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Whale of a Cruise

This fall in Arkansas, enjoy The Natural State’s beauty without sacrificing any of your creature comforts.

State Park

Above: Mount Magazine State Park in Paris is the highest point in Arkansas, so hikers can expect amazing fall vistas. The park has a modern 60-room lodge, restaurant, and cabins available. Arkansas Parks and Tourism photos

Below: Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton reopened May 8 after a $4.3 million renovation that upgraded the dining room and 24 guest rooms, expanded the kitchen, and added a swimming pool. The lodge was built in the 1930s, and the renovations blend with the original rustic charm. Petit Jean was Arkansas’s first state park. Arkansas Parks and Tourism photos


It’s called “glamping,” and it is a global trend in the outdoor world. According to the Web site,, “Glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury.” There are no tents to pitch, fires to build, sleeping bags to unroll. Glamping outdoor accommodations might be a luxury tent already waiting for you, a yurt (a circular, domed, portable tent), an RV, a treehouse, lodge or cabin.

Ready to go glamping in Arkansas? You’ll have plenty of choices, including treehouses in Eureka Springs, private cabins along the beautiful Buffalo National River, and luxury lodges within the state park system.

With cooler temperatures, fall is a great time to explore Arkansas’s natural beauty; you just don’t have to sacrifice luxury to do it.

Visitor information available through Arkansas Parks and Tourism, (800) NATURAL,

Sept/Oct 2012 Issue


Looking for a fall getaway in a secluded part of the great outdoors? Visit your nearest AAA full-service office for a copy of the 2012 edition of Woodall’s/AAA Official Campground Guide. The cost is $3.95, plus tax, for AAA members.

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