Tourist Treats Tourist Treats The Old Mill in North Little Rock was used during the opening scenes of the movie Gone with the Wind. Arkansas enjoys a temperate climate and four distinct seasons with average temperatures ranging from 58 to 65 degrees. Arkansas is the 27th largest state in the United States and the second smallest-sized state west of the Mississippi River. Arkansas is bounded on the north by Missouri, on the west by Oklahoma and Texas, on the south by Louisiana, and on the east by the Mississippi River which separates it from Tennessee and Mississippi. At 20 miles long, Lake Chicot is the largest oxbow lake in the nation. This is also Arkansas's largest natural lake. Arkansas has three national forests - Ouachita , Ozark and St. Francis. Arkansas's state flower is the apple blossom. Each spring, these blossoms can be seen in orchards on Crowley's Ridge and in northeast Arkansas. There are 26 roadways in Arkansas which have been designated as wildflower routes. A few of these are Hwy 5 from Heber Springs to Cabot; U.S. 62 (412) from Black Rock to Eureka Springs; and Hwy 81 from Star City to the Louisiana state line. Eagles are frequently spotted in Arkansas during winter. Many state parks host eagle-watching cruises in January and February. Arkansas has two national trout hatcheries (below Norfork Dam and below Greers Ferry Dam), a state trout hatchery (Mammoth Spring), and a state warm water fish hatchery (Lonoke). Mountain Valley Spring Water, bottled at Hot Springs, is considered to be the purest mineral water in the world. The company's headquarters is near Bathhouse Row. There are over 290 miles of hiking trails in Arkansas State Parks and 870 miles of other hiking trails throughout the state. For 16 years, Bill Clinton called Little Rock home. Presidential landmarks in the city include the Clintons' first Little Rock home, the State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, the Old State House, the downtown "jogging route," and the Clinton Presidential Library and Park. Rogers is "the home of the BB gun." Daisy Manufacturing Company manufactures air guns here and also maintains an International Air Gun Museum. The Christ of the Ozarks Statue, built in 1966, is 67 feet (7 stories) tall with an arm span of 65 feet. It weighs an estimated one-million pounds. Emmet Sullivan, who worked on Mount Rushmore, created the statue which stands proudly in Eureka Springs. The Arkansas "Grand Canyon" can be seen from a lookout point along Scenic Highway 7 four miles south of Jasper. Blanchard Springs Caverns, a few miles north of Mountain View, is ranked among the ten most beautiful caverns in North America. Alma has a strong claim to fame. This little town is the self-proclaimed "Spinach Capital of the World." An eight-foot statue of spinach-loving cartoon character Popeye is located downtown. The Subiaco Abbey Academy on Scenic Highway 22 is Arkansas's only monastery. It was established as a Benedictine Monastery in 1878 and is now a preparatory school for boys. Russellville is home of POM (Park-O-Meter), the manufacturer of the world's first parking meter. Fort Smith originated as a fort established in 1817 to preserve peace between Cherokee and Osage Indians. The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad offers a unique attraction - in addition to running a working freight railroad, it also accommodates passengers. The railroad offers regular excursions between Springdale and Van Buren beginning each April and running through mid-November. Wilson is the site of one of the world's largest cotton plantations. It is owned by descendants of the town's founder. The town square features only English Tudor-style facades. Four great rivers wind through the Delta: Mississippi, White, Arkansas, and St. Francis. Designated as the longest bayou in the world, Bayou Bartholomew begins northwest of Pine Bluff and flows approximately 300 miles through almost one-million acres of watershed before crossing the Louisiana border on its way to joining the Ouachita River. Historic Washington State Park has a lot to see. Besides historic shops and buildings, it also includes the last steam-powered cotton gin still operating in the country and a historic magnolia tree planted in 1839. Texarkana, AR and Texarkana, TX are collectively known as Texarkana, USA. The main thoroughfare, State Line Avenue, is the Arkansas-Texas border. Since 1906, more than 60,000 diamonds have been found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Hot Springs National Park is also a city; it is America's only national park located within city limits.