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8 of The Prettiest Places in Arkansas & Where To Find Them!

Are you wondering, “Where is the prettiest place in Arkansas?” The answer is debatable but I’ve got some great ideas for you.

As an Arkansan, I have grown up enjoying this state in all seasons and weather conditions.

I have soaked up cool Fall days while hiking, been trapped on the highway in a sudden ice storm, enjoyed a hot day at the lake, and camped during the warmth of Spring.

I enjoyed all of it.

Yes, even the ice storm incident was an adventure that I look back on and laugh about!

The point is that there is always something beautiful to see in Arkansas.

8 of the Prettiest Places in Arkansas

As suggested by my readers and myself, here are the prettiest places in Arkansas.

1. The Old Mill in North Little Rock in the Spring

I’m a huge fan of the Old Mill in North Little Rock. It’s a truly unique place in Arkansas that is always bursting with color in the Spring.

Master gardeners keep the flower beds and surrounding grounds overflowing with color.

A pretty place in central Arkansas: The Old Mill
The Old Mill in North Little Rock. Image by Mike Goad from Pixabay

It’s the perfect place for family photos or to just sit and enjoy a picnic lunch! The Old Mill is one of our favorite FREE things to do in Central Arkansas.

Old Mill North Little Rock Arkansas

Fun fact: The Old Mill was featured in the movie Gone With the Wind!

Nearby, you’ll find this: Big Dam Bridge in Arkansas – The Longest Pedestrian Bridge In The World

2. Mt. Magazine at Sunrise

At 2,753 feet, Mt. Magazine in Logan County is the highest point in Arkansas and the view from the top is breathtaking. In fact, we have named it one of the most beautiful mountains in Arkansas.

The beautiful view from Mt. Magazine in Arkansas
Mt. Magazine. Photo credit: TROVE1

Can you just imagine what it looks like at sunrise?

If you’re curious about it, you don’t have to get up in the early morning hours to make the drive up there. Just stay in the lodge on top and enjoy a cup of coffee as you watch the sunrise!

3. Petit Jean Mountain all year long

Petit Jean Mountain holds as special place in my heart. I have spent many wonderful days up there hiking, camping, and relaxing at the lodge and cabins.

Petit Jean State Park Arkansas
Cedar Falls Overlook at Petit Jean State Park

It really doesn’t matter what time of year you go to Petit Jean Mountain because it’s always gorgeous!

Cedar Falls on Petit Jean Mountain
Cedar Falls on Petit Jean Mountain

Pro tip: I recommend the hamburgers at Mather Lodge. They are amazing! Also, be sure to attend the interpreter programs!

4. White Rock Mountain

White Rock Mountain is 2,260 feet above sea level and received its name from the appearance of the lichen on the sheer bluffs that look white from a distance.


White Rock Mountain is also home to one of the prettiest camping areas in Arkansas!

arkansas camping guide

You’ll find White Rock Mountain Recreation Area here:
Latitude: 35.6909333
Longitude: -93.9568667

“Location: White Rock Mountain is located in the heart of the Arkansas Ozark National Forest. For driving directions PLEASE enter “White Rock Mountain Recreation Area” into google maps ONLY.”source

Nearby you will find the EPIC OHV trails near Cass, Arkansas.

5. Anywhere in the Ozark National Forest

If you haven’t explored the Ozark National Forest, you’re truly missing out.

The Ozark National Forest is a unique area located mostly in Northwestern Arkansas with the southern border running all the way to the Arkansas River Valley and the Ouachita Mountains.

Pam's Grotto waterfall in Arkansas
Pam’s Grotto. Photo Credit: TROVE1

Folks have enjoyed this area for many, many years. In fact, the Ozarks were once home to quite a few outlaw hideouts by the likes of Jesse James, Pretty Boy Floyd and others.

You’ll love this: Best Things to Do in the Ozark National Forest

6. The Arkansas Grand Canyon in Jasper

Deep in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas you will find a deep valley known as the Arkansas Grand Canyon. Here in Arkansas, it’s one of the most popular places to photograph.

Sunrise over the Arkansas Grand Canyon from the Cliff House Inn: a very pretty place in Arkansas!
Sunrise over the Arkansas Grand Canyon from the Cliff House Inn. Photo credit: Noel PenningtonFlickr

You will find this beautiful scene near Jasper on Hwy AR 7.

Don’t miss this: [PHOTOS] The Arkansas Grand Canyon is Our Best Kept Secret

7. Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is a unique town in Arkansas that is lovely to visit in all seasons of the year.

Eureka Springs is one of the prettiest places to visit in Arkansas
Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Randy Lane/Creative Commons

The entire city is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Eureka Springs Historic District. Eureka Springs was originally called “The Magic City” and later the “Stairstep Town” because of its mountainous terrain and the winding, up-and-down paths of its streets and walkways.

It is a tourist destination for its unique character as a Victorian resort village. The city has steep winding streets filled with Victorian-style cottages and manors. The historic commercial downtown of the city has an extensive streetscape of well-preserved Victorian buildings. The streets wind around the town, and no two intersect at a 90 degree angle; there are no traffic lights.Wikipedia

While you’re there, don’t miss one of three beautiful glass chapels in Arkansas.

8. Anywhere along the Little Red River

I absolutely love the Little Red River in Arkansas. It’s truly one of the prettiest places in Arkansas and one of the BEST trout fishing rivers in The Natural State. My favorite place to enjoy it is from the JFK Campground in Heber Springs.

Read all about it (and see tons of photos) here: 7 [AMAZING] Reasons to Visit JFK Campground on the Little Red River in Arkansas

Little Red River Arkansas by JFK Campground
One of the prettiest places in Arkansas: The Little Red River

During the summer, this area is a little cooler than surrounding areas because of the valley and the cold water from the river. That alone makes it a magical place!

Right next to the Little Red River and the campground is the perfect place to hike year-round.

Collins Creek Trail in Heber Springs, Arkansas is a 1.2 mile “down and back” trail.

Collins Creek Trail: a beautiful place to play in Arkansas
Collins Creek Trail in Heber Springs

It’s an easy trail that is good for all skill levels. Our 8 and 5 year olds had no problem on this trail and I found it extremely easy to hike while carrying our 2-year-old in a sling on my hip.

Full details here: [GORGEOUS] Collins Creek Trail in Arkansas is a “Must Do” Hike

If you’re looking for a place to stay along the Little Red River, you’ll love this: [REVIEW] Lindsey’s Resort on the Little Red River

Lindsey's Resort on the Little Red River
Lindsey’s Resort on the Little Red River

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