Arkansas July 24, 2017
Arkansas’s Mountain Trail Will Lead You To The Most Majestic Views In The State
‘Tis the season for road trips and epic adventure, and we’ve got a heck of an itinerary laid out for you today. From the scenic Ouachitas to the breathtaking Ozarks, this road trip is going to take you to the best and prettiest peaks across the Natural State. The total drive time will take you just under eight hours, and most of that drive time is through some of the most impressive byways Arkansas has to offer. I’ve also included suggestions for places to eat and sleep.
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1. Hot Springs Mountain
We’re starting your adventure in Hot Springs because there’s something you need to see there. Hot Springs Mountain Tower rises from the top of Hot Springs Mountain and provides a stellar 360 degree view of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains. I’d suggest starting your trip there on a Friday afternoon and spending your evening eating delicious food and staying in a historic hotel in Hot Springs. It’s a mountain you don’t want to miss, and you’ll love your time in town.
2. Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Next up you’re headed to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. You’re going to drive about an hour to reach Arkansas’s most unique mountain. Pinnacle is impressive even as you approach it. From a distance you’ll notice a distinctive cone shape unlike other Arkansas peaks. If you do decide to summit the mountain, you’ll be treated to sweeping views. There are plenty of trails and places to play, on the mountain and just near it. And those views of Lake Maumelle are well worth a climb.
3. Petit Jean State Park
Next up we’re headed to Arkansas’s very first state park. This drive is going to about an hour, and on top of stopping at all the overlooks you want, you should also consider exploring the trail that leads to Cedar Falls. It’s one of the Natural State’s most impressive and therefore most photographed waterfalls, and Cedar Falls Trail is only 1.7 miles.
4. Mount Nebo State Park
Mount Nebo has both a Sunrise Point and a Sunset Point, so in theory you could spend all day gazing out at sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. It’s going to take you less than 45 minutes to reach Mount Nebo from Petit Jean, and no one could blame you if you chose to catch the sunset, stay overnight, and get up early for the sunrise at Mount Nebo State Park. Mount Nebo has plenty of scenic campsites and charming cabins to accommodate you.
5. Mount Magazine State Park
If you’re pressing on after your Mount Nebo sunset, you could always stay in the lodge on Mount Magazine, which will take you under an hour’s drive. Arkansas’s highest point is on Mount Magazine, and the lodge there offers breathtaking views from both the rooms and the dining room. There are a number of overlooks and trails on the mountain that you won’t want to miss, and the nearby town of Paris is just as charming as mountain towns come. You’re going to love this leg of your journey so much that you might just decide to come back for a whole weekend stay, just so you can enjoy hidden gems on the mountain like Cove Lake.
6. The Boston Mountains at Artist Point
Next we’re headed up into the Ozarks, on a stunning scenic drive that will knock your socks off. From Mount Magazine you’re going to drive a little over an hour and a half to Artist Point. The Boston Mountain Scenic Route is a drive you undoubtedly need to take, and Artist Point is a stop you need to make on it. You’ll be treated to a winding, lonely highway, and the feeling that you’ve gone off the beaten path to see some of the nicest views around.
7. Arkansas Grand Canyon
You’re driving a little over two hours to the next scenic spot, through the Ozarks and past small communities you’ll love. The Arkansas Grand Canyon is located on Highway 7 just south of the town of Jasper, which is near the Buffalo National River if you’re up to a bonus adventure. There’s nothing quite like the Arkansas Grand Canyon in the Natural State. You’ll want to stop and grab a bite at the Cliff House Inn, and maybe stay the night, too, if you’ve got the time. Cliff House Inn overlooks the Arkansas Grand Canyon, and both the rooms and the dining room provide excellent views, and there’s nothing like watching the sun rise over the canyon.
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