Spoil Yourself in the Unspoiled Blanchard Springs Cavern

Jill Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Unspoiled cave formations, crystal clear streams, large flowing spring (12,000 gallons per minute), small lake, scenic trails, picturesque bluffs, fishing, campground, hiking and biking trails, picnic grounds, and swim areas. Blanchard Springs Cavern sounds like the perfect vacation location to me. Discovered in 1963, Blanchard Springs…

Biking the Sunken Lands

Kimberly J. Williams, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism If you want to do a fun, scenic road cycling trip, head to the Arkansas Delta and check out the Sunken Lands Cultural Roadway. It’s a true experience…biking through the beauty of the Arkansas Delta and learning more about the history that makes the…

Helena-West Helena

The River Town Full of History, Blues and Catfish by Curtis Lanning Sitting along the banks of the Mississippi River, travelers will find Helena-West Helena, a town with rich history, soulful blues music and all the catfish one can eat. Shane Williams, executive director of Main Street Helena, encourages those seeking a fresh start to…

A Musical Road Trip to the Arkansas Delta

Kimberly J. Williams, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism What do Johnny Cash, Louis Jordan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Conway Twitty, Howlin’ Wolf, Charlie Rich, and Al Green have in common? In addition to becoming musical legends in various genres, each of these trailblazers was born or lived in eastern Arkansas. The region’s roster…

Go On An Arkansas Adventure Bike Tour

Thursday marks the first day of the Arkansas Adventure Bike Tour, the weekend-long trek through the Ozarks, hosted by Velo View Bike Tours. The Arkansas Ozarks are often overlooked by tourists and cycling enthusiasts headed for the Rockies or Appalachia. But Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the most beautiful cycling setting without the…

Arkansas Backstories: Mosquitoes

“Ideal conditions are found in Arkansas for the development of some of the worst pest mosquitoes found in this country.” So wrote Stanley J. Carpenter, the Arkansas State Entomologist, in a 1941 book, The Mosquitoes of Arkansas, published by the Arkansas State Board of Health. Three-quarters of a century later, Mr. Carpenter’s assessment still rings…