When you think of Arkansas scenery, you picture gorgeous mountain views, state parks alive with the sound of nature, boats on the river or lake and groups of people on hikes or touring nature trails. We have all that and more here in the Natural State, and these scenes captured in photographs are the best at telling the story of Arkansas and its beauty.
20. Mount Magazine Overlook
Standing atop the highest summit in Arkansas is an unforgettable experience. Those who enjoy the scenery from atop Mount Magazine usually come back to hike to the summit again--the view from above is that wonderful.
19. Black River
A tributary of the White River, the Black River stretches nearly 300 miles from southeast Missouri into the northeast part of Arkansas. The Black River is another popular spot with canoeists and kayakers, flowing past the towns of Black Rock, Powhatan, and Pocohontas.
18. Mammoth Spring
Known as the largest spring in the state of Arkansas, Mammoth Spring is a National Natural Landmark. It's also a great place for trout fishing!
17. Lake Greeson
Located north of Murfeesboro, Lake Greeson is a great trip to take before or after you take a trip to the Crater of Diamonds.
16. Crowley's Ridge
Noted for its unique formation and habitat, Crowley's Ridge runs into the state from the southeast part of Missouri into the northeast part of Arkansas. Interestingly enough, the flora and fauna of the region are more akin to what's found in Tennessee.
15. Cane Creek Lake
A great place for kayaking and sport fishing, Cane Creek Lake is located southeast of Star City. The lake is an excellent representation of the glory found on the delta lands of east Arkansas.
14. Jenkins Ferry Battleground
Arkansas is awesome for keeping heritage alive. There's a wealth of history in every preserved Civil War battleground. Pea Ridge and Jenkins Ferry are two very well known locations beloved by historians and travelers alike.
13. Bayou Bartholomew
The longest bayou in the world, Bayou Bartholomew runs between Arkansas and Louisiana. The bayou starts northwest of Pine Bluff and runs through six Arkansas counties.
12. Beaver Lake
Another one of northwest Arkansas's defining treasures, Beaver Lake provides drinking water for local residents and absolutely gorgeous scenery for everyone.
11. Davidsonville Historic State Park
Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocohontas is full of Arkansas's interesting past. Not only is it a great place to learn about the state's history, but Eleven Point River, Black River, and Spring River are excellent for fishing.
10. DeGray Lake
A reservoir situated on the Caddo River near Arkadelphia, DeGray Lake is one of Arkansas's loveliest resort towns.
9. White River
Residents of both Arkansas and Missouri get to enjoy the majestic White River. Anglers from all around come to bait their hooks and cast their lines into the water, as the White River is hailed as one of America's finest trout and bass fishing spots.
8. Mount Nebo
Get away for a weekend in Dardanelle and rent a cabin up at Mount Nebo. You'll never forget the gorgeous views of the Arkansas River Valley.
7. Pinnacle Mountain
It's almost a rite of passage for students all over the state; a field trip to Pinnacle Mountain State Park is taken at some point in the childhoods of many Arkansans. You never forget the exhilarating feeling that's found when you reach the summit--and somehow it seems the trip back down is always faster.
6. Petit Jean
With trails that look like something out of a fairy tale, Petit Jean State Park is one of many of Arkansas's most notably beautiful locations. The often-photographed Cedar Falls waterfall and the flora and fauna found on the Seven Hollows Trail make the experience here quite memorable.
5. Boston Mountains
Both Arkansas and Oklahoma get to share the magnificence of the Boston Mountains. The Natural State gets most of the glory, though, as the mountains cover 16 of Arkansas's counties.
4. Cossatot River
One of the nation's more difficult streams to navigate for canoeists and kayakers, the Cossatot River is well-known among daredevils. The name "Cossatot" translates to "skull-crusher", letting all who brave the rapids know that danger is at every turn here.
3. Devil's Den
Situated in the beautiful Boston Mountains, Devil's Den State Park is a popular destination all year long for nature lovers. Some of the most magnificent trails in the nation are located in this gem of a state park.
2. Crater of Diamonds
The Crater of Diamonds in Murfreesboro is a integral part of Arkansas's history as well as an amazingly unique tourist attraction.
1. Mount Magazine
The beauty of Mount Magazine is recognized around the nation. Many photographs of the Lodge at Mount Magazine as well as the views from Signal Hill (the highest peak in the state) are used to describe the state's natural excellence.
Once you’ve stood in these grand places as well as so many more around Arkansas, the memory stays with you forever. The landscapes and valleys of the Natural State gives America so much of its beauty. What scenery in Arkansas defines the state in your opinion? Leave comments on the picturesque scenes from our great state that are etched in your mind.