Thursday May 23rd… Another move day. It was time to leave Devils Den. Because we didn’t plan around Memorial Day weekend very well,,, at all to be honest,, we had a hard time finding a campground to head to. So we moved to Russellville Arkansas and staying at a small park just outside town.
Russellville has a population of about 26,000 people. And the park we landed in has about 30 spaces I guess. In a way that’s good. At least it keeps us out of the crowded popular spots.
But if we are ever here again there is a very nice COE park on the lake just outside of town that has some very nice sites that we most certainly would stay at. It wouldn’t be overly convenient for a over night stop but anything more than a night it certainly would be worth it.
This stop was focused on getting past a busy holiday weekend but we still found a few things to check out. In fact Russellville is one of the very few towns we have ran across that I feel I could live around if we ever decided to settle down in a place other than Grants Pass when it comes time. Well except that there is one small thing…. The Arkansas Nuclear One plant. I don’t think I would want to live this close to a Nuclear plant. Here is a link to the plant info.
But the town has everything you would need and it’s clean with some very nice older homes. In fact it’s hard to keep your eyes on the road while driving around. Some of the architecture is really fun to look at. And they are working on historic downtown. So I’m sure it will be nice when completed.
And Lake Dardanelle is HUGE!!! Lots of places to fish, boat, camp and hike. Here are a couple more links that might be interesting.
In fact one of the places to hike is the Bona Dea Trails and Wildlife Sanctuary. It has over 5 miles of trails that lead all through the heavily wooded area. We were very glad it was so wooded because the day we walked it was pretty warm.
The trails are very well groomed and would be great for riding bikes on as well.
As soon as we got to the trail head we saw this sign saying Alligators are in the area. Ok,, probably pretty common for a lot of areas but for us folk from Oregon,,, well it’s not something you see every day LOL!!
The trails are set up in almost a maze,, well a maze for us. There is no way you would ever get lost out there but it’s very easy to make a wrong turn that would add some distance to your walk before getting back on track. Don’t ask why we would think that.
At one point we came to a section of trail that the water was only a couple feet from both sides of it. I couldn’t help thinking about the Alligator sign we saw at the beginning of our walk. We walked in the MIDDLE of that section of trail LOL!!
Another interesting area around is the Mt. Nebo State Park. Not a place for big rigs to go camp but smaller pop-ups and tents are fine. It is a 18% grade getting to the camping area and the roads are very twisty. And the angle of the roads on many of the switchbacks,,, well lets just say I’m not sure if you DID make the corner in a larger rig that you would be able to keep all the wheels on the ground while doing it. I just don’t think they would flex that much.
The day we drove up it was a bit hazy and it was late in the day so we missed the good part of the sunset so our pictures don’t do it justice.
It looks like there are some good hiking trails as well but with it being Memorial Day weekend and the park is packed I don’t think we will be walking them. The elevation at the top is 1350 and is considered the tallest mountain in Arkansas!!! Here is a link to Mt. Nebo State park for you to check out.
All in all our time at Russellville has been good but Tuesday we will pickup and head to Petit Jean State Park. It’s not very far from here but we have heard that it is arguably the nicest state park in Arkansas. Plus it has some good hiking trails,, so we hear and read. But it’s popular. We could only get a spot from Tuesday until Friday. Next weekend is booked solid so we will be moving on before the crowd swoops in.
As much as we have been enjoying the ,, not making any advanced plans,, during our travels it seems we have made some. Because we are so close to Red Bay Alabama (where our motor home was made) I want to head down that way to tour the plant and have them give our unit a once over (I think I may have made mention of that before). And because we want to camp at a couple more state parks in Arkansas and because it seems they stay pretty full we have made reservations at another park after Petit Jean that is on our path out of Arkansas.
Not only do we have plans made for our next two stops but I was informed yesterday by Diane that because our path to Red Bay is going to take us by Memphis Tenn. She wants to see Graceland!! So I guess I better make reservations for the RV park at Graceland. I have read that they have one on the grounds so it would be convenient,, and not cheap I’m sure.
I’ll admit that even though I may have enjoyed a couple of his movies when I was younger I have never been a hard core Elvis fan. But it is a major attraction and that’s part of what we set out to do in this new lifestyle,, be open to new things and see new things.