By Carrie Saunders, Crazy Creek Ambassador.
Arkansas is one of the best places to discover the great outdoors. You may have seen an ad or two from Arkansas Parks and Tourism, or you may have heard of one of the three national forests we have, or you may have heard of America’s first national park – Hot Springs National Park – but have you experienced it yourself?
There are 5 places you HAVE to see if you decide to visit the Natural State. These are staples across the state and every Arkansan has at least heard of these places.
1) Petit Jean State Park – Morrilton, Arkansas
Petit Jean State Park is Arkansas’ first state park and was founded in 1933. The best part of this park is that there is an activity for everyone. You can hike to Cedar Falls, take a drive on Red Bluff Drive, or grab a meal at the lodge. Looking to stay for the week? Check out their accommodations with over 30 cabins, group camping or Rent-A-Yurts. Glamping at its finest!
2) Buffalo National River – Ponca, Arkansas
This is one of the best rivers to go float on in Arkansas. The pristine water, beautiful bluff lines, and cool water make it the perfect destination for spring or summer float trips. Bring your own float of check out some of the options available such as boat rentals, shuttle rates and multi-day adventures. Looking for a tad more fast-paced adventure? Zip-line through the canopy and get a different view!
3) Albert Pike Recreation Area – Langley, Arkansas
Albert Pike is nestled in the Ouachita National Forest next to the Little Missouri River. This river is one of eight federally designated wild and scenic rivers in the state. The water clarity, beautiful rock formations, and perfect scenery makes it one of the best places for a picnic lunch. While you are here you can also hike a portion of the Ouachita Trail and wander along the river all day.
4) Flatside Pinnacle Mountain – Flatside Wilderness
Flatside Pinnacle Mountain is up the short Ouachita Trail in the Ouachita Mountains. This is one of the best views in the whole state. You can look out and see a whole range of the Ouachitas, the only mountain range in the United States that runs east to west!
Remember to always Leave No Trace and keep an eye out for trash along the trail. Popular trails mean more people and we want to keep out wilderness wild!
5) The White River – Bull Shoals-White River State Park – Lakeview, Arkansas
The White River is every fly fisherman’s paradise! The beautiful bluff lines, big water, and innumerable fish to catch make it a great day trip or camping adventure. And even if you don’t want to fish, the Bull Shoals lake is close by for a fun day.
These are only five of the thousands of places to go visit in Arkansas. Go see the Ozark National Forest, a state park, or a local trail. But most importantly go experience the natural state!
Looking to take your picnic vibes to a whole new level? Don’t forget to pack along your Crazy Creek Chair for comfy seating while fishing, resting at the top of the mountain, or parking lot snacks! The Hex 2.0 Original Chair is the best go-too option for traveling through the park. Light-weight and easy to carry always be ready for the next adventure!