Tags archives: outdoor

See Eagles and More at Popular DeGray Festival

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism For 39 years, January at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck has been the scene of a special weekend dedicated to special bird: the American bald eagle. "Eagles Et Cetera is one of, if not the, longest running eagle conservation event in the state," said David Armstrong, Park[...]

Four Family Hiking Ideas for Winter

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Jill Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Arkansas offers great winter weather for outdoor activities. Mild temperatures make hiking a great choice for warming up in cooler weather while also enjoying nature. The leafless trees of the season provide vantage points for sightseeing that are covered up when leaves deck the branch[...]

Chinese Lantern Festival Lights Up Little Rock

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Katherine Stewart, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism For more than a month this winter, the Arkansas State Fairgrounds will be transformed into an illuminated wonderland. But unlike the holiday lights seen elsewhere around town and across the state, these colorful emanations have nothing to do with Christmas. Instead, they represent [...]

A Bright Holiday Season

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Kimberly J. Williams, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism For me, the holiday season means many things. But the thing I hold dearest in my heart... the thing I've been doing since I was a wee lass (yes, my grandfather's family was Irish!)... is gazing adoringly at holiday lights! It's a tradition my parents started with me before I cou[...]

Umpteen Holiday Rides

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Your holidays just got way more awesome. Melanie Norris and her husband Paul have put together a statewide (and southern Missouri) mountain biking event to help celebrate the season. The free event is called Umpteen Rides and features volunteer guided, self supported mountain bike and gra[...]

Holiday Lights Return to Garvan Woodland Gardens

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Taking in the beauty of Holiday Lights is a tradition for many in the state. During this annual event, around 4.5 million bulbs transform Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs into a whimsical holiday display.  The event takes place Nov. 18 - Dec. 31 this year. "Holiday Lights is an o[...]

Experience the Magic of the Holidays in Arkansas

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights returns for its 22nd year with a statewide celebration of the holiday season featuring parades, lighting ceremonies, open houses, Santa visits, concerts and performances, live nativities, illuminated displays and more. The Trail of Holiday Lights brochure is your passport to [...]

Rabbit Tail Water Trail on Lake Ouachita

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism The 8.5 mile Rabbit Tail Water Trail is a new water trail available for paddlers to experience on the north shore of Lake Ouachita. The newly opened route is part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's (AGFC) Arkansas Water Trail program and is the first virtual water trail in the mix[...]

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

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Jill Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Each year, more than 100 trumpeter swans descend on Magness Lake, a small oxbow off the Little Red River. This wintering population of birds flocks to Heber Springs from their Midwestern homes and their arrival makes for an exciting birding experience. Their stay extends from late Nove[...]

In Stuttgart, it's ALL About the Duck!

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Kimberly J. Williams, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Thanksgiving may be all about the turkey… but the day AFTER Thanksgiving, in the Arkansas Delta, it’s all about the duck! Stuttgart welcomes thousands to the annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival, which celebrates 82 years in 2017. [...]