America's Best Spring Drives

Courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Views out the car window look brightest in spring, when the landscape bursts with wildflowers. See for yourself on America’s best spring drives.

Crowley’s Ridge Parkway, Arkansas and Missouri

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The Route: 198 miles.

April brings flowering dogwoods, redbuds, and daffodils to this parkway that cuts through northeast Arkansas and extends up into Missouri. As an erosional remnant of the last glaciation, Crowley’s Ridge is one of North America’s most unique landforms and supports a number of rare species, from netted chain fern to black chokeberry. It’s also convenient for detouring into protected nature reserves like the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.

Where to Stop: Civil War buffs can appreciate the sesquicentennial at Chalk Bluff Battlefield Park, the site of a major battle where Confederate forces claimed tactical victory.

America's Best Spring Drives

Crowley’s Ridge Parkway, Arkansas and Missouri

The Route: 198 miles.

April brings flowering dogwoods, redbuds, and daffodils to this parkway that cuts through northeast Arkansas and extends up into Missouri. As an erosional remnant of the last glaciation, Crowley’s Ridge is one of North America’s most unique landforms and supports a number of rare species, from netted chain fern to black chokeberry. It’s also convenient for detouring into protected nature reserves like the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.

Where to Stop: Civil War buffs can appreciate the sesquicentennial at Chalk Bluff Battlefield Park, the site of a major battle where Confederate forces claimed tactical victory.

Courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
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