Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” May 2017
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- Chuck Dovish
Experiencing Conway’s unique Cadron Settlement Park, digging for quartz crystals near the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, exploring the long lost resort town of Monte Ne along the shores of Beaver Lake, and floating Grassy Lake at the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, May 3!
Cadron Settlement Park, located west of Conway along the shores of the Arkansas River, is a National Historic Site because of its French trading post roots. It was also the first permanent Caucasian settlement in Central Arkansas. It features a blockhouse restoration and the Cherokee Trail of Tears water route. In addition to hiking trails, this park also features Conway’s only mountain bike trail, and a quite the popular trail it is! But a visit to Cadron isn’t complete without enjoying one of the beautiful sunsets across the Arkansas River.
Northeast of the Quartz Crystal Capital of the Word (Mount Ida, Arkansas) near Washita is the Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine. If you enjoy digging in the dirt for treasure, then you won’t be disappointed in these quartz crystals! In fact, there are only two places in the world where you can find good, quality quartz crystals: Brazil and the Ouachita mountain range of Arkansas. So, get digging!
Monte Ne was a popular resort town in Northwest Arkansas from 1901 until the mid-1930s. It attracted visitors from all across the country. Then, in the 1960s when Beaver Dam was built, Monte Ne succumbed to the waters of Beaver Lake. But, during the times when lake levels get extremely low, the long lost town of Monte Ne emerges like an Atlantis and once again brings back the visitors.
Floating the 3.3-mile loop trail on Grassy Lake in the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area is a wonderful nature and wildlife experience! But be sure to always keep a trail marker in sight – because it is very easy to get lost among all the hardwood trees! (Yes, after awhile they do all look alike!)
Check it all out in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
“Exploring Arkansas,” 6:30 p.m.