Mt. Magazine State Park
For a breathtaking view atop the highest point in Arkansas, visit Mt. Magazine State Park. Reservations may be made at the park’s magnificent 60-room lodge or one of the 13 cabins. Located on Scenic Highway 309, 43 miles southwest of Russellville. www.mountmagazine.com (877) 665-6343. Mt. Nebo State Park: View sweeping views of the Arkansas River or hike/bike 14 miles of winding trails situated 1,350 feet above the River Valley. Mt. Nebo State Park is one of two Arkansas State Parks offering launch sites for hang gliding enthusiasts. Campsites and cabins available. www.mountnebo.com (479) 229-3655.
Bona Dea Trails
If trails or biking are your style, the Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary is a must. Over 186 acres and 5.5 miles of trails and wetlands and wooded lowlands provide a perfect habitat for 200 species of birds. (479) 968-5008.
Ozark Mountains and Buffalo National River
Starting in early October and running through the middle of November, the mountain's sights along Hwy 7 explode with vibrant fall colors spanning the rainbow. The Ozark Mountains and the Buffalo National River, the country’s first national river with 95,000 acres of public land along its corridor, are a must to see in the autumn. Hidden nearby are natural springs, caves, waterfalls, natural bridges, and box-like canyons.
Want adventure? Canoe the Big Piney Creek nestled in the heart of the Ozarks. Contact Moore Outdoors for water levels, rates, or to make reservations for a great outdoor outing on one of Arkansas’s best waterways. (479) 331-3606; www.mooreoutdoors.com.
Holla Bend Wildlife Management
Established to provide essential habitat for migratory birds in the Mississippi Flyway, this area has over 7,000 acres of agricultural fields, bottomlands, forest and open water. Home to several species of ducks, bald eagles, Canadian geese and other wildlife throughout the year. 10448 Holla Bend Rd., Dardanelle, (479) 229-4300.
Mountain Biking Ouita Coal Company & Old Post trails
Maintained by the River Valley Chapter of the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists Club, Ouita Coal Company Trail is a nine-mile, single track lollipop trail system. It’s a great stopover for riders heading south to the Ouachitas or north to the trail playgrounds in Bentonville. Old Post is a "fast, flowy trail near the banks of the Arkansas River" for any level of riding ability. Riders can make a full day of Old Post Park: eight miles of singletrack, an 18-hole professional disc golf course, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts decorate this Corp of Engineers owned park.
Aficionados of this aerial activity will find launch sites at Mt. Nebo and Mt. Magazine State Parks. Even if you don’t participate—watching can be just as exciting! Call for regulations and weather conditions. Mt. Magazine State Park, 16878 Highway 309 South, Paris, (479) 963-8502; Mt. Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Highway 155, Dardanelle, (479) 229-3655. www.arkansasstateparks.com.
Russellville Country Club
Founded in 1926 by an enterprising group of 71 men. For information on green fees and membership, call the club at (479) 968-1139. 186 Country Club Plaza north of Russellville off AR Hwy. 7, Russellville. www.golfrcc.com.
A sport played much like traditional golf but with major differences. Disc golfers use flying discs, or a type of Frisbee. Russellville features two 18-hole “champion caliber” disc golf courses. The first is located 0.8 miles north of Russellville on Pleasant View Rd., and the second at 1598 Lock & Dam Road, off of AR Hwy. 7. For information, contact the Recreation and Parks Dept. at (479) 968-1272.