Arkansas has the greatest roadside attractions! Truly, where else can you learn about mysterious woodland monsters, check out the world’s largest tuned wind chime and have your photo taken standing near a water tower decorated as a Budweiser can? We’ve got all that and more to see when you want to take the less-than-traveled route and see (or perhaps even learn) something strange and new!
1. Tire Man
The Tire Man of Dumas stands proudly, waving daily to passengers commuting on the highway! Constructed out of various sized tires, the Tire Man was created by Charlie, owner of Charlie's Tire Service Center and remains an eye-catching artistic piece to anyone who's just driving by.
2. Budweiser Silo
Located in Sebastian County, the Budweiser Silo is one of Arkansas's finest artistic creations. Just think of the dedication it took to make an everyday structure into a humongous replica of a beer can! Someone had a lot of love for beer to add all of the intricate details that this magnificent work required...This Bud's for you, whoever was behind the genius of decorating this piece.
3. Celestial Windz
Located just south of Eureka Springs, Celestial Windz is also known as the World's Largest Tuned Musical Windchime! Erected in November 2004, the huge chimes are said to sound like a combination of a cathedral bell, a Tibetan singing bowl and a jet engine. The overall length of the windchime is a whopping 35 feet and 10 inches!
4. Fayetteville's Tiny Church
St. Catherine's at Bell Gable, located in Fayetteville, is a Gothic-style stone chapel inspired by a stained glass window and doors from an English church. Indoor seating maxes out at 40 people. The loveyly chapel, barn and grounds are available for viewings, weddings, and other special events!
5. Ka Do Ha Indian Village
Located in Murfreesboro, the Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village is an archaeological site with an on-site museum featuring Caddo artifacts, a field to search for arrowheads and crystals, and excavated mounds. Visit the gift shop!
6. Longest BBQ Pit
If you're a barbecue lover, you really should check out the world's longest BBQ pit, which can be found in Magnolia! The pit at Big Boy Toys off of Highway 79 can actually be mounted and driven around.
7. Natural Bridge
Located in Clinton, the Natural Bridge is no longer open for crossing, but makes a beautiful photo. At one point in time, the bridge was crossed by a number of pioneers. Today, visitors can make a trip to the Natural Bridge for an interesting roadside trip and browse the gift shop, as well as take a tour through a log cabin museum!
8. Pickles Gap Village
The name sounds strange enough, but you'll absolutely love what you find in Pickles Gap! Everything from finding good eats to browsing quaint little shops (and chatting with knowledgeable gun salesmen) can be done in this small and fun tourist area just outside of Conway's city limits!
9. Dead Silver Tree
Located on the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, this interesting art piece is known to several locals as the "Dead Silver Tree" and is a very cool sight to see as well as a great photo opportunity! The other statues and exhibits on the museum grounds are definitely worth a look as well.
10. Snake World
Snake World in Berryville is the place you want to be if you're a reptile enthusiast. If you're a little squeamish around snakes, you might want to steer clear--because the good folks at Snake World are known for playing pranks around visitors who might scare easily! You can learn a lot taking a trip to this quirky little attraction, too! Everything from rattlesnakes, cobras and hissing cockroaches will leave you either curiously interested or screaming!
There are a lot of other attractions and cool things that are off the beaten path around the Natural State! Where else have you been in Arkansas that stands out as a strange spot that likely made you do a double-take? Sound off in the comments about your experiences at these locations or other quirky roadside Arkansas spots that caught your attention!