Not always the first state to spring to mind when people think of the United States of America, Arkansas has many hidden gems that never cease to impress travelers. You should consider visiting this southern gem of a state with its majestic Ozark Mountains, famous healing springs and revolutionary Civil Rights movements that add a little bit of something special to what Arkansas has to offer. Whether you’re in search of a nature retreat or a bit of pampering and rest and relaxation, there are some out-of-the-way towns that still have that special combination of small town charm and Southern Hospitality that make them must-sees.
Check out our list of the 15 best small towns in Arkansas:
1. Jasper, Arkansas
Jasper is located in Newton County on the Ozark Plateau. A formerly sleepy little town, the state decision to reintroduce elk to the nearby Buffalo National River Valley has breathed new life into the town. Come stop by to get reacquainted with nature and enjoy a retreat from city life.
Book yourself a few days at the Arkansas House Inn, a historic stone building that is sure to charm you. Bring your hiking shoes, head out to Boxley Valley and go elk-seeing. You can also head out onto the water at Little Buffalo River or explore their Mystic Caves. The food is excellent as well! We recommend the cinnamon buns at Blue Mountain Bakery, or a steak at Boardwalk Cafe.