North Central Arkansas Ozarks
If the outdoors is calling you, this is where you want to visit. You'll find some of the best outdoor recreation and most spectacular scenery in the state right here in the Central Arkansas Ozarks. The counties of this region are sparsely populated, with vast lakes, big rivers and rugged forested terrain in between towns.
Buffalo National River – first in the U.S. to be named a National River— runs through much of the region, providing 135 miles of water recreation. Hiking and horseback riding on trails along and above the river are also popular pastimes.
Other rivers, like the White, Black and Norfork also offer visitors excellent fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming, while Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork Lake present more motorized water sport opportunities.
The towns are quaint and relaxed: among them, Mountain View stands out as a folk music and crafts destination. Harrison is a larger town with plenty of amenities. Many of the smaller towns are close to water access, and offer lodging, dining, some shopping, and attractions.