Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ouachita National Forest

Hey Down Home Friends,
Normally I am out and about traveling the roads of Texas whenever we get a chance but this summer we decided to go to Arkansas. We were excited to see another part of the world and especially excited to be in a national forest.

Knowing that we could not make reservations to camp within the national forest because it is a first come and first served campground, we decided to make reservations nearby. Lucky for us, just by chance, on our first day there we were able to find a campsite within the national forest. We made our home at the Charlton Recreation Area. This area is located just 20 miles from Hot Springs.

Our campsite was large, lush and well maintained just like the entire park. I swear we never wanted to leave because it was just so picturesque.

There were plenty of things to do to keep us busy during our stay. Lots of great places to kayak nearby, bike riding and walking through the forest are just a few. I think my favorite might have been walking in the forest and just listening to the sounds of nature.

But quite honestly, the campfires were my favorite. Seeing the stars through the trees in the forest by campfire light was just what I needed.

There are plenty of things to do around the area. I think the highlight of the trip was horse riding through the forest. Mountain Harbor Riding Stables is the one to check out if you are in the area. The people who own the business were so friendly and accommodating. It was definitely a scenic ride through the Ouachita Mountains.

The horses were beautiful and so gentle. it honestly was a ride I will never forget. And something I look forward to again. I had such a great experience I am already looking forward to a return trip to do it just one more time.

But the next time we are going to also try the carriage ride. I just can't wait.

There are several rock shops to find a local treasure...or a few.

There were so many places and vistas along the highway to take great pictures. This one reminded me of home...

The observation tower in Hot Springs National Park is something to check out. A great place for pictures. The gift shop has lots of interesting things to help remember your trip.

And while you are in the area, a riverboat cruise is a nice way to end the day.

With so many things to see and do I think I left a piece of my heart in Arkansas but Texas will always be home...

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