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Old 01-22-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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From Austin to Arkansas, Need Some Help.

I am lookin' at taking the family to Arkansas this spring and was hoping for some suggestions. The crew will consist of myself, the general (wife), 3 year old daughter, 8 month old son, 5 year old dog. Can anyone recommend a fun route to Arkansas from Austin, TX? We are very active and are up for any sort of activity that can keep a 3 year old happy. Also, if anyone has tips for travelling with the children, they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 01-22-2009, 01:15 PM   #2
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What sort of things are you planning in Arkansas. I lived between Wimberley and Driftwood for many years. I have made the trip with a variety of routes.
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I am lookin' at taking the family to Arkansas this spring and was hoping for some suggestions. The crew will consist of myself, the general (wife), 3 year old daughter, 8 month old son, 5 year old dog. Can anyone recommend a fun route to Arkansas from Austin, TX? We are very active and are up for any sort of activity that can keep a 3 year old happy. Also, if anyone has tips for travelling with the children, they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Hot springs is nice and the KOA is one of the best in the nation. You can also dig for diamonds here:Crater of Diamonds State Park Arkansas - keep what you find in this finders keepers diamond mine

Nice camp ground a Crater of Dianmonds.
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Hot Springs is a good destination. There is also camping at Mount Magazine State Park (Camping in Arkansas : Mount Magazine - Arkansas State Park) There are also a lodge and cabins.
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I know we love to be outdoors. I'm a flyfisher, rock climber, mountain biker, runner, hiker, etc. She loves to hike. I think we would prefer to stay in state parks, but we would be open to any suggestions. If there are any points of interest anyone can recommend, that would be great. We are in the infancy of planning this trip, so all suggestions are welcome. Anything....great Louisiana eats, music, fishing, campgrounds, hikes, balls of yarn, things for the kids. I am really just unfamiliar with that direction from Texas. Thanks.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:18 PM   #6
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Go here Arkansas Tour Guide - State Parks Guide - Arkansas Adventure Guide and have them send you a vacation planning guide. There are also many things to do in Little Rock/North Little Rock (2 different cities on different shores) another capitol city on a river. Lots of running and bike paths that include the Big Dam Bridge - Pulaski County Arkansas. Also other stuff to do downtown, but not like Austin.

For fly fishing, consider the north part of Arkansas, specifically the Buffalo, Little Red, and White Rivers. The world record Brown Trout was caught in the Little Red in 1992 Enormous Trout.

Let me know what you decide.
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Crater of Diamonds is great for a three year old. Lake Greeson is only a few miles away with great camping and a swimming area with a beach. The lake has several campgrounds, oak creek would be closer to the mine. It does not have water hookups. Great peaceful place.
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vswingfield, first off, that is a pig of a trout! i know a lot of people that fish those rivers. i would love to wet a line, but sometimes family vacations make it tough to squeeze it in. thank you everyone for your suggestions, keep 'em coming. i need to google the crater of diamonds.
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Visit Arkansas State Parks – Arkansas Tourism – state parks . We have had great luck with state parks in Arkansas. I live in Northwest Arkansas and could give you hundreds of suggestions in this area. Let me know what you are looking for and I will try to help.
As for traveling with kids, I have six and I have traveled all over with them. My only advice is have patience, they will grow up someday. : )
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Anyone willin' to take ridgerunner as their handle; s' from Ar-Kan-Saw, gots six kids, well, . . . you needn't read no further in this thread for advice. You already heard it.

(now to find me a reeeeaal soft landing with one a' them ol' smiley faces). Ones that got that you-know-what-eatin'-grin.

I liked Mt. Nebo, across from Russellville, in the fall, in a cabin, with a fireplace, with a girlfriend, a long time back.

(Man, if the bigger boys had given me that handle I might not made it alive out of fifth grade. Glad times have changed).
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Rednax, you lived in CC long? I grew up there and my folks still live there.
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Nebo is beautiful, but the switchbacks on the road up have the potential for difficulty with a trailer. Fun with a sports car, though. I grew up near there.
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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.
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Eureka Springs

I go to Eureka Springs each Labor Day to play banjo. I like to go up through the beautiful mountains in eastern Oklahoma. Here's my route:

I-35 to Waco.

TX 31 all the way to Tyler, bypassing Athens

Bypass Tyler and head north to Mount Pleasant.

We like the KOA at Mount Pleasant. It is a good day's drive (320 miles) and the folks there are nice. Walking distance to Applebees and other food.

From Mount Pleasant, east on I-30 to US 259. North on 259

Just inside the OK border, there is about 15 miles of crappy road, but the balance of the route is excellent road. The mountains north of Broken Bow are beautiful. Stop at 3 Sticks on top of the mountain for a great view.

We usually stop at Poteau for lunch. Then over OK 112 to the Fort Smith area. There, you can catch a scenic and lightly-used interstate to Fayetteville. We sometimes stop at a KOA near Fort Smith.

Lots of great state parks in OK and Arkansas.
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