Are your Spring Break plans still up in the air? Take the family on an earthy, sometimes otherworldly, always exciting adventure in the Arkansas Ozarks! Rent a canoe and take the whole family floating down Buffalo National River, or just enjoy the view from a luxury cabin. Practice your fly-fishing skills on White River trout or spend a day exploring the subterranean depths with your pick of unique and unbelievable cave systems. Whatever type of adventure you seek, you’ll find it in the Ozark Mountain Region. Here are just a few of the countless adventures waiting for you this Spring Break in the Ozarks.
Float the Buffalo River
One of the most attractive of all Arkansas attractions is without a doubt the Buffalo National River, and there are all sorts of ways to enjoy it. Water levels are perfect for floating this time of year. The waters are swift enough to keep you moving at a good pace, but the trip is manageable for children and beginners alike. Find kayak and canoe rentals, as well as lodging and more at Wild Bill’s Outfitter.
Starting your adventure at Wild Bill’s, you’ll be in the perfect place to enjoy the best of the Buffalo. Canoe, kayak and John Boat rentals are always available and come with life jackets and enough instruction to get you started. When you get out of the water, Wild Bill’s has cabins for rent to meet any need, ideally located near hiking trails and other nearby attractions. From rustic to luxury, Wild Bill’s has affordable cabins in a secluded, natural setting. Want to bring some friends and their friends? Call and let Wild Bill’s Outfitter take care of everything from watercraft to lodging to souvenirs.
The best thing about the winter rain is waterfall season, and Spring Break is the perfect time to catch waterfalls at their best all around the Ozarks. Twin Falls, one of the most photographed sites in the state, becomes Triple Falls during peak season! Hemmed-In-Hollow with its 220-foot drop is the tallest waterfall in the area and definitely worth the hike. Great waterfall photos and videos are the best way to tell your friends about the trip! Most all the waterfalls in the area are just a short hike, drive or canoe trip away.
Pretty Fly for the First Try
Fly fishing is an artform that takes a few minutes to pick up and a lifetime to master. The White River is a renowned flyfisher’s paradise popular for scenic views and abundant trout. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a total novice, the place to start is Stetson’s on the White, a one-stop shop for fishing supplies, boat rentals, lodging, guided fishing trips and more. Prefer more conventional fishing? No worries. The trout aren’t that discerning, and Stetson’s on the White will get you geared up and decked out.
Bull Shoals Lake is another beautiful Spring Break retreat that is popular with travelers ranging from professional cyclists to amateur bird watchers. The best place to soak up the first days of spring and watch the bald eagles take flight is Bull Shoals Lake Resort, a full-service resort with lodging including fully furnished cottages, three boat docks and tons of rentals, two swimming pools and a playground for the kids! When relaxation is your goal, it’s hard to go wrong at Bull Shoals Lake Resort. From now until May 20, they are offering a 10% discount and a free stay for kids under 18.
Train with the Local Folk
History in the Ozarks is about more than the stories we tell. It’s in the things we create. The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View preserves and promotes the local culture through exhibits and workshops. During Spring Break, kids 12-16 are invited to experience five full days of fun and training with the region’s finest artisans in old-time crafts, including wood carving, basket weaving, soap making, pottery and more. Call 870-269-3851 to register. Special lodging discounts available. Space is limited! Sign up today at http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/calendar-of-events/workshops/ofccraftroots.aspx.
Experience the Ozarks Underground
Some of the most amazing views in The Natural State aren’t of mountains or sunsets but in the vast cave systems all over the Ozark Mountain region. Spanning 350 million years of natural history and nearly 10,000 years of human history, each cave is a unique window into an ancient, unseen world. Some popular caves you do not want to miss are Blanchard Springs Caverns, Bull Shoals Caverns, Lost Valley and Mystic Caverns!
Blanchard Springs Caverns (left) and Mystic Caverns (right)
Ozark Mountain Region
If you’re looking for an unconventional Spring Break you’ll never forget, skip the beach this year and bring the family to the Ozark Mountain region. Hiking, biking, water sports, camping and crafting amongst the jaw-dropping beauty of the Buffalo will make you see the ocean as a one-hit wonder. Fill your week with excitement, luxury and quality time. Start planning your trip today at ozarkmountainregion.com.