Arkansas December 30, 2017
8 Perfect Places In Arkansas For People Who Hate Crowds
It’s undeniable that Arkansas is one of the best places in the world to visit. We certainly live up to being the natural state because of our beautiful trails, falls, caves, forests, the list goes on. Unfortunately, we’re not really a best kept secret anymore. Some of our state staples tend to get overcrowded but not to worry. We’ve found some of the best spots to visit if you’re like me and hate crowds. Your bubble won’t get popped in these secluded, off-the-beaten-path places.
1. Take a winter hike.
Some people seem to forget the Arkansas trail system does, in fact, exist in the colder months. Yes, you may need to bundle in layers but there's nothing better than crunching along in the quiet.
If you’d like to hike to a frozen waterfall, read our frozen falls article right
2. Zip through the Ozark mountains.
There's no bumping elbows when you're 277-ft. in the air. The zip-line at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is the fastest, highest, and longest line in the state. Have all the thrill of a theme park without the crowd.
For directions to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, go to their website
3. Take to the roads.
Arkansas has some of the best riding roads in America. Even if you're not on a motorcycle, the roads are a great way to see the state's beauty without bumping into hikers. We love the scenic 7 Byway but the I-49 through the Boston Mountains is a close second.
4. Camp in seclusion.
White Oak Lake State Park is one of the underrated parks of Arkansas. It may be overshadowed by Mount Magazine or Devil's Den but that makes it the perfect place to escape from crowds. This park is great for camping, biking, or fishing on the the lake.
White Oak Lake State Park is located at 563 Highway 387 in Bluff City.
5. Stop and smell the roses.
Roses, camellias, azaleas, they're all pleasantly fragrant at the South Arkansas Arboretum. If you felt overwhelmed by the popularity at the Garvan Woodland Gardens then this is a great alternative. Located in El Dorado, this 12-acre woodlands is filled with native and exotic plants.
The South Arkansas Arboretum's address is 1506 Mt Holly Road in El Dorado.
6. Skip the hotels.
Skip check-in lines and awkward turns in front of the ice machine at the yurts in StoneWind Retreat. This glamping site is the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with your partner or simply with nature. Overlook the Boston Mountains while soaking in the Jacuzzi or mediate in their Stonehenge-like gardens.
For booking information, you can reserve your spot
7. Enjoy a hole-in-the-wall restaurant.
We’ve mentioned how Jasper is
one of the best places in Arkansas.
But if you're tired of the hype and crowds that can come with The Ozark Cafe or White House Inn, then try the Low Gap Cafe instead. This place is the perfect blend of tiny, off-the-beaten-path, and totally full of delicious cooking.
Low Gap Cafe's address is HC 70 Box 287 in Jasper.
8. Fly in the skies.
See Arkansas from a whole new perspective in one of Balloon Little Rock's hot air balloons. Choose to fly with just the pilot and a friend or with a small group of eight. This is one jaw-dropping way to tour central Arkansas in an hour.
For more information, go
Did you discover a hidden gem that isn’t filled with people? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!
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