The Best Places to Visit in Arkansas

The Best Places to Visit in Arkansas


The Best Places to Visit in Arkansas It’s not in vain that Arkansas is nicknamed
the Natural State. Every corner of the map seems to be part of a state park, national
park, or national forest, Arkansas even has the nation’s first-ever national river. There’s
a lot, in fact, you may not know about the Natural State, including  many extraordinary
experiences, you can dig for diamonds, float down a wild river, and retrace the footsteps
of civil rights pioneers. Experience Arkansas’s extraordinary natural diversity by sampling
some of its 52 state parks and seven national parks.Bentonville’s world-class Crystal
Bridges Museum of American Art seamlessly blends the natural splendor of the Ozark hills!
Arkansas is filled to the brim with excellent places to float, fish, paddle, and play. The
state boasts more than 600,000 acres of lakes, 9,700 miles of streams, and 300 miles of the
Arkansas River. Oh, there is so much to see and to do, savor the state’s natural splendor
on a leisurely trip with our video! Founded in 1879 as a spa town, Eureka Springs
is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Arkansas. The pretty Ozark Mountain town
is built into the steep hillsides and surrounded by more than 60 natural springs. It’s also
one of the top art destinations in the country, listed among American Style magazine’s
Top 25 Small Cities for Art. History lovers will appreciate its historic
downtown district with its winding streets lined with magnificent Victorians. The Crescent Hotel is more than a hotel, it’s
a castle and a haunted hotel, of course if you believe this. With over 100 shops and
galleries, it’s a shopper’s paradise too. Hot Springs is an anthology of superb architecture
and a city with a unique history. Located in the Ouachita Mountains, the waters of the
springs were found to have medicinal properties by settlers in the 1830s. In the late 19th
and early 20th centuries, Hot Springs developed as a spa town favored by celebrities and even
mobsters such as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, who came to gamble at Oaklawn Park Races and
enjoy the waters. The town itself enjoys the most music venues per capita and the third
most nightlife per capita in the state, and ranks high when it comes to non fast food
eateries too. Carpenter Dam was listed on the National Register
of Historic Places on September 4, 1992, in recognition of its role in the growth and
development of Hot Springs. After a day of play out on one of the many surrounding lakes,
there are few things better than relaxing in one of the heavenly mineral baths. Lake
Catherine is renowned for fishing, and both boats and canoes can be rented at its marina. The Crater of Diamonds is a unique attraction—
it is the only diamond site in the United States where visitors can dig for treasures
and keep anything they discover. The site covers 37.5 acres, which was once the face
of a volcano that brought diamonds to the surface of the earth over 100 million years
ago. In 1906 a local farmer discovered a diamond on the site and thousands rushed to Murfreesboro
to try their luck. Today many of the old buildings such as the Guard House and Shaft Building
still stand and can be explored by visitors. In 1990 the Strawn-Wagner Diamond was discovered
on the site by Shirley Strawn. It is now considered to be the only perfect diamond in the world.
Mountain Home may be a small city, but it certainly knows how to bring on the fun in
a big way. Tucked in the southern Ozarks near the border of Missouri, this tranquil town
is sandwiched between two beautiful lakes, Norfork Lake and Bull Shoals Lake, offering
an ideal spot to base a stay exploring the scenic beauty of the Ozarks. Mountain Home
was one of the state’s first water resort and retirement regions with fishing, water
sports, outdoor recreation, shopping and dining as top draws. Also, local golfing, historic
attractions and natural beauty lure people to the area.Another famous stream, the Buffalo
National River, flows into the White just a few miles south of Mountain Home. Canoeing
is the top activity, but camping, hiking and warm-water fishing are also popular activities
among visitors. Magnolia Falls can be found in the Upper Buffalo
River Wilderness of the Ozark Forest and are something of a well-kept secret. To reach
the falls you will need to hike a 2.5-mile trail that is considered to be easy to moderate
and will lead you along a very scenic area of towering bluffs and rock features that
follow the edge of a creek. The waterfall is around 26 feet high and cascades
over three ledges into a lovely pool at the base. If you visit during the winter, you
can expect to see the interesting rock formations covered by glistening ice “curtains.”
There are a further two waterfalls along the trail but the second section of the hike is
considered to be moderate to difficult and should only be attempted by seasoned hikers.
The Buffalo River was the first designated national river in the United States in 1972.
It runs across the state for over 135 miles and in the lower stretches the area around
the river is managed by the National Park service. There are plenty of opportunities
for exploring the immense and sublime scenery through hiking, canoeing, and fishing expeditions.
There are huge rock formations, caverns and bluffs along the river as it meanders through
the Ozark Mountains and Fitton Cave runs for 17 miles. The area played an important
role in the pioneer era and during the American Civil War, as well as being home to herds
of elk. Blanchard Springs Cavern is an extraordinary
natural phenomenon in northern Arkansas. The caverns are located within the Ozark-St Francis
National Forest and are a major draw for visitors who can
take advantage of guided tours through various chambers and rooms within the caverns. The
caverns were only explored for the first time in the 1950s, though discoveries made here
include a Native American skeleton that dates back over a thousand years. The Cathedral
Room, a huge open cavern, is believed to have been the site of an ancient sea over 350 million
years ago. Visitors can expect to see spectacular formations of stalactites and stalagmites
throughout the caverns. The Big Dam Bridge spans the Arkansas River
and the Murray Lock and Dam between Little Rock and North Little Rock and is the longest
purpose-built pedestrian and cycling bridge in the country. This unique structure was
specifically intended to provide cyclists and pedestrians with an incentive to get out
and get active against an impressive backdrop. The bridge spans 4,226 feet and rises 90 feet
above the waters of the river, connecting over 14 miles of scenic cycling and hiking
trails on both sides. From the top of the bridge you can get a fabulous bird’s-eye
view of the entire river valley, Downtown Little Rock, Emerald Park, Two Rivers Park,
and Pinnacle Mountain. Mount Magazine State Park Located on the tallest mountain in Arkansas
and surrounded by some of the most impressive natural beauty in the state, Mount Magazine
State Park is a mecca for adventure-sport enthusiasts and nature lovers. Wildman Twin
Falls,located (Northeast) of Mount Magazine are amazing.
Daredevils come from near and far to enjoy excellent rock-climbing, rappelling, hang-gliding,
and technical climbing on Mount Magazine, while those who prefer more sedate activities
can go hiking along miles of trails, enjoy mountain biking, horse riding, and nature
observation. You can view some interesting interactive exhibits at the visitors center
and spend a few nights in a cabin or campsite. Located close to the spa city of Hot Springs
and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita State
Park beckons all nature lovers and outdoor adventurers.
The waters of the lake are pristine and you can fish for a variety of species, including
bream and largemouth bass, on the open waters or along a multitude of quiet coves and inlets
along 975 miles of shoreline. Visitors flock to the lake to enjoy swimming, scuba diving,
boating, and other water sports or go hiking and wildlife watching along the two trails.
You can rent a fully equipped cabin or book a campsite to fully appreciate
the park.

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5 Replies to “The Best Places to Visit in Arkansas”

  1. Would be much better video if narrated by a human voice. Would make in more personable and watchable. Looks like it was a good info video but I tuned out because the robot computer voice was garbage. Thanks

  2. We love our Natural State! We get out every weekend and explore somewhere different. Arkansas and beyond. We just started our channel… Learning as we go.

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