These 20 Gorgeous Lakes In Arkansas Are Demanding Your Attention This Summer

Arkansans can’t help but feel proud of the many, many scenic spots in our state and the lakes here in the Natural State are no exception whatsoever. Check out this list of beautiful hidden lakes in Arkansas! Okay, maybe they’re not all hidden, per se, but they sure are magical, especially when you’re looking for somewhere to watch the sunset at!

This list names the best-known and most-loved lakes in the Natural State, but there are many more great spots, gems, and hidden lakes in Arkansas to visit, too. Do you have any specific hidden lakes in Arkansas you’d like to see us feature? Tell us about it using this form; we love to hear from you.

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Hidden Lakes in Arkansas

October 23, 2021

What are some fun hidden gems in Arkansas?  

If you know where to look, Arkansas can be a pretty fun place! It’s got plenty of popular, touristy kinds of attractions, sure, but if you prefer some off-the-beaten-path hidden gems, you’re in luck. You can visit some old ghost towns, like Rush or Calico Rock. If you prefer natural hidden gems, we suggest checking out Pivot Rock Park in Eureka Springs, which is home to some truly fascinating geology with some interesting outlaw history to boot. Signal Hill is beautiful and also just so happens to be the highest point in the whole state (2,753 feet above sea level, to be exact), so it’s worth a visit. In Heber Springs, fall in love with the beauty of Arkansas while checking out the Collins Creek Cascade, an incredible waterfall that’s part of an ecosystem that contains the only wild trout population in Arkansas. There are plenty of man-made ones, too – like the Beatles Park in Walnut Ridge, which is just as epic as it sounds.  

What are the best lakes in Arkansas?  

Arkansas is home to more than 2,400 lakes with names. If you want to count the small, un-named ones, there’s plenty more than that. Some of the most popular include Beaver Lake, Lake Hamilton, Norfork Lake, Lake Ouachita, Lake Chico (and honestly all of Lake Chico State Park), Greers Ferry Lake, and more. Lake Dardanelle is another highly popular and much-loved lake, and so is Bull Shoals, which has been referred to as “The Caribbean of the Midwest” a few times in its day. The only thing as awesome as (or maybe a little more awesome than) Arkansas’s amazing lakes are its incredible waterfalls. We’ve devised an epic Arkansas waterfalls road trip that you might want to take some time – it'll be fun, we promise.