas, visitors can experience the plantation culture which illuminated the rich historical and cultural heritage of the American South – the habits and traditions of its people, along with the triumphs and tragedies of its past – all preserved to come alive for present and future generations.
From Hot Springs, which was actually the first federal reservation set aside in 1832 to protect a natural resource…to America’s first national river – the Buffalo National River… to Pea Ridge National Military Park … to Arkansas Post National Memorial … to Fort Smith and Central High National Historic Sites – you don’t have to go far to experience your America in the Natural State!
The B-17 “Flying Fortress” was one of the most famous planes ever built. The legacy it left behind is unmatched in aviation history. We’ll take you flying in one and talk to some of the men who flew the plane during World War II. The “Winding Stairs” area along the Little Missouri River Trail is the most popular trail in the Ouachitas – and we’ll show you why. This episode concludes with the U.S. Championship of Champions Regatta on Lake Maumelle.
Canoeing down Bayou DeView near Brinkley provides a wonderful adventure viewing cypress trees estimated to be 450 to 1200 years old. The Womble Trail near Mt. Ida in the Ouachita National Forest offers some of the best mountain biking opportunities in the entire mid-South. Lake Chicot in the southeast corner of the state is the perfect place to experience the Mississippi Delta region – especially with a sunset swamp tour.