Thursday, May 23, 2024

Arkansas State Parks and Monument Trails: Unveiling Awe-Inspiring Adventures in the Natural State

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(BPT) - Arkansas stands ready to welcome summer adventurers with open arms. Offering a mosaic of natural wonders, captivating landscapes and unparalleled recreational opportunities, Arkansas State Parks and Monument Trails beckon travelers to discover the extraordinary.

Nestled within the heart of the Ozarks and the splendor of the Mississippi Delta, Arkansas boasts a diverse tapestry of environments, from lush forests to cascading waterfalls, rugged mountains and serene lakeshores. These natural treasures serve as the backdrop for an array of outdoor pursuits, captivating visitors of all ages and interests.

At the forefront of Arkansas’ outdoor renaissance are the Monument Trails, winner of the "Biking" category in Outside magazine's 2023 Travel Awards. Carefully crafted to blend seamlessly with the state’s pristine wilderness, these world-class mountain-biking trails offer a thrilling fusion of adrenaline and natural beauty. With routes that wind through picturesque landscapes, traverse challenging terrain and unveil breathtaking vistas, the Monument Trails promise an unforgettable journey for cyclists of every skill level.

But the adventure doesn’t end there. Arkansas State Parks boast a wealth of activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. From hiking and camping to fishing, birdwatching and beyond, there is no shortage of ways to connect with nature and create lasting memories with loved ones.

“Arkansas is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, offering an unparalleled blend of natural beauty and recreational opportunities,” said Shea Lewis, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “Whether you are seeking pulse-pounding adventure on the Monument Trails or a tranquil escape in one of our state parks, Arkansas invites you to explore, discover and reconnect with the great outdoors.”

The Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area is a 12-mile stretch that features Class IV rapids for experienced kayakers and canoeists, especially adventuresome after a good rain.

Cane Creek State Park offers floaters a relaxing ride through south Arkansas’s cypress trees and water lilies.

Camping takes center stage at Devil's Den State Park and Hobbs State Park. Through the story of each respective park, the camping options immerse visitors into wholly unique and adventurous experiences. Through the award-winning high architecture of Hobbs State Park or the classic civilian conservation stonework at Devil's Den State Park, visitors can explore parks as unique as their interests.

For the best flyfishing in the world, try Bull Shoals-White River State Park. You can rent or buy all the equipment you will need on-site at the riverside marina and store. After you catch your limit of trout, park staff are available to teach you how to cook up your mess of fish over an open campfire. What’s more, there are 113 campsites at the park, so you never have to leave.

Discover the allure of Arkansas State Parks and Monument Trails and embark on an adventure like no other. Plan your escape today and experience the premier outdoor adventures of The Natural State.

For more information about Arkansas State Parks, visit arkansasstateparks.com. For more information on the Monument Trails, visit arkansasstateparks.com/trails/monument-trails.