While most of America’s top vacationlands are dubbed as destinations, Forrest City happily assumes the role of a popular exit point. Located at Interstate 40’s terminus, the county seat of St. Francis County is an escape for travelers seeking accommodations, historic sites, and recreation.
The city on Crowley’s Ridge’s western slopes is a favorite location for campsites. In fact, the so-called Jewel of the Delta has always been a campsite of sorts, serving as a temporary settlement after the Civil War. Consider Forrest City a big camping ground; this time however, there’s no need to bring your own tools, food, and tents, as the city can provide them in delightfully manifold ways.
Just nearby Forrest City is the 7,000 Village Creek State Park, dotted with cabins, lakes, streams, and woodlands. Tourists can follow the Crowley’s Ridge National Scenic Byway and see the delta’s one-of-a-kind natural wonder. The 198-mile stretch features Civil War Sites, national forests, and the home of Ernest Hemingway.
Learn about pre-historic artifacts and memorabilia from the post in downtown’s St. Francis County Museum. Aside from all those, Forrest City also has several convention facilities and sports complexes. The city is also the location of a century-old Becker House. It once served as a home furnishings boutique and antiques store.
Best Hotel Accommodations
At Comfort Suites Forrest City, guests start the morning right with a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet. After a satisfying breakfast, guests can head down to the exercise center or swim a few laps in the refreshing outdoor pool. A hot tub and outdoor putting green are made available to guests.
The roomy suites of Regency Inn Forrest City are all comprised of separate sleeping and living areas as well as private balconies. The pool and poolside bar offer relaxing activities to calm you down after a day of exploration. Reservations.com add that other manageable options in the city include Super 8 Hotel Forrest City, Hampton Inn, Days Inn, and Americas Best Value Inn.
Restaurants and Dining
All the strolling in Forrest City will make you hungry in just a short time. Located along North Division Street, DJ’s Country Barbecue seduces stray shoppers with its friendly vibe and wonderful meat choices. Old Saw Mill Café and Country Store sit in at least 250 guests. Sandwiches, seafood, steaks, and a country-style buffet lure guests of coming from the interstate. The café also has a selection of bruschetta with toppings like sweet onions, olive pesto, and fontina. Home-style cooking and light t desserts make it popular among those with motor coaches and buses.
Things to Do
The L’Anguille River, Lake Austell, and Lake Dunn provide a comfortable setting for waterskiing, fishing, picnicking, and swimming. The lakes provide good fishing and an escape from motorized boats. The lakes are noted for the fine early-season trout fishing. More than 150 species of birds have been observed in Forrest City’s share of waterscape.
Birds such as the golden eagle, whooping crane, and white pelican delight birdwatchers. The stream of L’Anguille is popular among avid waterfowl hunters and anglers. If you’re into fishing, Lake Austell can help you yield more than eight pounds of bass in one catch. Hiking trails and recreational fields provide endless activities to all guests.