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Old 05-21-2007, 10:30 AM
Location: SW MO
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My wife and I are trying to plan a little getaway with the kids. Here's what we're looking for, in order of priority:

1. It needs to be less than 3 hours from Springfield, MO.
2. Mountain views - the bigger, the better.
3. Clean, comfortable, cabins with some seclusion but not roughing it.
4. Access to a few restaurants
5. Prefer to avoid dry areas, but not a priority.
6. A public access to a river or lake would be good.

We have been to Eureka Springs, and while we really like it, we're looking for something a little more "back to nature", with nothing to do but walk around on trails or gravel bars and spend time with each other. She has some information from Jasper. Thoughts? Thanks.
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:43 AM
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Have you been to the new lodge at Mt. Magazine? Or the new cabins at Petit Jean, which is a state Park? There's also Mountain View - which is kind of neat, you're close to the Blanchard Caverns and there's a great swimming place down toward Fifty-Six, Arkansas...have you floated the Buffalo River? Now THERE'S a perfect trip - you can float for a day or 3 days and camp out and splash on the sandbars, there's deep places to swim (probably cold right now)....The Buffalo River Lodge in Yellville is REALLY a neat place to stay...

Check their website or any of the places to stay in that area. If you haven't ever done that, it's a great trip - looks like it's a little over 2 hours from Springfield.
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Old 05-21-2007, 01:19 PM
Location: SW MO
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Thanks. Those are some great ideas.
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Old 05-21-2007, 01:37 PM
Location: ARK-KIN-SAW
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Well, weve stayed in Harrison before and drove to Jasper, the Buffalo River there, to me is great!!, Also right outside of Jasper, is Lost Valley, there is a gr8 hiking trail, lots of moutain scenery and and the end of the trail is a little know about underground waterfall! Kyles landing is also outside of Jasper, its is on the Buffalo as well, with one of the largest rock walls im told in AR. GL
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:07 AM
Location: Central Arkansas
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Default Mt Nebo State Park

Consider Mt Nebo. It is awesome. I think it would fit your needs perfectly!
It is definately on my list of favorites.

Take a hay ride to 'sunset point' its fun and absolutely beautiful
The deer are everywhere!
There is a swimming pool for the kids (and Lake Dardenelle is really close)
On the weekends you can watch the hangliders.....
Playground for the kids.
The views are breathtaking.
I think its the only State Park in Arkansas that has private residences. The Park Rangers live there too and are really nice, there is a small outside theater that they use nightly for different activities. The park is actually the whole top of the mountain. I could go on and on. I haven't been there in several years but the best part about it is that you can go for 3 days and it feels like you have removed yourself from the fast paced world for a week.

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Old 05-22-2007, 11:24 AM
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Default We loved Mountain View!

We went on Spring Break and loved it! We rented a small cabin on the side of a mountain next to the White River. Our kids loved trout fishing in Crystal Lake. There is also a beautiful clear stream that kids love to play in. Also hiking, camping and horseback riding close and don't forget to explore the cavern at Blanchard Springs. The Ozark Folk Center is open now. We were disappointed that it wasn't when we were there. On weekend nights downtown there is folk music, ice-cream and good eats. Just a fun time. Also town is not far away for what you may need.
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