Arkansas January 06, 2018
7 Ways To Make The Most Of Arkansas’ Crazy Weather
The details may vary depending which city you’re in, but one thing we can all agree on is the craziness of Arkansas weather. Here in the River Valley, we had near single digits for New Years, then it immediately jumped to high 50s. Of course, this is nothing new to an Arkansan; we know to plan for unexpected rains, temperature swings, and scoff at any weatherman’s forecast in the process. If you’re at a loss at what to do if the weather changes your plans, then let us inspire you with these weather-based adventures.
1. Just really chilly? Take a winter walk.
Don't feel like warmer months are the only time to enjoy the state's amazing trail system. Winter hikes make for the perfect Arkansas adventure; enjoy the crisp air as you crunch along and avoid the crowds that swarm the trails in summer.
For some winter trail suggestions, read our featured article
2. Freezing? Hike to a frozen fall.
If this picture doesn't motivate you to bundle up and find your own frozen falls then clearly you need to be moving to a consistently warmer state. After passing the hurdle of actually getting out the door, you'll quickly be rewarded with one of these frozen fantasies since so many waterfall hikes are less than two miles.
This particular falls is Magnolia Falls. To see more, read our featured article
3. Disgustingly cold and rainy? Explore the museum.
If your winter hike got rained out then take your adventure indoors with a trip to the Crystal Bridges in Bentonville. Besides being free, you're more than likely have the chance to join one of their (also free) events like a themed tour or even a meditation session.
To see what all is going on at the museum, go
4. Finally warmed up but the humidity's high? Canoe the Buffalo.
If its not warm enough to swim but the humidity is keeping you too sweaty for a hike, take to the canoes! The Buffalo River is our favorite spot since it has so many access points and has sections fit for every experience level.
For all of the Buffalo’s adventure options, check out the Outdoor Center’s website right
5. Hit a dry patch? Break out the camping gear.
If the rains seem to be holding off indefinitely, then it may be the best time to take a night or two at your favorite campsite. Arkansans know to pack layers and jackets just in case the weather swings but the campfire snuggles and marshmallows make the unpredictable temperature worth it.
It’s impossible to just pick one favorite. Read our camping bucket list article right
6. Few hours of weather neutrality? Zip through the forest.
So the craziness has held off so far but you're not confident in taking a full day's hike, then why not zip through the trees instead? Zip-lining can be experienced in any season, even if it does rain or snow. See the beauty of Catherine's Landing in Hot Springs if you choose to zip with AdventureWorks.
For more information or to book your zip, go
7. No idea what the weather will do? Stick to the underground.
If the swings have been extra crazy and committing to a weekend outdoors seems too far-fetched, then a cave tour is the perfect way to get out of the house but out of the weather. We highly recommend chilling in the constant 58° of Blanchard Springs Caverns.
For more information on Blanchard Springs Caverns, go
Or, for more cave trails, read our featured article right
What weather-based adventures have you experienced in Arkansas? Share with us in the comments below!
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