Red Ferns

Where the Red Fern Grows was written in 1961 by Wilson Rawls.    According to the book, if you see a red fern in the wilderness, it was planted by an angel.

In 1974, the children’s book was turned into a movie and portions of the movie were filmed in the Ozarks region of Arkansas and into Oklahoma.   These pictures are from Natural Falls State Park near Siloam Springs.

This beautiful waterfall location was filmed for Where the Red Fern Grows, a book about rural life in the Ozarks and a boy hunter with his two dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann. We had the chance a while ago to visit Natural Falls State Park and we captured these pictures.

Near Siloam Springs, there are lots of other interesting tourist attractions like this one in Gentry, Arkansas.

You can drive through the wilderness park and view the many animals or stop and feed some of them like these cute baby goats and the kangaroos.

There are other fascinating tourism attractions in this area of Arkansas that I love like Crystal Bridges Art Museum owned by the Walton Family, Petit Jean State Park, Eureka Springs’ spooky haunted Crescent Hotel on the hill, and my personal favorite is Hot Springs bathhouse row and downtown. The best time to visit the Ozark Mountains is in October when all the tree leaves turn brilliant shades of orange, yellow, and red. It’s truly breathtaking. And if you come this way, best stop off in Branson, home of some great music, fantastic caves, and the Silver Dollar City theme park.

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