Spread out over 16 Arkansas counties with 1.2 million acres of pure wonder, you’ll find an endless amount of things to do in Ozark National Forest. Chances are, if you’ve lived in Arkansas very long, you’ve been to this amazing space. But which are the absolute must-visit spots in this wonderland? Well, we’ve compiled a list of a dozen places you absolutely have to visit in Ozark National Forest, sights you may not have heard of before.

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Discover more about things to do in Ozark National Forest on the website. For another scenic journey through nature, hike 2.5 miles to stand behind Sixty Foot Falls in Arkansas. Check out the hike on the AllTrails website.

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Here is the ultimate weekend itinerary if you love spending time outdoors in Arkansas. Read about some of the highlights.

  • Float to Hogscald Hollow (Eureka Springs): This magical natural wonder was once used by Native Americans as a healing spring. With a breathtaking waterfall called Lovers Leap, and a mysterious cove, outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to this historical spot. You'll find this cool place on the eastern side of Beaver Lake, which you can hike to or reach by boat. And in the summertime, bring your bathing suit for a peaceful float while you look up at the endless sky.

  • Explore War Eagle Cavern (Rogers): Here you'll find the largest cave opening in the state! And depending on your skill level and time, two choices exist to discover this cavernous, underground space. Take the easy, one-hour tour on paved surfaces or for the more adventurous, enjoy spelunking through on the Wild Cave Tour. Study the interesting rock formations and hear about the history of outlaws and moonshiners. Other activities are available, including winding hiking trails to spot wildlife and panning for gemstones.

  • Stroll the Stunning Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville): More than 70,000 visitors each year enjoy this dreamy destination in Northwest Arkansas. Inside this beautiful destination is an elaborate collection of 12 themed gardens and the area's only native butterfly house. Workshops and classes are also offered to help improve your own garden at home. Self-guided, guided, and private tours are available to discover what's inside.