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Visit Arkansas (and win)

Arkansas is bursting with beauty to explore, perfect for locals and visitors alike.

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Wilderness and outdoor recreation are aplenty here--with a buffet of outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, zipline, floating, fly fishing, camping/glamping, and waterfall hunting, an all-in-one stay in “The Natural State” will be a destination on your radar for years to come.

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Your chance to access the backcountry beauty of Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism is giving away one (1) three-night, four-day stay and aerial tour in Arkansas to one lucky winner and a guest of their choice. Winners will be flown to remote areas around the state to participate in Arkansas’s top outdoor activities. You can check out the official contest rules here.

Enter to Win Here.

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Adventure begins in Little Rock

As the capital of Arkansas, Little Rock is the perfect place to start exploring and Pinnacle Mountain State Park is a must-do on your travel itinerary. When early settlers arrived on the land, they noticed the cone-shaped mountain and the rest was history. With over 15 miles of trails, 7 miles of biking trails, 2 rivers, and an arboretum, a full-day excursion is planned in one location.

Outside city limits

Needing more expansive opportunities for less chartered outdoor experiences? Head over to Kings River or Buffalo National River for some fishing, camping, and taking in the unique flora and fauna in Arkansas's nature-rich spaces. After enjoying the food scene and everything bigger cities like Little Rock and Bentonville have to offer, take a drive outside city limits for some backcountry aerial adventure.

Photo: Discover Arkansas

Thaden Field is an elevated hub with its own test center, scenic flights, and everything you’d need to explore aviation. Bikes, canoes, and kayaks are available to rent alongside or on Lake Bentonville. The convenient on-site cafe, Louise, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. View the planes that take off from their outdoor patio or from inside as you enjoy your culinary experience in between the “oohs” and “ahhs” any family or couple would enjoy.

Whether you decide to dabble in the excitement of outdoor recreation or wander in the scenic vistas from below and above the treeline, the rugged Ozarks region has plenty for any and everyone (and their own unique sense of adventure) all season long.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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