Best National Parks In Arkansas

Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 09:20 AM

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If you are looking for a way to take in all the beauty and splendor that the state of Arkansas has to offer and understand a little of the history of this state as well, then visiting the national parks in this state is a good idea. If you are looking for the best national parks in Arkansas, here are a few suggestions:
 
Hot Springs National Park. Before there were national parks, this area was designated as a reservation by Congress in 1832. This scenic national park is home to dazzling vistas and remarkable views. With camping and picnic areas available year round, Hot Springs National Park is an excellent choice.
 
Buffalo National River. While technically a river, this national park winds some 125 miles through the Arkansas Ozark mountains. This river transitions from still calm waters to raging river rapids. With several camping areas located all along the river, this is an excellent choice for nature lovers.
 
Pea Ridge National Military Park. Boasting one of the world’s best preserved Civil War battlefields, Pea Ridge national park commemorates the battle for the state of Missouri and its importance to the outcome of the war itself. This national park offers hiking trails over its 4,300 square acres and you can also walk 2 1/2 miles of the famed Trail of Tears.
 
Fort Smith National Historic Site. Another military themed park, Fort Smith is a slightly different take on Arkansas national parks. This was primarily a fort built for incarceration of enemy combatants during the Civil War. It was not only a military facility but a key stopping point in the Indian relocation journey known as the Trail of Tears. You can visit military barracks, a restored gallows building, and visit the court of Judge Isaac C. Parker, also known as the hanging judge, who presided over Fort Smith for over 21 years dispensing his brutal judgments.
 
Arkansas Post National Memorial. This area of Arkansas was first settled by the French in 1686. It soon became the first European colony and was a very embattled area for the French, Spanish, and English due to is value as a trade route. This swampy area is a wildlife lovers paradise. With its quiet surroundings and abundant wildlife both on land and in the air, this is a must see for national parks.

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