Arkansas became the 25th state to enter the union on June 15, 1836. It has been given several nicknames throughout the years; currently Arkansas is known as “the Natural State.” This is due to Arkansas’ many state and national parks, amazing mining opportunities, the abundant natural resources found in the area and the state’s dedication to clean up the environment.
One of Arkansas’ most popular “natural” places is the Hot Springs area. This city/national park has more than 800,000 gallons of hot mineral water bubbling up from various springs every day. Hot Springs National Park has several historic bathhouses to tour, some of which have recently been refurbished. The city is nestled in a beautiful valley that is surrounded by mountain ranges for 40 miles in every direction. The area has more than 26 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails for visitors to explore; and at the end of the day everyone can relax in the healing waters of the natural mineral hot springs.
Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park offers visitors a unique mining opportunity…you get to keep what you find! To date more than 24,000 diamonds have been taken home by park visitors. This Arkansas State Park also offers a water park, camping facilities, hiking trails and wildlife observation blind.
The Old Mill Park, located in North Little Rock Arkansas, is based around the water powered grist mill built in the late 1800s. This is the grist mill seen in the opening segment of the 1937 film classic “Gone with the Wind.” The park offers visitors a wondrous variety of sculptures, bridges and the mill to tour. Gardens and benches offer people a place to relax the day away. The area is so enchanting that several weddings are held on the grounds every year.
Another interesting attraction found in Arkansas is the Magnolia/Albemarle Artificial Marsh. This amazing area was created as a natural waste water treatment system. The marshlands are a non-toxic, totally safe way to treat non-contact waste water and rain water. The site has several fully trained workers who keep the marsh healthy as well as care for the many animals and birds that now call the area home. There are wildlife tours offered at the site as well as informational lectures on the effectiveness of the program. This site has been so successful that a second facility has been built in the state of Arkansas and there are plans to build more in the future.
No matter how you look at it Arkansas is a filled with wonderful activities and adventures for a successful getaway. So plan to visit Arkansas soon! It’s the “natural” choice for your next vacation.