There are certain places in Arkansas that are either too beautiful to describe or so unique that they must be experienced by the individual instead of being heard about through word of mouth. These locations across the Natural State should be seen by not only all of the residents but tourists and anyone who finds themselves fortunate enough to be in Arkansas for a while! Everything from the scenic to the strange can be found in this great state!
10. Garvan Woodland Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens can be found near Hot Springs National Park and features picturesque waterfalls and idyllic landscapes. A number of rare and unique flowers, trees, and shrubbery can be enjoyed by nature lovers as well, a Japanese garden full of peonies, Japanese maples, and rock gardens that make this location quite a fairy-tale setting!
9. Mulberry Mountain
Mulberry Mountain can be found in the Ozark National Forest along the Pig Trail, also known as Arkansas Highway 23. Not only is the mountain an awesome getaway with lodging and cabins available, but the mountain has also become home to Wakarusa, a multi-day music festival held every June that continues to grow in popularity and has become Arkansas's version of California's Coachella or Louisana's Jazzfest.
8. Ozark-St. Francis National Forest
Whether you find yourself traveling through either the Ozark National Forest or the St. Francis National Forest, you'll find that both have their own qualities unique to either forest. Combined, the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest covers nearly 400 miles of hiking trails - there's a huge amount of exploring out there to do and over 20 campgrounds throughout the forest where outdoor lovers can enjoy the best of America's natural sights.
7. Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
Located in lovely Bella Vista, the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel leaves quite an impression with its unique architecture and quiet, meditative atmosphere where visitors can marvel in peace at the chapel's beautiful surroundings.
6. King Biscuit Blues Festival
A music-filled, multi-day festival that takes place every October in Helena, the King Biscuit Blues Festival has been going strong since 1986 with a variety of musical acts that span multiple genres.
5. Ozark Folk Center
Known as a living history state park, the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View (also known as the folk music capital of the world) focuses all efforts to preserve the heritage and culture of the Ozark Mountains. If you want to hear the sound of Arkansas at its folkiest and even get a true feel of what the history of the Natural State is really like, a trip to the Ozark Folk Center has to be taken!
4. Thorncrown Chapel
A trip to Eureka Springs is incomplete without seeing Thorncrown Chapel, one of Arkansas's most uniquely designed wonders of architecture. A hot spot for photographers for over three decades, Thorncrown Chapel is also a popular destination for weddings and daily worship.
3. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville has been made infinitely more interesting and intriguing since the Crystal Bridges Museum opened in November 2011! With free admission to the public, the museum is both a representative of the beauty of the Natural State as well as its diversity with its one-of-a-kind exhibits.
2. Buffalo National River
The breathtaking beauty of America's first designated National River should be experienced up close and personal, preferably on a weekend camping trip!
1. Christ of the Ozarks
It's a very monumental moment to stand before one of the tallest monuments in the United States! Located in Eureka Springs, Christ of the Ozarks remains a popular spot to visit even if some do criticize the modernist style of the statue! Christ of the Ozarks has even been famous enough to be featured in two films, 1988's 'Pass the Ammo' and 2005's 'Elizabethtown'.
Those who have truly “been here”, so to speak, can surely tell you about these locations around Arkansas. If you haven’t seen these wonderful places around the Natural State, you most assuredly must make plans to do so! Where else around the state is a must-go, in your opinion? Leave a comment about other places around Arkansas that have to be seen rather than described!