If you love to hike and escape into nature’s beauty Arkansas should be on your bucket list. The challenging hikes, gorgeous rivers, and historical sites. Arkansas is also called The Natural State for its valleys, dense woodland, clear lakes and streams, and abundant wildlife.

The state is known for its beautiful lakes, rivers, and hot springs. Arkansas is also the only active diamond mine in the U.S. Arkansas is home to beautiful mountains, rivers, lakes, caves, and forests. The forests in Arkansas have more than 70 species of trees. Giving animals and plants the perfect environment to flourish in this habitat. You can plan for Hot Spring And Buffalo National River Road Trip takes you through breathtaking views and

Hot Springs National Park

Hot Spring National Park is located in central Garland County, Arkansas. The park was established by Congress on April 20, 1832, to protect hot springs flowing from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain. People have used hot spring water as therapeutic baths for more than two hundred years to treat rheumatism and other ailments. Hot Spring National Park is the oldest park over 40 years older than Yellowstone National Park. The park protects 47 hot springs.

You can see the park in a day, but to explore the park you need at least two days. If you have more than a day, don’t miss watching the beautiful night sky. The Sunset Trail is the longest trail in Hot Springs National Park, covering approximately 10 miles. The trail takes you through remote areas of the park.

If you like to camp inside the national park Gulpha Gorge is the only option. If you want to swim, think twice the spring water is naturally high temperature. Bathing in spring water is not safe. The park offers there are other options to swim. You can go to Lake Catherine State Park which is a nice swim beach and also has a hidden waterfall.

Places to Visit in Hot Springs National Park 

  • Garvan Woodland Gardens
  • Bathhouse Row
  • Fordyce Bathhouse
  • Anthony Chapel

Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River, located in Northern Arkansas, the river is 153 miles long. Buffalo National was the first National River to be designated in the United States. The Buffalo River is 153 miles long. The Buffalo National River Park is divided into three management districts: the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area, the Lower Buffalo Wilderness Area, and the Ponca Wilderness Area.

The park has breathtaking views and challenging hiking trails for all levels. If you are an adventure seeker you can go for River hiking, riding, floating, and Mountain Biking. You can hike the Buffalo river trail which is 37-mile. 

If you like to camp, backcountry camping is allowed in some of the park’s trails. Backcountry camping is not permitted on the Lost Valley Trail, Tyler Bend Campground Trails, Indian Rockhouse Trail, or Buffalo Point Campground Trails.

Things to Do in Buffalo National River 

  • Kayaking 
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing 
  • Horseback Riding 
  • Night Sky Viewing 
  • Bird Watching
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