Outdoor Adventures in Arkansas

In Arkansas, we have been blessed with an early spring this year and temperatures have been on the rise for the last several weeks. For most of the state, school bells have rung for the last time – at least for a couple of months. As Arkansans, we know our entire state serves as a natural playground, adventures only limited by our imaginations.

If you’re scrolling your favorite search engine, looking for a little inspiration to clock some time outdoors this summer, then look no further. We’ve built a list of seven adventures to keep you on the go and enjoying the Natural State.

Pitch a Tent

Arkansas offers a host of great options for camping, where you’re sure to find a spot in all four corners and everywhere in between. From state parks to island getaways, you’ll be able to choose your own adventure here in the Natural State. Where to look? Resources like the Arkansas State Parks website is a great place to start, but options The Dyrt and Hipcamp are also good resources to find your next outdoors home away from home.

Wet Your Line

Arkansas has a host of options when it comes to catching your next fish. From lakes and ponds to rivers and streams; your choices are almost endless. You can visit the state’s tourism website for your next honey hole or check out the Arkansas Game & Fish resources to find a spot based on what you want to catch. No matter where you land, you’re sure to make some great memories along the way.

Take a Hike

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to raise your heart rate a few beats or spend a few nights in the woods, hiking is always a great way to spend time outdoors and Arkansas has plenty to offer. From the Ozark Mountains to bayou-side trails, you’re sure to find a perfect hike to fit your mood. Check out a list of places and options here. Just don’t forget to pack a snack and plenty of water!

Set Sail on the SS Adventure

With more than 1,000 square miles of water in its borders, Arkansas offers lots of options for enjoying a nautical adventure. Whether you prefer to float in a kayak or canoe or cruise the lake pontoon-style, you’re in the right place. Hop on over to the Arkansas tourism website to see a list of great options and start planning your next trip on the water right now.

(Do) Go Chasing Waterfalls

We’ve already established that Arkansas has plenty of water to host your adventure and, as they say, what goes up, must come down. Only we’re talking about falling water… not falling apples. With names like Car Wash, Fuzzy Butt and Bossy Lady; there’s plenty to see. Just make sure you’re going after a good rain to maximize the waterfall potential and you won’t be disappointed. For a full list of waterfalls in the Natural State, check out the Arkansas Waterfalls Guidebook.

Hop on Your Bike and Ride

Of course, you can ride your bike around your neighborhood and that totally counts. But hitting a trail can be a lot more fun. If you’re the type who doesn’t mind a little mud and dirt, check out the vast selection of mountain bike trails around the state. Options like the Monument Trails in Arkansas State Parks or the OZ trails in Northwest Arkansas are probably your speed. If you’re more of a beginner looking for a flat surface and a little wildlife scenery, check out the Arkansas River Trail in Little Rock. Whatever your preference, there’s an option for your two-wheeled adventure.

Find your Fortune

Arkansas is home to one of the only places you can publicly search for a real diamond, so book a trip down to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro and get to digging. It’s a large space and, depending on the weather, you may be next to hundreds of others also searching for buried treasure. Want to keep it a bit more low-key? Check out one of the quartz crystal mines in the state as an alternative and still have lots of fun.