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Old 07-06-2015, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Hampshire England
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Having experienced wonderful NE & Central AR last year, I'm already planning on coming back in '16 but with the idea of coming in from the east at Greenville MS and travelling west as far as Magnolia before heading north to LR. Is the Monticello, Magnolia line a good example of southern AR due to it's very distinct geography compared to the NE. I guess I'm obviously hoping to see a much flatter landscape and experience a different kind of "feel" in that part of the great State of Arkansas....
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:14 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Hey T. DJ, good to see you back on here. Hope all has been well for you and yours. Yes, that will give you a good "feel" for south Arkansas. After you get away from the Mississippi River you will start seeing low hills and lots of pine trees. Welcome back, and be safe.

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Old 07-07-2015, 01:44 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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Crossing the Greenville bridge over the Mississippi is quite the experience, you'll come into cotton fields of the Lake Village area the follow HWY 82 through small Ashley County towns, into Hamburg, (stop and visit the town square), you can turn right onto 425 and go to Monticello or left and drive through Crossett, over what locals call "the dump" and over the Saline River and into El Dorado and on to Magnolia. You'll be in pine forests, river bottoms, rice and cotton fields. Narrow two lane state highways. Have fun!
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Old 07-07-2015, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, Ark
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If you stop in El Dorado or Magnolia you must have a spudnut. There is a store in either town.
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Old 07-07-2015, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Hampshire England
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It was suggested last year that I try Hush Puppies and Cat Fish for the first time, I did and loved 'em! Spudnuts are now top of my AR gastronomic delights list. Thanks for the nod!
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Old 07-07-2015, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Hampshire England
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Hey T. DJ, good to see you back on here. Hope all has been well for you and yours. Yes, that will give you a good "feel" for south Arkansas. After you get away from the Mississippi River you will start seeing low hills and lots of pine trees. Welcome back, and be safe.
Thanks Fossil, We're looking forward to coming back. AR had a huge positive effect on us last year, in terms of it's people and attitude, I think you call it Southern Hospitality and it's real....
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Old 07-07-2015, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Hampshire England
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Crossing the Greenville bridge over the Mississippi is quite the experience, you'll come into cotton fields of the Lake Village area the follow HWY 82 through small Ashley County towns, into Hamburg, (stop and visit the town square), you can turn right onto 425 and go to Monticello or left and drive through Crossett, over what locals call "the dump" and over the Saline River and into El Dorado and on to Magnolia. You'll be in pine forests, river bottoms, rice and cotton fields. Narrow two lane state highways. Have fun!
Thanks Jim, will probably take on your suggested route. We're looking for exactly what you describe, which as I'm sure you will know is very different to what we discovered in the Ozarks of MO & AR. Intend to travel back up to LR after Magnolia, do you know anything about an old Confederate cemetery situated in Camden?
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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I've read about your travels and it seems to me that you have enjoyed your visits to Arkansas.

I have to say, it seems like you have missed most of the "good scenery" parts of the state. The most dramatic and beautiful scenery in Arkansas is generally in the western and northwestern parts of the state. If you are visiting and exploring the country-side, you might consider visiting areas west and north of Little Rock in the Ouachita and Ozark Mountain ranges.

If you want to visit some unique cities with great natural scenery, I recommend Hot Springs and Eureka Springs, and of course, my adopted hometown of Fayetteville.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:17 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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If you stop in El Dorado or Magnolia you must have a spudnut. There is a store in either town.
I forgot all about Spudnuts in El Dorado. OMG I miss those. Also try the Catfish Inn in Hamburg on South Main Street.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, Ark
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I forgot all about Spudnuts in El Dorado. OMG I miss those. Also try the Catfish Inn in Hamburg on South Main Street.
When I was growing up in El Dorado my dad's second cousin owned the Spudnut Shop. I have had quite a few in my day and get more when I am down there.
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