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If youre hungry, I mean REALLY hungry, stop by "The Front Porch," Restaurant in Yellville, home of the "Largest Buffet in Marion County." The Front Porch was written up in Southern Living and certainly lives up to its reputation. Its worth the very reasonable price just for the smoked ham and barbecued ribs if nothing else but be sure to try the green beans. I dont know how they flavor them but however they do it, wow! You can call Dave or Laveta Tablish at 870-449-5500 for current hours and prices.
The number one destination in the Arkansas Ozarks has to be Eureka Springs home of The Great Passion Play. The play starts at dark in a huge open air amphitheater. Get your seats in advance to insure youll be as close to the front as possible.
As the lights dim and the drama begins youll find yourself swept away by the intense emotions aroused by the final ten days leading up to Christs resurrection. Even the hardest of hearts must be touched by the strength of the drama which involves a large cast as well as camels, horses, sheep, donkeys and doves. The sudden appearance of Christ in the upper room is not soon forgotten.
Even my two eight year olds watched the two hour spectacle in silence.
The only thing I disliked about the play, and it was a very minor thing, was that the voices were all recorded. In working with such a large and diverse crowd I suppose this was necessary but can be a little distracting such as when an old womans voice comes from the young girl playing a leper. Dont let this keep you from seeing the play however, you get used to it quickly and it really doesnt distract from the message that is sure to touch you regardless of your religious beliefs.
Near the town of Mountain View, Arkansas lies a below ground treasure, Blanchard Springs Caverns. Blanchard Springs is administered by the U.S. Forest Service and they do an excellent job.
The caverns offer three tours. The Dripstone Trail tour is offered year round and is easily accessible, though there are some steep inclines so if you have any sort of disability please take this into consideration. The Discovery Trail is offered only in the summer. With 700 stairs this trail is strenuous. A third "Wild Cave," tour is also offered. Please contact the forest service for details.
Blanchard is a "living," cave which means its features are still growing.
We took the Dripstone Trail which begins with a short elevator ride
to the huge Cathedral room where youll see a variety of cave features. The tour
takes about an hour. Ooohs and aaahs were heard in abundance. A short bus ride
returns you to the visitors center.