No Arkansas river is totally and completely lazy. Just like most people, lazy rivers in Arkansas have moments of drama and moments of ease. Check out the below sections of rivers that are lazy enough that you can float to your heart’s content without working those paddles very hard. As with all float trips, you’ll want to do your research before you make plans. For several of these rivers, the difficulty or ease depends on water levels and which section you choose to go tubing in Arkansas.

Have you floated on any of these lazy rivers in Arkansas before? If so, share your experiences with us!

Looking for some alternate ways to cool off? Check out these splash pads and water parks in Arkansas.

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What are the best waterfall hikes in Arkansas?:

Had your fill of tubing in Arkansas? Consider heading out on some of the best waterfall hikes in Arkansas:

  • Hemmed-In Hollow: At 200 feet tall, Hemmed-In Hollow is the tallest waterfall in all of the state. You can reach it via a 5.7-mile out-and-back trail in Compton.
  • King’s Bluff: Located in Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area in Witts Spring, this waterfall is 114 feet high. You can reach it by a 1.8-mile loop trail.
  • Triple Falls: This set of three (or just two sometimes) of waterfalls are located in Harrison. They are 48 feet tall. You can hike a short way to see them right from the road, too!


Which state parks should I visit in Arkansas?

Aside from all the lazy rivers in Arkansas, there are also 52 state parks. Check out some of the very best state parks in Arkansas:

  • Crater of Diamonds State Park: This 911-acre park in Murfreesboro is quite unique as one of the most popular and interesting things to do here is search for diamonds (and other rocks and minerals like garnet, quartz, and amethyst) amongst a 37-acre field. There is also an on-site waterpark as well as camping and picnicking opportunities.
  • Village Creek State Park: This 6,609-acre area is located in Wynne. Take in 33 miles of trails by foot, bike tire, or horseback. You can also boat here. And don’t forget the 27-hole golf course that is on site.


What are some of the best campgrounds in Arkansas?

Looking for a night sleeping outdoors? Try out some of these campgrounds in Arkansas:

  • Lake Wedington: Located in Fayetteville, this camping area can accommodate tents and also offers cabin rentals. While you’re here, enjoy boating, hiking, swimming, and birding, among many other activities.
  • Lake Dardanelle State Park: Located within both Russellville and Dardanelle, overnight visitors can expect more than 70 sites to choose from. And the park itself offers a great deal for those looking to explore the outdoors through its ample hiking and fishing opportunities.
  • Devil’s Den State Park: This 2,500-acre park in West Fork is popular for its 60 caves and many hiking trails. If you want to spend some additional time here, they also have 135 campsites.


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