This is why i’m so interested in the usa. Forget the big cities, there are vast amounts of nature to explore it boggles my mind how large it actually is
Where are you from? I’m from Arkansas and I can definitely say it’s a slept on state. Lookup some pictures, it is gorgeous here and no one even knows.
I’m dutch so you can imagine my interest in these great foreign landscapes
West PA, East TN, Zion in Utah... Some absolutely gorgeous landscapes here.
I'm from the southwest so I pass on the desert stuff but that's always cool too.
Seriously! Drove through PA on my way to NY in the fall. Had no idea it was so beautiful! I've never heard a thing about it.
Upstate NY is gorgeous too. I love going to Cherry Springs in PA (darkest sky in the NE!) and most places in the Finger Lakes NY, specifically Letchworth State park (the "Grand canyon" of the NE!)
I am from Arkansas, but really would like to make a trip to the Finger Lakes area. There are beautiful and unique places everywhere.
Oh man, lots of natural beauty in the Northeast in general. The true highlights for me so far based on my experiences:
Some other places that are amazing but not quite as good as the above:
Lots of places have beautiful beaches as well
I don't need more places to add to my list:) I already have more than I can finish.
I like to say Arkansas is just as beautiful as the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone it is just in miniature.
I'm from NJ and now live in PA, I'd love to make it down there sometime too! Would love to see the best all 50 states have to offer. I love the geographic diversity of the US.
Letchworth is amazing, I live maybe an hour away, and it is gorgeous. And Canandaigua Lake is beautiful too, but more touristy
I'm from canandaigua!
I grew up in Batavia! :D
Western PA here! The Laurel Highlands and Cook Forest (especially the forest cathedral of hemlocks) are gorgeous areas
Up vote for Utah. It's so red!
Also from Arkansas. Can confirm pretty trees and mountains. In fact 1/4 of the state is still natural forest.
Another fun fact: Arkansas is the only place in the Western Hemisphere that you can find naturally occurring diamonds. There is even a place you can go to and pay a little money to go digging for them yourself. It’s neato.
Come on over! Please bring us some chocolate and healthcare!
Western North Carolina checking in!
Arkansas really is a beautiful state that most people don't go to because it's full of rednecks. The town Hot Springs also has lots of natural hot spring baths. Need to go back sometime.
There are so many landscapes that you can never see them all. Though California has just about everything.
Pretty much every state has beauty. Central Nevada and Western Kansas are boring but can be appreciated in the right light/mood.
If you can only visit 1 place, the Montana Rockies are the most awe inspiring place I’ve been. I backpack the back country all over the US and western Montana was truly incredible.
Yosemite, Teton, the PNW, and Smoky Mountains are also some incredible beauty.
Even the Flint Hills in Kansas is unlike many places on earth
When I was younger I stayed a couple weeks in a water tower that had been converted to a home, in a little Dutch town near Utrecht. From the top deck you could see in every direction until the air was too thick to make anything out.
It blew me mind how even seeing for dozens of miles in any direction, I couldn't spot any wilderness. There were forests, sure, but in little manicured patches surrounded by farmland. It was oddly claustrophobic, somehow.
This is what all of the Ozarks looks like. The area extends into Missouri and a bit into Kansas and quite a bit of it is heavy old-growth forests. On top of that there's a ton of lakes and rivers going all over the place. I grew up in the Ozarks and I miss it terribly.
More into Oklahoma than Kansas. Don’t give Kansas any credit it doesn’t deserve.
I love the completely unnecessary Kansas hate!!
Haha, sorry. As a Missourian, it’s a friendly jab.
Speak for yourself, fellow Missourian!
Yeah well there is some historical markers in Oklahoma as well. There is a rock to commemorate the spot Andy Jackson turned his horse around and said 'Fuck it. Let's give this shithole to the savages.'
Check out the Flint Hills in KS; right off the Missouri border, kind of the foothills of the Ozark plateau. Beautiful country.
I’ve camped out there. It’s nice!
It’s like 2.5 hours from the Missouri border by car. Still worth a visit tho
I can't believe I forgot to mention Oklahoma. That was my bad. I grew up around Joplin, so Kansas and Oklahoma are both right there.
Never heard of any Ozarks into OK. I know in the East of OK there is Beavers Bend and Broken Bow with the pines but no Ozarks... where are you talking about?
Oklahoma has more of the Ouachita mountains then the Ozark mountains.
Yep, they don’t end at the Oklahoma/Arkansas border. Look up the Cookson Hills.
I also grew up in the Ozarks, and although I don’t often think of them every time I see a photo like this the nostalgia hits like a train.
Best place to have a childhood!
For sure! I was also lucky enough to have been apart of the inaugural year for the W.O.L.F. School, which is a really neat public magnet school in Springfield, Mo. Every week, we would take 2-3 field trips to either a gun range, watershed, nature center, etc. and would have our lessons there, while learning things with a far heavier conservation spin to the materials. We also got to do animal handling with all sorts of creatures, and to this day it stands out as the best part of my childhood!
My family is from Calico Rock on the White River. I miss spending time on it!
The Ouachitas are a pretty decent substitute though!
You kidding? The Ouachitas are right outside the official border, they're honorary Ozarks, not a substitute!
I have to agree. Im living in Arkadelphia now and Im really falling in love with the Ouachitas the more I explore them!
I grew up 30 minutes from arkadelphia and went to school along the ouachita river. Reading this post as I sit in Phoenix Arizona
They're also taller than the Ozarks!
My family had property on the White in Mt. Olive while I was growing up. I loved those summer vacations!
A summer day on the white is pretty darn amazing! The cool air that blows up in your face off the water with every light breeze feels amazing
Calico and Mountain View have some really beautiful scenery, from Salem btw lol
I grew up in Salem.
Batesville here. Pretty much all of North Arkansas is beautiful. My dad and I used to trout fish at this spot on the White River near Painters Bluff that I think about all the time. So many amazing spots.
It’s an amazing area, for sure
I spent 6 weeks in Calico Rock on CR 73. The bluffs are still one of my favorite places.
My family is from Mountain Home, and Norfork (my Grandmother was a member of the Wolf family). North Central Arkansas was an amazing place to grow up. Summer time rolls around every year and I just want to go home. The lakes are blue, and the rivers are clear, and there’s lush green forest everywhere. No one has any idea how beautiful that part of the US is.
My one of my best friends is from Calico Rock!!! I grew up about 45 minutes west of it.
The Shawnee National Forest is part of the same landscape ("geographically similar"), although it's not considered part of the Ozarks. The water is better in Missouri and Arkansas for canoeing.
It's not old growth forest. It's all 100 years old or less.
Yep, there's very little that's considered old growth. Most of the Ozarks was logged in the early days, 'cept for the hard to reach areas and twisted cedars/pines.
I live in Missouri and have only seen our part of the Ozarks, but I would love to head on South and see the rest. I hear it's way nicer
It is called the natural state.
Look up buffalo river in Arkansas. One of my favorite places in the State.
“The Natural State”
I'm a Californian but lived in Little Rock for a year in my 20s. Man, I'd love to have a week just to drive around aimlessly in northern and western AR. Just some of the prettiest country on Earth.
Just skip over northeast Arkansas. We’ve got nothing. Unless you like cotton. We’ve got plenty of cotton
But you *do* have the lovely city of West Memphis!
as a fellow California to Arkansas transplant, i love it here... yes the produce isn't as great and the obesity is higher but the nature is similar to what i had in Northern Cali.. beauty, trees, hills, and as a car enthusiast windy canyon roads! all at a fraction of the cost!
Ugh. I hope it's gotten better but in the late 1990s you couldn't find anything beyond bell peppers or jalapenos at the grocery store. A Poblano? Good luck.
Georgian here. Never knew Arkansas had shit like this. I always thought it was flat like Kansas. Very slept on.
Basically all of eastern Arkansas is very flat. It’s the western half of the state that’s gorgeous
As an eastside Arkansan, I can back this up. Probably why we as one state produce like half of the country's rice. We're working on a way to tame the mosquitos for transportation, but they pretty much run the show around here.
The western half of the Natural State is incredible though, plus we're home to the world's only public diamond mine, Crater of Diamonds State Park. We've got some pretty neat stuff--give it a visit!
I’m from Little Rock but I currently live in a different state, and whenever I buy rice, I make sure it’s from AR. Makes me feel like I’m home :)
I work at the diamond mine. If you like rocks I recommend a visit
Very true. I live right on the border of the hills and the flat lands. It’s very flat when it’s flat.
The western side of Arkansas is drop dead gorgeous tho.
I drove through the flat areas and ended up with a ton of bugs on my front bumper
Yup, that sounds about right. I have a bird hanging down from my bumper that I hit a week ago. It’s crunched in there pretty damn good.
It’s not though? Crowley’s Ridge runs all the way from the Missouri Bootheel to Helena. Not to mention all the rivers with the massive NWR’s that provide all sorts of beautiful sights and wild adventures.
Flat?? Lol there are mountains everywhere!
My geographical knowledge of Arkansas was limited lmao.
Ain’t no mountains in Arkansas only big hills haha🤣
Ouachita and Ozarks? Lol I mean if you're comparing them to like Colorado mountains then yea... They look like hills lol
I drove through Arkansas, twice, up 55 from Tennessee to Missouri, there is not anything to see in that area
Ssshhhhh! Arkansas is A SECRET
Arkansan here, can confirm.
My family has been coming down to Bull Shoals Lake from St Louis every summer for 50+ years. Its definitely backwoods meth country but it’s a fucking beautiful lake
Its definitely backwoods meth country but it’s a fucking beautiful lake
Its definitely backwoods meth country but it’s a fucking beautiful lake
Yeah growing up I used to spend a lot of my summer there when my dad was up in that area and later on when I learned more about white supremacists I was heartbroken to know how much of it came out of Baxter county and the like..
I moved here from CA after growing up in PA. The springs and summers are quite amazing and the state parks are the best I've seen. So many of them! So many clean rivers and lakes, its amazing.
My dad lives in the hills outside of Benton. It's a beautiful place, aside from the humidity and bugs
I used to live near Benton. You really don't gotta go far to see something beautiful - in any direction.
Benton here too! There’s so many of us!
I was blown away at hoe pretty Arkansas was when I drove through a few years ago
I know now!! No longer sleeping on what looks to be a spectacular state!
Hillberry Festival in Eureka Springs every year is amazing!
what parts would you reccomend to visit?
Northwest Arkansas for sure. Gorgeous areas all around. The Ozark mountains provide some beautiful landscapes. Google “hawksbill crag” and “yellow rock overlook devils den” all gorgeous areas. Beaver lake is in northwest Arkansas as well and it’s stunning. Northwest Arkansas is also home to some world class mountain bike trails if you’re into that. If not into outdoorsy stuff, northwest Arkansas is still a great place to go as it’s the home of Walmart. They’ve dumped so much money into this area that there are stunning things to do and see no matter what your interests are. Can’t sing praise for this place loud enough
don't forget Lost Valley on the Buffalo River
Yup was gonna comment Lost Valley. Honestly if someone wants to get a quick look into Arkansas's beauty, you just need to go to Ponca. You've got the Buffalo River, Lost Valley, Hawksbill Crag, Steel Creek campground, the elk, it's all there in Boxley Valley.
Absolutely jaw dropping area
It was listed as #4 on Today's best places to live in America
Just retired from the Army and chose northwest Arkansas as my new home. Definitely no regrets.
i remember my first time driving through jasper, and thinking "it feels like i'm driving uphill".
there's a scenic overlook and suddenly i realize we're about 1500 feet up lol.
The area is one of my favorite spots in all of Arkansas
Some college student just fell off the Hawksbill the other day and she didn't make it. Happens every few years it seems. People don't take cliff heights seriously.
Edit: story: https://www.4029tv.com/article/iowa-college-student-falls-off-hawks-bill-crag/27137350
Proud to call Bentonville Home! ❤️
I assume you're posting this while sitting in traffic, then.
Not today 😂
Beaver lake! Best place ever.
Dang, just Googled Hawksbill Crag and someone fell to their death two days ago.
Sadly happens every once in awhile. I’ve been and it’s definitely a big drop to the bottom.
I know it's in the area, but is there cool sights like this around Fayetteville? I've been wanting to get to a Hogs game and this may help make that happen sooner rather than later.
Absolutely. Look up “yellow rock overlook devils den Arkansas” it’s about 15 min from Fayetteville and absolutely gorgeous. Depending how far you’re willing to drive, you can get deep deep into the Ozarks with about an hour drive from Fayetteville. Tons of great hiking and views there I’d be happy to list
Perfect, I have this year's football trip booked but this may be next year.
If you're only coming to Arkansas once, float the Buffalo River. For camping, you should check out the campgrounds near Blanchard springs caverns which is just North of mountain view. The Ozark folk center in mountain view is pretty neat as well.
If you sliced Arkansas in half diagonally starting from the top right corner down to the bottom left corner you would want to stay out of that hole bottom right side. Everything on the top left half has something neat.
Main attractions are hiking, camping, sightseeing, canoeing.
This site is a pretty good good
Pro tip: Blanchard caverns campgrounds are usually crowded (or were, it’s been a few), but a few miles north is Gunner Pool. Amazing camping sites and less crowded. Even though we spent a lot of time at Blanchard (fishing or caves or visiting their swimming hole if our water level was down) it isn’t too much of a drive to be a hassle.
Yes but the bathroom is so much nicer
Very very true
Um also dont forget that Mt. View boasts as the folk music capital of the country. I live about an hour and a half from there and spend tons of time at their little festivals throughout the spring and summer.
Pretty much any part except the east (unless you're into rice and soybean fields) and the south (unless you're into swamps and meth). Trust me, I've been here 32 years.
Live in the southeast. Can confirm all of the above.
The whole Ponca wilderness area, has hawksbill crag, The goat bluff, hemmend hollow and tons of other trails. And the start of the buffalo river, amazing kayaking/canoeing in the spring.
Eureka springs. I’ve been to many places and few give me the happiness that place does especially if you’re looking for a romantic adventure
Shh... don't tell everybody. It'll start looking like Branson. :D
The drive from Fayetteville to Eureka Springs is a stunner. Can be a little scary on motorcycles.
I just recently got the chance to drive through the ozarks on I-70. It really is a beautiful state.
I-70? Get yourself a new map.
You mean I-40 maybe? Memphis - Little Rock - Texarkana?
Yeah sorry idk what i was thinking. . Yes I-40 lol
For being such a rural state, there are quite a few interstates!
If only 40 went to Texarkana.
Yes I misspoke, should have said Fort Smith.
Went to Arkansas last summer and by far the best scenery in any US state [ i visited little rock ]
Its beautiful going up on the rocky areas
I’ll agree with that, I grew up in WA and didn’t even realize Arkansas had nature this nice til right now
I had no idea until I visited family there a number of years ago. It’s a beautiful state. The Ozarks are amazing.
Came here to say pretty much this. I lived there for about 8 years and it's amazing how much beauty is there for a state that most people forget even exists.
I grew up in Jonesboro with regular camping trips to the western part of the state and can state with conviction that some parts of the state are pretty.
Shhh you fool! Arkansas is one of the few hidden gems anymore
I’m going to get kicked out of this state. I have let the fellow Arkansans down
I actually live in Texas but have family in Arkansas and have spent a ton of time there.
Visited the buffalo river a couple years ago and fell in love with that area. So gorgeous.
I'm from Hot Springs, AR and I can deff agree that it's a overlooked state. My hometown is called a National Valley. As in surrounded by trees and mountains, rivers and lakes. Whenever someone makes fun of my state I just like to tell myself they don't know what they are missing.
NGL I thought most of the Midwest was just empty and flat, I didn’t even know Arkansas had hills. I just moved from Long Island, NY (hilly) to eastern shore of Virginia (flat and shit). Should go traveling that way sometime but I focus on Europe, maybe one day.
The Ozarks...sooo beautiful.
Hey man, let's keep it our little secret.
I'm from Minnesota, legit had no idea there were pretty parts in Arkansas
Can second that! Grew up in Illinois but drove through all of Arkansas and was blown away! Nothing like I had pictured in my head!
Former Texan that did a lot of camping in Arkansas state parks.
Totally agree. Whenever we would tell stories about how awesome this park or that park was, our friends were like "Really? Arkansas?".
Looks like good camping territory and probably not as hot as where I’m from!
Glad to hear this. I've been pushing an Arkansas road trip on my girlfriend for a few years now. It's the one non-Alaskan state west of the Mississippi that we've never been to.
Might be a stupid question but how are things down there in the first week of April? I thought it'd be a fun Spring Break trip.
First week of April can honestly be any type of conditions here. Typically though I’d say it’s 60’s or 70’s and sunny like 4/5 days a week and rain 2/3 days a week. Everything is mostly green in the beginning of April or close to it so that’s nice.
Sounds delightful to me, particularly compared to what Michigan’s usually dealing with that time of year.
I went to college in Russellville, AR and it is beautiful there. The Ozarks are amazing. I was also told that a lot of older people try to make Arkansas sound like a bad place to live so people don't move there.
I seriously had no idea Arkansas had anything like this pic. I’m from Wa state. Idk why I’m telling u since u asked the last commenter where they are from not me
I’d ask where ya from but you already answered my question ;)
I just knew you’d ask ;)
Arkansas has a tiny population compared to its neighbors. It's an amazing state, filled with the kindest people.
Kindest people- if you’re white. Many Arkansans, especially outside of NW Arkansas, are super racist. It is a beautiful place though!
Edit: for those downvoting me.. here are a couple links on racist billboards and a piece on “sundown towns” . I didn’t post the comment to hate on the state- I lived there for many years and it’s a beautiful place. It can also be super racist!
You're getting downvoted because you're cherry picking anecdotal stories that represent a tiny fraction of assholes in the state. I guess we should label Pennsylvania a place friendly only to whites now?
Pennsylvania outside the major cities is like Arkansas
I'm sure it is. Its the same outside Arkansas cities. It's the same with New York and New Jersey and even gasp California. It's called rural America and Arkansas doesn't have a monopoly on rural areas.
But notice how every time those states are mentioned someone doesn't show up to talk about how the state is only friendly to white folks?
true. I lived in Mountain Home for 2 years, like a paradise to me (without the money). There just wasnt any people of color in the entire county for me to experience any racism, and the subject never came up - honest. I worked construction and because of the pay and tough conditions we had many employees, and not one ever expressed any racist view. I saw the KKK flags on the flag poles of rich and poor houses, saw the 'this section of highway sponsored by the KKK" in the next county to the west, but I never once experienced any racism.
I'm from that area. Definitely mostly white, but also mostly friendly!
They hated him because he spoke the truth
They hated him because he spoke the truth
The culture is a lot more receptive than it used to be even a decade ago. 10 years ago, I remember stopping in a old diner in Concorde, Arkansas; About 15 minutes outside of Heber Springs. They still had the old-school pin board for advertisements. Many of them were cards and literature for the KKK, and a "better White America". Its definitely sickening to see it, but at least the banana split was good while playing pool.
Racist environment - 9/10
Food - 9/10
Pool tables and arcade - 10/10
But you can imagine what happened to that diner. The old and archaic ideology takes a greater toll. That diner stayed open for decades and was a staple to the town. Now, it is nothing more than an empty old building.
Im a truck driver in the US. Im from texas but have been all up and down the the mid states. Nebraska gets a lot of shit, but if you drive west through nebraska it really is beautiful. You can drive 300 mile west on highway 80 and never see a giant city or tall buildings.
It was a really amazing piece of americana hitting some of those small towns and really sweet humble people.
Believe it or not, there are parts of Arizona that look like this. Most people assume that Arizona is nothing more than a hot desert, when in reality it has large lush forests, mountains, and the 2nd most snowiest city in America.
Arizona forests are pine, up around Flagstaff etc, not the hardwood types like the Ozarks.
I wasnt comparing the trees themselves, I was talking about how lush and green Arizona is compared to what many people think of when they talk about Arizona.
Also, many people think Wa state is all green and rainforesty, while some parts of Eastern Wa have deserts and get feet of snow in the winter!
There are uncountable numbers of US highways where if you just go 300 feet off the road you're treading where no human has walked in millenia, possibly forever.
I love travelling, but I could spend my entire life just travelling around the states and I would still want to see more.
If you ever visit, bring your camera and I will show you some places.
Even in the state of California where I grew up (the largest state with over 30 million people) over 45% of the land is federally or state protected natural environment. Mountains, rivers, and forest cover the state but most people just think of bustling cities and beaches. Come visit the woods I’ll show you around ;)
You should definitely visit Australia... almost the same landmass but only 25mil people instead of over 300mil
If you ever want travel advice for the Pacific Northwest pm me
Have to agree here. Love the nature here on my hometurf, but everything looks just so grandiose in the States & Canada. Never before this have I seen a pic from Arkansas, and even there the nature looks this amazing
and i have to say that reddit has helped changed my mind!
Depending of the season though there can be tons of ticks.
What about bears and stuff?
ah, one of our favorite places. My kids love it because even though its not that tall there is such a wonderland of rocks to climb and explore, along with waterfalls and creeks. So many cool things in one place.
How's the waterfall right now?
Was there yesterday after a nasty amount of rain. It was going hard.
I haven’t been down to it lately. Being old and fat makes it a tough thing. I will save up some energy and walk down there before too long.
There's a pretty nice overlook too if I recall correctly
Amazing pic. See so many of these on here, this is an absolute stand out 🏆⭐️💐
I got really lucky my first trip there and it was the heaviest waterfall I've seen there. It would have been around this time of year probably 9 or 10 years ago. Still one of my favorite places to hike.
Hit tip for visitors: it’s pronounced Petty Gene not Petit Jean. We know it’s stupid but that’s how it is.
Miss all the places in Arkansas. Moved up north and the closest wilderness here is always full of people because of the city an hour away. In Arkansas, running into others on a trail was incredibly infrequent.
Hah! I go there all the time! It’s nice seeing a place a I know mentioned on the internet!
Camped and hiked there a bunch growing up. Love that little car museum.
I lived in AR for a short period of time, once you get west of Little Rock it gets so pretty. I was definitely surprised by how clear the rivers and lakes were (especially the buffalo river). I still think the eastern part of the state (at least in I40 between LR and Memphis) is gross though.
River Valley and the Ozarks are definitely the nicest parts of Arkansas.
Spent the first 16 years of my life roaming through the river valley and Ozarks, splashing through the buffalo. I miss home so much!
South west of LR you run into the Oachita mountains. Not quite as scenic as the Ozarks but still good and there are some pretty areas in East Arkansas if you enjoy bayous or ox bow lakes.
Or ducks. I'm from Rogers but the swamps around Stuttgart have their own kind of beauty.
I moved back east recently, so that’s at least one less person for ya
TIL Arkansas might be worth visiting. Beautiful!
Absolutely is, it’s a hidden secret.
Not anymore it's not!
The Natural State has a lot of nature.
Used to be The Bear State. Arkansans are pretty literal so we had to, err, change that one...
A few years ago I lost my job suddenly so I took a short trip to Magazine Mountain (tallest point in the state).
The top of that mountain at sunset in the summer is one of the most serene places I've ever been to. It was a very painful point in my life, and sitting there in the sun and the fresh air filled with the smell of wildflowers, I was awash with calm.
I grabbed this pic of a guy doing yoga (with his permission of course) on one of the lookouts.
That’s a great picture, thanks for sharing. Looks so damn peaceful. That’s the greatest thing about the outdoors in my opinion, how it just washes away anything you have going on in your life. Whether it’s stress, fear, relationship issues, or anything else, when your out in the middle of nowhere it’s impossible not to be at peace.
Also hope everything is going better for you too
River trail and pinnacle mountain in Little Rock
Ozarks in NW
Petit Jean in west central
I moved out of state some years ago, and I yearn for home because I grew up going outdoors so often.
Here are a few of my favorite places.
Lost Valley Trail
Whitaker Point Trailhead, the most photographed place in Arkasas
Falling Water Falls
Rush Historic District
Glory Hole Falls
Do they not have outside where you live now?
Outside is relentlessly depressing where I live now (comparatively, I was spoiled).
I live in the Chicagoland area. Interesting, peculiar, & nuanced architecture abound!
But outdoors? All I hear people talk about is "Starved Rock". I miss the Pacific Northwest, and have been looking at places south simply because of the better weather conditions. I guess AKAR is on the list now.
Edit: I am an abbreviation failure.
AK is definitely not south. But yeah, AR is pretty great ;) If you have balls, you will sweat them off in Arkansas, though.
AK is definitely not south
AK is definitely not south
Go a couple hours south into the Shawnee Hills of Illinois when you got the time. Very pretty scenery!
My family moved from central Arkansas (only about 20 min from where this picture is) to Utah when I was a kid. As much as I adore all the beautiful places you can visit in Utah, there are definitely times I miss Arkansas. Whenever I go back I remember how incredibly green everything is. Also lightning bugs, we don't have those here.
They were almost completely gone for several years. They seem to be making a come back though.
You forgot the best one - the Buffalo
Ozark Highlands trail and Ouachita trail are great for backpacking. They're just nice trails that don't attract much attention.
Definitely is. Did a 9 day road trip through the Ozarks. Very beautiful. Didn't always feel comfortable by myself in some of the hillbilly towns.
Its okay to feel that though. As an arkansas native, i can say we all feel unsafe by ourselves in those hillbilly towns.
Huntsville, Harrison, Jasper, or all of the above?
Absolutely should come here if you like to hike!
Y’all, stop telling everyone how good we have it here!!
Don’t listen to them...we’re all shoeless hillbillies and everything is definitely not beautiful!!
So true. It's terrible here. But if you are going to come to Arkansas... Go to Pine Bluff, it's the best.
This is a funny joke and all, but for the safety of the reader, don't go to Pine Bluff.
Yes. Do that. Pine Bluff is fan-tastic!
Pine Bluff is so nice they didn't even bother to repair it after the Civil War. Felt it would have been too much of an upgrade for people to take...
After that hit up Harrison and bump some of those whites only radio jams !
I laughed so hard at this.
As someone from MO, I regret to inform you, this isn’t the dominant stereotype.
They're taking the hobbits to Little Rock!
You got a chuckle out of me.
This is a highly emotional picture for me. This is near the spot where I proposed to my wife (at sunset 15 years ago). It's also where we spread the ashes of our fur babies.
Arkansas is a far more appealing state than many people give it credit for.
This how I prefer Arkansas. Through my screen. Last time I was in Arkansas I was at fort Chaffee and the coldest it ever got was 95 around 1AM and the humidity was mind boggling. I got over 120 mosquito bites on my hands after a night near the river. Lots of beauty to be had, but you gotta get some major swamp ass to enjoy it.
Summer here is hell. Fall and Spring are when you want to visit.
This made me chuckle.
Sometimes I wish I never left Arkansas. Miami fucking sucks.
Im glad I left Miami
What a shithole
Born and raised in Arkansas. I love that it is still not very popular. All to ourselves!
If I’m not mistaken, this is Petit Jean State Park
You are not mistaken.
I figured not. I’ve taken a picture of that valley many times. Quality trail
Middle Arkansas. Middle earth. What is it with middle places being so damn wonderful
Is this near Hawksbill Crag? I live in MO, I love Arkansas!
Go check out Steele creek near Ponca
Is this recent? Is the weather like this over there right now? Might fly out in a week if so.
I took this picture Friday. Then it rained like crazy on Saturday, then by Sunday evening it was back to sunny. It's sunny today. We have a wide spectrum of weather in this week's forecast.
Cool, thank you for the response!
I thought this photo might have been from Friday! I was there Friday for sunset as well. I was the guy with the obnoxiously loud motorcycle, haha. I almost went up and talked to you, but you looked like you were in the zone. Here's the photo I got from my iPhone. I'll have to bring my DSLR next time!
Nice, I was going to say something but you looked in the zone too😄
Haha, this is true. Such a great sunset. I’m surprised more people weren’t up there. Definitely one of my favorite spots in the state!
Not OP, but live in Arkansas. Don’t know when this was taken, but the trees have basically all greened up here at this point. We had pretty bad weather Saturday but besides that it’s been gorgeous the last few weeks. Mostly 70’s and low 80’s with plenty of sunshine
Thank you! Sounds tempting, but it looks like there's about a 40% chance of thunderstorm any given day for the next couple of weeks. Not sure if I'm willing to risk that on a hiking trip.
It's Arkansas. Don't like the weather? Wait a couple days.
Also in Arkansas. My best hikes have been with rainfall and just before or after storms. Nothing compares.
Bring a jacket, keep your phone handy, and be aware of flash floods if there are any water crossings. You’ll be fine. Some of my favorite hikes have had an hour long nap while it rained, thanks to my hammock and tarp.
Been going there twice a week for a while now, the weather has been great when it isn't raining.
Ah, the majesty of Middle Arkansas. You finally got that problem with Sauron and his orc army under control then?
Is Arkansas a safe place to travel as a brown skin Latino?
Jesus Christ do people really think there's a single state in this country not safe traveling to because of your skin color? Stop gobbling down sensationalist bullshit.
Indian who grew up in Texas here. Trust me, plenty of shit exists in some states to make people of color feel uncomfortable
Including Texas and literally every other state in the country. That's my point. But there is no reason why any person of color should ask if it's safe to go to any state in America. That's just fucking ridiculous.
OMG! How do those Latin Americans survive there? I figured all the local whites would've murdered them all dead by now. /s
Not sure if this is still accurate, but at one point (2006-ish), Springdale, AR had the highest percentage Hispanic population of any state that isn’t contiguous with Mexico. Excellent tacos and pupusas, and the horchata flows like water.
It's still super Hispanic. Tons of Marshallese people too.
I think De Queen has passed Springdale percentage wise but it’s definitely still up there last I visited. I miss moving away. I’d beat someone with a stick for a good pupusa and some agua de tamarindo
What about Hialeah, FL? Population is 200,000+ and it is 95% Hispanic
Yes, just don't be black in Harrison. Most racist town in America, Harrison.
Can't be stressed enough. Fuck Harrison
Absolutely. Northwest Arkansas in particular is very diverse as it’s home to Walmart and loads of other companies who employ all types of people
Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville) is also home to the University of Arkansas, which attracts progressive college students of diverse cultural backgrounds.
Y'all the reason we have so much good Mexican food!
Brown skin Latinos make up a good portion of our population. So you'll be fine as long as you don't take some back road into a swamp and run up on some crazy redneck's shack.
See it’s comments like this that make me wary. If I were to come to Arkansas it wouldn’t be to visit cities but to visit some backwoods nature. 😕
It's really not something to worry about. You almost have to be actively trying to find something like that. They're usually in the places you wouldn't want to see, anyway.
Definitely, and in NWA you will meet many compadres who do very well. And a lot of them seem to own chains of excellent restaurants.
Rogers HS was 30% Hispanic by the time I graduated in '99.
Arkansas has a bunch of black people so I don't think people will care much.
Western Arkansas is very diverse. I’m a Latino living here and there’s enough of us that White people are used to us.
Had no idea Arkansas was so filled with vegetation
Outside of the metropolitan areas, it's nothing but trees and mountains. Very green state.
Literally a tree covered state!
It's called The Natural State for a reason.
woo damn pig
woo pig sooiie
Beauty. I feel so bad for saying Arr-Kansas now.
In case you didn’t know, Arkansas was actually established before Kansas was. So really they should be asking why isn’t Kansas pronounced “Kan-Saw”
Found Les Miles's alt.
Highway 7 from Dover to Jasper is such a beautiful drive. You get to see the “Grand Canyon of Arkansas” and it’s pretty breathtaking.
Also forget which highway it is, but the roads around Mulberry Mountain are beautiful as well.
Just be careful on them because they’re all very curvy and steep.
Here’s a couple pictures from Highway 7 I took not that long ago.
Highway 7 Scenic Outlook Pics
Mulberry Mountain is on the Pig Trail between Ozark and Combs, Arkansas.
It's amazing, I literally took that drive yesterday.
Eagle rock loop?
I was just wondering what Arkansas looks like earlier today. It's the one state that I've never really known what it's like. This looks like the landscape from lord of the rings with the big elephants.
I love Petit Jean! I used to go there at least twice a summer as a kid. I moved to Colorado a few years ago, and I’m loving it here, but this just really made me miss home.
Ozark country has some of the best scenery in the country.
Holy shit. Seriously. Absolutely amazing.
Can't fool me, that's Wakanda.
Man, I am really missing home now. Mt. Magazine has a view very similar to this.
Mount Magazine is underrated, even within Arkansas. It’s one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been, and I’ve traveled to all 50 states.
It truly is a magnificent place. It has an unforgettable view of the valley below.
Proud to be from Arkansas!!!
This looks like BOTW
It is a Breath of the Wild. Wait til you pass the chicken houses. :D
Went camping in petit jean last year, the entire experience was great. Worst part was waking up to the park ranger telling us we couldn’t camp on the very edge next to the wired gates lol.
This looks JUST like the setting from that scene in True Detective Season 3 when Hayes is talking to Hoyt
That scene is filmed up in the Ozarks. (Don't want to drop the name because it's a nice little under the radar gem)
From Arkansan to Arkansan:
You're welcome friend.
I haven’t seen that but now I will have to watch it.
As an Arkansan, I can attest to its natural beauty. Plenty to go around. One interesting thing about this state (and others, to be fair) is the diversity of different landscapes you can find.
I’m from the Ozarks and it’s a lot like this. Gorgeous scenery. I live in northeast Arkansas now, though, and aside from Crowley’s Ridge, it’s super flat because it’s the Mississippi alluvial plain.
As a local can you tell me what is the most charming quaint little town in AR that has a good walkable street with food and local shops? I live outside of Fredericksburg here in Texas (Hill Country/Wine Country), anything similar there?
Eureka Springs, without a doubt.
Yes, this. One of my favorite places. The historic loop is very walkable, hilly, but walkable.
This was going to be my answer. Eureka is like walking into a fairy tale
Then head down to Cave City in the summer for some heavenly watermelon!
Absolutely. My family lives like 20 miles away, but I have friends who will travel 100 miles for a Cave City melon. Totally worth it.
The tricky thing about most small towns I’ve been in around here is that they’re SOOOO car/truck focused. Very little is walkable. Low population means people can have plenty of space. Cities can be walkable, but that’s not small and quaint. Although our idea of a big city probably isn’t as bad as most other places. I live in a town of 27,000. I could walk to some places, but it’s hardly convenient. You might like the Fayetteville area or Hot Springs. They’ve got decent stuff you can park in one place and walk to. I love Hot Springs.
Fayetteville has lots of walking and biking trails.
It's Eureka Springs for sure.
Eureka Springs for sure.
Really fascinating local Indian history there though. But for deSoto, NE Arkansas would have had a burgeoning independent state at least on the level of the Mayans by the time the rest of the white people got there.
Lived in Bentonville AR for 15 years and just moved to OBX. Bentonville was a very nice city. The Downtown is extremely nice.
Arkansas is a beautiful state, and I wish I can travel around here more often in the future, as I live in the Ozark region
Arkansas looks like this? Holy shit. When I went to Searcy I never saw anything close to the
I heard Searcy is also known as Crystal Rock.
Searcy isn't a great place.
Searcy is one of the worst places in Arkansas. I’m sorry that’s all you saw.
West/northwest Arkansas is the place to be. The further east and south you go, the shittier it gets.
Arkansan here... This state never ceases to amaze me. Where abouts is this?
Awesome, I love that area. I can't believe I didn't recognize it.
This is gorgeous
I was an exchange student in LR a while ago and this is one of the first places my host family showed me. It is absolutely stunning. I'm always happy to see Arkansas on this sub.
Where are you from originally?
Germany. I've been coming back every chance I get.
Damn, I wouldn’t mind being propped up against that tree to die
Damn this makes me homesick.
Hey OP can I use this pic as my background on my phone?
Can I also have permission to use it as my phone background?
Awesome thank you :)
This pic made me teary. Havent been back to Arkansas in a few years.
The worst part about this picture is that it’s to big to fit my iPhone XR background.
God bless America
Zelda breath of the wild 2
What a beautiful capture!
Damn never knew Arkansas got some nature going on, would have never thought this was that state.
Our nickname is "The Natural State."
Arkansas is a beautiful state and so underrated. One of my most memorable vacations was on a rock climbing trip in the Ozarks during Autumn. We need more Arkansas pics on Earth Porn.
I was conceived in England and born in Little Rock :)
Arkansas is amazing
Top of Pinnacle Mountain Little Rock, AR https://imgur.com/gallery/OGRP0eL
Can we share more photos of our beautiful state? Here's one I took a few years ago on top of Pinnacle Mountain
We call it central* Arkansas.
I was going for an allusion to Middle Earth.
Thanks for this! I definitely suffer from the idea that the central Midwest is just brown and flat. So great to have a different picture in my mental library.
Nice! No matter what other glaring faults the state has, I will always appreciate Arkansas for giving me the best shrimp and grits I've ever had
You probably should visit New Orleans then... Its been my experience that Arkansas does not do creole food well. My favorite thing about Arkansas is the topography.
Ah I have! Amazing food! The woman who ran this cafe in Arkansas really knew what she was doing
Whats the name and where? I travel to Arkansas for fun and hiking on the regular. I'd like to visit this place.
I don't remember =(
We stopped for dinner when I was moving back to NM from NC and got back on the road. All I remember is that it was in the Little Rock area because that was the milestone we picked for stopping and because it had the best access to restaurants
Maddie's Place in Little Rock is the classic IMO.
Nice shot. Including lots of nuances of nature.
I believe this is from Mt Nebo
Love the atmosphere
Not gonna lie, when I was reading the title my brain went 'Middle Earth' instead of 'Middle Arkansas'. And then I saw the picture and went 'eh, same thing?'
Beautiful landscape for sure!
I love this so much
That is very pretty.
Is that mount Nebo?
Love that photo! I took this photo in Whistler, Canada https://imgur.com/a/Vd3WP5x
Nice shot !!!
What do you think of Kansans who pronounce it the "Are Kansas" river?
I don't think of them at all.
Jealous that they live in the wrong state
OMG MY FRIEND IS FROM THERE OMGOMGOMG
I visited Fayetteville Arkansas a few years ago and it was one of the coolest, most beautiful places I've ever been
I've lived in Fayetteville since '97. Still love it here.
I like the composition of this picture and the part where it's not overprocessed. I actually feel like I'm there.
Wow, Breath of the Wild looks better than I remember.
This is why I tell people there is beauty everywhere when they complain about going somewhere that doesn’t sound appealing! Gorgeous photo!!
You should check out Eureka Springs in NW Arkansas. Very nice old buildings like the Crescent Hotel. Springs everywhere.
I haven’t been there in a long time. I should go back some time.
Where was this taken? What region or AR?
I'm planning a motorcycle camping trip soon, from Springfield MO.
Petit Jean State Park
what is the location of this place ? i mean where in arkansas .. an approximate google maps link or gps coords could also do
Was this in True Detectives?
Someone else mentioned that. I've never seen the show, but I am kind of interested in watching it now.
Thank you kind stranger for the beautiful wallpaper. I will think of you everytime I unlock my phone.
I live near here. But from this perspective it looks like Breath of the Wild.
Middle Arkansas? I didn’t even know where that state was in the US for a while, now they’re dividing it up in sections? Smh stuff getting too complicated.
I remember driving through Arkansas and being astonished at the number of magnificent raptors flying around. Very underrated birding opportunities
North Texan here. I prefer Arkansas since the closest thing to scenery here is Broken Bow. I did Eagle Rock Loop last year and it was awesome.
Aww man that makes me so happy to see this picture. I can tell you the exact spot this was taken. I grew up here and now living in southern Louisiana, I get incredibly homesick for any kind of elevation.
This is a pretty beautiful world.
I have camped up there many times! Flat side wilderness is the best, especially the Ozark trails running through there. The waterfalls and swimming holes farther down the dirt road are the best.
I am still confusion
It's definitely a great sight
Looks like the intro to this weird scifi documentary depicting what life or the environment is like in other worlds.
Shit is cosmic, baby.
So Wakanda is in Arkansas?!
Ooh beautifull places👌🏼
Looks amazing on my s10. Gorgeous picture
This is beautiful!
That's a phone wallpaper if I ever saw one.
Love this picture!
I am confusion...America Explain
Such a great, emotional picture. Thank you.
Hey! I live there, when is that at?
Thanks for the new wallpapers on my Galaxy S10. The dark branches in the top right of the picture align perfectly with the front camera obscuring the hole in the screen.
Forget what the naysayers say about the south, our south is one of the most beautiful places! I was born right next door in Tennessee, live in LA now.
This is one of my favorite pictures from the petit jean lookout at sunrise. That’s me standing out on the rocks. Very dark picture unfortunately but great memory
Thought it said Middle Earth
Pretty sure you meant, Sunset in Middle Earth. Beautiful shot!
My home state makes Earth Porn!
I live in arkansas
Makes me nostalgic!
I’ve been all over but grew up in Arkansas. I have two songs I’ve written for my home state that I love:
Where in Arkansas? I live in Arkansas and id love to visit here.
Can't wait for the Brontosaurus to come up and grab some branches.
Beautiful sight! When I visited my dad last year near Lamar, Arkansas, I seen a similar view! I’d comment it if I knew how on Reddit.
F'n a cotton Arkansas is a very underrated state
I miss the south so much.
Grew up in the Ozarks... don’t remember that!
This is exquisite absolutely beautiful!
is this Petit Jean?
As a native of Tennessee, I moved here permanently after attending UofA and it’s been one of my best decisions.
That's just beautiful
I'm a simple man. I see Arkansas on reddit, I upvote. Pictures like this make me so damn homesick.
I can feel the humidity from 900 miles away. Grew up there, miss the pretty parts, but I like my dry western air now.
Is this Elder Scrolls VI: Arkansas?
What device did you use?
Land before time :)
Hello from Little Rock! Great photo!!!
Oohh waohw, do this how is all America look?
Real life opening to BOTW.
I grew up in the Ozarks... I miss it so much it hurts. Oh well, Nebraska for another 15 years, go Air Force
Is this Whitaker point but from the other side?
Fuck i love nature
Stop telling people. We're full and we don't want anyone else coming here.
Serious Q: what sort of hardware / settings do I need to be able to take photos like this? Expensive?
I'm cheap AF. I have a Nikon D3300, which is one of the most basic DSLRs you can buy. I paid like maybe $400 a couple years ago. You can use the kit lens that comes with it, but the lens I used here is the Sigma 17-50 f/2.8. It cost $285. I also used a cheap tripod, like $20. I also used a remote shutter release, but that's not necessary.
Here is a video that is pretty much the same method I use:
However I use free and open source software. Instead of Lightroom, I use Darktable, and instead of Photoshop I use Gimp. Like I said, I'm cheap AF.
This is super interesting and so much to take in, and that's just for sunset photography!
Thanks a lot for writing that out! I may have an interesting journey of learning all about photography ahead of me thanks to this :-)
Check out Tony and Chelsea Northrup's YouTube channel. They also sell a few books which are great for beginners. I bought the Stunning Digital Photography book a while back and I learned quite a bit from it.
I'm from Arkansas, and I went to college in Flagstaff, AZ (Northern Arizona University). One morning my roommate got up and a classmate came to get him. He saw one my decorative vanity plates laying on the couch, and proclaimed with a condescending tone, "The Natural State?" So, still in bed, I responded with, "The Golden State?" All he could muster was, "Touche!"
Finally Arkansas getting recognition.
I summited Petit Jean while bicycling across the United States; the view looked instantly familiar, even half a lifetime later.
Not many. The Ozarks were underwater for most of the Mesozoic. We do have lots of awesome coral fossils in our huge bands of limestone.
Now, Mammoths and Mastodons? Those were definitely here.
My first thought was that it looked like The Land Before Time!
Y'all hear banjos?
While my banjo gently weeps...