Arkansas, designated as The Natural State, is home to the wonderful Ouachita and Ozark mountain ranges, which provide an abundance of breathtaking beauty. It features magnificent landscapes and natural treasures, with rivers rushing through rock formations and stunning state parks, and it is covered in lush woods. Arkansas is also home to numerous hidden gems, charming tiny towns, as well as some amazing natural tourist sites, and spectacular wildness that lends itself nicely to all types of outdoor attractions. It's also rich in culture and history, making it a fascinating and varied location. Here are 10 unique places to visit in Arkansas.
10 The Old Mill
This magnificent North Little Rock building is featured in the opening sequence of the iconic film Gone with the Wind and is considered to be the only building from the movie that has survived. In 1933, the mill was built, and it was supposed to seem ancient as if it had been constructed in the 1800s. Tree stumps, toadstools, and an exceptional bridge that joins it to the rest of the splendid park are among the place’s sculptures. The beautiful Old Mill is included on the National Register of Historic Places list and is a must-see destination.
9 Quigley's Castle
Quigley's Castle, called The Ozarks' Strangest Dwelling, is rather an eccentric stone habitation than a castle. Ms. Quigley destroyed the family house that she and her spouse were living in while he was gone, forcing him to assist her in the construction of this bizarre new home. She always dreamed to build it her own way, and it seems that the trick has worked. Nowadays, the castle attracts intrigued tourists from everywhere.
8 The Gurdon Light
Gurdon Light is an enigmatic occurrence that continues to affect the surrounding forests along the railway tracks off of I-30 in Gurdon, Arkansas. Though it isn't the only one to be recorded in the United States, it is among those that have yet to be explained, owing to the lack of highways in the region, so it is impossible to be vehicle lights. Locals prefer to assume that the light is not coming from subsurface quartz crystals, as experts suspect.
7 Rush Ghost Town
Rush, a ghost town, is nestled in the wonderful Buffalo River National River Park. Prospectors first came to the city in search of what they thought were silver resources, but it turned out to be zinc. The area became one of the state's most successful places, and it was the epicenter of Arkansas' mining sector during World War I. As zinc prices fell after the war, so did Rush's fortunes. Mines ceased operations, and the population began to dwindle. The ghost town was officially proclaimed a ghost town in 1972.
6 Pivot Rock Park
Pivot Rock Park is a fantastic roadside stopover. The marvelous park is home to a diverse range of spectacular rock formations that stretch back over a century. The distinctive namesake rock, which serves as the main attraction, resembles an inverted pyramid down to its very edges. Tourists may also enjoy the splendid surrounding nature.
5 Thorncrown Chapel
The fabulous Thorncrown Chapel is a beautiful glass chapel in the Ozark Mountains that seems to be futuristic. The church, which was built in 1980 by the architect E. Fay Jones, is nearly completely fashioned of materials found in the surrounding forest. The high-ceilinged nave is 48 feet (14.63 m) tall and appears to have no walls, but it is surrounded by 425 windows spanning almost 6,000 square feet (557.41 square meters) of glass. The church is a magnificent wedding destination.
4 Wattle Hollow Retreat Center
The astonishing Wattle Hollow Retreat, situated in North Arkansas, is Fox's retreat home. In 1979, the family returned to Montana after a spiritual journey around the world and decided to live in a new and unique environment, somewhere near the beautiful nature and where they can live a holistic lifestyle. They bought the site and set up a tent as well as a mailbox then dug a toilet and built a composting bin. Today, visitors come to the magical place to meditate, retreat from the bustle of cities, do yoga, and reconnect to nature.
3 Pocahontas Meteorite
According to lore, a meteorite blasted through the sky in 1859's summer and landed just north of Pocahontas. Despite popular belief, this rock isn't really extraterrestrial. Scientists have examined it and determined that it is simply an ordinary rock. On the other hand, the town of Pocahontas continues to proudly display the legendary stone in front of the county courthouse and people are curious to see it.
2 Popeye Statue
Alma is recognized as the "Spinach Capital of the World", therefore it would be unjust for the town to ignore Popeye the Sailor Man, the "Spinach Mascot of the World"! A water fountain inside Popeye Park is topped by a large bronze statue of the sailor. This splendid place also has a massive water structure that has been decorated to resemble a spinach can and is known as the "world's largest spinach can".
1 H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden
H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden is named after and in honor of the first Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee, who founded the American Taekwondo Association (ATA). It is an exceptional example of architecture, a gesture of friendship, and a method of honoring the best martial arts instructor ever. This place is the main attraction for Taekwondo delegations and lovers.