Bull Shoals/White River State Park
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Our First road trip after moving to Arkansas. We had to try our new tent out and see what Arkansas had to offer for camping. We chose the Bull Shoals/Whiteriver state park. Very pretty area getting into the Ozark Highlands. The park is just down stream from the Bull Shoals Dam, so the White River coming out of the dam is around 45 degrees making for excellent trout fishing. Even though we did not go for the fishing, plenty of other campers did and aparently it is an area for some of the world's largest trout, and there have been some record holders pulled out of the river.
However, we were looking for some areas for swimming and hiking. Even though we did find some small swimming areas above the dam we were a little dissapointed.
With the time of year we visited, Arkansas was pretty warm and dry putting a ban on all open fires. So with poor hiking, little swimming and no fires we were striking out for our first road trip. However we did take ourselves on a hike, and even found a resort down the road that had a pool and as long as nobody's around (nobody was around) you could jump on in for a quick swim in a nice clean pool.
One plus that we really enjoyed with our weekend road trip was on the White River we rented a few kiyaks and had a little guided excurssion down the river and a free ride back. So despite the few setbacks with no fires, and little hiking, we still enjoyed our first road trip of Arkansas. Bull Shoals actually had some pretty good programs for kids, if your looking for that sort of thing. But otherwise, we were just getting warmed up.