Sometimes the best places are the ones close by. We wanted a quick, low-mileage weekend camp-out and hike, so we drove to Lake Catherine, near Hot Springs. Why haven't we been there before? Probably because it's only thirty minutes away.
It was a pleasant campground with some walk-in sites, so that we didn't have to cope with neighbors close by. We enjoyed walking around the camping area early the next morning and and exploring the short dayhiking trails later in the day.
Funny that such a pleasant state park's practically in our backyard, but we'd never been there before. There's no doubt we'll be back soon, though, for another visit.