Arkansas Backstories: Cheese Dip

By Joe David Rice   Culinary enthusiasts find all sorts of especially notable goodies across Arkansas: apples, peaches, tomatoes, fried pies, barbecue, watermelon (both red- and yellow-meated), catfish and, of course, poultry.   However, certain vocal foodies will claim the state’s signature dish is cheese dip — and they can present a convincing case. For…

Outdoor Destinations

By Dustin Jayroe Photos Courtesy of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Division of Parks and Tourism   As the summer quickly approaches, many Arkansans will (should) be making plans to enjoy the best of what our “Natural” state has to offer. From fishing to hiking to birdwatching, there is something out there for…

Magnolia, You Sweet Thing

By Joe David Rice, Photos by Casey Crocker   Editor’s note: Obviously, amid a pandemic, we know that making immediate travel arrangements falls counter to the state’s social distancing guidance. We want all of our readers to continue abiding by this directive so we can all do our part in flattening the curve of COVID-19…

Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River Closes to Visitors

The Buffalo National River has been closed for recreational use in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All of the park’s trails, campgrounds, open areas, and the river itself will be closed to visitors. According to the U.S. National Park Service, the closure is effective immediately. On April 1, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters that…