|The 2012 Ozark Gateway Visitors Guide, an annual publication providing information about attractions and activities in the eight-county Ozark Gateway region: Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp, and Stone, is now available. Free copies of the 54-page publication that is a guide in navigating the region are available at all 14 of the Arkansas Welcome Centers and at restaurants, hotels, gas stations, businesses, state parks, and other locations in all eight counties.
Each county is represented in the guide by a detailed narrative and color photos which outline what to expect when visiting. The county sections also include calendars listing the year's events. A complete, full-page regional calendar of events also is included.
Arkansas towns offer an eclectic selection of shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Outdoors enthusiasts have a variety of rivers, lakes, and streams from which to choose, along with hiking and mountain biking trails, caves and caverns, and campgrounds. A detailed regional map will lead the reader to historic sites, state parks, museums, and downtown historic districts. Some of the most popular sites include Blanchard Springs Caverns in the Mountain View area, Old Independence Regional Museum and the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery in Batesville, the Ash Flat Veterans Memorial in Sharp County, and the Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge. Six state parks dot the region: Historic Davidsonville in Pocahontas, Jacksonport in Newport, Lake Charles in Powhatan, Mammoth Spring in Mammoth Spring, Historic Powhatan in Powhatan, and the Ozark Folk center in Mountain View.
The Ozark Gateway region also attracts retirees and others looking to relocate in a relaxed, affordable, easy-going community. Many of the realtors in the region are members of Ozark Gateway and place ads in the guide. For more information contact Cathy Drew, executive director, at (800) 264-0316.
The guide may be downloaded here where information about happenings around the region is constantly updated. The website also features a restaurant review section.