Where the Old South meets the great outdoors

Arkansas is known as “the Natural State” for a reason. Situated to the west of Mississippi and the east of Texas, Arkansas features more than 240,000 hectares of stunning lakes, over 15,500 kilometers of streams and rivers, and about 1.2 million hectares of National Park sites, state parks and recreational areas. The Ozark and Ouachita mountains located in the western portion of the state, offer stunning views, hikes and climbs for adventure seekers.

Arkansas is one of the only states in the U.S. that blends the hospitality and history of the Old South with the culture and iconic sights of the Old West. There’s no better place to experience that unique blend than Fort Smith, with its ties to the Civil War and outlaws of the American West. For a one-of-a-kind family getaway, head less than three hours from Fort Smith to Crater of Diamonds State Park to dig for diamonds.