Annual Spring celebration featuring handmade crafts, parade, lots of “Folk, Mountain, and Bluegrass” music, and dancing on the Courthouse Square. A great family fun festival. Ozark Folk Center opens for the season. Free admission to the Craft Village during this weekend. Free shuttle from downtown to the Folk Center.
Summer’s End Kid’s Free Fishing Day at Montauk State Park (aug 11)
Fishing tags are free for children ages 15 and younger on this day only to fish in Montauk State Park. Kids must wear a children’s free fishing tag that can be picked up at the lodge on Friday evening after 7 p.m. or anytime on Saturday. The tags are required for kids fishing on this day. Kids can fish anywhere inside the park; no designated fishing area will be set aside. Adults must have daily trout tag to assist children fishing.
Harding University Grounds Tour
Springtime and Christmas are two especially good times to visit the campus of Harding University. Spring because the flowers are in bloom and the blossoms are incredible. Christmas because of the lights. The campus is exploding with the spirit of the season and light displays that run over. Rumor is the display can be seen from orbit.
In case you like to start your day early, why not catch a sunrise?. Start it off right with the best view of your city starting at the West Summit Trailhead. The hike starts at 5 a.m. Don’t forget to tag OzarkontheCheap when you post your pics to Facebook.
Rush Ghost Town – Hwy 64
One of the ultimate free family fun activities is a hike. It’s a great way to get kids involved in nature, and hikes on trails to interesting destinations are a great way to keep their attention focused. Rush Ghost Town is one such place, because what kid doesn’t want to visit a ghost town?
There are no redbirds allowed on the Bluebird Trail, so if you see one, report it to the Park Ranger. Black birds are tolerated. This simple easy hike is a good one for kids, with the added bonus of being able to work on numbers by counting how many eastern bluebirds are fluttering about. There should be zero redbirds on this hike. Cardinal fans not excluded.
Big Bluff Trail
It’s called the Big Bluff Trail for marketing reasons. Because how many people would want to go see a Little Bluff? It’s like a supersized outdoor version of a Little Bluff. But the Big Bluff Trail sign should say something like, “Now with even more great bluff.” The people how named the trail wanted to call it Maximum Bluff, but they had to pay the sign maker by the letter so you end up with Big, and somehow the name stuck.
Oakridge Mountain Bike Trail
You’ll need a bike for this one, but it is a great intro to biking in the great outdoors. Wear a helmet because you don’t want to knock your noggin against a pine tree but remember to look up from the trail and enjoy the view as you practice the art of mountain biking in the wild.
Gaston Wildflower Garden Trail
Remember that scene in the Wizard of Oz where the adventurous trio runs through a field of flowers toward the Emerald City? You can’t do that here. You’ll ruin the beautiful flowers. So stick to the trail and let your eyes run instead.
Cadron Settlement Park
Lucy called Charlie Brown a blockhead and once you read the sign at Cadron Settlement Park in front of the reconstructed blockhouse, that’s the voice you will keep hearing in your head. Listen to it as you wander around the hiking trails or think about it as you sit at a picnic table and study the reconstructed building. The only way to get it out of your mind is to take the trail next to the Arkansas River and let the sound of the water wash it away.