One trip to Arkansas and you know how it got the nickname “The Nature State.” From hiking to waterfalls and wildlife, there’s something for everyone who loves the outdoors. Check out the best ways to enjoy nature all across the state with these must-see places.
Petit Jean State Park
This historic treasure was the first state park in Arkansas. Nestled at the base of the Petit Jean Mountain, it’s just 30 miles Northwest of Little Rock. You’ll find miles of old trails and roads that cross over bridges throughout the park. Stop by Lake Bailey and enjoy 100 acres of water for kayaking, fishing, and pedal boating. Sites like the beautiful 95-foot Cedar Falls, the Grotto, and Natural Bridge will keep you busy for hours. Mather Lodge is the park’s staple landmark with rooms available for rent along with a restaurant and gift shop. Winter guests enjoy gathering at the lobby’s fireplace before heading out to traverse the many miles of trails. Cabins and campsites are available to rent for a quick weekend getaway.
Ozark Mountain Ziplines
If you’re a thrillseeker, try the highest and longest zipline in Arkansas. TheOzark Mountain Zipline includes 10 different lines, some as high as 250 feet above the forest floor. Cables spanning 2,000 feet will carry you over the Arkansas forest and challenge those looking for a high energy experience. Located near Eureka Springs in the Northwest corner of the state, it’s no wonder so many from central Arkansas move to this area. The Ozark Mountain Ziplines, and the mountains themselves are great for an outdoor adventure.
The Arkansas River Trail
If you’re in the capital, consider taking a bike ride down the beautiful Arkansas River Trail. Several river trails run through the state, but this one includes about 100 miles of bike paths from Little Rock to Pinnacle Mountain. You’ll ride over dedicated pedestrian and bike bridges, including the Big Dam Bridge. It’s the world’s largest bike/pedestrian-only bridge. The trail is also a favorite spot to geocache with the family and find hidden treasure! Enjoy magnificent views of the river as you make your way along the surrounding trail.
Greers Ferry Lake
For those anglers looking for a day out on the lake, look no further than Greers Ferry Lake for great fishing tours. A few fishing outfitters are available to take you out on the water for trout fishing. White River is also close by and another great spot to fish for trout. Both daily and overnight tours are available.
Thanks to a popular reality TV show, Arkansas is known as one of the premier places in the world for duck hunting. A number of outfitters offer guided hunting tours if you want to try your hand at catching a prized duck in the Natural State. Duxmen Outfitters is located in the Northeast part of the state and has reported a record-breaking year for duck hunters.
Arkansas is full of great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at any time of the year. Consider taking advantage of one of the many state parks and trails as you get out and embrace nature.
Katie Marie is a writer, avid yogi, and outdoor explorer. She spends most of her time practicing meditation and wellness using organic elements within nature.