The Natural State’s Must Visit Locations

Arkansas is called the natural state by no mistake. The natural beauty of the state is breath taking. I put a question out to Arkansans to see which places were the best! Here are the top answers from the locals!

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  • Sylamore Creek
  • Located in Mountain View, AR. You can fish for trout, swim in the pools, hike or bike one of the Syllamo Mountaim Bike Trails, or just enjoy the scenery! Park your RV at one of the campsites, or rent a cabin and make a weekend of it! Don’t have a boat? You can rent one!
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    • Blanchard Caverns
  • Also locates in Mountain View, AR and close to Sylamore Creek is the Blanchard Caverns. They are located in the Ozark–St Francis National Forest and is the only tourist cave owned by United States Forest Service. The caverns are a three level system, all of which can be viewed on guided tours. The Dripstone Trail goes along the highest level and is about half a mile long. The Discovery Trail goes through 1.2 miles of the caverns and defends into the lower level, 366 feet underground. And also goes through the Natural Entrance about 100 feet below ground, and follows the stream bed that created the caverns. The Discovery Trail also includes the Rimstone Dams, where you’ll find pools of water, and the Ghost Room, a small room with flow stones.
  • Photo Courtesy of Susan Allen
    • The Subiaco Abbey
  • A Benedictine monastery located in Subiaco, AR. Come visit the beautiful architecture and grounds. You can shop from the monk’s store and pick up some brittle, candles, hour sauce and more!
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    • Mount Magazine
  • Is the highest point of the U.S Interior Highlands at 2753 feet elevation. Mount Magazine is a beautiful sight any time of the year, but if you can catch it during the fall as the leaves turn orange and red, you will not be disappointed! Head to The Lodge, a multimillion dollar “cabin”, you can rent a room or a cabin. Enjoy the breath taking view while you eat dinner at The Skycrest within the lodge. The state park offers campsites, several bluffs, picnic areas, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, fishing (brim, catfish, large mouth bass) swimming, hang gliding, rappelling, rock climbing and more!
  • Photo courtesy of Ethan Ruhland on Google images
    • Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
  • Located in the Ozark Mountains this Ranch has a lot to offer! Stay in a log cabin, swim in the outdoor pool, soak in the hot tub, and enjoy some southern home cooking. You’ll love all the outdoor activities, including horseback riding, rock climbing, and an amazing zip line.
  • Photo Courtesy of Adam Brosch on Google Images
    • Longbow Resort
  • Located in Edgemont, AR. A spring fed 30 foot waterfall with a natural pool is what you could be seeing from your cabin window if you stay in the Longbow Cabin! Take a swim under the private waterfall, and a nap in the hammock! The Bushmaster cabin is above it’s own creek, in a deep canyon with views of tall cliffs, wooded scenes, and flowing waters. Follow the trail from your cabin to Diana’s pool, a natural waterfall just waiting for you to swim underneath! Several other cabins are available with equally breath taking views! Hike, bike or take an ATV tour along the trails! Fish the pond and check out all the birds that retreat in the area, including bald eagles!
  • Photo Courtesy of Lacie Bohanan
    • The Goat Trail
  • Located in Ponca, AR. You’ll find the Buffalo River. Along the Buffalo you’ll find Big Bluff Trail, with it’s narrow Goat Trail. Big Bluff is known to be the tallest sheer bluff between the Rockies and Appalachians. This is not a hike for beginners or the disabled. You can expect this to take 4-5 hours, a lot of the hike being uphill! You start out at Centerpoint Trail in Ponca, AR. You’ll hike around an hour before reaching the trail for Big Bluff and The Goat Trail. The scenes from the trail are amazing. Note that this trail is not for young children, horse play, use of alcohol or drugs (including OTC drugs like Dramamine).
    • Steel Creek
  • Located in Jasper, AR you’ll find this creek along the Buffalo River. Float the river, fish in the creek, go bluff jumping, hiking, biking, track Elk during the fall and enjoy the scenery! Lots of tent sites available for camping as well as cabins!
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