Arkansas Regions

The state of Arkansas boasts a diverse population and plentiful natural resources. Learn more about each distinctive region and all that it has to offer. In addition, check out these sites:

Arkansas Government—Official website of the state of Arkansas.
Arkansas Vacations—Arkansas travel and tourism information.
Arkansas State Parks—Details on the state parks in the state.

Ozarks

A unique region, the Ozarks describes an area in northern Arkansas with rolling hills, sparkling lakes and tree-lined streets. Check out these must-see Ozarks attractions:
  • Blanchard Springs Caves—Amazing geologic formations and cavernous underground rooms as big as 600 yards are just a part of what makes these caves spectacular. Tours are operated by the U.S. Forest Service. (Ozark National Forest)
  • Eureka Springs Historic District—Well-preserved 18th century architecture is abundant in this resort town, with art galleries, museums, shopping, dining and spas. The whole downtown area is a registered historic place. (Eureka Springs)
  • Arkansas Air Museum—See vintage aircraft outlining the history of flight at this interactive museum housed in a historic hanger. (Fayetteville)
  • Greers Ferry Lake—A classic example of Ozark natural beauty, the lake and its surroundings provide plenty to do, such as hiking, fishing, camping, water sports and golfing. (Heber Springs)
  • Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park—Take the self-guided walking or driving tour through the historic battlefield, and check out the museum and bookstore on site as well. (Prairie Grove)

River Valley

Full of agricultural wealth, the River Valley is a top tourist destination in the state. Vinyards, orchards, ranches and scenic byways abound in this historic area. Some of the more popular attractions in the River Valley area are:
  • Fort Smith National Historic Site—Recently restored frontier forts and other historic buildings bring the past to life though exhibits, artifacts and interactive multimedia. (Fort Smith)
  • State Parks—State parks like Mount Nebo State Park, Petit Jean State Park, Mount Magazine State Park and Lake Dardanelle State Park offer plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities all year round.
  • Arkansas and Missouri Railroad—Everyone will become a train enthusiast after a ride on an old-fashioned railroad car through spectacular scenery. (Springdale)
  • Arkansas Wine Country—Tour wineries for wine tastings and special events, or just enjoy a drive through the countryside. (Altus)
  • Van Buren Historic District—Shop, dine and sightsee on the historic Victorian Main Street and spend a day exploring the six blocks of fun and fascination. (Van Buren)

Ouachitas

The land in this area is full of riches, from precious gems to bubbling hot springs. There is a wealth of natural beauty as well, and visitors to the region often end up feeling like there just wasn’t enough time to explore all of Ouachitas’ treasures. Here are some of the top attractions:
  • Crater of Diamonds—Spend a day searching for actual diamonds and keep any you find at this unique state park. The largest diamond in North America, along with more than 70,000 others has been gathered here since 1906. (Murfreesboro)
  • Magic Springs/Crystal Falls—Fun for the whole family can be found at this theme and water park combo. From roller coasters to water slides, its full of entertainment. (Hot Springs)
  • Garvan Woodland Gardens—Stroll amidst cultivated beauty at this 210-acre botanical garden complete with waterfalls and bridges. (Lake Hamilton)
  • Hot Springs National Park—Spa-quality hot springs have been developed into a sensational resort area where visitors can soak worries away in naturally heated thermal springs. (Hot Springs)
  • State Parks—Drive, camp, fish, hike, bike or picnic in either Queen Wilhelmina State Park or DeGray Lake Resort State Park.

Central

This area is the urban hub of the state, with the state capital providing the rich cultural arts scene. Modern architecture and historic places stand side by side in harmony, and the shopping and dining options rank up there with the best in the country. Here are some top things to do in the Central area:
  • Arkansas State Capitol—Take either a guided or self-guided tour of this spectacular building and learn about its architectural details and place in history. (Little Rock)
  • Clinton Presidential Center and Park—Home to a library, museum, café and more, this structure built to honor former president Bill Clinton is located in a 28-acre park.
  • Arkansas Arts Center—From the Renaissance to the modern era, the artwork housed in this splendid building is worth visiting again and again. The Children’s Museum and the Museum School are also housed here. (Little Rock)
  • Scott and Keo—Head to these two small Southern towns for a day of antiquing and museum-hopping. Find all that you want in the antique shops and classy cafés in Keo. Then head to the Plantation Agriculture Museum, the Scott Plantation Settlement and Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park in Scott for a dose of history brought to life.
  • Little Rock Zoo—More than 750 animals call this zoo home, and the lovely grounds also hold a zoological garden, petting zoo, gift shop, food courts and mini-train. (Little Rock)

Timberlands

This southern portion of the state features attractions that are a testament to hard work, a love of life, the American dream and good old-fashioned virtues. See how a native son rose to prominence and experience the natural beauty and industrial heart of the state in the Timberlands region. Things to see include:
  • Historic Washington State Park—As the state’s Confederate capital, this once-booming village is now almost completely restored to its 19th-century splendor. See pre-Civil War homes, museums and more. (Washington)
  • Hope/Clinton Center—Take a tour of the original home of the 42nd President, Bill Clinton, complete with period furnishings and learn more about his rise to political prominence. (Hope)
  • Delta Rivers Nature Center—Ecological education is the prime objective of this interactive center promoting Arkansas’s streams and wetlands. (Pine Bluff)
  • Camden Visitor Center/McCollum-Chidester House—Experience what life might have been like during the Civil War when the Union Army briefly occupied this area. Nearby battlefields provide tours. (Camden)
  • Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources—The “Natural State” is rich in resources, and this museum explores the industrial history of its oil industry, brine industry and more. (El Dorado)

Delta

Marked by a distinctive landscape, unique food and a jazzy sound, the Delta region of Arkansas developed its culture primarily through the low country people that call this area home. Top sites to see in Delta country are:
  • Delta Cultural Center—Celebrating all things Delta-style, the center exhibits focus on the history and development of architecture, music, food and growth. (Helena)
  • National Scenic Byways—Take a drive along two of the loveliest scenic byways in the state—the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway and the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
  • Parkin Archeological State Park—Walk through a Native American village that once existed more than 500 years ago and learn more about these lost people and their culture. (Parkin)
  • Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie—Take a step back in time to learn about early agricultural development in the state, including vintage farm equipment, exhibits and restored structures. (Stuttgart)
  • White River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center—Educate yourself on the environment at this world-class center. See exhibits on migratory birds, forests, bears, fish and more. (St. Charles)