October was a fun month of traveling and seeing a part of the country we haven't seen before! We love to ride our bike trails so we made specific plans to take advantage of camping near the Arkansas River.
The Arkansas River Trail was a great trail to ride! We did it on two different days.
We went north towards Maumelle Park and Pinnacle Mountain. This direction afforded us a view of the river and crossed two awesome bridges. We didn't go all the way to Pinnacle Mountain but we did visit that another day by car.
The bridges are very beautiful and are open to bike and foot traffic only. The Big Dam Bridge is a beautiful light show at night. After dinner one night we walked to the Big Dam Bridge to see the lights. It was a round trip of couple of miles in the dark, a little creepy but very fun! There were a few people on the trail at night but not many.
Another day we took the other direction on the Arkansas River Trail towards the city. We crossed the river on a bike/foot only bridge to the Clinton Presidental Museum and rode by downtown. We ate lunch there and continued on to cross the Big Dam Bridge from the other side. A barge was coming into the locks as we got there so we watched the process before we biked back to the RV. We highly recommend this bike trail!
We stayed 3 weeks at Burns Park Campground in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is one of the largest city parks in the US. It has plenty to do. Golf, biking, walking, soccer and most importantly for us it was beside the Arkansas River Trail bike path. The campground was nice and woodsy. It doesn't have sewer so a longer stay is more challenging when you don't want to unhook to dump your grey & black tanks. They did provide a honey wagon for us to use so that made the process a little easier (for me, not Bryan he did the honey do job!)
The park was amazing and very large! It had things to visit inside the park. Bryan loved the train car and the tank to explore. There were historic cabins and covered bridges to see. The only thing about this campground was that is was not convenient to grocery shopping and restaurants.
We took a day trip to visit Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. What a neat place! A cute little town (very busy!). One side of the street were retailers and restaurants. the other side was the National Park! A row of historic bathhouses to explore! Since the water coming out of the ground is too hot….a long time ago they capped off the springs to channel them into the bathhouses for people to come from all over to get healing by soaking in the tubs. The National Park Headquarters is in the main bathhouse and it is set up like a museum of what the bathhouses were like back in the day. Some others were being restored and others were open to give you the option of a historic bath experience or a more modern soak with others in multiple indoor pools.
We choose the multiple pool experience since the historic bathhouse was an individual one. We went to the Quapaw bathhouse for a soak in various tubs of different temperatures. It was a fun experience. Then we ate at the Ohio Club for lunch. This bar was opened in 1905 and many a gangster hung out there. It's famous now for its history, food, and jazz.
The Old Mill Park was a great find smack dab (as my mother used to say) in the middle of North Little Rock. What a beautiful place to visit in the afternoon and explore. It is a historic re-creation of an 1880's water-powered grist mill. My favorite part is that It is in the opening scenes of my favorite movie “Gone With The Wind.” If you go to Little Rock, you should check it out!
We said goodbye to Little Rock and moved to our next destination in Heber Springs, Arkansas. We were scheduled to attend Workamper News, Workamper Rendezvous. This event is a neat place to get more information about workamping. They offer traditional workamping education as well as ideas and opportunities to help you develop a business you can do from your RV. This is our second year attending. The perk this year was meeting up with friends that we hadn't connected with for 20 years!
We had a great time attending the event together but even more fun exploring the area! We visited Mountain Home, Arkansas. This little town has a cute downtown and a square where locals gather to play music together and entertain the passerby.
The Ozark Folk Art Center State Park was a very fun place to visit. There are little-colored houses that you visit to see crafts being done, like broom making, jewelry, printing on a real old-fashioned press and corn silk dolls just to name a few. It was a great place to visit. After that, we went to Blanchard Springs Caverns for a hike to a waterfall.
Arkansas was a beautiful state to visit!
Our next stop was Red Bay, Alabama. We traveled there to go to the home of Tiffin Motorhomes for some repair work. They have such a great set up for getting your RV worked on. We checked in the campground at Tiffin. The next morning they came to visit our RV and went over all of our repair issues and gave us tips to fix some things ourselves by going to the Tiffin store for items. Then we were put in queue to go into the bays for three hours of time with the techs. It took a couple days before they called us because it was prime season for their facility. They did a great job of getting our stuff fixed and we are super happy we own a Tiffin product!
While we were there, we did some day trips in the area. We drove to Tuscumbia, Alabama to tour the Helen Keller Birthplace. It was a nice tour and we got some interesting information we didn't know before! On our way back to Red Bay, we stopped at the Rattlesnake Saloon for a bite to eat. We had heard about this place but it was a neat adventure! A pickup truck picks you up in a parking lot (keep in mind, you didn't call the truck or let them know you were there…they just see you park) and you get in the back. They take you through the gates of Seven Springs Lodge (a horse campground) and through an entrance arch and down a steep narrow road. Then you come into view of an open cave complete with a saloon, table and chairs and horses ‘parked' at the rail. A very cool experience! You have to do it if you are near here. Then we drove out to the Coon Dog Cemetery. Another neat place to see! People love their Coon Dogs!