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North Central Arkansas



Nature worked wonders in North Central Arkansas. 

Some of the most scenic rivers and majestic lakes in America are here to enjoy; thus, popular things to do include recreational boating, canoeing, and swimming.  The Buffalo National River with its towering limestone bluffs is perhaps the best-known canoeing stream. 

Trout floats on the White, Little Red and Spring Rivers, plus bass and panfish outings on the lakes and smaller streams, make for world-class fishing action. Greers Ferry, Norfork and Bull Shoals lakes are popular with anglers. These lakes are rejuvenating for those who like to lounge in houseboats or play on the water too.

The diversity of these highlands is endless. 

Plan a leisurely walk along a trickling stream, or pick up the pace on an award-winning hiking trail. Enjoy the shady porch of a cozy log cabin or sail a 40,000-acre lake. Take time to tour a museum, historic home, formal garden or Civil War park. Dance and sing along at an informal mountain hoedown or dress up for an evening on the town.

 Family friendly things to do should include a day or two to explore the rich heritage of the hill country. Study the traditional folkways, see the wonders of a limestone cavern or visit a craftsman at work. You’ll find these offerings at places like Ozark Folk Center State Park and Blanchard Springs Caverns.

 State parks worthy of exploration also include Bull Shoals-White River State Park and Mammoth Springs State Park. Norfork National Fish Hatchery, two dams and wildlife management areas hold interest as well.