There is a reason Arkansas is called “The Natural State”. From the Boston Mountains in the Northwest, South to the River Valley, further South to the Ouachita Mountains then traveling East to the Delta Plains, to the vast lakes, rivers and waterways throughout the state, the landscape of Arkansas is diverse and offers something for every type of outdoor enthusiast.
On my many cross country trips the past 3 years between Arkansas and Virginia, I would try to escape to one of my “favorite views”, Lake Ft. Smith State Park. Tucked away just off of highway 71 north of Mountainburg, it is a pristine, serene and a quiet escape from the hectic pace of city life.
With the 1400 acre Lake Ft. Smith and the Boston Mountains as a backdrop, there is camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, a playground for kids, cabins, lodges and a marina with boat rental. Hikers will enjoy it is on the western portion of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail. The visitor’s center overlooking the view of the lake is large and expansive offering numerous types of educational programs, too!
Take time to explore all Arkansas has to offer especially in their State Parks. In November 2015, I captured this view of Lake Ft Smith as every season is the perfect season to visit my home state of Arkansas! Check out their website for more information: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com//park-finder/park.aspx?id=18