Take a day trip to the Oark General Store
The big picture: The shop, operating since 1890, is on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places and offers a glimpse of what it was like to live in a rural part of the state 100 years ago.
Yes, Oark is spelled without a "z" and is different from Ozark, which is nearby.
- To add to the possible confusion, Oark is located in the Ozark St. Francis National Forest.
What to do: As you'd expect, basic groceries and fishing supplies are available, but the cafe serving burgers, fries and sandwiches is a hit with bikers (the Harley-Davidson crowd) on spring and fall rides.
- The burger I had was made to order, straightforward and delicious.
- Pro tip: Top it off with a slice of pie. There are several eclectic choices, but I went with an apple crumble that was top shelf.
Visit: The store is at 117 Co Rd 5241, Oark. Cell service is spotty, so screenshot the map before leaving home.
- Open Wednesday through Monday, 8am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays.
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