So we canned the idea of driving to Yellowstone at the end of this month due to weather conditions and seasonal closures. Now we are thinking of driving to the Ozark National Forest. We have 9 days in a car (no kids, pets) with straight through driving to get there (22 hrs?) and the last day or two to drive back. We hope to do some hiking, lots of fishing (Norfork Lake?) and maybe some kayaking. The one thing we are unsure of is whether to camp or stay at a cabin maybe near the lake. We don't want to spend much on lodging and prefer to be outdoors, but not sure about the weather. Thoughts on this type of road trip and lodging? Would you camp or lodge? What about established campsites versus back country? Is it better near the lake? We've never traveled to this area before and really think we would enjoy it, but hope it is not too late in the year.