Devil’s Den State Park

Over Christmas, I took a few days off from work, and since this is a slower time of year on the farm, we took off for a little vacation. Our goal was to head south to a warmer part of the country away from the Kansas winter. We ultimately drove Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and back to Kansas in a big 7 day driving loop.

Our first couple days were spent in Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas. We reserved a cabin for 2 nights.

The park has 17 cabins built by the CCC in the 1930s and remodeled in the 1970s, so they look very rustic, but are modern with bathrooms and kitchens. We loved our fireplace.

The park was founded in the 1930s as a project for the Civilian Conservation Corp, a work relief program for unemployed young men during the depression. The CCC constructed the cabins from native wood and stone, and also built a dam on a creek running through the park creating an eight acre lake.

They also built roads, trails, a spring house,

shower and restaurant buildings. Considered to be the largest example of CCC park architecture, the park has been designated a National Historic District.

Besides our quaint cabin, we loved the trails and views of Lee Creek meandering through the wooded Ozark hills.

We spent some time at the dam watching the waterfall,

and some kids playing there.

Check out the boy running along the top of the dam.

Health insurance is a good thing.

If you get a chance to travel into northwest Arkansas, we highly recommend you make a stop at Devil’s Den State park. Rent a cabin and enjoy the quiet woods and walk the trails. We had a wonderful relaxing time. Just what we needed to start our trip off right.

For more info about Devil’s Den, visit their site here.


——> UP NEXT: A waterfall in Oklahoma,

and armadillos in Arkansas.

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