There’s Something Incredibly Unique About This One River In Arkansas… And You Need To Visit

When it comes to wild places worthy of federal protection, the Natural State is a place of firsts. Hot Springs Reservation, now called Hot Springs National Park, was the first piece of land in the U.S. to be federally preserved for recreation. This happened in 1832, long before the concept of national parks had even been considered. In 1972, another first for the nation came from the Natural State. The incredibly scenic Buffalo River was designated as the first National River.

Flowing from the highest part of the Boston Mountains, which together compose the highest peaks in the Ozark Mountain Range, and surrounded by the Ozark National Forest, this river is a wonder that every Arkansan needs to visit at least once. It’s been designated as both a National Scenic River and a National Wild River, and there’s no better place for an epic adventure in the Natural State.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

These are the best rivers for an awesome float trip in Arkansas.

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