Welcome to the next post in my series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride! I will be featuring the states alphabetically and next up is
Arkansas became the 28th state on June 15, 1836. The capital is Little Rock.
When I was in elementary school my family lived on an Air Force base in northeastern Arkansas for four years. I remember there were cotton fields as far as the eye could see outside of the base.
Henry and I have traveled through Arkansas on several of our cross country trips and we have have made it a destination more than once. The Ozark Mountains, Hot Springs National Park, Little Rock, and several places on or near the Mississippi River were some of the places we enjoyed visiting.
We strolled along Bath House Row and the Grand Promenade at Hot Springs National Park. A relaxing day in one of the original bath houses was a real treat for me.
The Grand Promenade in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Fordyce Bath House on Bath House Row in Hot Springs
Quapaw Baths on Bath House Row in Hot Springs
The magnolias were blooming in Hot Springs
At Fort Smith National Historic Site we toured the federal courthouse used by Judge Isaac C. Parker in the late 1800’s.
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Federal Courthousue at Fort Smith National Historic Site
The Gallows at Fort Smith National Historic Site
We loved watching the barges going by on the Mississippi River from our campsite at Tom Sawyer RV Park in West Memphis, Arkansas.
Sunrise over the Mississippi River at Tom Sawyer RV Park
We watched the barges go down the Mississippi River from our site at Tom Sawyer RV Park
Some of the barges were small
Another small barge on the Mississippi
Maumelle Campground on the Arkansas River was a great home base for attending a Georgia – Arkansas football game in Little Rock and for taking a day trip to Petit Jean Sate Park.
Ducks on the Arkansas river
Tailgating on a golf course next to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock
Blondie and Henry at Petit Jean State Park
Canyon Overlook at Petit Jean State Park
We enjoyed the scenic drives around Mississippi River State Park and Lake Chicot State Park so much that we made two trips to each park.
Bear Creek Lake in Mississippi River State Park
Great Blue Heron at Bear Creek Lake
Cypress trees at Lake Chicot
Cotton is the number one crop in the Arkansas Delta
Egret on the fishing dock
Delta Cultural Center Depot in Helena, Arkansas
To read previous posts about the states featured in this series just click on the state name: Alabama Alaska Arizona
Maumelle Campground is a beautiful Corps of Engineers park next to the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is a popular family destination and was almost full on the weekend. Just a few miles from grocery stores, shopping, and restaurants it was the perfect place for us to stay. The big sites are all paved with picnic table and fire pit. Our site was on the water with our camper set up beneath pecan trees.
Blondie enjoyed wading in the Arkansas River
We enjoyed relaxing at our campsite beside the Arkansas River
Arkansas River behind our campsite at Maumelle
Heron flying over the Arkansas River at sunrise
Sunrise over the Arkansas River
Ducks on the Arkansas river
On Friday we took a day trip to the first Arkansas state park, Petit Jean State Park. The 55 mile trip took us through several small towns. The final miles of the journey were up steep, winding roads until we reached the top of Petit Jean Mountain and the state park.
The legend of how Petit Jean mountain was named began in the 1700’s when a French nobleman named Chavet became engaged. He was soon leaving to explore part the Louisiana Territory and claim some of the land. His fiance wanted to get married before he left so she could accompany him on his journey. He refused because he didn’t want her to have to suffer the hardships they would encounter. She disguised herself as a cabin boy named Petit Jean and went on the exploration with him without his knowledge. Chavet never knew who she was until she fell ill and a doctor discovered the truth. She is buried on top of the mountain which was named after her.