Now that the snow is finally flying in the air and is sticking to the ground in some areas...it's time to venture out to one of the Natural State's magnificent winter weekend getaways. Here are a few of my favorites while Exploring Arkansas.
First and foremost -- if you're lucky enough to get accomodations at the state's tallest peak -- Mt. Magazine -- by all means do it ! First of all, it known to have its own climate -- and that means snow and/or ice for most of the winter season. The 60-room lodge is a first class facility in itself - including the Skycrest restaurant. But, if you really prefer nice and cozy -- stay in one of the thirteen park cabins for your own private adventure. For more on rates and all you need to know just log on to www.mountmagazinestatepark.com.
Then, there's Arkansas's second tallest peak -- Rich Mountain near Mena. Here, you'll find the "Castle in the Clouds" -- a 38-room hotel style lodge at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Taking the Talimena Scenic Drive is the highlight of this stay, which stretches for 54 miles along the crest of the Ouachita Mountains. For more info go to www.QueenWilhelmina.com.
Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton is another one of my all-time favorites this time of the year. Petit Jean is Arkansas's flagship state park. Whether you decide to stay in Mather Lodge, or one of the thirty-three cabins nearby, you just can't go wrong. Also, taking a hike to Cedar Falls in the winter time, has its own distinct beauty ! Explore for yourself at www.petitjeanstatepark.com.
The winter fun continues at Mount Nebo State Park near Dardanelle. It's named after the mountain from which Moses saw the view of the Promised Land. Here, fourteen fully-equipped mountaintop cabins beckon your call. To discover more go to www.arkansasstateparks.com/mountnebo.
Then, finally there is Devil's Den State Park near West Fork in northwest Arkansas. Seventeen cabins are spaced along hillsides throughout the park. The cabins are crafted with native stone and timber to blend in with the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. More info at www.arkansasstateparks.com/devilsden.
Any one of the above areas I guarantee a pleasant and rewarding stay ! So, get out..get snowed in...and explore !!
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