The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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6 1 A M E R I C A ' S C R O S S R O A D S G R O U P S A R E F A M I L I A R W I T H T H E S E hough most state parks are known for beautiful trails and scenery, groups will find activities to pique everyone's interest at these four parks in the America's Crossroads region, with state-of-the-art lodges, golf courses, guided nature tours and more. Bismarck, Arkansas Out of 52 state parks in the Natural State, DeGray Lake Resort State Park is the only resort state park, featuring sunset cruises, paddle- boarding, horseback riding and an 18-hole golf course. Guests can stay in the 96-room lodge or set up a tent in the campground. For those interested in something in-between, there are also yurts, which are large dome-shaped tents with bunk beds inside. In addition to the stunning natural scenery, the park offers a variety of tours. During the eagle tour, guests ride a boat along the shore and try to catch a glimpse of the many eagles that nest in the area during the winter. "It's a good photo opportunity," said Michelle Edmonds, assistant sales director at the park. "Sometimes you see them catching a fish or f lying to a nest." For a nighttime adventure, groups can take a golf course safari and learn about nocturnal wildlife as they ride across the course on golf B y S a v a n n a h O s b o u r n Kanopolis State Park offers gorgeous views of the Kansas countryside.

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