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WATER SPORTS

It would be a shame to waste the crystal clear, mirror smooth waters of Lake Norfork, especially as most days you will have the whole lake to yourself. Waterski, slalom ski, wakeboard, kneeboard, tube, jetski - or just swim. The lake’s scattered marinas offer all the gear you need, as well as snacks and drinks - just a short 5 minute drive from your vacation rental. The underwater wrecks and variety of fish make scuba diving a popular sport. It is even possible to get your open water certification at the lake.


FISHING

Mountain Home, Arkansas was voted 2nd best fishing town in the USA by Field and Stream magazine. The 170-mile network of cold water rivers harbor some of the world’s biggest trout, including a record-breaking 38 pound nine ounce trout in 1988. In addition to the two main fishing rivers - White River and North Fork, the lakes - Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals are great for Large Mouth Bass, Walleye, Hybrid Striper, lots of crappie and of course catfish.


WATERFALL TREKS

Arkansas has 133 very impressive waterfalls within a 3 hour drive of Anedodi. The waterfalls of the Buffalo National River Region, America’s first National River have majestic settings, cascading from limestone and sandstone bluffs. The tallest, at 209 feet, Hemmed-in Hollow Falls, is also the tallest between the Appalachians and Rockies. It is a difficult 5 mile hike, but hikers can also be rewarded by seeing the second tallest waterfall in Arkansas, Diamond Falls literally right around the corner. There are 15 waterfalls which are within a 1 hour drive of Anedodi including some easy hikes to 80 footers, like Dewey Canyon Falls, and Bumpers Falls


FLOATING THE BUFFALO RIVER

North Arkansas' Buffalo River, the country's first national river, is roughly 150 miles long. Described as ‘an island of time and space’ the valley is suspended in a time long ago. The river cuts down 2,000 feet through stone, creating bluffs, waterfalls, springs, caves and canyons. A scenic float for the whole family, with rapids no stronger than Class II and plenty of swimming holes along the way.


ROCK CLIMBING

Ozark sandstone is excellent and made for climbing. There are boiler-plate flakes, crisp incuts, sinker and shallow huecos, clean and snaggle-toothed cracks, you name it and it's there. And it's solid. There's a lifetime's worth of the stuff, too. Within a 30-minute radius of the quaint hamlet of Jasper, there's already some 1,000 established routes, most in the 5.8 to 5.10 range and new ones going in every day.


HAWKSBILL CRAG

One of the most photographed rocks in Arkansas, most impressive in fall. Hawksbill Crag is reached by a bumpy car ride, followed by a 30-minute hike through the forest and alongside a bluff. Great for families and beginners alike, the view of the Ozark Mountains from the top is worth the journey.  After visiting the crag be sure to check out the other attractions at Boxley Valley, including Lost Valley.


GOLF

There are three golf courses within reach of Mountain Home – Big Creek Golf and Country Club, Twin Lakes Golf Course and Rivercliff Golf Course. Big Creek opened in 2000 the course was quickly  named one of just 16 5-star courses in the U.S. Big Creek was also named among the Top 10 clubs in the U.S. in service, and among the Top 10 in conditioning. With its comparatively remote location, Big Creek offers an unhurried round of golf - the course hosts fewer than 20,000 rounds of golf per year.


CRYSTAL MINING

For your souvenir of the Ozarks, you will need to get your hands dirty. Arkansas is ranked the best place in the world for finding crystals after Brazil. Head down to Mount Ida near Hot Springs and hit one of the crystal mines. For $20, you can spend the whole day digging and rummaging through heaps of rocks and soil - and you get to keep anything you find. If it is more instant gratification you are after, wander through the gem stores to search for some giant clusters of Quartz, Amethyst and many other crystals.

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