We have a key pad entry on the door of the house for easy access ( no key to lose ) when you rent the house. Fun for your family vacation. Free entry to this state park with three play grounds, 14 miles of Hiking Trails that lead to five springs, two free tennis courts, summer water slide pool in state park only $4 per day per person, basket ball hoops, Lake Dardanelle boating below mountain, Hang-gliding (Class 3 minimum), Watercolor class $240 with materials provided for up to ten in your group each person has a painting competed, best souvinior from your stay at this famous mountain class by owner Cynthia must book before arrival.
The air is so clean and clear up above the river valley, that you never want to go back home. The visitors center has a few groceries, souviniors and bike rides, a bag of corn mix is one dollar to feed the deer that will arrive daily to graze on the grass. If you shack the bag of corn they come running up closer to you for the feed. I have seen many clusters of deer all over the park. Please remember you may Photograph but No Hunting is Allowed. There is a walmart at the bottom of the hill that you can visited any time for your food. Especially if you have an awesome cook. The deer are roaming everywhere. I would see and hear them in the woods on our walks. Take a hiking trail one day....just the easy one..that is kinda cool too. If is gets a little dark walk up to the road for part of the walk back to the Summit House because the road is always near the trails.
My first trip to Mount Nebo was in my 1968 British Leyland MBG with its low profile. I enjoyed all the turns in the road. I had just graduated from Russellville High School in 1974 and thought to myself, how could anyone afford to build big houses up here, in the state park, as I passed the Summit House on my way to ‘Sunset Point’. Now that we own the exact house.
Now eleven years later we have made big improvements and enjoy our trips to the house monthly to check on the yard and quality of cleaning from our service provider, new pool table with equipment, the Direct TV Satellite reception and Hydro tub in the master bedroom.
Pride of ownership brings us to renovations and the first thing we had to do was change the siding from cedar to vinyl then we changed the windows and doors from aluminum to double pane and hinged. All the interior walls were painted or replaced by sheet rock with acrylic murals or Arkansas cedar and the interior doors are new. The flooring on the main floor is now porcelain tiled and the kitchen has new Formica counters. There is a new garbage disposal, dish washer and faucet in the kitchen.
Arriving on top of the mountain there is a wonderful clean clear breeze as the temperature changes about 10 degrees from the 1800 ft elevation.
Evening is a great time to be outdoors; we usually go to Sunset Point to enjoy watching the sunset, then the stars show up and the moon rises over head. We head home to our Summit House for dinner then sit on the porch swing sipping a glass of wine while, deer and an armadillo come across the yard in front of us. We pose no threat and enjoy their presence. Then the lights are coming on in the houses of Dardanelle, Delaware and Russellville so beautiful to sit in the double swing and watch them, but we can also see the lights of Greenbriar and Clarksville.
After a tranquil sleep I rise to make coffee and find Fox News on the TV. As the sun rises from the east I watch from my chair the different layers of clouds it passes through and I’m grateful to be the first person in Arkansas to see the sunrise over the horizon, since I am so high up above the Arkansas River Valley.
Now for a hike around the Rim Trail which is my favorite with its majestic views and towering rocks and trees bent over from windy storms that have passed by. Six short trails to the springs offer short cuts to the Bench trail which is a level roadway from days gone by when houses were built one hundred years ago but they burned in the 1920’s when a fire swept through to end a decade of grander times. I have found old stone chimneys, foundations and wells near the trails. All the seasons are wonderful, in the Spring you see the dogwood trees bloom, in summer you see the baby fawns birthed by does, fall the fuzzy spikes come on the yearlings and winter trees shed the leaves to give the grand view of the valley laying out below.
During our visit to the Summit House, practically every waking moment is spent enjoying this wonderful place, indoors and out. Recycling is a must here at our vacation rental. We need your help to keep trash recycle in order. Please put aluminum cans no foil or tin in the marked trash can.
Break down all boxes and make a stack by the trash cans.
Unrecyclable trash should be bagged and put in the unmarked trash can.