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FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE ARKANSAS OZARKS

August Events:

Friday, Aug. 25th -- Music on the Square in Kingston, AR. 7-9pm, live music on the town square. Info: 479-957-1089.

Aug. 25-26 -- 33rd-Annual Frisco Festival. Historic downtown Rogers, AR is the place to experience this fun event. More info at: www.MainStreetRogers.com

Aug. 29th -- Summer Concert in the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, AR. Gates open at 5pm, concert begins at 7pm. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the music, picnics welcome. More info: www.bgozarks.org

Aug. 31-Sept. 3 -- 26th-Annual Hot Springs Jassfest. Enjoy jazz music at various spots around Hot Springs, AR. More info at: www.HSJazzSociety.org

September Events:

Tuesday, Sept. 12th -- Harrison CMA Fastland Bike Nite, 6-8pm. Food, music, bike games, 50/50 drawing and door prizes. All welcome! Locate in Harrison in the city block between E. Ridge & E. Rush Ave. For more info contact Godfather's Powersports at 870-741-3037.

Sept. 20-23, 2017 -- Bikes, Blues & BBQ, Fayetteville, AR
Biggest annual motorcycle event in NW Arkansas. Preliminary schedule of events are on their website: Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2017

Our Favorite 'Must-See' Places Across North Arkansas:

Eden Falls Lost Valley, in the Upper Buffalo Valley, is very scenic with drop-dead gorgeous sights, Like Eden Falls. A couple of miles out of the Ponca on AR 43, look for the sign for Lost Valley. It's a short drive down a well-maintained road to the park, part of the Buffalo National River. There are 15 tent sites, with camping fees. Otherwise, entrance is free. You'll enjoy the hiking back up the valley... slight elevation rises... but otherwise the walk 1 1/2 miles back to Cobb Cave is pretty easy to manage. www.nps.gov/buff/

Opera Singer Opera Singers If opera was good enough for Buggs Bunny in "What's Opera Doc?", then a little culture can't hurt us riders either. Forbes Magazine has called Opera in the Ozarks one of the Top 10 Opera Workshops in the country. For over 56 years, from mid-June to mid-July, some of the best singers and musicians from across the country take part in this summer workshop for young performers. A wide variety of Operas, from comedies to tragedies, are performed in evening event. Dress is VERY casual... shorts, jeans, t-shirt, ok. If you want to hear the next Placido Domingo, check out Opera in the Ozarks. For a schedule and the current operas, go to www.opera.org

Saunders Memorial Museum Saunders Memorial Museum - 113 E Madison; Berryville, Ark. - 870-423-2563. One block off the square in Berryville sits one of the best collections in the U.S. of firearms and unique, personal antiques. Bequeathed to the city by a benefactor in 1952. Modest admission charge. www.ozarkconnections.com/museum/saunders.htm

Ft. Smith National Historical Site/Judge Parker' s Courtroom - 301 Parker Ave., Ft. Smith, Ark. - 479-783-3961. This National Park site is where the West once began. "Hell on the Border" was once its nickname, until "Hanging" Judge Parker brought law to the area. Open every day. www.nps.gov/fosm/

Devil's Den State Park Devil's Den State Park Devils Den State Park - Hwy 74 ( near Winslow, Ark.) - 479-761-3325. Beautiful 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps-built park nestled in the Ozarks south of Fayetteville, west of Winslow. Hiking trails, caves, restaurant, cabins and camping. Spectacular riding into and out of park, but especially on the hairpen curves on AR 74 east out of the park towards Winslow. www.arkansasstateparks.com

Water has been the central element in carving out the Ozark Mountains, so it's only natural that fishing would be a very important element in the recreational life of residents and visitors alike. In every corner of the Ozarks there are fishing opportunities, whether in private locations, like above left, at Rockbridge Mill in Missouri, or state licensed fishing at places like War Eagle river, above, right, where this nice bass was caught. Either way, bring your own compact gear, guy some inexpensive tackle, or rent equipment at a lake-side dock or bait shop. Lakes, streams, rivers... there are plenty of places to catch your limit.

Turpentine Creek logo Turpentine Creek - 239 Turpentine Creek Lane Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632 (479) 253-5841 Our mission is to provide a lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats” with emphasis on Tigers, Lions, Leopards, and Cougars. Llocated seven miles south of Eureka Springs on Scenic Highway 23. Open From 9:00 AM To 7:00 PM (5:00 PM During Daylight Savings Time) every day except Christmas. www.turpentinecreek.org

Mammoth Spring State Park - Mammoth Spring, Ark. - 870-625-7364. Mammoth Spring is the 10th largest spring in the world with an output of 9.75 million gallons an hour (not day). Picnicking, museum, lodging and restaurants nearby. www.arkansasstateparks.com

Motorcyles Crossing War Eagle War Eagle Bridge and Mill War Eagle is a regional, if not national, treasure. The steel trestle bridge is a landmark in the area... the spring and fall arts and crafts festival is legendary... and the mill a wonderful 1972 rebuild of the historical structure that played an important part of life in a bygone era. The privately owned mill has a gift shop, restaurant, and is open just for soaking up a bit of pure Ozarkiana. War Eagle River is a great fishing stream, too (see the picture on the section above on fishing). Check it out at www.wareaglemill.com

Ozark Mountain Folk Center - Mtn View, Ark. This Ark. state park celebrates the music and culture from the Ozark hills. Craftsmen demonstrate how things were done in years gone by. Musicians entertain with traditional music. Site of annual Ozark Folk Festival, as well as other events throughout the year. www.arkansasstateparks.com

Train in Ozarks Woodlands Trade your iron horse their iron horse... for a while, at least. Take a ride through the Ozarks outside of Eureka Springs on the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway. It operates out of the historic Eureka Springs depot, at the edge of town on AR 23 North. Daily excursions and dinner trains offer a scenic view of the Ozarks. Check them out at www.esnarailway.com

Blanchard Springs Cavern - Operated by the U.S. Forest Service, Blanchard Springs Caverns is a huge, developed cave and spring surrounded by hiking trails, camping and picnicking, and outdoor recreation. Outside of Mtn. View on Arkansas Highway 14. www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark/recreation/caverns

Motorcycle & Canoe Buffalo National River - The first National River set aside by the National Park Service, this national treasure is widely known for its scenic beauty and easy to float water (except the upper river after heavy rains). Floating, camping, hiking and horseback riding are available. For riders, canoe rental services offer put-in and take-out services. www.nps.gov/buff/

Float Streams

Want to make a splash? Then try one of the region's renown activities... a float trip down a scenic waterway. The Buffalo River (see above) isn't the only great float stream. Only the best known. Try the Kings River near Berryville and Eureka Springs; the Mulberry River, down on the Pig Trail (but beware, it can often be very fast white water), or Big Piney, west of AR 7 toward Russellville. In Missouri, you can float the North Fork of the White River (above the Old Dawt Mill); or the Eleven Point River (northeast of West Plains). There are lots of other great float streams in the Ozarks. These are just a few of the better known ones. Check out Ozarks canoe/kayak websites for others.


Outside of the Arkansas Ozarks Region:


Here are some cool things to put on your calendar for next year if you're riding near Mena, Arkansas. Yes, we know, it's not in the Ozarks; but our good friend Donnie Crain shared these events that will be coming up in and around Mena, and we wanted to pass them along to you. For more info about any of these events check out this website: www.VisitMena.com Mid March, 2017 -- Talimena 13.1 Half Marathon Run & Relay, Downtown Mena, Janssen Park
June 2-3, 2017 -- 40th Annual Lum & Abner Festival, Janssen Park, Mena
June 2-3, 2017 -- Ouachita Quilt Show, Historic Armory, Downtown Mena
June 3, 2017 -- Lum & Abner Car Show, Janssen Park, Mena
June 3, 2017 -- Peak-to-Peak Motorcycle Poker Run, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
June 9-11, 2017 -- 2nd Annual Knap-In, Renegade Ranch, Mena
July 1, 2017 -- Mena 4th of July Celebration, Tapley Park, Mena
Mid July, 2017 -- Crystal Music Festival, Board Camp Crystal Mine, Mena
August 25-27, 2017 -- 42nd Annual Mark Campbell Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run
Mid September, 2017 -- Wheel A’Mena Bicycle Tour to the Top, Downtown Mena, Janssen Park
November 4, 2017 -- Ouachita Arts Celebration, Mena Arts District, Downtown Mena
First Weekend of December 2017 -- Mena Christmas Festival, Downtown Mena, Janssen Park


THINGS TO DO ALL ACROSS THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:

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