Exploring Arkansas October 2009
Grandview Prairie, Shady Lake, Millwood Lake
The largest tract of protected blackland prairie in the nation happens to be in southwest Arkansas near Hope. The Grandview Prairie Wildlife Management Area contains 5000 acres of what once spanned from Missouri all the way down to Texas. Shady Lake Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest near Mena provides a remote picturesque mountain lake setting with plenty of fishing, camping and hiking opportunities. The great abundance of birds and other wildlife at the Millwood Lake area north of Texarkana has been a favorite with many wildlife photographers. Not to mention the perfect sunset location at Beard's Bluff Overlook.