Nice place to stretch your legs at Wilderness Park in Pittsburg, Kansas – i spent the night here, but take a minute to stretch in the city park if passing through and needing a break. It’s in town, so not quiet from traffic, but not really noisy either.
This place was actually closed the day i was passing through, but their website sort of indicated that the grounds were free to explore and learn which is very generous of the caretakers. Definitely worth a stop. Sort of off the beaten track, but just take the time learn about the Caddo Indians at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center and Interpretive Trails near Spiro, Oklahoma.
If you have time, this is an interesting park in Heavener, OK to get out and stretch, check out the alleged ‘runes’ which are up for debate as to its authenticity. Heavener Runestone State Park.
Right along the road, you find a little side memorial for the Caddo Indians in the Caddo Indian Memorial in Norman, Arkansas.
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, Arkansas. I didn’t stop in to dig for diamonds – probably would have required a mask and i don’t do masks – but i also think it may be more for the younger set and families with young children. But a few hiking trails are a nice stretch from driving.
First stop upon returning to Missouri is Table Rock State Park and hiking the red trail – i needed a bit of a hike, so selected the White River Red Loop trail.
Given my preference for outdoor activities and visiting friends, my 2 week sojourn avoided mask wearing entirely.