Arkansas

The Natural State

Arkansas is known for its abundant park and wilderness areas, with terrain encompassing mountains, caves, rivers, and hot springs. In the mid-1980s, the Arkansas parks system began promoting Arkansas as “the Natural State” and the nickname proved popular, largely eclipsing the older “Land of Opportunity” in public esteem and currency.

The rugged Ozarks region in its northwest has hiking trails and limestone caves such as Blanchard Springs Caverns. Its capital, Little Rock, hosts the Clinton Presidential Center, housing Bill Clinton’s presidential archives.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is a Victorian village that’s become one of the finest artisan communities in the nation. You can find one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, and restaurants as well as plenty of public parks to enjoy a nice picnic lunch while remaining an appropriate distance from others. >MORE

Experience the natural beauty of Arkansas’s top vacation spots by renting a cozy cabin tucked away in the woods or one next to a picturesque stream. CloudNineRVPark is open year-round. It is conveniently located near the Magic Theme and Water Park as well as the Hot Springs Golf and Country Club. Staying in a treehouse at Carter Off-Road Park is a unique experience. This park features 1000+ acres of fun featuring trails, mud boggin, an obstacle course, a motocross course, bounty hole & more.

There are also luxurious resorts and lodges with photo-worthy mountain and lake backdrops. If you prefer an urban destination, check into a hotel for a few nights, and enjoy being close to great shopping, dining, events, and more for an extended weekend getaway.

Little Rock is the heart of the Natural State. Wherever you stay in Little Rock, you’re just minutes away from outdoor adventure. To the west, Pinnacle Mountain State Park beckons with paddling, hiking, rock climbing, star gazing and fun outdoor programs lead by the park staff. The Delta starts just east of town, and you can ride your road bike from the Arkansas River Trail eastward to some nice, flat pedaling perfection through cotton and bean fields and past sleepy lakes rimmed by moss-draped cypress trees. Back in town, the Arkansas River Trail takes you over the Big Dam Bridge and connects more than 15 miles of trails. Golf? We got it. A Nature Center? Yep. Maybe a park that has soccer, beach volleyball, a dog park and more? Try Murray Park. And then maybe visit the 50 other city parks we have. Did we mention the canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding? It’s all here and it’s all within easy reach, so get out there and make your own outdoor adventure in Little Rock.  >MORE

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