Arkansas travelers, the Arkansas Times once more offers up some info on where to go to put the 9-to-5 in the rearview mirror. Our annual Road Trip issue this year features the funky, the natural, the rugged and the creative: Read here about a motel where you can stay in a themed camper and play Baggo and shoot BB guns. Find out the many places where you can spend an educational weekend perfecting your yoga practice with the help of a goat or learning beginning blacksmithing or how to paddle your canoe. We’ll send you to a place where you can climb rocks or fish or ride horses during the day and snooze in an Ozarks cabin at night. The state’s ever-growing mountain bike daredevils will get the good dirt on the new Northwoods Trail system to be dedicated this month in Hot Springs, and nature lovers will be guided through the last of the Mississippi River Valley’s great bottomland woods. Quit fiddling around, traveler, and pack your bags already. Take along your Road Trip issue for suggestions on places to find sustenance and entertainment while you’re on the road.

Flamingo Springs Trailer Resort is next-level kitsch

Outside of Prairie Grove.
by Stephanie Smittle


Exploring the White River Refuge with biologist Matt Moran
Where you’ll find the largest bottomland hardwood forest in the lower Mississippi River Valley.
by Benjamin Hardy

Bike town, Hot Springs
Spa City contemplates a future where cyclists drive tourism.
by Lindsey Millar


Showdown at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
Ride horses, climb rocks, relax at Jasper dude ranch.
by Rebekah Hall

Vacationing? Don’t just nap

Do yoga with a goat, or sharpen your knives, or learn to kayak.
by Leslie Newell Peacock