All my friends from New England and out West thought I was joking when I said that I'm most excited about seeing Arkansas on my great Southern road trip. I suppose that most of the world is unaware that Arkansas/Oklahoma/Missouri have the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains which are a perfect adventure destination. There's everything here, mountain biking, hiking and river rafting. I could have spent a month here but I only had a few days to check everything out. Therefore I hit the Womble and Vista Trails on fat tires, per the recommendations of Parkside Cycle.
Interestingly enough, the greater Hot Springs area has been a tourist destination for the better part of a century. In the past, wealthy travelers came to the area for the cathartic and resort nature of the springs. Buildings and monuments have an odd Greek and Roman design to them. These days the area is heavily touristic but there's enough outdoor adventure to keep folks like me occupied and away from the city's hustle.
|Bathhouse Row is a relic from the gilded age|
|Thankfully, there are plenty of benches overlooking Lake Ouachita for amble rest periods.|
|Spur Trail off the Womble|
|Most of the womble was a relaxing ride|
For now, I would leave the mountain bike trails behind and take a trip up the Talimena Scenic Byway for some great sights.
Read. Plan. Get Out There!