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Climate and Weather Information
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Some of my favorites in Arkansas
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A Personal Note From Jim
As my family roots are in Arkansas this state is a little special to me. You can still find traces of my family in Bay, Arkansas. In fact, there is even a Bruner street there. Much of the rest of the family were from Jonesboro and Lake City. Therefore I have spent time in Arkansas as both a resident and a traveler. And, I have found that it is a great state for a getaway whether it be for an overnight in a nice little bed and breakfast somewhere, a weekend in one of the interesting cities of Arkansas, or a vacation in one of the state parks or recreational areas of the state.

Arkansas is especially a great place for someone who enjoys the out doors. The beautiful Ozarks and Ouachaita mountains ranges, separated by the Arkansas river, are filled with wonderful vacation spots nestled in the hardwood forests and alongside of the cool streams you will find there. You will find just about everything here: wilderness areas, caves, forests, springs, meadows, quite valleys, bayous, and even cosmopolitan cities like Hot Springs. The fisherman will enjoy the magnificent rivers and lakes of the state. In fact, there is just about something here for everyone to enjoy. Jim.


Visitor Information
There are tourist information centers at several points of entry into the state were travel consultants can provide suggested tour routes, information on lodging and dining, information on places of interest and things to see and do, and offer you a state tour guide and a map. You will also find a variety of pamphlets and brochures available. The information centers are located in Bentonville (US 71S), Blytheville (I-55S), Corning (US 67S), Fort Smith/Van Buren or Dora (I-40E), El Dorado (US 167N), Harrison (US 65S), Helena (US49E), Lake Village (at the junction of US 65 & AR 144), Mammoth Spring (US 63), Red River (US 71N), Siloam Springs (US 412E), Texarkana (I-30E), and in West Memphis (I-40W). Most of the centers are open daily.

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
1 Capitol Mall, Department 7701
Little Rock, AR 72201
1-800-628-8725, fax 501-682-1364
http://www.arkansas.com.

You can also request a variety of pamphlets, brochures, maps, and a guide for the state from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, 1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201; 501/682-7777 or 1-800/NATURAL. (Welcome to the State of Arkansas!)

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Climate and Weather Information
Arkansas has a climate that makes it a good place to visit throughout the year. However, I will admit that it is a bit too hot for me in the southern part of the state during the summer. It is also very humid in the summer � just about everywhere in the state. The state does enjoy a generally moderate climate and mild winters. For me, spring and fall are the best times to visit.

During January, February, and March you can expect highs throughout the state from the mid-40s to the mid-60s. It begins to warm up in April with the highs being more in the 70s and lows in the 50s. From May through September you can expect the temperatures to begin to rise from the low 80s to the high 90s. However, it does begin to cool off a bit in September. Especially in the northern part of the state where the temperatures begin to get back into the 70s. October and November are normally quite nice with the highs in the 70s and 60s and the lows in the 50s to high-30s. It then begins to cool off in December with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s.

Driving Information - Getting to and Around
Safety belts are mandatory for all persons in the front seat of vehicles. Drivers are also responsible in seeing that children are placed in safety restraints. For additional information call 501/569-2000.

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State Parks and Recreation Areas
Arkansas is filled with some great state parks. (Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism) Water-related activities and hiking are the major outdoor activities in the state. Many of the state parks offer camping, cabins, and lodges and the parks are open all year. However, some facilities are closed from December through March. Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Parks and Tourism, Parks Division, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201; 501/682-1191(voice/TDD).

Fishing and hunting are also very popular. Trout and bass can be found all over the state. With so much wilderness area, and so many lakes and streams, Arkansas is a fishermen delight. For additional information you can contact the Game and Fish Commission at 1-800-364-GAME.


National Parks and Recreation Areas in Arkansas
Hot Springs National Park. People have used the hot spring water in therapeutic baths for more than two hundred years to treat rheumatism and other ailments. Today the park protects eight historic bathhouses with the former luxurious Fordyce Bathhouse housing the park visitor center. The entire "Bathhouse Row" area is a National Historic Landmark District that contains the grandest collection of bathhouses of its kind in North America. Click on Hot Springs National Park for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit.

Annual Events
April
The Festival of the Two Rivers in Arkapelphia offers arts and crafts, contests, games, and lots of food. 870/246-5542.

May
If you are in Little Rock you will want to be a part of Riverfest. Great food, entertainment, a performing arts festival, and fireworks along the river. 501/376-4781.

June
The Old Fort River Festival in Fort Smith offers arts and crafts, entertainment, sporting events, and lots of food. 501/783-6118.

July
Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale. 501/751-4694.

August
In Batesville you can enjoy canoe races on the White River during the National Invitational Explorer Canoe Races. 870/793-2378.

The Water Festival in the Greers Ferry Lake Area offers water show and races, arts and crafts, and fun and food. 501/362-2444.

September
Summerset in North Little Rock offers races, tournaments, food, entertainment, children's activities, and fireworks. 501/758-1424 or 1-800-643-4690.

October
The Arkansas State Fair & Livestock Show in Little Rock at the State Fairgrounds. Along with the normal activities of a fair you can enjoy rodeo shows. 501/372-8341.

At the Old Washington Historic State Park (near Hope) you can enjoy Frontier Days with period demonstrations and activities. 870/983-2684.


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Hot Springs National Park. People have used the hot spring water in therapeutic baths for more than two hundred years to treat rheumatism and other ailments. Today the park protects eight historic bathhouses with the former luxurious Fordyce Bathhouse housing the park visitor center. The entire "Bathhouse Row" area is a National Historic Landmark District that contains the grandest collection of bathhouses of its kind in North America. Click on Hot Springs National Park for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit.

 

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