Cadron Settlement was the first permanent white settlement in central Arkansas. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River west of Conway, it was a French trading post and part of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Northeast of Mount Ida --the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, is the Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine – one of several mines in the area, where digging for quartz is a rock hound's paradise. The remnants of the lost resort town of Monte Ne beneath the waters of Beaver Lake near Rogers can be explored when water levels are low. The 3.3 mile water trail throughout Grassy Lake in Bell Slough WMA near Mayflower offers a cypress-tupelo adventure with plenty of wildlife.