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The Best And Most Beautiful Parks In Arkansas
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The Best And Most Beautiful Parks In Arkansas

Picture of Kelly Bradshaw
Updated: 9 February 2017
Known for its spectacular mountains with a large variety of parkland, caves, and rivers, Arkansas is a particularly scenic state boasting a never-ending range of breathtaking views. Below is a list of the five best parks in Arkansas, which offer visitors a relaxing and tranquil experience.
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Mount Magazine State Park

With views of the Arkansas River Valley from heights of 2,753 feet, Mount Magazine State Park boasts incredible scenery offering views of the picturesque city. Providing visitors with the opportunity to go hand gliding, biking, horseback riding and more, this distinctive park has much to offer tourists, making it a particularly popular attraction. Situated on the state’s tallest mountain, the park offers exquisite cabins, creating the perfect weekend away.

Opening hours: check with website for individual facility times

Watch out for: beautiful views of broad river valleys and deep canyons

16878 AR-309, Paris, Arkansas, +1 479 963 8502

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Devil’s Den State Park

Popular for its magnificent waterfalls, hiking and biking trails, Devil’s Den State Park is a well-renowned park situated in the West of Arkansas. Boasting wonderful views as well as many caverns and coves for visitors to explore, the park is also home to a range of beautiful forests. With an impressive 143 campsites located in the park, Devil’s Den State Park is an essential place to visit for tourists hoping to discover an array of spectacular views and an impressive variety of wildlife.

Opening hours: check with website for individual facility times

Watch out for: the yellow rock trail which takes visitors on a mountain bench to a high and steep bluff

1133 AR-170, Winslow, Arkansas, +1 479 761 3325

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Lake Charles State Park

Described as a peaceful park situated on the shore of a lake and at the foothills of the Ozark mountains, Lake Charles State Park is the perfect place to visit for a weekend of relaxation. Offering a swimming beach, hiking trails, picnic sites and a playground for children, this scenic park provides the ultimate family day out. Surrounded by an array of trees and beautiful plants, as well as a range of modern campsites, Lake Charles State Park is sure to create an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Opening hours: check with website for individual facility times

Watch out for: the park’s gift shop offering a range of gift items, camping supplies, live bait, and snacks

3705 Highway 25, Powhatan, Arkansas, +1 870 878 6595

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Hot Springs National Park

Described as a relaxing spa vacation getaway in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs National Park offers visitors soothing thermal waters in order to feel healed and comforted in this welcoming environment. Giving tourists the opportunity to take a traditional bath at the Buckstaff Bathhouse or to have a modern spa experience at the Quapaw Baths and Spa, Hot Springs National Park is ideal for visitors who wish to have a cozy retreat from the bustling state.

Opening hours: always open

Watch out for: the park’s picnic areas and scenic mountain roads

515 Central Ave, Hot Springs, Arkansas, +1 501 620 6715

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Degray Lake Resort State Park

Described as the finest of Arkansas resorts, Degray Lake Resort State Park can be found situated on one of the state’s most beautiful lakes which boast an astonishing 13,800 acres. Offering outdoor adventures and resort-class amenities, this incredibly popular tourist attraction proudly sits on its own island and offers visitors beautiful views of the distant mountains. Boasting a range of protected birds and wildlife as well as hiking trails, a beach and high-class accommodation, Degray Lake Resort State Park produces an endless range of possibilities and the perfect weekend away.

Opening hours: check with website for individual facility times

Watch out for: the luxury guestrooms offering visitors a large range of facilities inside the magnificent lodge

2027 State Park Entrance Rd, Bismarck, Arkansas, +1 501 865 5850