12 Water Wonderlands In Arkansas That Will Take Your Summer To A Whole New Level

The heat has set in and summer will officially be here in a week. Have you made your summer bucket list? No matter if you’re wanting a lake, waterfall, splash pad, swim hole, or full-blown water park, these 12 water wonderlands in Arkansas can certainly deliver. Let’s dive right in!

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Have we inspired a summer trip or three? What other places would you add to this list of water wonderlands in Arkansas? Share your favorite water spots with us in the comments below!

If you prefer to dive, here’s an underwater adventure you shouldn’t miss.

Address: 7300 Zero St, Fort Smith, AR 72903, USA
Address: 154 Milholen Trail, Royal, AR 71968, USA
Address: 19253 Fisher Ford Rd, Siloam Springs, AR 72761, USA
Address: 2092 Hwy 168 W, Paragould, AR 72450, USA
Address: 2027 State Park Entrance Rd, Bismarck, AR 71929, USA
Address: 151 Panther Bay Loop, Mountain Home, AR 72653, USA
Address: 5451 Mountain Pine Rd, Mountain Pine, AR 71956, USA
Address: 5511 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
Address: Forest Service Rd 1205, Witts Springs, AR 72686, USA
Address: 8803 Ranch Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72223, USA
Address: 4699 AR-43, Ponca, AR 72670, USA
Address: 1701 E Grand Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901, USA
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Water Wonderlands In Arkansas

May 01, 2021

What is summer in Arkansas like?

Summers in Arkansas are hot and humid with an average high of 93 degrees and several days over 100 degrees. Heat is at its highest in July and August and with that comes thunderstorms and heavy rains. 

Where can I go tubing in Arkansas?

The Natural State has numerous calm, lazy rivers that are perfect for tubing. Float your cares away on Kings River which is filled with incredible scenery that will make your experience on the water a very interesting one. With crystal clear water, you may also be able to see some fish swim by as well. An eight-mile stretch of the Caddo River has mostly calm waters but a few small rapids to keep your interest along the way and some lovely scenery as well. If you really want to cool off during the hot summer months, Spring River, which is fed by Mammoth Springs, has incredibly cold water which is a welcome attribute to escape the heat. Learn more about these lazy rivers and several more by reading our previous post, which can help you plan your summer tubing trips.

Where can I find waterfalls in Arkansas?

The state of Arkansas has several gorgeous waterfalls that are worth visiting, some of which don’t require hiking and some that do. As for the ones that do not involve hiking for miles to access, you can head to our previous coverage. Included in this list are Little Missouri Falls that you only need to walk a short distance to see, Natural Dam that you can park close to, and Marble Falls located right off of Scenic Byway 7. If you desire a hike that leads to a waterfall, there are several included in our Road Trip Around Ozark’s Waterfalls.

Address: 7300 Zero St, Fort Smith, AR 72903, USA
Address: 154 Milholen Trail, Royal, AR 71968, USA
Address: 19253 Fisher Ford Rd, Siloam Springs, AR 72761, USA
Address: 2092 Hwy 168 W, Paragould, AR 72450, USA
Address: 2027 State Park Entrance Rd, Bismarck, AR 71929, USA
Address: 151 Panther Bay Loop, Mountain Home, AR 72653, USA
Address: 5451 Mountain Pine Rd, Mountain Pine, AR 71956, USA
Address: 5511 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
Address: Forest Service Rd 1205, Witts Springs, AR 72686, USA
Address: 8803 Ranch Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72223, USA
Address: 4699 AR-43, Ponca, AR 72670, USA
Address: 1701 E Grand Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901, USA