BEST DESTINATION IN ARKANSAS: Tableside to a McClards tamale spread.

  • BEST DESTINATION IN ARKANSAS: Tableside to a McClard’s tamale spread.

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of Arkansas statehood, the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department has posted a ballot of 175 places in Arkansas and is seeking votes on the top 10 destinations in Arkansas. The Top 10 will be announced June 15, statehood day.

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Vote at the website, by all means, but I welcome votes and ideas here. I think the list of 175 may be missing a few spots.

For example: You can vote for the murals of Forrest City but not for the tamale spread at McClard’s (above)? More seriously: I can’t find the Ouachita Trail (below) on the list of potential votes. I’ve done 75 miles of it, from Pinnacle Mountain State Park west, and it’s a winner. I bet you have a few overlooked favorites, too.

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HEALTHIER DESTINATION: The Ouachita Trail.

  • John Carroll/Friends of the Ouachita Trail
  • HEALTHIER DESTINATION: The Ouachita Trail.