Saturday, April 1, 2017

National Lands: Arkansas

Quapaw Bathhouse, Hot Springs National Park
Quapaw Bathhouse, Hot Springs National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hot Springs National Park is located to the southwest of Little Rock. Interstate 30 is to the east. This area is famous for the hot springs which enable visitors to bathe in the thermal water. Hiking is also available on the 26 miles of trails. The Buffalo National River is located in the northern section of the state. Interstate 540 is to the west and Interstate 40 is to the south. The river is north of Little Rock. Visitors use kayaks, canoes and tubes on the river. Hiking, fishing and horseback riding are also available. The President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home is located in Hope which is northeast of Texarkana, Texas on Interstate 30. The site honors the 42nd President. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site commemorates the desegregation of public schools.

Pea Ridge National Military Park is a 4,300 acre battlefield where 26,000 soldiers fought in the Civil War. The park is located in the northwest corner of the state near the Missouri border. Interstate 540 is to the west.  Arkansas Post National Memorial is to the southeast of Pine Bluff close to the Mississippi River. This area features the culture and history of the area. Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves 80 years of history in the area. The area is located on Interstate 40 on the border with Oklahoma. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the relocation of the Cherokee people from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to Oklahoma. This trail covers nine states. In Arkansas the trail cuts across the center of the state.

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