Category Archives: Arkansas Attractions

Explore Quigley’s Castle – “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”

March 24, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Quigley's Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”

Quigley’s Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”
– photo by Brandonrush

No visit to the Eureka Springs area of Arkansas is complete without a stop by Quigley’s Castle. This uniquely designed family home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Quigley’s Castle is less a castle than it is a unique family home. It would be nothing at all, were it not for the creative vision of one Elise Quigley.

The structure is located on an eighty-acre farm just four miles south of Eureka Springs. In 1930, W. D. Quigley deeded this property to his son, Albert Quigley and his son’s wife, Elise. Initially, they lived on the property in an old lumber shack.

According to legend, Albert promised Elise that she could design their new home and she got right to it. Unfortunately, five children into the marriage they were still living in the same, old lumber shack. To Elise, it seemed like they would never break ground. Eventually, something did break: it was Elise.

Elise Quigley had long since completed her design for the new house and was done waiting. One day, after Albert headed off to work, she and the children pulled the lumber shack down. Now Albert would HAVE to start the new house – and so he did.

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Discover Arkansas Craft Beer On The Fayetteville Ale Trail

March 13, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover Arkansas Craft Beer On The Fayetteville Ale TrailThe craft beer revolution has taken the nation by storm and Arkansas is no exception. If you’re looking for a fun way to explore the Ozarks as well as discover great beer, the Fayetteville Ale Trail is for you!

Microbrew beer has been on the rise in the U.S since the 1990’s. All across the country, brewing artisans and beer enthusiasts alike have taken up the sudsy mantle. As a consequence, unique, regional craft beers are now available in America like no other time.

Arkansas is not immune to this trend and, as of this writing, boasts upwards of 30 craft breweries or brewpubs across the state. The artisanal brewing movement is so robust, by the time you’re done reading this, there may be even more!

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Don’t Miss The Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulip Extravaganza 2017!

February 27, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Garvan Woodland Gardens 2017 Spring Tulip ExtravaganzaWelcome spring with over 150,000 colorful tulips at the Garvan Woodland Gardens Spring Tulip Extravaganza! The stunning array of blooms will be on display March 1st through April 30th, 2017!

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. The facility is in the Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas on a peninsula extending into Lake Hamilton.

The extensive gardens are a place of learning, research, and cultural enrichment. During the annual Spring Tulip Extravaganza, however, they’re just plain beautiful!

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Visit Little Rock’s Old State House Museum

January 13, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas' Old State House MuseumLittle Rock’s Old State House Museum served as Arkansas original capitol and is now a museum of Arkansas history.

The Old State House Museum was built in 1836 and served as the state capitol until 1911. During its years, it has witnessed some of the state’s most important events.

This grand, old building hosted the admission of Arkansas into the Union. Ironically, it was also the site of the secession convention in 1861! The same building served as the seat of both the Confederate and Unionists governments during the Civil War.

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Step Back In Time With A Tour of The Walmart Museum

December 23, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Step Back In Time With A Tour of The Walmart MuseumYou’ll feel like a time machine has whisked back to the soda-fountain era of the 1950’s when you tour The Walmart Museum in Bentonville, AR!

Walmarts are now ubiquitous in the U.S. but the company saw its humble beginning right here in Bentonville! Sam Walton opened his first Walton’s variety store in the town in 1950.

One has to wonder if Sam ever dreamed in those days that his little business would one day become a global retail leader, employing millions!

The Walmart Museum in Bentonville preserves this original, Walton’s 5 & Dime, along with a gallery of exhibits, and a 1950’s style soda fountain cafe.

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Enjoy a Scenic Day Trip On An Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Excursion!

September 23, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas & Missouri RailroadEnjoy beautiful Arkansas scenery without having to drive aboard a vintage passenger car on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad!

When you board the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (A&M) for a scenic day trip, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a time machine. Their fully restored, vintage passenger cars will whisk you back to a time when riding the rails was the height of modern convenience.

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Tour A Living Cave – Blanchard Springs Caverns!

September 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Blanchard Springs CavernsBlanchard Springs Caverns, in Ozark National Forest, is an incredible, living cave which you can discover via a variety of spectacular tours.

Caves beckon to us with their mystery, history, and the promise of secrets in the depths. Blanchard Springs Caverns in Stone County, Arkansas is no exception! A “living” cave, the limestone formations you see in Blanchard Springs are still being formed and glisten with moisture. The delicate stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and other formations here are the result of thousands of years of minerals being deposited.

This cave system has three levels, two of which are open to the public for a variety of different cave tours.

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Go With The Flow on Arkansas’ Buffalo National River

August 22, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas' Buffalo National River

Big Bluff on Arkansas’ Buffalo National River

Arkansas’ Buffalo River is so beautiful and special that Congress designated it as America’s first national river: Buffalo National River!

The Buffalo River is around 150 miles long with nearly 95,000 acres of public land to its name. The river issues from the Boston Mountains, atop the Ozark Plateau. From here, it flows east through the heart of the Ozarks until joining the White River. The Buffalo River was scheduled to be dammed prior to receiving national park status. This would have permanently destroyed much of its beauty.

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Discover Arkansas’ Glory Hole Falls

May 27, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas' Glory Hole FallsOne of the most unique waterfalls in Arkansas – or anywhere! – Glory Hole Falls in Newton County is formed by a stream that flows through an improbable hole in the ceiling of an overhang cave in Ozark National Forest.

Arkansas is riddled with caves and interesting rock formations but few compete with Glory Hole Falls for uniqueness. Glory Hole Falls tumbles around 30 feet down, through a hole in the otherwise solid stone, that the flow of the water has made over the centuries.

The trailhead for Glory Hole Falls Trail is located in the Big Piney District of the Ozark National Forest, off of Highway 16, exactly 6.3 miles north of Fallsville or 2.3 miles south of the 16/21 junction near Swain.

While there is no official trailhead for Glory Hole Falls, it can be easily found by looking for a red barn on the north side of the road with a large white “E” on its side. The trail is on the right (south) side of the road, about .5 miles east of this barn landmark.

The trailhead is on Arkansas Routes 16/21, exactly 6.3 miles north of Fallsville, and 2.3 miles south of the 16/21 junction near Swain.

A well-maintained path through the woods, Glory Hole Falls Trail is less than a mile long and of moderate difficulty – it’s downhill all the way to the falls but, of course, that means it’s uphill all of the way back!

But bear with me – the effort is well worth it!

If the creek that feeds Glory Hole Falls is really flowing, you’ll soon hear it as you make the hike down to the falls. The trail, itself, is up above the creek. Some choose to leave the trail to follow the course of the stream to admire its many small cascades and falls but this path is rough, not maintained, and causes undue erosion to an already well-traveled natural area – so please stay on the trail.

Before you know it, you’ll be at the top of the falls and will see the stream disappearing into the hole in the overhang cave’s ceiling. Feel free to edge as close as you like to this awesome spectacle but be careful – the rocks can be slippery!

Now you can follow the loop trail down and around to the bottom and into the overhang cave. Again – be careful, the slick rock of this part of the trail can be treacherous to those distracted by their surroundings!

Arkansas' Glory Hole Falls in winterFrom this vantage you’ll see the water tumbling down through the hole in the cave ceiling, from a height of 30 feet, to splash into the receiving pool below. Much of the year the flow is but a trickle but, if you can catch it in spring or after a good rain, the flow can be very impressive.

Even when the stream isn’t really flowing, the falls make for a fascinating sight. Winter visits, when it’s cold enough to have frozen the falls, may be the most amazing sight of all!

Regardless of the water level, be sure to bring your camera and plan to spend some time exploring.

Glory Hole Falls

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Experience Arkansas’ Thorncrown Chapel

December 21, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Thorncrown ChapelThorncrown Chapel, nestled in the woods just outside of Eureka Springs, on Highway 62 West, is an architectural marvel of glass and natural materials that will spark the adoration and fascination of any visitor, no matter their beliefs (or lack thereof).

An angled structure of glass and wood rising up a magnificent forty-eight feet into the Ozark sky, the woodland sanctuary of Thorncrown Chapel draws both the penitent and the secular with its majestic beauty.

Built in 1980, Thorncrown Chapel was designed by world renowned architect and apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, E. Fay Jones. It is composed of all organic materials, with the only steel in the structure being the diamond shaped patterns in its wooden trusses. In fact, Fay designed the structure around the requirement that no structural element used could be bigger than what two men could carry in through the woods.

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