Arkansas May 23, 2018
8 Stunning Arkansas Beaches That Look And Feel Like The Ocean
Arkansas may not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a beach vacation but the Natural State is actually better than most all of the big-name destinations. Arkansas beach goers need not worry with shark bites or jellyfish stings. We skip the struggle with plane fare or car rides lasting days. Our sandy shores may be busy during summer but putting up with a crowd of a hundred sure beats out elbowing through a thousand. Let’s soak up the sun at these stunning beaches.
1. Lake Ouachita - Mountain Pine
This postcard-perfect picture is from Lake Ouachita. The lake has the distinction of being one of the cleanest lakes in entire nation which makes it perfect for scuba diving. Have an adventure and spend the night beach side in park's cabins or tent sites. Lake Ouachita State Park is located at 5451 Mountain Pine Rd., Mountain Pine, AR 71956.
2. Lake Bennett - Greenbrier
Part of Woolly Hollow State Park, Lake Bennett is a great first beach for small Arkansans. The park hosts an annual Fun Day (which will be June 6th, 2018) on the beach. The park is located at 82 Woolly Hollow Rd., Greenbrier, AR 72058.
3. Lake Charles - Powhatan
Enjoy the 654 acres of Lake Charles by taking advantage of the park's kayak and party barge tours. Take a long walk on the beach while traversing the shoreside Cedar Trail. Lake Charles State Park is located at 3705 AR-25, Powhatan, AR 72458.
4. Lake Dardanelle - Russellville
Sink your toes in the sand along the shores of Lake Dardanelle. The lake is popular for its fishing tournaments as well as water skiing. Stop by the visitor center to see their impressive aquariums and to learn about the aquatic life that lives in the lake. The state park is located at 100 State Park Dr., Russellville, AR 72802.
5. Lake Catherine - Hot Springs
This waterfall-featuring oasis doesn't require a cruise to a remote Hawaiian island to reach, but just a short hike along Lake Catherine in Hot Springs. The lake and Falls Creek Falls are great backdrops to your next waterside adventure. Stay at the state park or round out your vacation with the amenities at Catherine's Landing. The state park's address is 1200 Catherine Park Rd., Hot Springs, AR 71913.
6. Jacksonport on the White River - Newport
A trip to Jacksonport can be tailored to just about any interest. Learn about town's vital role in the Civil War at the historic state park or party on the beach during the music festival, PortFest. The beach along the White River is also great for family swim trip. The state park is located at 205 Avenue St., Newport, AR 72112.
7. Lake Austell - Wynne
This beach is tucked away in Arkansas' second largest state park for land area, Village Creek State Park. Lake Austell is also a favorite for bass fishers. The park is located at 201 Co Rd 754, Wynne, AR 72396.
8. DeGray Lake Resort State Park - Bismarck
This island beach vacation is the ultimate Arkansas getaway. The only resort state park in Arkansas, DeGray Lake has a week's worth of activities. Take a kayak tour around the shores, guided snorkel excursion, or just relax lakeside. The park is located at 2027 State Park Entrance Rd., Bismarck, Arkansas 71929.
What’s your favorite Arkansas beach? Share with us in the comments below!
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