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Old 03-02-2009, 08:22 AM   #15
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We are definitely looking at Crater of Diamonds, Little Rock and Mount Magazine.
There is a COE park just east of Little Rock that is real nice. It is on a penninsula with each site on the water. Half-price for us oldies, to boot.

The Clinton Library is worth a visit.
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:01 AM   #16
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one of my favorites....including the drive

I'd kind of like the trip from Austin up 281 toward the Ft. Worth area. You cant help but like the small towns along the way and lack of traffic. Stop by Hico and argue about the real Billy the Kid. then for the kids....TPWD: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Circle over to DFW area for Six Flags (make that a day trip.) You can stay at either Hickory Creek Park of Lake Ray Roberts Park. Then its only a 40 minute trip to Six Flags. You will like the Parks...the kids Six Flags. Then up to Lake Texoma....many parks to choose from. Into South East Oklahoma...and take Skyline drive for a scenic trip. Then over to my favorite... Queen Wilhelmina - Arkansas State Park in the Ouachita Mountains along the Talimena scenic drive

Your on you own up in Ark. Just watch the roads...they are CURVEY.
On your way back cruise thru East Texas. Caddo Lake near Shreveport will amaze you.Fishing Lake O' the Pines

TPWD: Caddo Lake State Park

You need more time...plan another trip.
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:41 AM   #17
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How about Albert Pike. It's very close to Little Missouri Falls, and Winding Stair Case. Both beautiful sites to see. Winding Stairs is about a two mile hike. I go there every year. It's an hour away from Hot Springs too.
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The Clinton Library is worth a visit.
Yep
I'd like to dump my black tank in the lobby.
It could only improve the place.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:11 PM   #19
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So, vswingfield, I got my packet from Arkansas State Parks and it is a really well put togething packet. We are definitely looking at Crater of Diamonds, Little Rock and Mount Magazine. I think we will be gone for 8 days, which has me trying to fill a nice itinerary that will keep everyone entertained. I have 2 questions:

1. Are there any special/cool/funky landmarks to see on the way....world's biggest pike, ball of yarn, etc?

2. Is there anything special in Louisiana that ya'll could recommend (New Orleans just doesn't seem like it would be good for us).

Thanks again.
When you visit Mount Magazine, consider going up one side and down the other. What order are you planning on making the visits? Crater of Diamonds on the way up, north to Mount Magazine, then east to Little Rock? Vice versa? If you visit Little Rock last you will have all Interstates on your way back home when you are most likely to be in a rush.

I can suggest some shortcuts on the off Interstate parts, just let me know. Be sure to contact me while you are in Little Rock, I would like to visit.

Ive already mentioned the Big Dam Bridge in Little Rock, but another unusual thing near Mount Magazine is Subiaco Abbey on AR Highway 22. (See Subiaco Abbey and Academy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Its like a European cathedral located in a very small Arkansas town. If you take the north route to or from Mount Magazine through Paris, my home town, you will pass right by it.
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Well, VS, I hadn't given direction much thought yet; however, going from Crater of Diamonds to Mount Magazine makes sense. We will definitely be going to Little Rock, so I'll give you a shout. What is there to do in Hot Springs? From everything I've read, it really doesn't seem all that exciting. The Abbey looks like it could be really neat. Also, any cool breweries around there? I just can't wait to hit the road and go to the Natural State. One thing I am trying to avoid is returning the same way I went. I would like to form a loop of some sort if at all possible. Leaving Austin, going thru LA, AR, OK. Thanks again for the input, everyone.
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Well, VS, I hadn't given direction much thought yet; however, going from Crater of Diamonds to Mount Magazine makes sense. We will definitely be going to Little Rock, so I'll give you a shout. What is there to do in Hot Springs? From everything I've read, it really doesn't seem all that exciting. The Abbey looks like it could be really neat. Also, any cool breweries around there? I just can't wait to hit the road and go to the Natural State. One thing I am trying to avoid is returning the same way I went. I would like to form a loop of some sort if at all possible. Leaving Austin, going thru LA, AR, OK. Thanks again for the input, everyone.


Hi again,

I’ll have to admit, I’ve only spent a couple afternoons in Hot Springs for leisure. Toured a bathhouse, pretty stained glass of which I am a fan. On another occasion I went to Oaklawn, a horse track that sees a lot of races for potential Kentucky Derby horses (Good Rubens, but Katz’s on 6th in Austin should serve that need for you). HS has other good dining, but it is not a destination for me.

The area around Mount Magazine is not brewery country but Arkansas’ wine country. There is one winery in Paris: Cowie Wine Cellars, and three in Altus north of I 40: Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Inc., Post Familie Vineyards, and Mount Bethel Winery. Of course there are wineries located close to you too. I have worked a crush at Wimberley Valley Winery. I lived very close to it and bicycled by it often.

When you get to Little Rock, there are a couple of breweries you may want to consider. Diamond Bear (Welcome to Diamond Bear Brewery) bottles a local brew and sells it to other retailers. Vino’s (http://www.vinosbrewpub.com/) is a microbrewery that serves pizza by the slice and calzones. The restaurant portion in front is family friendly and popular, while the bar section in back is a popular alternative music scene. This makes Vino’s an excellent location for exotic wildlife spotting. On a weekend night you can definitely up your tat, Mohawk, and piercing count as you watch band members walk through. The pie is good in a thin crust kind of way and I recommend Lazy Boy Stout.

I understand the desire to see different things on the trip. Once when mom and dad were alive I made the trip from Driftwood to Paris entirely on two lane highways. No Airstream on this trip, just my ’72 Satellite Sebring.

I look forward to seeing all of you when you are here!
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We will finally be leaving for Arkansas on Sunday. We are really excited to get on the road and stretch out our legs. So far I only know where we are going, just not exactly in what order. We will be gone for 7 days and will gladly accept any suggestions. This trip looks like it is going to be a hybrid of camping and city dwelling. Here is our list of things:

1. Crater of Diamonds State Park - Is there anything cool around Murfreesboro? Places to eat?
2. Lake Catherine State Park - Anyone been there? The pictures look pretty and it looks like a good place for the kids to get wet. We will probably go to Magic Springs for a day.
3. Hot Springs - I don't know much about the place, but it seems pretty neat and very popular (could be crowded).
4. Little Rock - We have friends that live here and want to see them. Also, I think we'll catch a baseball game, see the Big Dam Bridge, Clinton Library, Zoo, Diamond Bear Brewery (I gotta fit beer in there), Vino's Brew Pub. I need help on places to stay around this area, so if anyone has suggestions I would really appreciate them.
5. Petit Jean - I have heard really great things about this park.
6. Mount Magazine
7. Talimena Scenic Byway

Yes, this is a lot, and I will have to cut some stuff out, which is where ya'll come in to play. What "fat" can I trim? What seems like the most logical route? Clockwise? Counterclockwise? Thanks again. We're so pumped. The kids don't even know what's about to 'em.

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Dannyo, We overnighted at Lake Catherine SP once and found it to be very nice with lots of room between sites and with lakeside sites available as well. Have a great trip!
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When I was a kid- a trip to grandmas house in Magazine Mtn. was a incredible thing...I remember the muskadine grapes and sugar loaf mountain and those spooky wooden bridges at the bottom of most hills.....CRRRREEEEEEK! We are going to Hot Springs too for vacation and your going to love it...Also Devils Den is a popular place..
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