Northeast

LAKE CHARLES  Powhatan, (870) 878-6595 YOU’RE BOOKING the park’s only rental yurt—a round Mongolian tent home—a couple of weeks ahead of your trip and sleeping on a bunk bed instead of the ground. Just don’t forget to bring bed sheets. YOU’RE PACKING your swimwear, floats and shades. The gently sloping, sandy beach can be used free of…

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A Servant’s Heart

On the night of Nov. 4, 2014, Susan Hutchinson was ironing her husband’s shirt in a room at Embassy Suites Hotel in west Little Rock while her then-2-year-old granddaughter, Isabella, watched a rented episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the television. As Donald Duck and Goofy danced across the screen to one of their trademark…

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Central

LAKE OUACHITA  Mountain Pine, (501) 767-9366 YOU’RE RECLINING in an Adirondack chair on the deck of your three-bedroom lakeview cabin. And you’ve brought nine friends with you. Because why not? There’s plenty of room. YOU’RE HIKING in your Chacos and bathing suit along Caddo Bend Trail, which follows Point 50 Peninsula for 4 miles. If you get…

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Northwest

HOBBS  Rogers, (479) 789-5000 YOU’RE BEDDING down outside of the park—unless you’re keen on a 4-mile trek to one of the primitive campsites along the Pigeon Roost Trail. Rogers is a 20-minute drive; scenic Eureka Springs, about 30 minutes. YOU’RE PACKING your hiking boots. Thirty-five miles of trail wind their way through the 18.8-sqaure-mile park—Arkansas’ largest. More…

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Finding Flow

We hear it so often, that the kitchen is the heart of the home—and that’s because it’s true. It’s where we gather with friends and family. Wind down with a glass of wine after a long day. Make memories. Do homework. In short, it’s where we live. So, scenario: It’s 2011, and you’re a midcentury-modern…

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The Culturalist

HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL | Oct. 9 – 18 HOT SPRINGS | There aren’t many occasions when filmgoers can see filmmakers and their subjects under the same roof, as is the case with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. But that’s not the most unusual experience you’re likely to have at this year’s event.…

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Southwest

MILLWOOD  Ashdown, (870) 898-2800 YOU’RE FISHING for prizewinning bass on the 29,260-acre Millwood Lake, scanning the tree line for eagles or renting kayaks at the marina (when the park reopens) to explore among the sunken timber stands. YOU’RE WAITING until next year for an overnight visit. The only facility open after this summer’s flooding is Millwood’s visitor…

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Southeast

MISSISSIPPI RIVER  Marianna, (870) 295-4040 YOU’RE SAVORING your pristine campsite along the banks of Bear Creek Lake—because with operations having just started in mid-2009, this is the newest state park in the system. (It’s also one of the relatively few state parks in this neck of the woods to have campsites.) And then you’re dropping a…

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The Natural State Parks

EARLY THIS PAST SEPTEMBER, I found myself surrounded by water lilies in full bloom, the fragrance of their white and yellow flowers thick on the water. I’d made the early-morning drive down to Cane Creek State Park from Little Rock to fly fish for bream. Usually eager to take a brightly colored fly, they just didn’t…

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Outside the Lines

“Oh, that hurts,” says a man standing three spots ahead in line. “Oh, that really hurts,” says the guy just in front of me, whose hurt must be bad enough that he almost immediately turns on his heels and abandons his place in line, walking off across the baked dirt toward the road. And then another…

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Home and Away

As the late summer heat bleeds into the early days of fall, a ritual begins before the sun breaks over the horizon. It’s one well known to the residents of small towns all over Arkansas, from the principal who organizes the pep rally to the mother who makes sure her son has had plenty to eat…

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