Currently I am not sure yet where I will end up. The early plan is leaning toward Leslie for doing a Messier marathon attempt prior to the eclipse and then hovering around Russellville due to it having places to camp and available sustenance.
Mena might have better chances with clouds, but there is a very large hill before getting there(I will be bike touring after arriving in Little Rock.) It does have national forest land that I could rough it at along the way for free.
Lake Dardanelle/Russellville/Morrilton will likely be packed but easy to access otherwise(truck stops and walmart for camping.)
Leslie is remote and has bortle 3 skies along its road sides, but that means less resources(food and water sources.)
As far as getting a motel or hotel room.....that could be a problem. People from all over the world have been making reservations for nearly a year. But if you just want to hop in for the eclipse from surrounding areas and leave, it will be no problem to find a place to just pull over for the view.
Just naming towns you may recognize, with estimated totality:
Four minutes or more will be in De Queen, Mena, Morrilton, Atkins, Russellville, Conway, Greenbriar, Clinton, Heber Springs (Greers Ferry Lake), Melbourne, Batesville, and Cherokee Village.
Clarksville and Mountain Home will have a little over 3 minutes.
Texarkana, Hope, Arkadelphia, Little Rock, LR AFB in Jacksonville, Cabot and Jonesboro will all have between 2 and 3 minutes of totality.
Restaurants will be available everywhere. Fast foods, Mexican and TexMex, Chinese, Catfish and BarBQ. Little Rock and Jonesboro has many of the national Steak Houses, Italian, and Bars.
Have to warn you though. That time of the year, and time of day in Arkansas is iffy. Will probably be at least partly cloudy.
It could be hot, stormy, or even a little cold. Keep an eye on weather reports and be prepared to drive North or South: there could be thunderstorms in one area and clear in another.