Church in Helena
The Centennial Baptist Church in the city of Helena in
eastern Arkansas was built in 1905. The Centennial
Baptist Church is one of the best examples of Gothic
Revival architecture in Arkansas. Since 2003, the church
has been a National Historic Landmark. Unfortunately,
since 2006 the church has been on the list of the 10
most endangered monuments.
Zoos, parks and amusement parks
Little Rock Zoo
The Little Rock Zoo in the city of Little Rock was
founded in 1926 and today covers an area of 130,000
mē. The zoo has 725 animals from over 200 species,
making it the largest zoo in Arkansas. Highlights of the
zoo include giraffes, grizzlys, pumas, warthogs,
penguins, gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, elephants,
lions, tigers and rhinos.
||1 Zoo Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
Garvan Woodland Gardens at Hot
The Garvan Woodland Gardens is a botanical garden near
the city of Hot Springs. The botanical garden is located
on a peninsula that projects into Lake Hamilton and
covers an area of approximately 850,000 mē. In
addition to the flora of the region, the Garvan Woodland
Gardens also offers a Japanese garden and a large
exhibition of azaleas.
||550 Arkridge Road
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Magic Springs and Crystal Falls in Hot Springs
The Magic Springs and Crystal Falls amusement park in
the city of Hot Springs was opened in 1978 and is
arguably the best amusement park in Arkansas. A total of
20 attractions are open to visitors, including 4 roller
coasters and 2 water rides.
||1701 E Grand Ave
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
Hot Springs National Park
The Hot Springs National Park is located on the edge of
the small town of Hot Springs at the foot of the
Ouachita Mountains. The national park was established in
1921 and today covers an area of approximately 22.5
kmē. It is the smallest national park in the USA in
terms of area. The national park is known for its 47 hot
springs, which flow down the western slope of Hot Spring
Mountain, which is part of the Ouachita Mountains, and
are collected in several pools. In addition to the
positive effects of bathing water, a visit is also
recommended for those interested in architecture, as the
historic bathhouses are advertised as National Historic
Landmarks. Today, over 1.5 million people visit Hot
Springs National Park annually.
||515 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
Talimena National Scenic Byway
The Talimena National Scenic Byway is located in
southeastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. There the
Talimena National Scenic Byway runs for about 87 km
through the Ouachita National Forest and of course
through the Ouachita Mountains. The trip in autumn is
particularly impressive when the leaves are colored.
The winding road leads through one of the most beautiful
parts in Oklahoma and along the route there are a total
of 22 parking spaces and stopping bays in the most
beautiful places that invite you to stop, look and be
amazed. The main aspect of the Talimena National Scenic
Byway is certainly the nature of the region, but there
are also many cultural highlights along the way.
The Talimena National Scenic Byway has had the title of
a National Scenic Byway since 2005. The route alone
takes between one and two hours, but if you really want
to see and see the sights along the way, you should plan
at least 5 hours.
Ouachita National Forest
The Ouachita National Forest is located in the west
of the state of Arkansas and in the east of the state of
Oklahoma in the mountain range of the Ouchita Mountains.
The Ouachita National Forest was established in 1907,
making it the oldest national forest in the southern
The Ouachita National Forest covers an area of
approximately 7,221 kmē and includes several smaller
protected areas, 6 of which are wilderness areas such as
the Black Fork Mountain Wilderness or the Upper Kiamichi
River Wilderness. Since the area is of great scenic
appeal, there are many other protected areas such as the
Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area and
State Parks and the huge forest area is very intact due
to the low financial value of the wood. In the Ouachita
National Forest mainly oak and juniper grow. The
Ouachita National Recreation Trail is also about 309 km
long and runs through the Ouachita National Forest.
Furthermore, the Ouachita National Forest offers many
opportunities for anglers and canoeists.
The Mountain Fork River, Caddo River, Little Missouri
River and Ouachita River are all in the Ouachita
National Forest. The Cossatot River, which is very
popular for rafting, but is considered the most
demanding river between the Smoky and Rocky Mountains,
is located here. The Talimena Scenic Drive, a National
Scenic Byway, also runs through the Ouachita National
Black Fork Mountain Wilderness
The Black Fork Mountain Wilderness is located in eastern
Oklahoma and western Arkansas in the Ouachita National
Forest. The Black Fork Mountain Wilderness covers an
area of approximately 53 kmē and has not been visited
very often. The protected area runs mainly along the
ridge of the Black Fork Mountains, which reaches a
height of up to 731 m. There are a few smaller trails in
the park, but they are all located in the Arkansas area.
The area is mainly covered with beech, oak and pine.
With a little luck, hikers will see American black
bears, white-tailed deer, bobcats, skunks or pheasants.
White River National Wildlife Refuge
The White River National Wildlife Refuge is an approx.
650 kmē protected area in the east of Arkansas. The
reserve was established in 1935 and is still a very
important reserve for bald eagles, Canada geese, ivory
woodpeckers, mallards and American black bears. The
White River National Wildlife Refuge has a total of 356
lakes covering an area of 16 kmē. The protected area
is classified as wetlands of international importance.
Ouachita National Recreation Trail
The Ouachita National Recreation Trail is a long
distance hiking trail in the states of Arkansas and
Oklahoma. The Ouachita National Recreation Trail has a
total length of approximately 359 km. Of these, 285 km
run in Arkansas and "only" 74 km in Oklahoma. The
Ouachita National Recreation Trail is fairly new because
it was only completed in 2011. The Ouachita National
Recreation Trail is primarily intended as a hiking
trail, but a good 2/3 of the way can also be covered
easily by mountain bike.
The Ouachita National Recreation Trail runs from
Talimena State Park in southeast Oklahoma to Pinnacle
Mountain State Park in central Arkansas. The Ouachita
National Recreation Trail runs for a large part (309 km)
through the Ouachita National Forest. Furthermore, the
Ouachita National Recreation Trail passes the two nature
reserves Flatside Wilderness Area and Upper Kiamichi
River Wilderness. The best time of year to tackle the
Ouachita National Recreation Trail from spring to late
Top attractions along the trail include Rich Mountain
(the highest point of the trail), Wilhelmina State Park,
Big Brushy Recreation Area, Blowout Mountain Scenic
Area, Lake Ouachita, Iron Springs Recreational Area,
Alum Creek Experimental Forest, Forked Mountain,
Flatside Wilderness and Lake Sylvia Recreation Area.
Other natural beauties
Mammoth Springs State Park
Mammoth Springs State Park is located in northern
Arkansas on the state border.