Mountain Lodges to Expansive Waterways
Highway 71 from Alma to Fayetteville was designated as an Arkansas Scenic Byway in 1998. Scenic Highway 71 begins at the edge of the Arkansas River Valley and extends 42 miles across the Ozark Mountains to Fayetteville. These rugged mountains are home to quaint craft shops, mountaintop lodging, and spectacular vistas.
Miss Laura's Visitor Center
2 N B St,
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Fort Smith is for history buffs! The visitor's guide calls the town "the new spirit of the old West." It was a raucus border town perched on the edge of the Oklahoma territory and was home to adventurers, outlaws, cowboys and outcasts. The visitor center is known as Miss Laura's after Laura Zeigler who built the ornate 2 story house as a brothel conveniently situated between the railroad tracks and the river. Now the brothel still serves visitors by providing information and giving tours.
Texarkana, named because of it being at the junction of Texas, Arkansas and Louisi"ana" appeals to the traveler that prefers a more urban environment. Although, there are many attractions to fit all interests. Many historic and majestic homes have been restored and can be toured.
See Texarkana in a brand new light with the Texarkana Driving Tour, a short, self-guided audio, tour that showcases the character of the Texarkana community. Start at the Chamber of Commerce on State Line Avenue with your map and your audio guide. Slip back in time as you learn fun facts, bits of history and begin to see the city as architects, historians and artists do, as you tour in and around downtown Texarkana.
Fouke Monster Mart
Fouke, AR 71837
About 15 miles south of Texarkana is the little town of Fouke. In 1972 the movie "the Legend of Boggy Creek" premiered. It was filmed in and around Fouke as it is the area that many claim to have seen a tall hairy beast that haunted locals and attracted 1,000's of people to come hoping to see him for themselves. The Monster Mart has a small museum of artifacts and newspaper clippings related to the various sightings of the Fauke Monster. The nearby Sulphur River and Boggy Creek area provides great cover for wildlife and some say still is home to the Boggy Creek Monster.
Boondocks On 71
12200 Highway 71 South
Ft. Smith, AR 72916
BOONDOCKS in Fort Smith, AR is serving up the best in Deep South Dining coupled with private dining, catering, live music & Tuesday Trivia. Treat yourself to loads of fun, while your taste buds enjoy a wide array of delicious menu items seasoned & prepared to your taste.
Baptist Ford Bridge
Co Rd 1194
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this bridge was the scene of an episode of True Detective 3. It is part of the original Highway 71 now known as CR 1194.
22822 N Highway 71
Winslow, AR 72959
Oldest operating cabin court in Arkansas, since 1932. Family-friendly bed and breakfast.
Highest point on US 71 in the United States.