Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Historic Blue Spring

Out and about to see the sights

In Eureka Springs and the surrounding area, you'll enjoy some attractions you won't find anywhere else.

The Great Passion Play does not present the outdoor drama until the first of May, but stop by to see the largest statue of Christ on this continent. Some of the other attractions at the play stay open all year.

Two great music shows open early in March. The Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down and the Pine Mountain Jamboree have earned critical acclaim for their family-friendly music and comedy.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge offers hope and a home to abandoned big cats, and visitors will have an educational and enjoyable experience, especially at feeding time.

Take a quick drive through the Ozark hills to visit the War Eagle Mill, where you can see a water-powered grist mill before enjoying lunch with a country flavor.

Or head east to Berryville, where you can tour Cosmic Cavern and see the beautiful underground lake.

Whether you stay right in Eureka Springs or branch out into the region, there's an attraction just right for you!

Basin Park Ghost Tour

- The 1905 Basin Park Hotel has long carried the lore of spirits, haunting and unusual happenings. The "Haunting Tales of Downtown Eureka Springs & Ghosts of The Basin Park Hotel" tour is both a chance to learn more about the many tales and fascinating stories of the history of Downtown Eureka Springs as well as possibly witnessing and/or capturing on film our next ghost story. Tours are every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets available at the front desk $15 per person.

Bear Mountain Riding Stables and Dude Ranch

-- is a brand new facility offering trail rides, hayrides, dude weekends and cowboy weddings (on or off horseback) with all the trimmings, including rehearsal dinners and barn dance receptions for up to 150 people. Located three miles West of Eureka Springs on Highway 62. Give them a call to arrange a cowboy experience you will fondly remember. (479) 253-6185.

Blue Spring Heritage Center

-- History and nature come together in a serene and beautiful setting. Blue Spring, spewing 38,000,000 gallons of cold, crystal clear water a day, has drawn tourists for 8,000 years according to an archeological dig conducted by the University of Arkansas. Blue Spring was a resting place during the Trail of Tears forced Native American relocation, and the site of an early grist mill and trading post. A lovely and meditative place to stroll, have a picnic, and feed the trout, especially when the flowers are in full bloom. Hwy 62 West.

Cosmic Cavern

-- Take a 1.25 hour tour through the warmest cave in the Ozarks, always a humid 62. The cave is well-lit, so you can see and photograph grotesque, colorful formations. This major Arkansas cave has bottomless lakes, and rare cave fish and amphibians. Spend an hour spelunking. It's fun for all ages. Hwy 21 north of Berryville.

Eureka Springs Ghost Tours

-- Nightly tours at the Crescent Hotel. Room 212, which include legends and modern clairvoyant research, brought to life by trained guides. This is the top-rated ghost tour in the country and has been featured on the Sci-Fi Channel and the Travel Channel. These talented clairvoyants also offer energy and chakra work, private readings, seminars, and ghost tours at other locations. For more information call (479) 253-6800 or see website:

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railroad

-- Ride the rails and come back into town the way they did 100 years ago -- on an old-fashioned train. A great experience for the family. For lunch or dinner you can ride in the dining car and have a meal on board. All aboard! 299 N. Main.

Quigley Castle

-- The Ozarks' strangest dwelling. Elise Quigley found a way to sleep among treetops full of blooms. Walk through perennial gardens to her home, which she beautifully covered with stones collected through her childhood. There are fossil, arrowhead, crystal and butterfly collections beyond belief. Curiouser and curiouser. Still family owned. Hwy 23 South, 4 mi.

Rosalie Tour & Wedding Home

-- "The prettiest and fanciest home on the boulevard" is available for tours by appointment and for weddings and receptions. Furnished with authentic antiques and packed with history, this beautiful example of Steamboat Gothic and Eastlake architecture will take you to another place in time. 282 Spring Street. (479) 253-7377.

Steve's Stables

located on Pond Mountain Hwy 23 South 2 miles in Eureka Springs Arkansas. Guided year round trail rides on the highest mountaintop in the county! Gentle horses, no nags, fun for all! 1 hour guided rides - $20 per person 10% for groups of 4 or more. Rides leave 10 am thru 3 pm. Call for availability & information 479-253-5877

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

-- Turpentine Creek rescues neglected and unwanted big cats and other wild animals nationwide and gives the public a chance to get up close and personal with the king of the jungle and his regal cousins. You've probably never seen this many big cats in one place. It's awesome and the kids will definitely love it. Open 9 a.m. every day; feeding time is at 5 p.m., and the animals really spring to life then. Hwy 23 South, 7 mi.

The forest full of Dogwoods is an April bonus to a trip to War Eagle.

War Eagle Mill

-- A scenic half-hour drive from Eureka Springs, War Eagle Mill is definitely worth the trip. The historic water-powered grist mill on lovely War Eagle Creek is a step back in time. The working mill today grinds high-quality organic grains which can be purchased while you're there. Or have some delicious corn bread made from freshly milled corn in the Bean Palace restaurant. Yum! Take Hwy. 23 south to Hwy. 12 W, then left on War Eagle Rd. You can't miss it.

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