America is full of culture and beauty.
Arkansas, in particular, is a state that does not often get the credit that it deserves for its natural beauty, opportunity for outdoor activities and a plethora of rivers, caverns, and mines to be explored. Here are a few of our favorite spots to visit when traveling through “The Natural State.”
The Twin Falls of Richland Creek
Located deep in the Ozark Mountains you will find the Twin Falls of Richland Creek. The nearly 17-feet tall falls drop into a deep blue pool that is located where the Devil’s Fork Creek joins with Richard’s Creek. Considered by many to be two of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state, these scenic masterpieces can be found in the heart of the Ozark National Forest. The trek to get to the falls can often be difficult but once you arrive you will quickly see that it was worth the effort.
The Mystic Caverns
Just eight miles outside of Harrison you will find the Mystic Caverns. This commercially operated show cave is located on the Newton and Boone County line in North-Central Arkansas. It is thought that the cavern opened through a sinkhole in the late 1800s as the original entrance was a dirt slope that lead to a 10-foot drop into the cave. A wooden ladder was installed at the entrance by the owners who then leveled the cave floors so that they could establish a more easily maneuvered trail in the space. Once the trails were set, the cave was open to the public and for a small fee they were free to explore.
The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival
Also known as the King Biscuit Blues Festival, this annual concert came to be because Helena, Arkansas (where it is held) was a traditional stop for delta blues musicians in the early days of the blues. In 1986 the town held the first festival as a way of reviving the downtown area and tying the city to its Blues heritage. It was called the King Biscuit Blues Festival after a radio show that was popular there is the 1940s. After that initial year, the name of the festival was changed to the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival. Musicians come from around the world to perform and nearly 100,000 people attend each year, making it one of the largest outdoor blues festivals in the world.