Archives for May 2011

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Wildflower Weekend – Early April – Petit Jean State Park

Spend a weekend discovering the colorful heralds of spring with Wildflower walks, talks, and evening presentations at the beautiful Petit Jean State Park.  All events relate to the celebration of wildflowers. Contact the park for a program schedule The 2011 event was held on the weekend of April 8th through the 10th. Petit Jean State […]

Hilary Jones Wildlife Museum/Elk Center – Jasper, AR

Learn more about elk and other wildlife in Northwest Arkansas through exhibits, video presentations, & printed information at the Hilary Jones Wildlife Museum and Elk Center, located on Scenic Highway-7 at Jasper.  River maps, brochures on Newton County attractions, and wildlife posters are also available at the gift shop, featuring painted agate night lights, wooden toys, […]

Ponca Elk Education Center – Ponca, AR

Want to find out about the largest mammal in Arkansas? Where can you view herds of elk along the Buffalo River Valley? These questions can be answered at the Ponca Elk Education Center. The center houses an exhibit area focusing on elk ecology, wildlife and area information. The building also contains classrooms for school and […]

Janet Huckabee ARV Nature Center – Fort Smith, AR

The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center sits on 170 acres of land in Fort Smith that were previously part of Fort Chaffee. The building overlooks Wells Lake, a popular local fishing and picnicking destination. Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center 8300 Wells Lake Road Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916 Phone: (479) 452-3993 Website: […]

Valley Fest – Russellville, AR

Valley Fest, held in mid to late August on the Arkansas River at Russellville, is held yearly to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley. Events include live big name concerts, arts & crafts, carnival rides, food, games, tournaments, and more!

Mt Magazine Butterfly Festival – June 24-25, 2011

In it’s 15th year, the Annual Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival offers pageants, contests, exhibits, guided nature walks, a 5K race, and more! The festival officially begins Friday, June 24th at 8:00 am at the State Park with horticultural and butterfly seminars, nature walks with interpreters, and more. The Miss Butterfly Pageant will be held at […]

Mustangs on the Mountain – Petit Jean Mountain – May 29, 2011

This yearly event is held in the parking lot of the popular Museum of Automobiles atop beautiful Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton. The “show and shine” will be from 11:00am till 3:00pm on Saturday, May 29, 2011. For more info, contact either Rick Wood at (479) 489-5874 or the museum at (501) 727-5427.

Johnson County Peach Festival – Clarksville, AR – mid June

Since 1938, the Johnson County Peach Festival, held annually in Clarksville, has become the oldest outdoor festival in the state of Arkansas. This weeklong festival offers music, food, arts & crafts, several queen and princess contests, and games galore, including a terrapin derby, frog jump, greased pig chase, peach eating contest, peach pit spitting contest, […]

Bargains Galore on 64 – August 11-13, 2011

Each second weekend of August, Arkansas River Valley residents clean out the closets, garages, and sheds…others hook on their trailers and gas up their vehicles…and get ready for 160 miles of swappin’ and shoppin’ during Bargains Galore on 64! From Fort Smith to Conway and then on to Beebe, US Highway 64 becomes a non-ending […]

Devil’s Den State Park – West Fork, AR

At the northwestern outskirts of the Arkansas River Valley and deep in the valley of the rugged Boston Mountains, you’ll find the 2,500-acre Devil’s Den State Park, which provides some of the most spectacular Ozark Mountain scenery in the state. A clear mountain creek spills its cool, clear waters over the rocky valley floor with […]

Lake Fort Smith State Park – Mountainburg, AR

Lake Fort Smith State Park is your gateway to adventure in the natural diversity of the Boston Mountains.  The park overlooks Lake Fort Smith in the rugged Boston Mountain Range of the northwest Arkansas Ozarks. The park offers hiking and backpacking workshops, boating and kayaking courses, birding and wildlfe courses, nature photography, art, and journaling […]

Pinnacle Mountain State Park – Little Rock, AR

Along the eastern outskirts of the beautiful Arkansas River Valley stands the cone shaped peak of Pinnacle Mountain, which has been an Arkansas landmark for generations.  At 1,011 feet above sea level, this popluar park is surrounded by wooded hillsides, lush lowlands, and clear waterways.  A summit view provides a panorama of God’s beautiful handiwork […]

Mount Magazine State Park – Paris, AR

At 2,733 feet, Mount Magazine stands above all else as the highest point in the state of Arkansas with beautiful rock bluffs, breathtaking views, and a carpet of clouds awaiting those who chose to spend the night at the newly rebuilt 60 room lodge or 13 cabins stretching along the bluff! Mount Magazine State Park […]

Mt Nebo State Park – Dardanelle, AR

Rising 1,350 feet above the Arkansas River Valley, Mt Nebo gives visitors a spactacular view of the 34,000 Lake Dardanelle, the Arkansas River, and the surrounding mountain ridges.  Mt Nebo is not only a popular vacationing spot, it’s also a favorite “short drive” destination for sight seeing, hiking, or just to relax. The park offers a […]

Petit Jean State Park – Morrilton, AR

Petit Jean State Park, atop Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton, lies in a unique area between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountain ranges.  Enjoy 2,658 acres of woods, ravines, streams, waterfalls, spectacular views, and interesting geological formations preserved almost as French explorers found them 300 years ago. The mountain is named after a French girl who […]