Arkansas is located in the southeastern U.S. and boasts diverse geography ranging from the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, to the dense forested Arkansas Timberlands in the south, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River.
Arkansas borders Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi. It is home to many rivers, lakes and reservoirs, as well as major tributaries of the Mississippi River including the Arkansas and St. Francis rivers.
Here, you’ll find popular hiking destinations like Hot Springs National Park, home to 3 locations where you can see and touch the 143 degree (F) thermal water.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking in Arkansas.
Score an aerie overlooking the Buffalo River Valley to yourself when you visit Whitaker Point in the offseason.
Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas
Walk through history—and spice up your campfire stories—on these three hikes through abandoned communities.
Get off the beaten path in the Ozarks.
Tour bluffs surrounding Arkansas’s Buffalo National River before nabbing a view of the tallest waterfall between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains.
With towering sandstone bluffs, herds of Rocky Mountain elk, and hundreds of waterfalls, it’s easy to see why this 135-mile stretch of free-flowing, crystal-clear water was the country’s first National River.
Paddle the Buffalo National River into a narrow valley pinched by steep rock walls, then hike up to the largest waterfall in the Midwest on this 9.9-mile trip.