We ended our trip to Arkansas by visiting a series of very eclectic locations.
In addition to visiting the fifty states, my husband has a goal to summit the highest point in every state (except, perhaps, Alaska's). Prior to this trip, we had been to the highest points in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Florida, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, New Hampshire, and South Dakota.
My husband has also been to the high points in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and Washington.
We planned to check off the Arkansas high point before leaving the state.
We were in a rush to make it to the Mount Magazine State Park before dark. The trail to the highest point in Arkansas is at the top of this road constructed by the CCC in the 1930s. We needed to get to the trail while there was still light, but fog settling on the mountain was slowing us down.
Finally, near the top of the road, we broke through the fog, and shortly after that we entered the park.
After driving a few more miles, we found ourselves at the trail head with just enough light left in the day for us to make it to the highest point in Arkansas if we hurried. Hopefully those falling tree limbs wouldn't get us:
It is .72 miles to the "summit" from the road, with about 175 feet in elevation gain. Intense! (Not.)
From the rear it looks a bit like New England-style architecture:
We much preferred the view inside. The lodge had a lot of nice craftsman touches:
An indoor pool? I don't know why we didn't think of bringing our bathing suits to Arkansas in December!
Too bad we couldn't enjoy a picnic in lovely Eiffel Tower Park: