8 Memorable Arkansas Adventures You Must Go On

Adventures in Arkansas are easy to find because there are plenty of them. With 52 State Parks, seven national parks (home to the first national park), nine Arkansas Game and Fish Nature and Education centers, mountains, caves, rivers, and hot springs, you’ll be hard-pressed to be bored when visiting this state.

They seriously have it all – two mountain ranges, limestone caves, craters full of diamonds and about three million acres of protected forest. After adventuring with all these operators and you’re ready to soak your bones, visit both the smallest and oldest national park in the United States, Hot Springs National Park.

Read on to see the carriers we call when we visit Arkansas.

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Steve Kirk

Meet Adventure Climbing Guide, Steve Kirk. Steve is an AMGA Single Pitch Certified Instructor and Apprentice Rock Guide. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas and started climbing in 1984, has climbed all over the US and some in Canada. His passion is climbing long routes in the mountains, but he also loves other climbing disciplines, including trad, sport, ice, mixed and alpine. Steve loves helping new and experienced climbers achieve their goals. Steve is the Central Arkansas Section Chair for the American Alpine Club and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification.

Courtney Kirk

Meet Adventure Climbing Guide, Courtney Kirk. Courtney is an AMGA Single Pitch instructor from Little Rock, Arkansas. She’s been active in the outdoors since the day she was born, and she’s been on road trips all over the United States. About six years ago she started sport climbing and hasn’t looked back since. Everything about it makes her crave it more. In the past year she has taken up traditional climbing and believes it is as good or even better than sport climbing. The thrill of being able to place your own equipment is what makes it so exciting. Courtney is currently studying biology at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas and plans to attend graduate school for outdoor education. She has a strong mountain sense and understands a lot of outdoor biology. She is currently climbing single pitch but hopes to learn to climb a big wall soon. As an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Courtney hopes to become a Rock Guide and eventually a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide. She also holds a Wilderness First Responder certification.

Location:

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Tour we will take with them:

Full day climbing trip

Adventure Climbing Guides offers guided full-day or half-day trips to destinations in Arkansas. These tours are perfect for first time climbers or fitness climbers who want to take their climbing outside. For experienced climbers looking to expand their climbing knowledge, they offer many opportunities and skills training to help you excel and gain confidence in your climbing.

What to bring:

They don’t list what they give so be sure to ask. Here’s the typical climbing gear needed (and it varies depending on what you’re doing)

  • Climbing shoes
  • Chalk bag & climbing chalk
  • Harness
  • Safety device & locking carabiner
  • Helmet
  • Climbing package
  • Basic accessories such as climbing tape and a climbing brush
  • Nut tool
  • Slings and carabiners
  • Climbing rope
  • Quickdraws
  • Trad stand
  • Crash pad

Cost:

  • One person: $250
  • Two people: $185 each
  • Three people: $155 each
  • Four to six people: $140 each

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http://adventureclimbingguides.com

Cosmic-cave
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Cosmic Cavern in Berryville, Arkansas is one of the states most beautiful natural attractions. Cosmic Cavern was discovered in 1845 but was not developed until 1927. The cave has a 9-foot soda straw, the longest known in the Ozarks, and 2 bottomless cavern lakes. The first lake, South Lake, has had trout in it for almost 50 years. Some of the trout have gone blind and most have lost their color. One of the lakes was discovered in 1993 in the “Silent Splendor” section, which made national news. This was Arkansas’ most delicate discovery. The bottom or end of these lakes has not yet been found. The newly discovered area, “Silent Splendor” is hailed as a must see attraction in Arkansas. It is so pristine and untouched that many of the beautiful formations are transparent.

Location:

Berryville, Arkansas

Tour we will take with them:

Wild Cave Tour

An exclusive look into parts of the cave rarely seen.

What to bring:

  • Long-sleeved shirt (thin so you don’t get too hot)
  • Jeans, trousers or non-insulated coveralls (no dresses or skirts!)
  • Hiking boots or shoes or tennis shoes (must have good grip for climbing and for mud)
  • Flip flops, sandals or slip-on shoes (for the walk back on the walkways)
  • Extra change of clothes (for the journey home in the car)
  • Camera (it gets a little muddy)
  • Small bottle of water
  • Money for the trip
  • A good attitude and a sense of adventure is always a plus!
  • A SIGNED RELEASE FORM for each person going on the tour! (Bottom of this page)
  • Must have previously completed the regular ride before doing the wild ride (keep your ticket from when you did the regular ride)

Cost:

Not listed

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https://www.cosmiccavern.com

Ouachita Kayak Tours
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Ouachita Kayak Tours began organically. In 2014, they circumnavigated Lake Ouachita’s 700 miles of shoreline. As the trip progressed, people started wanting to join. Shortly after completing their journey, an opportunity presented itself to purchase everything they needed to get started as a tour company. We have been leading tours since 2015.

Location:

Lake Ouachita, Arkansas

Tour we will take with them:

4 hour hike at the Rabbit Tail Water Trail

This is a quiet tour in a more remote area of ‚Äč‚ÄčLake Ouachita where you can often see eagles.

What to bring:

  • Dress in layers
  • Dress for the water temperature
  • Avoid wearing cotton
  • Wear sun protection
  • Wear fabrics that resist abrasion
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Water shoes or waterproof boots

Cost:

$65 per person

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https://www.ouachitakayaktours.net

Ozark Bike Guides
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Professional guide service in Bentonville, Arkansas offering custom mountain, dirt and road bike tours along with private mountain bike instruction. Tours and lessons are ideal for individuals, friends and families.

Location:

Bentonville, Arkansas

Tour we will take with them:

Full day (7 hours) private mountain bike tour

A world-class ride on the best of Bentonville’s mountain bike trails. Your experienced local guides will tailor the trip, which can include anything from tackling big climbs to ditching raucous descents to sailing along flowing paths to plowing through rock gardens.

Guided mountain bike tours are available on the following trails: Slaughter Pen, Coler Preserve, Blowing Springs, Back 40, Little Sugar, Hobbs State Park, The Railyard, Lake Atalanta, The Runway, Lake Wedington, Mt. Fitzgerald, Gregory Park and Kessler Mountain.

What to bring:

– They provide snacks. You must bring everything else you need.

Cost:

1 person DKK 180

2 people $150 each

3-6 people $120 each

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https://www.ozarkbikeguides.com/

Ozark Mountain Ziplines
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Ozark Mountain Ziplines’ experience comes from years of designing, building and operating zip lines all over the world from as far south as Costa Rica, Ecuador and throughout the continental United States and Canada.

Their equipment and cables are regularly inspected as they adhere to the highest safety standards.

Location:

Tour we will take with them:

Zipline tour

Ozark Mountain Ziplines’ hardwood forest has its own bird, plant and wildlife that their guided tour is designed to introduce you to as you slide from tree to tree!

What to bring:

They don’t specify, but you should probably wear something comfortable and lace up shoes.

Cost:

$89 per person

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https://www.ziplineeurekasprings.com/

Riffle Trip Outfitters
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Riffletrip Outfitters is a year-round guiding and hosted travel service consisting of Captain Stephen Balogh and David Burgher. Between the two, there are over 20 years of guiding experience in two continents and eight states.

Riffletrip Outfitters is based in Cotter, Arkansas on the famous White and Norfork Rivers. While they specialize in trout fishing, Stephen and David always love the opportunity to get down to the salt. Whether it’s redfish in Texas and Louisiana, Permit, bonefish and tarpon in the Yucatan or big bones in the Bahamas, Riffletrip Outfitters has the knowledge to help you visit some of the best fishing the world has to offer.

Location:

Cotter, Arkansas

Tour we will take with them:

Full day on the White River and Norfolk River

Full days are 8 hours on the water. 8 hour tours will generally run from 8am to 4pm but may be subject to minor changes to chase the bite, work around your schedule or adjusted to beat weather or generation schedules. Lunch is included – sandwiches, chips and a cookie are typical, but on a cold day we can certainly talk about some chilli etc…

What to bring:

Arkansas fishing license and trout stamp. Please purchase before meeting your guide. Save time and buy your license online here: https://ar-web.s3licensing.com

Cost:

$500.00

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https://www.riffletripoutfitters.com

Skydive Fayetteville
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Skydive Fayetteville offers skydiving for first time and experienced skydivers. They run on Saturdays and Sundays and throughout the week by appointment.

Location:

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Tour we will take with them:

Tandem Skydive

Tandem skydiving offers first-time skydivers all the excitement of skydiving, with an experienced instructor there every step of the way for guidance. Free fall from approximately 2 miles above the ground! So at 5000 feet YOU want to deploy your parachute. See the beautiful hills of Arkansas as YOU fly your parachute around the skies of Fayetteville. Then your instructor will take over the controls and land you safely back at Drake Field. Experience the thrill for yourself and never look at the sky the same again.

What to bring:

Jumpers should also bring tennis shoes or similar lace-up shoes to jump in. Dress for the weather, typically it is 15 to 20 degrees cooler at 10,000 feet.

Cost:

Tandem skydive from 10,000 feet: $220

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https://www.fayettefall.com

SUP Outfitters
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SUP Outfitters provides a unique experience that attracts adventure seeking individuals/groups to explore our natural state of Arkansas. They believe paddleboarding promotes Arkansas as a destination for discovery, supports local businesses while meeting others and experiencing something unique. They promote experiential education by offering water safety, lessons and guided eco tours and SUP Yoga.

Location:

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Tour we will take with them:

Guided eco-tour

Their guided ECO tour is approximately two hours of paddling and swimming along limestone bluffs and potential waterfalls and wildlife. They believe it is an ideal way to connect with yourself and nature without the traditional motorized sailing, using your own energy to glide through the water.

What to bring:

  • Water
  • Sun cream
  • If you prefer to use your own PFD (personal floatation device)
  • Shoes you don’t mind getting wet, these will be used to avoid slipping on rocks when entering the water.

Cost:

$75 per person

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https://sup-outfitters.com/

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