Arkansas — amazing scenery from the Mississippi River to prairie remnants, antebellum homes vintage car and motorcycle museums and a state park that lets you dig for – and keep –diamonds.
- Crater of Diamonds State Park – is the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public, and is a geological “gem” for you to explore and enjoy. There is a 37-1/2-acre plowed field, the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater that 100 million years ago brought to the surface the diamonds and some of the semi-precious stones lucky visitors find here today.
PETS: Pets are allowed in all park facilities, with the exception of the park gift shop, Diamond Springs Water Park, and Kimberlite Cafe, as long as they remain on a leash under the owner’s control at all times.
- Pea Ridge National Military Park – On March 7-8, 1862, 26,000 soldiers fought here to decide the fate of Missouri and the West. The 4,300 acre battlefield honors those who fought for their beliefs. Pea Ridge was one of the most pivotal Civil War battles and is the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States. If you are a history buff, this park has a wonderful Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Learn more.
PETS: Pets are welcome at Pea Ridge National Military Park, however they must be on a leash no longer than 6-feet at all times and are not allowed in any of the buildings unless they are service dogs.
- Withrow Springs State Park – In the heart of the Ozark Mountains and cradled by the bluffs of the War Eagle Creek, Withrow Springs State Park is a peaceful setting of unspoiled natural beauty and many outdoor recreational choices. PETS: Leashed pets are permitted.
- Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge – established in 1957, the refuge is on a bend of the Arkansas River which was cut off when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers straightened the river in 1954 for flood control. You can see most of the refuge by following the eight-mile self-guiding all-weather drive. Refuge lands include over 7,000 acres of agricultural fields, bottomland forest, and open water. The refuge’s primary purpose is to provide a winter home for some of the millions of ducks and geese that use the Mississippi Flyway each year. During the winter, it is not uncommon for the refuge to host up to 100,000 ducks and geese at once. Bald eagles are also common in the winter from December through February. Spring brings thousands of neotropical migratory songbirds that use the refuge as a rest area on their journey from Central and South America. The Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge marks the northern extreme of the American alligator’s habitat. PETS: Dogs are permitted for raccoon hunting only during specified refuge season. All dogs are required to wear a collar displaying the owner’s name, address and telephone number. Other dogs and pets must be confined or on a leash. Horses are prohibited.
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