North Central

The diversity of the North Central Arkansas highlands provides endless adventures. Take time to enjoy all the opportunities for outdoor recreation, witness the wonders of underground caverns, cast a line at Bull Shoals Lake and try trout fishing on the White River, enjoy nature on a classic hiking trail or pick up the pace on miles of EPIC mountain bike trails. Visit an interpretive state park to experience Ozark mountain life or check out the local museums.

North Central
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One-of-a-kind attractions, activities and events in North Central that you won't find anywhere else on Earth.
1. Blanchard Springs Caverns, in the town of Fifty-Six, offers several subterranean trips and guided tours. The caverns stay at a nice, constant 58 degrees every day of the year, so visitors can admire the incredible rock formations regardless of the weather.
2. On the White River, fishing is king. Cast for record-breaking trout, float or seek a swimming hole along this sinuous stream for outdoor adventures you’ll never forget.
3. On the miniscule Magness Lake, off the Little Red River, lucky wintertime visitors will witness the grand sights and sounds of the majestic Trumpeter Swan.
4. As America’s first National River, the 135-mile Buffalo National River has long held a place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Soaring bluffs, sun-soaked gravel bars and a mix of swift and serene water make the stretch of the Buffalo in North Central Arkansas a must-visit attraction for canoe and kayak paddlers.
5. Despite its size, Hardy impresses with three museums, live summer concerts and an array of festivals throughout the year celebrating everything from cars to homesteading.
6. The Spring River is a treasured Ozark float stream fed by Arkansas’s largest spring, the Mammoth Spring. Mammoth Spring was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1972.

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Cut loose for a fishing vacation in Arkansas. You’ll find lakes bursting with bass and streams where the trout run strong. Find fun activities on dry land as well for the ultimate angler’s escape in Arkansas! Check out these fabulous fishing spots and plan your getaway.


For more information on tourism in the North Central, check out these local organizations.