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“A Rugged Retreat” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
Russellville, AR
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Gatesville, Texas
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“A Rugged Retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

A beautiful change of scenery from Texas. It was quiet, secluded, and a rugged breath of fresh air from everyday stresses.

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“Another beautiful national forest in AR...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

The various national forests/state forests tend to run together in AR, but they sure do provide some awesome scenery and quiet places to explore. We drove through different sections of this national forest on our drive up Scenic Highway 7. We saw some sandstone bluffs, some streams/rivers, some wonderful vistas (often with turnouts) and a few deer. We made a quick stop in the Cove Lake Recreation area, off of Scenic 309. This would be a great weekend spot to enjoy the lake and hike in the forest. It was very quiet, but of course, we went in January! No matter the time of year, this area of Arkansas provides a nice getaway and I am glad we took the time to discover it on our way home to Michigan. Hope one day to be back and explore more in depth.

Visited January 2012
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“Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

We drove the Great River Road through the forest and were treated the whole way with wildlife, water, and trees. A deer darted in front of us at one point, and we also saw a fox. In one area the water was almost up to the road.

Not very far into the area was Mississippi River State Park, which has camping sites and a dock you can walk on.

The roads quickly turn to gravel, so your vehicle should be up for that. There is plenty of shade, so you'll stay on the cool side.

if you go, be sure to take in the Great River Road portion that takes you by Horseshoe Lake.

Visited July 2011
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