A 75-mile drive from Little Rock along the eastern edge of the Ouachita Mountains to the Arkansas River valley and Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge. The drive, which begins just west of Little Rock, is on the extreme eastern edge of the Ouachita Mountains. These mountains began to form more than 300 million years ago, when the continental plates of South America and Africa began pushing from the south, uplifting the Ouachitas and the Ozarks at the same time. This uplifting, folding, and faulting lasted millions of years, producing the dramatic shapes and sizes of mountains unique to the Midwest.
Special Attractions: Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Ouachita National Recreation Trail, Ouachita National Forest, Winona Auto Tour, Lake Sylvia Recreation Area, Petit Jean State Park, and Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge; hiking, scenic views, fall colors, camping, swimming, hunting, fishing, crystal prospecting, and birdwatching. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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