Like BayAreaTiger and Red55 said, Kisatchie might be a nice trip for you. I used to live/work around there and always found it interesting that lots of people within a 2 hour drive of Kisatchie have never been there and know little about it. If you decide to try it sometime, check out the wilderness area and do a little research. Wilderness areas are an interesting concept in forest management. Also agree with Red on Petit Jean. Beautiful and has pretty agreeable temps much of the camping season. I don't know much about the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas but my cousin who is wildlife biologist there raves about it all the time.