Crystal Bridges Trail in Bentonville
Boarding the vintage replica River Rail Trolley at the River Market in Little Rock
View of the area surrounding the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs National Park
Exploring the colorful Blanchard Springs Caverns in the Ozark Mountains
Fishing in the current at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
An array of paths for pedestrians and cyclists in downtown Little Rock
Hang gliding over Mount Magazine State Park in Logan County
Overlooking the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge for pedestrians in Little Rock
- The Natural State
Blues, barbecue, sports and the great outdoors
Arkansas the Natural State
From its rugged mountains and rolling rapids to its historic small towns, caves and mines, Arkansas’ landscape reflects the scenic variety of this part of the USA, all the way down to its Delta. While it may be known for the verdant Ozarks and mighty rivers running through the bluffs, it’s also one of the birthplaces of blues, jazz and folk. The Delta blues tradition – and the much-boasted-about fact that Johnny Cash was born here – is alive and well in the towns and cities where it began, especially Helena and Little Rock. Hear folk music on the banjo and fiddle, country blues played in the original style or tour Cash’s boyhood home.
Experience both natural and musical landmarks on a road trip along one of a dozen scenic byways; start with Hot Springs to Eureka Springs. Along the way, visit Washington State Park to learn what it was like to live as a pioneer or head to the Museum of Native American History to see pottery and tools left by Arkansas’ earliest people.
In 1985, Arkansas made the fiddle its official state instrument in honor of its folk music tradition.