Arkansas is best known as the Natural State, and even if we are blessed and impressed with nature’s glory there are also some man-made works that deserve praise. Lakes, gardens and other locations around the state that were designed with beauty and longevity in mind have provided America with wonderful things to look at when traveling Arkansas.
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20. Lake Atalanta
A reservoir located along Prairie Creek in Rogers, Lake Atalanta is a popular recreation area constructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1936.
19. Big Dam Bridge
Officially titled the Pulaski County Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, the Big Dam Bridge connects Little Rock and North Little Rock as it spans across the Arkansas River. The bridge is noted as America's longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge (4,226 feet in length) not open to vehicular traffic.
18. Nimrod Lake
Known as Arkansas's oldest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake (completed in 1942), Nimrod Lake is located on the Fourche LaFave River in Perry and Yell Counties.
17. Norfork Lake
A glorious result of the construction of Norfork Dam (just southeast of Mountain Home), Norfork Lake is popular with swimmers, boaters and anglers.
16. Lake Fort Smith
Lake Fort Smith, located in the Boston Mountains, once had its origins in the 1930s as a Fort Smith city park before the Works Progress Administration reconstructed it into the Mountainburg Recreational Facility. Twenty-first century improvements were made when the lake, now adopted into the state park system, was closed to the public in 2002 and reopened in 2008 with more space for outdoor activities.
15. Lake Conway
Lake Conway in Faulkner County is America's largest reservoir made by a game and fish commission. Constructed in 1948, the lake is popular with fishermen and even has its own myth about a mysterious creature that lurks the shallow waters and many inlets of the lake.
14. St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
The unique layout of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Eureka Springs is what makes it so magical. Constructed in 1904, St. Elizabeth's is the only church where visitors enter through the bell tower.
13. Lake Hamilton
Created in 1932, Lake Hamilton is located on the Ouachita River. Originally constructed as a generator for hydroelecricity, Lake Hamilton has become a coveted location for vacationers and residents alike.
12. Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
Built in 1988 and designed by modern Arkansas architect E. Fay Jones, the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista utilizes glass and steel to create breathtaking Gothic arches.
11. Blue Mountain Lake
A reservoir created from Blue Mountain Dam in 1947, Blue Mountain Lake can be found west of Havana, Arkansas between Mount Magazine and the Ouachita Mountains.
10. Lake Catherine
Along with Lake Hamilton, Lake Catherine is another Hot Springs hot spot for outdoors enthusiasts. The lake was created in the 1920s along with the construction of Remmel Dam.
9. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Located in Springdale, the inspirational Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is one of only 117 botanical gardens in America.
8. Beaver Lake
Beautiful Beaver Lake is located in northwest Arkansas within the Ozark Mountains. Construction of the lake was completed in 1966 and ever since it has been a favorite destination for outdoor recreation.
7. Bull Shoals Lake
Considered one of the best bass fishing spots in America, Bull Shoals Lake is located in both northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. The lake was established once Bull Shoals Dam was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1951.
6. Bathhouse Row
Historic Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs dates back to 1832. The architecture of the bathhouses feature a variety of styles including Spanish, Italianate and neoclassical styles.
5. Thorncrown Chapel
Thorncrown Chapel, located in Eureka Springs, is heralded as one of America's finest and most unique structures. Built in 1980, the chapel is already on the National Register of Historic Places.
4. Greers Ferry Lake
A reservoir formed by Greers Ferry Dam in north central Arkansas, Greers Ferry Lake is a well-known location among lovers of the outdoors and recreational activities on the water. Formed in the 1960s, the lake is especially famous for trout fishing.
3. Downtown Eureka Springs
The entire town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for good reason. The charming little locale features Victorian structures kept in excellent condition. The town has been noted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America's Distinctive Destinations.
2. Degray Lake
A reservoir on the Caddo River less than 10 miles from Arkadelphia, construction of Degray Lake was completed in 1972. The cost of the Degray Dam and lake construction was a whopping $63,800,000. The price was worth it, as the location is a fine resort area---and the only state park resort in Arkansas.
1. Garvan Woodland Gardens
A botanical garden in Hot Springs that covers 210 beautifully sculpted acres, Garvan Woodland Gardens features hundreds of thousands of uniquely landscaped plants. Some of the garden's sites include waterfalls, a Japanese garden and a children's adventure garden.
These popular man-made locations around Arkansas are inspired works of art. Residents around the Natural State have it great when it comes to charming places to take the family or a group of friends and enjoy the scenery. Leave a comment about how much you enjoy the magic of these Arkansas wonders.