Blanchard Springs at Mt. View
Located a short 50 minute drive from The Red Apple Inn you will find one of the most beautiful living caves in North America. Blanchard Springs offers tours of three different areas of the cave. From the fully developed Dripstone Trail with it’s crystalline formations-sparkling flowstone, towering columns, delicate soda straws to the newest of the cavern tours that takes you to the undeveloped sections where you might have to crawl on your knees to view a group of tall spectacular columns called the Titans.
Blanchard Springs also offers a shooting range, mountain bike trail, a springs trail and near-by horseback riding.
Close to Blanchard Springs is Mountain View. The “Folk Music Capital of the World”. Enjoy music at the court square while browsing the local shops and restaurants.
Visit www.arkansas.com for more information on Blanchard Springs and Mountain View.
Christmas Trail of lights
Have an old fashioned Christmas by following the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights
See the sights, enjoy the lights, Heber Springs is once again part of the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights.
Start at the Red Apple Inn by having an early dinner in front of our fireplace while viewing our special Christmas Tree. Then load up the family and plot your course using the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights map. Sixty-eight communities around the state participate by putting on their holiday finest, with lighting displays, parades, open houses, dining, music and entertainment. You’ll also find ice skating, choirs, special shopping opportunities, and much more.
This is a great way to spend time with your family in the most joyous time of the year. Just imagine how much fun it would be if it snowed during this time of year. Learn more at www.arkansas.com.
Clinton Presidential Library
America's 12th Presidential Library is situated on the banks of the Arkansas River in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock. The $160 million dollar structure contains 20,000 square feet of library and museum space and has earned great reviews from the crowds who have visited since its dedication in 2004. The library, which is located in a 28-acre city park, contains the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in U.S. history and includes an authentic replica of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room. Café 42, which gets its name from Clinton's place in line of U. S. presidents, features dishes made from recipes found in the Clinton Center Cookbook and offers an eclectic menu for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday with a Sunday brunch. The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is also located within the park in the renovated 1899 Choctaw Station. 501-370-8000.
While in Little Rock, visit the famous Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. This is a major U.S. Civil Rights landmark and is still a working school. “The Little Rock Nine” made history in 1957 by becoming the first African-Americans to enter a segregated school. Then Governor Faubus used the state’s National Guard to block desegregation causing President Eisenhower to send in federal troops. Located in a renovated Mobil Service Station across the street from the school, the center features a permanent exhibit, “All the World is Watching Us: Little Rock and the 1957 Crises”. For more information visit http://www.nps.gov/chsc/
The Trumpeter Swans
The Trumpeter Swan is North America's largest waterfowl and one of its rarest native birds. To many people, it is the embodiment of grace, beauty, and unspoiled wildness. It is also an inspiring reminder that we can save some species that have been reduced to near extinction.
Trumpeters once flourished over much of the continent, but by the early 1900s they had been brought to the brink of extinction by market and subsistence hunting. In recent decades, Trumpeters have begun a wonderful comeback and now have the potential to reoccupy much of their former range.
We are very lucky to have our own “return of the swallows” each year when a flock of several hundred Trumpeter Swans arrive at the lake. With easy access and parking, you may enjoy the beauty of these graceful (yet noisy) native birds.
Greers Ferry Lake
Slip away for a day of exploring the lake and taking cool dips into the clear, sparkling waters of Greer’s Ferry Lake. The 34,500-acre lake is also one of Arkansas’ best fisheries. Did you know Greer’s Ferry is home to the world-record hybrid striped bass and the world-record walleye? A full service marina, which offers a variety of rental boats and personal watercrafts, is located a short 3 mile drive from the Red Apple Inn.
The Little Red River
One of the most popular fishing and floating streams in Arkansas, the lower Little Red River flows from the base of Greers Ferry Dam near the town of Heber Springs. The main reason for its popularity is trout--thousands and thousands of which are stocked in the stream on a regular basis. The beautiful scenery and access are also good reasons.
The Little Red River is generally a good year-round float. The condition of the river is dependent upon generation periods of the powerhouse at the dam. It becomes very swift and dangerous in spots when water is released, but after generation ceases, the Little Red reverts to a peaceful Ozark mountain stream with long, gentle pools and numerous shoals. During periods of high flow, the river should be floated only by experienced boaters.
Most of the land bordering the river is privately-owned and is posted. Always check with landowners before attempting access to the river via private property.
The scenery is outstanding, easily good enough to offset one of those rare occasions when the fish aren't biting. As it cuts through beautiful Ozark foothills, the Little Red provides excellent year-round viewing.
The Little Red is among the real blue-ribbon trout streams of America and takes her place alongside the White as one of the best in the South. Hundreds of thousands of rainbow trout are stocked here annually, and periodic releases of brown trout have produced an excellent fishery for that species as well.