14 Picture-Perfect Places to See in Arkansas
The beauty of the Natural State can be witnessed in various forms, ranging from waterfalls to hiking trails to rivers, and even in a city skyline, giving way for breathtaking sights. The state varies in eye-pleasing scenery to provide its visitors or even its homelanders, truly living up to its given nickname.
Whitaker Point (Hawksbill Crag)
In the midst of rolling Ozark hills covered with colorful trees and branching off of a hiking trail sticks out a grand peak of rock, notorious for photo opportunities and captivating one’s sight. Whitaker Point, also referred to as Hawksbill Crag, can be found toward the end of a 2.9-mile, easy-to-moderate hike in the hills of Newton County. And once the end of the trail is reached, the scene is astonishing.
Close to Whitaker Point, the nearby city of Ponca attracts tourists from all areas, mostly for the elk that are prevalent in the area, which live below the massive cliffs that tower above them. The area has hardly any light pollution, giving way for spectators to view the stars and even the Milky Way galaxy during the night, an undoubtedly mesmerizing sight.
Traveling east of Ponca, a stroll through the small town of Jasper is a must as it is one of a kind. Still within the area of the Ozarks, the town rests in the bottom of the hills, giving tourists a lovely drive through a colorful view of trees in the autumn, perfect for a Sunday drive, a brunch in one of the town’s few restaurants and even a bit of antique shopping.
When going for a drive, Northwest Arkansas is unmistakably a magnificent place to visit in its grandeur for the activity. The northwest area has plenty to offer, from cafes to shops to sporting events and more, but one of the best parts of it all is the journey there. Venturing along Interstate 49 or Highway 23 (Pig Trail) will provide a large amount of scenery to the viewer alongside the road, with overlooks of sweeping hills coated in thousands of trees. Nevertheless, the sights are unlike any other in the fall season.
Buffalo National River
The Buffalo River can also be found in the northern part of the state, which remains a large spot for the outdoorsman, occasional floaters or even some who simply want to get away for a weekend. The river, running below spectacular cliffs and trees, is a hotspot for canoers and kayakers of all levels, with spots for swimming and setting up a picnic along the way.
Greers Ferry Lake
The Natural State is full of water spots, and Greers Ferry Lake is a no-brainer when discussing the subject. Bearing a large body of water surrounded by cliffs, trees and occasional pits of sand, the lake is undoubtedly among the most popular of summer attractions. However, the best sights are when the sun is making its rest as the day approaches its end, providing a breathtaking view of a reflective sunset on the water, astounding from any point upon the lake.
Sugar Loaf Mountain
Just within the area and overlooking Greers Ferry Lake is Sugar Loaf, found in the city of Fairfield Bay. The beyond-unique rock sits upon a large hill, which doesn’t go unnoticed when driving through the area. Although the massive rock is an interesting sight from afar, it is well known for its openness to hike upon.
Petit Jean State Park
Petit Jean State Park is a lovely opportunity for a hike within the Central Arkansas area. The trails are fairly easy, giving way for a non-strenuous exercise. Among the trails, one can see glorious overlooks, large rocks and cliffs, trees and wildlife, and creeks of running water leading to the endpoint of Cedar Falls Trail — a high waterfall.
The word “hike” will almost always bring the image of Pinnacle Mountain into the mind of an Arkansan. Being one of Central Arkansas’ “largest” attractions, Pinnacle provides a great opportunity for hikers of any skill level, with wonderful views from nearly any point on the mountain’s trails, overlooking the Arkansas River and the lands of the surrounding area.
Two Rivers Park
Just downstream the Arkansas River from Pinnacle is a fairly new and popular spot for almost any activity. Two Rivers Park Bridge is not only a bridge but a trail over the river and quite literally through the woods, with beautiful sights of Pinnacle, the Arkansas River and even abundant wildlife.
The Old Mill site in North Little Rock may be small, but must not be overlooked for its uniqueness. The mill, built in 1933, is still operating today, running water into a serene little pond with ducks afloat, being a great area for a picnic, a walk or a family outing. Furthermore, numerous spots of bridges, rocks and architecture are well-liked spots for photo opportunities.
There is no doubt as to why Emerald Park beholds such a name, as the entire park is coated in every shade of green imaginable, thanks to the preservation of nature. Found right in North Little Rock’s backyard, the place is not only a park, but a huge landscape to perceive. A winding trail leads from the parking lot and into the beautiful green forest, and toward the end, in a peek between the trees, the park leaves its visitors with a one-of-a-kind picture to take in, showing an abundance of trees, massive cliffs and a river in the midst of it all.
Downtown Little Rock at Night
The capital city is not just a business spot, but fun for all to partake in with colorful sightings throughout. At night, especially viewed from the North Little Rock side of the river, downtown Little Rock is lit up in all its glory — from bridges to buildings, ranging in various colors — making it a fun place to be on a night out.
Arkansas has many high points, whether one thinks figuratively or literally, but its literal highest point stands at an elevation of 2,753 feet — Magazine Mountain. The spot is quite an attraction for tourists, providing lodges at the top of the mountain with views gandering across planes of trees for miles to see.