Well if you want you can head down to Ponca which is next to the buffalo river, or south of Harrison, Arkansas. We have had star parties out there. Just last year it gain the right to be a IDSP. I haven’t been up there yet but would love to one of these days.
The thing about sites along the Buffalo river is the late night fog that sometimes develops. The confining canyon-like course of the river, along with being fed by thousands of cold water springs, keeps the water much cooler than the air. Combine that with the already humid air and spring/summer nights here are infamous for, and the sky can become opaque. I lived less than 12 miles from Richland landing, and spent untold hours in/on that river. Then there’s the dew if the fog doesn’t develop, which can equal a rain shower. This is not to say that fog is a nightly event, but does happen often enough, and Ponca is often the cold spot in the state because of the settling, and trapped, cold air in that canyon. Still, the skies are dark along the river as there is zero development along most of its course. It was designated as our nation’s first Wild and Scenic river for a reason. Every American should see this river system once in their lives.
Our home is on a dry ridge top, and while dew and humidity are still a major PIA in the spring and summer, we are 20+ miles from the nearest major light pollution source, which only creates a problem on those nights when the air is saturated. We do have dark skies, but Black Mesa, Oklahoma we ain’t!