There’s so much beauty in Arkansas and a lot of small and large towns alike across the Natural State work hard to preserve the glory of these wonderful locations. These particular Arkansas towns, however, work hard to ensure that their scenery catches the eyes of many residents and tourists during every season of the year.
The scenic small town of Jasper is situated in the Ozark Mountains not far from the Buffalo National River in Newton County. Ensconced by breathtaking natural beauty, the forests around Jasper are home to roaming herds of elk. Jasper's downtown area is home to historic properties and excellent small-town eateries and shops.
11. Hot Springs
The popularity of the Spa City starts with the attraction of thermal baths that come from the naturally heated water of an array, but the breathtaking beauty of the town continues from the gorgeous architecture of Bathhouse Row to the deep and lovely forests of Hot Springs National Park.
10. Mountain View
Wonderful Mountain View (don't forget it's the folk music capital of the world!) takes pride in its Ozark culture and is surrounded by beautiful northern Arkansas natural attractions including the White River and Blanchard Springs Caverns. Mountain View is perfect for exploring the wilds of the Ozarks while enjoying the location's physical attributes!
History lovers will note that Batesville is home to Arkansas’ oldest downtown and its first urban farmstead. The area also celebrates its Scottish heritage annually at Lyon College with the Arkansas Scottish Festival. Main Street's attractive Pocket Park hosts beautiful mosaics and the fall weather is especially beautiful in a number of neighborhoods around town.
8. Mountain Home
One of Arkansas's more popular vacation destinations, Mountain Home is located in the southern Ozark Mountains between two stunning lakes – Norfork Lake to the east and Bull Shoals Lake to the west. Mountain Home is an excellent small town for exploring the Arkansas Ozarks' natural beauty. Downtown Mountain Home hosts historical buildings, great restaurants, and fun shops.
7. El Dorado
A former south Arkansas oil boom town in the 1920s, El Dorado is situated in the Arkansas Timberlands and boasts an excellently revitalized downtown district. Downtown El Dorado was named America's Best Downtown in 2009 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This charming town also hosts the South Arkansas Arboretum – 13 rolling acres of botanical gardens full of blooming plant life and walking trails.
6. Heber Springs
You can't help but be beautiful when you're located next to gorgeous Greers Ferry Lake. Located in northern Arkansas, Heber Springs is the perfect getaway for nature lovers. Tourists and locals alike enjoy shopping in the town's historic downtown area and sporty folks have their choice of Greers Ferry Lake or the nearby Little Red River to enjoy the outdoors.
5. Eureka Springs
Eureka Springs remains famous as a picturesque Ozark Mountain locale built into steep hillsides and surrounded by natural springs. The town has been noted by American Style Magazine as one of the Top 25 Small Cities for art for a number of years. Eureka Springs’ historic downtown district is full of beautiful Victorian architecture lining its winding and narrow streets.
If you're an outdoors person, you'll love Magnolia! The historic downtown area has true southern charm with unique murals that celebrate the town's culture. Photographers will be enthralled with beautiful Logoly State Park north of town and nature lovers will like spending time on lovely Lake Columbia to the west of Magnolia.
3. Fairfield Bay
Situated in the scenic Ozark Mountains and on the shore of glorious Greers Ferry Lake, the lakeside community of Fairfield Bay is indeed blessed with natural beauty. If you're not a golfer enjoying the pristine greens of the two championship courses in Fairfield Bay, you'll be hiking Sugar Loaf Mountain or exploring the caves of Indian Rock - you'll never be disappointed!
2. Siloam Springs
Also known for its famous Arkansas springs, Siloam Springs was named one of the Best Small Towns in America by Smithsonian Magazine in 2012. The town boasts an absolutely lovely historic downtown with quaint boutiques in big buildings. The town is great for nature lovers, Siloam Springs has parklands perfect for photographers and the scenic Sager Creek which winds through the town is a perfect setting for small town America.
1. Van Buren
Van Buren - Seated on the banks of the mighty Arkansas River, Van Buren has gorgeous spots for nature photographers to enjoy. The town has a rich past made evident in Van Buren's historic Main Street district where beautiful restored buildings are located.
Location is everything when it comes to beautiful scenery, and these Arkansas towns have been blessed enough to be situated near some of the Natural State’s most breathtaking spots. Get your cameras and hiking gear out – it’s time to see these places for yourself if you haven’t already!