Day 5 – Arkansas to Oklahoma 


April 26

When we left Hot Springs, Arkansas, it was about to rain. We fortunately were able to pack up before the storm came through.

As usual, we wanted to take the back roads. We took US 270 for a while and then planned on picking up the Talimena National Scenic Byway from Arkansas into Oklahoma.

Talimena National Scenic Byway 

It had the similar feel as the Blue Ridge Parkway, down to the very heavy fog.

Little serpentine roads like that are great on motorcycles, but it the Fuso, it wasn’t much fun with no view and no visibility for even short distances.

I’m sure the views are really great without the fog. So, if you happen to be in this part of the world, I would recommend taking it assuming there isn’t any rain or snow.

We turned off at the next exit and headed to Oklahoma on the back roads.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

We aimed for a shorter drive today. So we decided to camp at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. It had formerly been a National Park and there was an area that formed a historic district. There was an enclosed pasture with Buffalo. We didn’t see any there.

We camped at the Buckhorn Campground. We were able to find a spot close to the Lake of the Arbunkles. 

There were four loops, although A & B were closed. The campground had a controlled burn within the last year and the evergreen trees looked like it.

The campsites were a reasonable distance apart with lots of mature oaks providing shade.  We checked out the bathrooms and showers. They were really nice.

We took a walk down to the lake about an hour before sunset.  It was a great view.

We had a quiet, laid back evening.

 


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