Arkansas January 05, 2016
Here Are The 11 Best Kept Secrets In Arkansas
Lots of Arkansas residents know and love the Natural State, the events that take place here and the places worth visiting. You might have to point these locales out to your visiting friends who aren’t as acquainted with Arkansas. These are events and locations definitely worth checking out!
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11. Waldo, Cotter, & Cotton Plant Water Towers
The towns of Waldo, Cotter, & Cotton Plant have water towers that all have something in common; they're all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Waldo's water tower was completed in 1936, and both Cotton Plant & Cotter's water towers respectively finished construction in 1935.
10. Bellefonte's Hard Working Mayor
The north central town of Bellefonte, named for the 'beautiful springs' settlers found in the area, was noted by national media in 2013 for having America's oldest active mayor in office. Nonagerian mayor James Wiggs continues to run unopposed.
9. Adona Bluegrass Festival
Cypress Creek Park in Adona has hosted a fun and family friendly Bluegrass Festival in past years where local pickers and players get together and jam!
8. Delta Heritage Trail Through Watson
There are parts of an abandoned rail line in Watson, Arkansas that have since been incorporated into the Delta Heritage Trail. Union Pacific Railroad discontinued service on a rail line that ran through the town until 1992. The section of the trail, when completed, will lead to scenic views of the Arkansas River and White River.
9. Harbor House
The town of Sulphur Springs in Benton County is home to Harbor House. This structure has stood for more than 100 years and still serves as a religious hotel and guest house for tourists.
6. Lead Hill
Lead Hill isn't very big with a population of approximately 275 residents, but it is home to the Ozark Medieval Fortress. A project in the making that will likely never see its end due to funding, the fortress was being built using medieval tools.
The little town of Keo is a great way to escape the ever-growing urban life in Little Rock. Located in Lonoke County and well-known for its charming antiques and shops, Keo is a peaceful agriculture-based area that relies largely on cultivating pecans and cotton as well as raising catfish.
4. The Pollard Picnic
According to locals, the fine people of Pollard, Arkansas are able to maintain the blessed grounds at New Hope Baptist Church by holding an annual town picnic, just like in the good old small town days. Known as the Pollard Picnic, this event is held in July and includes a number of fun events, games, and contests.
3. Horseshoe Lake
The town of Horseshoe Lake, as it turns out, is a popular tourist location for both locals and residents of nearby big town Memphis to get away from everyday life and just chill in this town named after the ox-bow lake where it's situated. Boating, swimming, and fishing are popular area activities.
2. Moro Bay State Park
Arkansas is full of amazing state parks, but don't overlook Moro Bay State Park in the small unincorporated community of Jersey! Serious anglers and true outdoors lovers know that south central Arkansas is the spot when it comes to great fishing and water sports in Moro Bay and Raymond Lake.
1. Natural Steps
Located 18 miles northwest of Little Rock, the unincorporated population area of Natural Steps is a small farming community named after two parallel vertical walls of sandstone that descend like steps from a steep bank down to the southern bank of the Arkansas River. This natural phenomenon is not open to the public, but a historic one-lane truss bridge crossing the Little Maumelle River was built near Natural Steps in the 1920s. The bridge is open to pedestrians for fishing
There are all kinds of secrets and little known facts going around in Arkansas, and with every fun story comes a chance to travel to these locations and see what’s going on! Tell us about what you know about these places in the comments.