Discover tranquility and adventure in the brawny woodlands and laid-back mountain towns in the North Central Arkansas Ozarks. Go canoeing, fishing, and tubing in the region’s many mountain rivers, lakes, and streams. Kayak alongside towering limestone bluffs at the Buffalo National River, and fish for record-breaking trout on the White River. Seek out your perfect swimming hole on the Norfolk River. Ride jet skis on Bull Shoals Lake and go for a float at Mammoth Spring.
You’ll find plenty of activities on dry land, too. Be awed by the subterranean rock formations of Blanchard Springs Caverns. Cruise back in time in the historic town of Hardy. Listen to folk music and shop for handicrafts at quaint villages like Mountain View. Bike through the Ozark National Forest. Go hiking in Calico Country and visit a ghost town. Choose your own adventure in this dynamic natural playground.
Cave Formations in Blanchard Springs Caverns
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History lovers won’t want to miss Hardy. Built as a railroad construction camp in 1884, its Main Street retains a turn-of-the-century atmosphere. It’s easy to imagine Model-Ts cruising the downtown area. Heber Springs is home to a restored vintage theater. Catch a movie at Marshall’s historic drive-in and visit the ghost town of Calico Rock. Go back further in history at Arkansas’ Stonehenge – ancient stone spheres dot the region, including one at Murphy Hallow.