Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory

Explore   /   Arkansas Destinations   /   Welcome to Arkansas

Welcome to Arkansas

From the Ozark Mountains to the Arkansas River Valley and the Mississippi Delta Country to the Quachitas Mountain region, Arkansas offers a variety of RV adventures to be experienced.

Start your adventures in the mythical Arkansas Ozarks. There's an old folk saying about the Ozark Mountains: "It's not that the mountains are so high, it's just that the valleys are so deep." The Ozark Mountains are a heavily eroded plateau, pushed up eons ago and carved out by hundreds of streams over thousands of years. Today the diversity of these highlands is endless.

Mountain Home is a premier water resort area with fishing, water sports, and outdoor recreation. Billed as the "Ozark Folk Music Capital of the World," Mountain Home is the place to discover traditional Ozark Mountain life.

At nearby Blanchard Springs Caverns, tour a large cave. Harrison serves as a center for visitors to the Buffalo National River, Lake Norfolk, and the north-central Arkansas Ozark Mountains. An Ozark Victorian village, Eureka Springs attracts visitors with a steam excursion train, country music shows, art galleries, shops, and museums. As you travel, you'll discover a vibrant local culture.

Separated by the Arkansas River, Little Rock and North Little Rock form the vibrant heart of Arkansas. The two cities and their neighboring towns comprise a metropolitan area of some 500,000 people offering a cosmopolitan mix of historic and recreational attractions. A grand collection of museums including the William J. Clinton Presidential Center offers something for every taste—from art to history to aerospace. A nine-square-mile area that encompasses Little Rock's oldest and most historic areas, the Quapaw Quarter includes 15 National Register Historic Districts, Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas Governor's Mansion, Arkansas State Capitol, and MacArthur Park. The Aerospace Education Center exhibits American and Russian space artifacts and antique aircraft. The River Market District includes eateries and a farmers' market.

Follow the green-and-white pilot wheel markers along the Great River Road. This route travels from north to south through a rich agricultural area where cotton, rice, and soybeans flourish in some of Arkansas's richest soils. Crowley's Ridge Parkway provides excellent views of the productive land from atop a geologic oddity rising from the Delta.

Numerous museums throughout the region include the Arkansas State University Museum at Jonesboro and the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie at Stuttgart. Tour the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center at Piggott, where "papa" penned portions of "A Farewell to Arms"; the historic river port of Helena, where the Delta Cultural Center interprets the rich culture of the river country; Arkansas Post National Memorial, which preserves the site of the earliest settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley; Southland Park Gaming and Racing, one of the largest dog tracks in the country; and Lake Chicot, where fishing is exceptional and bird watching second to none.

Ouachita Mountain region includes mountain trails, awe-inspiring vistas, sparkling lakes, real diamonds, and RV camping. From Bathhouse Row to the Gangster era, discover the rich history of Hot Springs. Hot Springs National Park offers famous thermal baths, luxury hotels, rugged mountaintop scenery, and nature trails.

Five crystal clear lakes, known as the "Diamond Lakes," attract tourists who love water and beautiful scenery. The largest, Lake Ouachita, offers a wilderness experience combined with the amenities of full-service resorts. Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world's only diamond-producing site open to the public. The park's policy is finder-keepers; what you find is yours to keep.

Timber, oil, deer hunting, and bass fishing are words commonly associated with the Timberlands of Arkansas, a region with rich natural resources. El Dorado is best known as being the heart of the 1920s oil boom in South Arkansas, earning it the nickname "Arkansas's Original Boomtown." The city was founded in 1843 when a retail store was set up in the area and a few years later became home to a number of cotton farms and plantations.

Pine Bluff offers a number of museums and other attractions including the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum, Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center, and the Arkansas Railroad Museum. Thirteen colorful murals depict facets of Pine Bluff's history. Enjoy the legacy of these pioneers by visiting sites ranging from 1800s log cabins and restored Victorian homes to local museums and colorful murals that tell the history of this land.