Mt. Magazine State Park
For a breath-taking view atop the highest point in Arkansas, visit Mt. Magazine State Park. Reservations may be made at the park’s magnificent 60-room lodge or one of the 13 cabins. Located on Scenic Highway 309, 43 miles southwest of Russellville. www.mountmagazine.com (877) 665-6343.
Mt. Nebo State Park
View sweeping views of the Arkansas River or hike/bike 14 miles of winding trails situated 1,350 feet above the River Valley. Mt. Nebo State Park is one of two Arkansas State Parks offering launch sites for hang gliding enthusiasts. Campsites and cabins available. www.mountnebo.com (479) 229-3655.
Petit Jean State Park
Petit Jean State Park is an Arkansas icon, a state natural and historic treasure that has welcomed travelers over the decades. The natural beauty and ancient geology of legendary Petit Jean Mountain inspired the creation of Arkansas's first state park, and with it our state park system. Don't miss Barnyard Friends Petting Zoo and Horse Rides (on top of Petit Jean) www.petitjeanstatepark.com
Ozark Mountains and Buffalo National River
Starting in early October and running through the middle of November, the mountain's sights along Hwy 7 explode with vibrate fall colors spanning the rainbow. The Ozark Mountains and the Buffalo National River, the country’s first national river with 95,000 acres of public land along its corridor, are a must to see in the autumn. Hidden nearby are natural springs, caves, waterfalls, natural bridges, and box-like canyons.
Bona Dea Trails
If trails or biking are your style, the Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary is a must. Over 186 acres and 5.5 miles of trails and wetlands and wooded lowlands provide a perfect habitat for 200 species of birds. (479) 968-5008.
Want adventure? Canoe the Big Piney Creek nestled in the heart of the Ozarks. Contact Moore Outdoors for water levels, rates, or to make reservations for a great outdoor outing on one of Arkansas’s best waterways. (479) 331-3606; www.mooreoutdoors.com.
HollA Bend Wildlife Management
Established to provide essential habitat for migratory birds in the Mississippi Valley Fly-Way, this area has over 7,000 acres of agricultural fields, bottomlands, forest and open water. Home to several species of ducks, bald eagles, Canadian geese and other wildlife throughout the year. 10448 Holla Bend Rd., Dardanelle, (479) 229-4300.
Aficionados of this aerial activity will find launch sites at Mt. Nebo and Mt. Magazine State Parks. Even if you don’t participate—watching can be just as exciting! Call for regulations and weather conditions. Mt. Magazine State Park, 16878 Highway 309 South, Paris, (479) 963-8502; Mt. Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Highway 155, Dardanelle, (479) 229-3655. www.arkansasstateparks.com.
Russellville Country Club
Founded in 1926 by an enterprising group of 71 men. For information on Green Fees and membership, call the club at (479) 968-1139. 186 Country Club Plaza north of Russellville off AR Hwy. 7, Russellville. www.golfrcc.com.
A sport played much like traditional golf but with major differences. Disc golfers use flying discs, or a type of Frisbee. Russellville features two 18-hole “champion caliber” disc golf courses. The first is located 0.8 miles north of Russellville on Pleasant View Rd., and the second at 1598 Lock & Dam Road, off of AR Hwy. 7. For information, contact the Recreation and Parks Dept. at (479) 968-1272.