After 30 years in Dallas, we appreciate that the city offers jobs, plenty of shopping, and every conceivable kind of entertainment. But once in a while one gets tired. There is a need to leave the fast paced urban environment to find a slower pace, to find a breath of fresh air, to get back in touch with nature, and, most importantly, with ourselves.
Located on Arkansas Scenic Byway 7 barely a quarter mile outside the Ouachita National Forest in the Ouachita Mountains, Mountain Thyme B&B is superbly situated for those who seek some tranquility. And since we specialize in relaxation, it is the perfect place from which to take a day trip into the mountains, to one of Arkansas beautiful state parks, or to a quiet, clear lake.
For the adventuresome, there are miles of gravel or unimproved roads in the National Forest, many leading to areas of great scenic beauty not easily matched on paved roads. The Flatside Wilderness area includes Flatside Pinnacle, a 1550 high rock outcrop as well as views of the 1650 foot White Oak Mountain and the 1350 foot Forked Mountain.
Continuing north, Scenic 7 winds through the Ouachita Mountains to the Arkansas River Valley. A few miles south of the river, you can turn west and travel a short way to Mt Nebo, or to Mt Magazine State Park, which boasts the tallest point in Arkansas. Or you can turn back east and travel a few miles to Petit Jean State Park, which is our favorite.
All of these are just over an hour's drive from Mountain Thyme B&B on some wonderful mountain roads. We have the maps and brochures and will help you plan a beautiful scenic tour of the Ouachitas.
Lake Ouachita State Park
This great park is about 15 minutes from Mountain Thyme Bed and Breakfast Inn. It has hiking trails, a swimming beach, picnic grounds, campgrounds and cabins, as well as a nice marina where you can rent a boat, canoe or kayak. It's a great place for a picnic and a swim, or from which to launch out for the day on a beautiful lake!
And, just three miles south of Mountain Thyme Bed & Breakfast is the Ranger Information Center for the Ouachita National Forest. Located there is the "Friendship Trail", an easy 1 1/2 mile wheel chair accessible "hiking trail" over easy terrain.
And one mile north of Mountain Thyme B&B, just inside the forest, is the Iron Springs Recreation Area and the trail head for "Hunt's Loop", a 3.8 mile trail loop, the first part of which is a switch back up the side of the mountain.
For the hard core hikers, Hunt's Loop also intersects the "Ouachita Trail", which runs from Little Rock along the ridges of the Ouachita Mountains into Oklahoma.
Adjacent to the gardens is an extraordinary wedding chappel located nestled in the woods. It's glass and wood beam construction makes it seem to meld with the forest background.
Any season is the right season to see this place. But especially renown are the more than 100,000 daffodils from 327 varieties blooming in February, over 70,000 tulips blooming in March and the two million plus lights, animated characters, and hand-made structures displayed for the Christmas Season from late November through the year end.
The Gardens host many unique special events throughout the year, so you have to get on their mailing list, or check back often, just to keep up.