Road Trip: Heifer Ranch

Heifer Ranch in Perryville
Heifer Ranch in Perryville

Perryville is around 45 miles northwest of Little Rock. The town is perfect for a quick road trip as it is home to an interesting spot called Heifer Ranch. This educational farm is filled with gardens and livestock like camels, goats, pigs, and llamas. While here, you can learn about the sustainable agricultural practices Heifer International is known for.

The destination, which is located at 55 Heifer Road off Highway 10, is a 1,200-acre education facility and is home to many hands-on, experiential learning programs and a Visitor Center where you can learn about the many options available to experience the grounds.These range from self-guided tours to overnight experiences. Tours and multi-night programs provide visitors a first-hand look at the challenges surrounding poverty and a Global Village on site offers a collection of international homes to check out that model many of the countries in which Heifer works.

Before heading here, a neat tie-in is to check out Heifer International and Heifer Village in Little Rock beforehand. Heifer Village is home to interactive exhibits and you can drop in to learn about the people and the places where Heifer International is making a difference. The Heifer International headquarters are located behind the village and adjacent wetlands, which support native species, complement the environmentally friendly design of this building.

After you visit Heifer Ranch, you can continue on Highway 10 for around 20 miles to visit Petit Jean State Park, which is Arkansas's first state park. The park, which is located in the town of Morrilton, offers lots of hiking options including a hike that leads to a view of the 95-foot Cedar Falls. The falls are just one of the natural wonders of this picturesque park.  You can also grab a bite and/or overnight at historic Mather Lodge, which overlooks Cedar Creek Canyon.