Arkansas is rapidly developing as a family fun vacation destination. With its varied assortment of outdoors as well as indoors activities, it is becoming a delightful store of surprises. It offers great art galleries and theatres for the art lovers and challenging outdoors sports for the energetic.
Arkansas is known as the natural state, and for good reason. With over 600,000 acres of water Arkansas is the beach lover's paradise. There are plenty of opportunities to swim, boat, water ski, parasail, fish, scuba dive, and even house boat. With so many lakes there is no shortage of choices and each lake is a beautiful tribute to the state of Arkansas.
Maybe you are a landlubber who would rather be in the higher elevations. In Arkansas, you can hike, camp, or drive the many hills and mountains. You'll see all kinds of terrain. Also check out the caves and underground caverns. Arkansas is filled with incredible scenery and natural wonders.
If you love golf, then Arkansas is the state for you. A number of world-class golf courses dot the landscape in Arkansas. You can play nine or eighteen holes. Be sure to look for great golf vacation packages.
The art lover and historian will also have plenty of activities in Arkansas. The Civil War battlefields are rich in southern American history. You will also find museums and historic sites rich in local heritage...read more »
Buffalo River Arkansas
The hills and valleys of the Buffalo River have been home to generations of mountain families. Historic permanent settlement began in the late 1820s. Settlers cleared land for fields and homes, built communities, witnessed first hand the conflict of the Civil War, were part of population shifts and migrations, and experimented with industry to provide for themselves and the region. Many historic homesteads bear testimony to this pioneer life.
The area encompasses a diversity of the natural resources that are highly representative of the Ozarks. Known as a biological crossroads of northern and southern influences, many plant and animal species of the Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast co-exist in the Ozarks. Armadillos, roadrunners, and tarantulas live with lichens characteristic of arctic tundra. More than 60 species of fish live in the Buffalo and more than 1,500 plant species are found here. Approximately 400 elk are thriving in the forest and clearings of this area after a 1981 re-introduction program brought these animals from the Rockies.
Caves within Buffalo National River provide a fragile habitat for an array of sensitive creatures. There are 340 known caves, including the longest in the state of Arkansas. Twelve species of bats are found in the park, with three of these species on the endangered list...read more »