Attractions

 View photos and websites to some of the most beautiful places in Arkansas.

MILDRED B. COOPER MEMORIAL CHAPEL

What explodes onto your senses when you first behold the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel is not at all what was anticipated when you began down the meandering trail from the parking lot.  It is not only the Chapel’s lofty heights, or the massive wooden doors, or even the arches upon arches that gracefully flow above and below each other giving the impression of airy wonder…What is most impressive is that a building of this magnitude, designed and created by the mind of a man, could so seamlessly fit into the natural scene which envelopes it.

Bella Vista is proud to be the home of the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel.  The Chapel was created by renowned  Arkansas architect Euine Fay Jones. In 1991, Fay Jones was awarded the American Institute of Architecture’s highest award, the AIA Gold Metal.  Fay was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright where he was first introduced to the principle of Organic Architecture (designing to fit the environment).

Built to honor Mildred Borum Cooper, wife of John A. Cooper, Sr., Founder of Cooper Communities, Inc, the Chapel is a fitting memorial.  Besides being a devoted wife, mother, and member of the community, Mrs. Cooper had a deep spirituality and love for nature.  Her family commissioned the Chapel in her honor to celebrate her life and her dedication to God and his creations.

 http://www.beautifulbellavista.com/chapel.htm

 

Petit Jean Mountain – Cedar Falls

When portions of Petit Jean Mountain were set aside as public land in 1923, it set precedent for the establishment of state parks in Arkansas. The natural beauty of this mountain, which rises 1,207 feet above sea level, is evident whether you view it from the Arkansas River Valley below, or look down on the river from the east brow at Stout’s Point.

Your experience at Petit Jean State Park is part of the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Log and stone facilities, built by these young men in the 1930s, mirror the mountain’s rugged beauty, and are preserved throughout the park as National Register of Historic Places districts. The quality, quantity, and diversity of geological formations on Petit Jean Mountain is unique. Hiking trails lead you through forests, canyons, bluffs, caves — some with Native American pictographs to explore — streams, meadows and mountainsides. Overlooking Cedar Creek Canyon is the park’s Mather Lodge, featuring 24 guest rooms. Thirty-three cabins are nearby; some are on the canyon bluff, while others are nestled in the woods. Park campsites are a short drive away, near Lake Bailey. Park interpreters offer a variety of programs and special events throughout the year.

The essential experience of the park is Cedar Falls, a spectacular Arkansas waterfall that drops 95 feet and has carved Cedar Creek Canyon. To know Petit Jean State Park, you have to know Cedar Falls. 

http://www.worldisround.com/articles/11440/photo3.html

 

Arlington Hotel Hot Springs

The most prominent building in the heart of historic downtown Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, is an American treasure. The Arlington has all of the ambiance and hospitality of a traditional, grand old Southern hotel, as well as full spa service and the Thermal Bath House, three fabulous restaurants, and a national park outside any door. From check-in until lights out you’ll never run out of fun, relaxing activities to recharge and entertain you. And with its prime location in the heart of historic downtown, art galleries, unique restaurants, charming antique shops and great entertainment are just steps away. So what are you waiting for? Your special place is waiting at The Arlington.

http://www.arlingtonhotel.com/

 

Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock

In 1899, the St. Louis architect George R. Mann visited the governor of Arkansas Daniel W. Jones, and presented his drawings of his winning competition design for the Montana State Capitol, which had not been built. They were hung on the walls of the old Capitol to generate interest in a new building. The drawings’ attractiveness eased the passage of the bills calling for the new building, and also drew attention to the architect. In 1899, Mann was selected as architect by a seven-member commission that included future governor George W. Donaghey. Donaghey opposed Mann’s selection and advocated a national design competition, but the majority of the commission voted for Mann.[1]

Construction took 16 years – from 1899 to 1915. The Capitol was built on the site of the state penitentiary and prisoners helped construct the building. They lived in a dormitory that was left on the Capitol grounds while construction was taking place.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_State_Capitol

 

Fayetteville, Arkansas – Arkansas Razorback Stadium

In the year 2001, the stadium was expanded to a 72,000 seat capacity from its previous capacity of 51,000 seats, before being expanded to 76,000 in the 2006 season from the addition of top bleachers. In addition to the additional seating, several improvements were made. A new scoreboard was installed with the, then, largest Smartvision LED screen (often incorrectly referred to as a Jumbotron; it is nicknamed the “PigScreen”) incorporated into it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_W._Reynolds_Razorback_Stadium

 

Buffalo River – Northwest Arkansas

The Buffalo River,  America’s first national river, begins its 132-mile tumble down toward the White River in the upper Ponca wilderness, some of the most remote and rugged country in the Ozarks. This stretch of the river is not suitable for floating, has little access and is mostly seen only be dedicated hikers. But the river reaches the historic Boxley Valley and begins a peaceful meandering that stretches the length of the long, narrow break in the hills before it begins its magnificent sweeps around the high limestone bluffs for which it is famous.

http://www.buffalonationalriver.com/

 

Mount Magazine Lodge

Gracing the south bluff of Arkansas’s highpoint, the Lodge at Mount Magazine offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in The Natural State. With its sweeping views of the Petit Jean River Valley and distant Blue Mountain Lake, this resort mountain lodge combines a majestic natural setting with first-class amenities. The modern, rustic-style lodge offers 60 guest rooms, a hearth room lobby, delicious Southern fare in the Skycrest Restaurant, a conference center, business center, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and gift shop. The three-wing lodge stretches along the bluff so that the hearth room, restaurant, swimming pool, and all 60 guest rooms offer the view from the bluff.

This is a getaway for couples. It’s for families and friends to share together, too. It’s a picture-perfect setting for weddings, renunions and other special events. And, the conference/meeting facility sets the state for successful corporate retreats and conferences.

Stretching along the bluff on both sides of the lodge are Mount Magazine’s 13 cabins. 

 http://www.mountmagazinestatepark.com/lodge-cabin-rest/lodge/

 

Wild River Country

Wild River Country is an outdoor water park located in North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. It is the largest water park in the state of Arkansas. [1] It is a popular attraction of the city and sees many visitors from all over the region.

http://www.wildrivercountry.com/

 

Magic Springs & Crystal Falls

Magic Springs and Crystal Falls is an amusement park and water park located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, about 50 miles from Little Rock. A single price admission includes all day use of the rides and attractions in both parks. The park is open weekends from April through October and daily late-May through mid-August. Magic Springs and Crystal Falls was opened in the late 1970s, closed in 1995, and reopened in 2000. Magic Springs and Crystal Falls is owned by PARC Management.

http://www.magicsprings.com/

 

Mount Nebo State Park

Rising 1,350 feet, Mount Nebo offers sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. In 1933, a portion of the mountain was chosen as a park site. Native stone and logs from Mount Nebo were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct many of the park’s bridges, trails, rustic-style cabins, and pavilions.

The park offers 34 campsites (24 Class B; 10 Hike-in Tent sites) [no dump station] and 14 fully-equipped cabins with kitchens.

Fourteen miles of trails encircle Mount Nebo. For mountain biking enthusiasts, the 4 1/2-mile Bench Trail is a fairly level route encircling the side of 1,850-foot Mount Nebo. As you ride through the mixed hardwood and pine forest, you’ll pass historic springs and Fern Lake, and see rock work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. This is an excellent ride for your family’s first mountain biking adventure. You can choose from primitive campsites located at intervals along the Bench Trail, or stay in the park campground.

http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/mountnebo/

 

William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park is the presidential library of Bill Clinton. The center was established by Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, is located in Little Rock, Arkansas and includes the Clinton Presidential Library, the offices of the Clinton Foundation, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. It is the thirteenth presidential library to have been completed in the United States, the eleventh to be operated by the National Archives and Records Administration,[1][2] and the third to comply with the Presidential Records Act of 1978.[3]

http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/

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