Arkansas Vacation Spots

Arkansas Vacation Spots #1:

At the top of the list for vacation ideas in Arkansas is the town of Eureka Springs. The town was begun in the mid-1800s by people hoping that the natural "medicine springs" waters would cure what ailed them. Today it’s a picturesque small town vacation resort famous for both the springs and the well preserved Victorian era buildings. The springs here have made the town quite popular as one of the best places to go for a spa getaway.

Resort spas like New Moon, Crescent Hotel and the Grand Central Resort and Spa offer wonderful spa packages with a wide variety of treatments and services. Downtown is a great place to explore on foot and enjoy the historical sights and the many art galleries, museums and shops.

A fun time to vacation in Eureka Springs is during the Blues Festival held on the first weekend after Memorial Day. Another fun festival to attend is the Ozark Folk Festival in the fall.

Arkansas Vacation Spots #2:

For a family vacation idea, check out Mulberry Mountain Lodging & Events in Ozark, Arkansas. They have a great location along the "Pig Trail National Scenic Byway" running through the Ozark National Forest. You can come here year round and stay in magnificent Mulberry Mountain Lodge (with 8 bedrooms) or choose from one of their private mountain cabins. Or you can camp one of their beautiful wooded campsites (primitive or with water & electric).

There are loads of activities here in the mountains. The Mulberry River is there for canoeing, kayaking and float trips. Outfitters in the area can provide everything you need. If you have an ATV, the Mulberry Mountain resort has direct access to many mountain trails for a thrilling ATV experience. These trails are also great for horseback riding and hiking. For fishing there is the Mulberry River plus the four private on-site stocked mini-lakes.

Arkansas Vacation Spots #3:

The Ouachita River and Lake Ouachita, in Arkansas are great places for families looking for outdoor vacation ideas. The river runs through a 70 mile stretch of west central Arkansas with a good bit of it passing through the beautiful Ouachita National Forest.
Canoeing Ouachita River, Arkansas
Photo Credit: flickr.com/photos/paddymurphy
For river rafting enthusiasts, there are both Class I and Class II rapids. There are also many quieter sections perfect for all manner of rafts, kayaks or canoes. All along its path there are numerous places where you can access the water for boating as well as camping or picnicking.

Combination canoe/camping vacations are popular. There are about 9 campgrounds available from the US Forest Service.

The Ouachita River and Lake Ouachita are also great places for a fishing vacation. Ouachita River is loaded with sunfish and bass. The river feeds into Lake Ouachita which is a good place RV or tent camping along the lake.

Here you can enjoy all the outdoor activities form hiking and photography to swimming, scuba diving and water skiing. Lake Ouachita State Park has everything you need including a marina with boat rentals.

Arkansas Vacation Spots #4:

There are many wilderness areas in Arkansas that make excellent vacation spots hikers and backpackers. Arkansas has over 150,000 acres of wilderness. There are several backpacking trails but mush of the area is best explored hiking through the scenic backcountry where there are no trails.

There are two state parks where rent your backpack and needed equipment – Devil’s Den State Park and Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

One of the popular trails is the Buckeye Mountain Trail is a 4.6 mile long backpacking trail of moderate difficulty. It’s in the Caney Creek Wilderness Area about 15 miles south of Mena. It has some great scenic views and it intersects the Caney Creek Trail which can lengthen your trip if you like.

The Caney Creek Trail is about 10 miles long and open camping is allowed. Combining these two trails with a tent makes a great hiking & camping vacation idea.

Arkansas Vacation Spots #5:

Consider Fayetteville, Arkansas for your next vacation ideas. Downtown Dickson Street is the region’s entertainment district with a thriving nightlife, music, art galleries and museums. Local farmers and artists display their wares at the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Square.

Fayetteville is home to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 86 acres of gardens, flowers and greenery. Fun family activities can be found at the Lokomotion Family Fun Park with laser tag, bumper boats, go-karts, miniature golf and more. Year round indoor swimming and ice skating can be found at the Jones Center for Families.

Experience 100 years of Razorback history with the displays and videos at the Jerry Jones – Jim Lindsey Hall of Champions housed in the Razorback Stadium. For horseback riding go to Pauline Whitaker Equine Center. Two nice public golf courses open year round are the Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course and the Razorback Park Golf Course.

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