Arkansas October 02, 2017
9 Underrated Arkansas Towns That Deserve A Second Look
When it comes to adventure we can sometimes get stuck in the same old patterns. Sure Fayetteville has Dickson Street nightlife and Fort Smith is buzzing with The Unexpected Project, but that’s certainly not all Arkansas has to offer. Maybe you’ve driven past some of these towns but didn’t feel the need to stop or maybe you haven’t heard of them in the first place. This list highlights some of the state’s towns that deserve a second look:
There’s no doubt that Mount Magazine is one of Arkansas’ best areas for hiking, but folks can miss out on what else the state park’s city has to offer. Paris is ready to share its Southern hospitality, from frosty milkshakes at Dari-Delite to Sunday dinner at The Grapevine Restaurant. In spring be sure to attend the Butterfly Festival. If you’d like to plan a trip sooner, the city has a spectacular Christmas light display downtown.
Who knew a small mountain town could pack in so many attractions! Ponca has a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking to Hawksbill Crag or traversing Goat Trail. Ponca is also home to a large herd of Rocky Mountain elk that can be best observed around November.
This little town makes for a great day trip to venture around White Rock Mountain, but be sure to stop for a quick bite at Mulberry Dairy Dip before your hike. Mulberry also hosts the Edamame Festival, which features a BBQ cook-off and live music.
Known as "God’s Country" for its spectacular mountain view, Mena prides itself in offering an escape for those in need of some relaxation. Mena has endless outdoor opportunities from the Talimena Scenic Drive for motorcyclists, to canoeing the most challenging whitewater float in Arkansas – the Cossatot River.
5. Van Buren
Van Buren’s growing economy has contributed to the bustling development of its main street, Fayetteville Road. Historic downtown is the perfect place to spend the day antiquing or perusing through its bookstore, Chapters on Main. We’re excited to see Van Buren’s continued growth.
Home of Arkansas’ only elephant sanctuary, Quitman needs to be on your list of places to visit. Take advantage of the fall season at the living history farm, Arkansas Frontier (shown above). You’ll find an impressive pumpkin patch along with other family friendly activities.
This little town is rich with history and recognized as a Preserve America Community. A stroll downtown is beautiful in the fall — or plan a trip to the Pocahontas Aquatic Center for a summer swim.
Nicknamed "Brick Capital of the World," Malvern is a rock-solid Arkansas city. Perhaps overshadowed by neighboring Hot Springs, Malvern offers plenty of its own attractions. The city hosts Brickfest in June and is home to Ouachita River Whitewater Park.
Washington is a must-stop for anyone planning a historical excursion throughout the state. Washington State Park has perfected time travel and will transport you to 19th century Arkansas. The parks' Civil War Weekend in mid-November is a delightful reenactment demonstration.
Is there a town we didn’t cover that deserves a shout out? Tell us about it in the comments! And for an in-depth look at still another underrated Arkansas town, check out this