Camping Gems - Things to Do in Arkansas
Hear a live concert or study basket making and quilting at the Ozark Folk Center
Hunt for diamonds and gems at Crater of Diamonds State Park
See the leaves change at Whitaker Point, Ozark National Forest
See the Civil War Reenactment in Camden
Go horseback riding along the Buffalo National River
Climb Mount Magazine, the highest point in Arkansas
Ride your bike across Little Rock's Big Dam Bridge
Fish for crappie, bass, and bream on Lake Chicot
Tour the shops and spas of Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs
Take your bike to the popular Fat Tire Festival, Eureka Springs
Camping Gems - Arkansas
Visit the charming town of Eureka Springs for Victorian homes, carriage rides, and exceptional views of the Ozark Mountains. This sleepy town on Beaver Lake is known for its amazing historic architecture and old-fashioned feel.
Table Rock Lake
With thousands of acres of open water for fishing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, swimming, and boating, Table Rock Lake is a watery oasis. Located near Branson, Missouri, the lake has a gorgeous setting in the Ozark Mountains. There are several marinas on the lake, 800 miles of shoreline, and excellent fishing for Bass, Crappie, White Bass, Bluegill, and Catfish.
Crater of Diamonds State Park
Arkansas, The Natural State, is blessed with an abundance of geological wonders. At Crater of Diamonds State Park, you are invited to prospect in the park's diamond search area, a 37-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic pipe that 95 million years ago, brought to the surface the diamonds and some of the semi-precious stones lucky visitors find here today.
Eagle Rock Loop
This trail offers the longest loop hike in Arkansas. A combination of the Little Missouri, the Athens-Big Fork and part of the Viles Branch Horse Trail, this trail travels through the scenic southwestern portion of the Ouachita National Forest. The trail crosses the Little Missouri River nine times and travels over nine mountains.
Camping Gems - Places to Go in Arkansas
Petit Jean State Park
Named for a French girl who disguised herself as a boy and secretly accompanied her sweetheart to the New World and to this mountain, this park is all about exploration. You can tour the sheer bluffs of Cedar Creek Canyon and the Seven Hollows, discover the Bear Cave, the Grotto and Natural Bridge, and wander through woods that are decked out with streams and wildflowers.
Ozark National Forest
The Ozark National Forest covers 1.2 million acres, mostly in the Ozark mountains of northern Arkansas. You'll find the tallest mountain in the State, Mount Magazine, and an incredible, living underground cave — Blanchard Springs Caverns. These forests are generously endowed with recreational opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, scenic drives, picnics sites, and wildlife viewing.
The Mississippi Delta's captivating beauty and recreational opportunities come together at Arkansas's largest natural lake, Lake Chicot. Cut off centuries ago when the Mississippi River changed course, this 20-mile long oxbow lake is a peaceful setting for fishing, boating, and bird watching. Fishing for crappie, bass, and bream is popular on the lake, especially on the upper end of Lake Chicot during spring and fall. Fishing for catfish is great throughout the year.
Hot Springs National Park
Nicknamed "The American Spa,” Hot Springs National Park surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas. People have used the hot springs here for more than two hundred years to treat illnesses and to relax. Cool mineral water flows from these magical springs, and when you visit Bathhouse Row, you'll probably see folks driving up in their cars, hopping out and filling up their water jugs.
Buffalo National Scenic River
The Buffalo National River flows free over swift running rapids and quiet pools for its 135-mile length. The Buffalo cuts its way through massive limestone bluffs traveling eastward through the Arkansas Ozarks and into the White River. Explore the river by canoe or take the back roads into the pioneer history of the Buffalo River region or enjoy a hike in one of the three designated wilderness areas.
Across the Border in Missouri
Beautiful Branson is famous for its live shows, musical concerts, and family-friendly attractions. This historic town has 49 live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, ten championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, and dozens of museums.
Silver Dollar City
When you visit this unique living-history park, you can see old-fashioned craftsmen demonstrating their skills, have your family picture taken in Victorian outfits, or catch a live show with a historic twist. The park also has modern amusement-park rides like the Giant Swing, the Wildfire roller coaster, the FireKeg, and the Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train.