I just finished booking my rooms for a three day ride in northwest Arkansas. If anyone is planning to stay at a state park this spring/summer in the area, you best start booking now. I had to adjust my travel dates to fit when there were vacancies in the park's lodges. (I don't camp!)
We're heading south from Branson on 65 to Harrison AR, then going a variety of State Highways (16, 7, 21, and others) to Mt Magazine Park, then across to Petit Jean State Park and stay for two days. Petit Jean has some wonderful hiking trails, so we plan on spending a day hiking. Some trails are quite challenging and fun, not just a bulldozer path through the woods. They actually require some climbing and effort! And there is a 90 foot waterfall on one of the trails.