Talimena National Scenic Byway which is Highway 1 in Oklahoma and Highway 88 in Arkansas, is a National Scenic Byway which meanders through the forest providing amazing vistas and excellent photo opportunities. The Scenic Drive passes through old-growth oak woodlands on Winding Stair and Rich Mountains.
Take a day and spend some time in the Ouachita Mountains. It is 54 miles that is full of natural beauty and historic sites. I sat on one of the scenic road side over looks and just took in the beauty of the mountains, the peace that you feel just looking at the amazement of God’s creation. You can stand with one foot in Arkansas and one foot in Oklahoma.
You can learn of the ghost of Rich Mountain Cemetery, During the civil war years were hard times and the families on the mountain barely survived. It was during one of these brutal winters that a mother, her teenage daughter and several small children, were alone the father of the family was away, the mother became ill with a high fever and they needed water and firewood. so the oldest daughter headed out into the storm trying to reach what was needed. Cornered by wolves, she was forced to take refuge in a tree. Her body was found frozen stiff in the tree where she had taken shelter. She was buried in the cemetery what is now called Pioneer cemetery. Over the years, however, local residents claimed to sometimes see her spirit in the graveyard. Strange lights were often seen in the trees. Did I see her no and thank the lord for that.
You can stay at the Queen Wilhelmina State Park in the lodge that is located 3,000 feet high in the Ouachita Mountains, it is the crown jewels of the Arkansas State Park system. You can hike the lovers leap trail. It is 1.3 miles of the wandering beauty of the mountains. offers breathtaking views of almost the entire Ouachita Mountain Range. The windblown mountaintop could easily be confused with the Smoky Mountains in a way, due to the heavy fog and the stunted and contorted hardwoods that populate the area. The actual overlook on Lover’s Leap Trail is perched atop a rock bluff, where legend has it that a Native American princess leapt to her death after news that her lover was killed in battle.
This offers many panoramic views that is just breathtaking. I see no better way to spend time clearing your head, relaxing and just remembering Gods creation beauty.