Everybody loves spring. Most of us are thrilled when the weather begins to warm, the daffodils bloom, and we start to see a haze of green on the trees. Spring in Arkansas comes quickly and takes your breath away with its beauty.
This is one of my favorite seasons in the state and there are many wonderful things to do at this time of year!
Best Things to do in Spring in Arkansas
Here are some of our favorite activities to do during spring time in Arkansas.
Chase A Beautiful Mountain Waterfall
Many of the beautiful waterfalls in Arkansas slow to a trickle or stop flowing altogether when the weather becomes dry in late summer.
This means that spring in Arkansas is waterfall season! This is the time when you are most likely to be able to enjoy some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the state.
Here are a few of our favorite waterfall hikes:
- Cedar Falls in Petit Jean Mountain State Park
- Triple Falls at Camp Orr
- Glory Hole Waterfall Trail near the town of Deer
- Hemmed in Hollow Falls near Compton (easiest to walk in from a Buffalo River Float)
- Mirror Lake Falls near Blanchard Springs Caverns
- Eden Falls on the Lost Valley Trail in Boxley Valley
- Bridal Veil Falls and Cornelius Falls near Heber Springs
- Falling Water Falls near the town of Ben Hur
Enjoy the Flowers at a Gorgeous Garden
Spring comes quickly to the southern state of Arkansas. The daffodils start blooming in late February and are fully out in early March. They are followed by the tulips and azaleas and so much more.
We have a full list of the gardens in Arkansas to enjoy in the spring, but here are a few of our favorites:
Garvan Woodland Gardens
You should not miss the tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens in the town of Hot Springs. This place is stunning year round with all kinds of foliage and flowers, but it is never more beautiful than in the spring.
The tulips will will usually be blooming in early April so be sure and see them while you can.
Peel Mansion Museum and Gardens
From apple orchards to rose gardens to herbs and vegetables the Peel Mansion Gardens are located in Bentonville, AR. They are impeccably maintained and simply stunning.
While you are there you can also view the mansion to learn what life was like for the wealthy Peel family in the late 1800’s. There is also has a ghost story associated with the mansion that you might want to read about.
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
There are 12 themed “backyard” gardens at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. These are meant to help provide inspiration as well as to teach locals about gardening in the Northwest Arkansas.
Daffodils cascade down a hillside at Wye Mountain which is just outside of Little Rock. There is also a daffodil festival held here in March of every year.
Blue Spring Heritage Center
There are over a mile of trails here at the Blue Spring Heritage Center near Eureka Springs. This gorgeous place showcases the plants of the Ozark Mountains including crops, flowers, foliage, and healing herbs.
Float the Buffalo National River
One of the best things to do in spring in Arkansas is to float the *upper* Buffalo River. You see, this section of the Buffalo National River becomes too shallow for kayaking and canoeing when the summer heat and lack of rain sets in.
Obviously, it depends on the amount of rain, however, most years it becomes too low to float on this section of the river by the month of June.
All of the Buffalo River is beautiful but this upper stretch is simply glorious and is a must visit in the spring in Arkansas.
The Buffalo Outdoor Center is one of the best companies to help you plan your float trip on the Buffalo River.
Adventure in the Richland Creek Wilderness Area
Those that love an outdoor adventure should considering exploring the RIchland Creek Wilderness Area in the springtime. Do note that this is a rugged and remote area located miles from paved roads.
The Richland Creek Wilderness Area consists of almost 12,000 acres in the Boston Mountains. The Boston Mountains are a part of the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas. The entire area is extraordinarily scenic.
The most popular way to access the wilderness is through the Richland Creek Campground. The roads are rough to get in here so camping trailers are discouraged.
Those who want to take on the challenge of the Richland Creek Wilderness area in the spring in Arkansas will be richly rewarded with gorgeous clear streams, waterfalls, stunning ravines, wildlife, and so much more.
Go to One of the Amazing Spring Festivals
Spring is a wonderful time for a festival. You feel like you are celebrating the return of warmth and green and long days.
Here is a list of some of the best spring festivals in Arkansas.
- World’s Shortest St. Patricks Day Parade in Hot Springs
- Arkansas Jonquil Festival at Washington State Park
- Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-off in Magnolia
- Old Fort Days Rodeo in Fort Smith
- Toad Suck Daze in Conway
Taste the Deliciousness of Strawberry Season
Spring is strawberry season in Arkansas. They begin to ripen in April. You can find them at almost all local farmer’s markets. However, one of our favorite places to get a sweet and delicious Arkansas strawberry is anywhere around the town of Cabot.
There is something about the soil in that area that produces the sweetest and best strawberries. We like Holland Bottoms Farm but there are other strawberry stands in the area.
Another amazing thing that happens during strawberry season is that the Bulldog Cafe in Bald Knob serves the best strawberry shortcake in the world. Yes, I said it, the world. And you can only get it when strawberries are in season.
Visit the Old Mill in North Little Rock
The Old Mill is beautiful year round but is especially lovely in the spring when the azaleas and other spring flowers begin to bloom.
It is a perfect place to go to relax or to take some gorgeous photos.
Bring the Children to an Easter Egg Hunt in the State
Easter egg hunts are held in municipalities and churches all over the state of Arkansas.
Here is a list that will help you to find an Easter egg hunt near you.
Watch the Ponies Run at Oaklawn
Besides the horse racing Oaklawn has a hotel, a casino, a spa, and plenty of restaurants to choose from.
Attend a baseball game
Razorback baseball fans are the best anywhere! And Baum-Walker stadium in Fayetteville is an amazing place to attend a college baseball game.
There are also a couple of minor league teams in the state. The Arkansas Travelers are based in North Little Rock, Arkansas and play at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Tour Moss Mountain Farm, the home of P. Allen Smith
Moss Mountain Farm is the country home of lifestyle, cooking, and horticultural expert, P. Allen Smith. Any time is a good time to visit Moss Mountain Farm, but spring allows you to experience the gardens at their best.
Most of the tours include learning more about the gorgeous gardens and the preferred gardening methods of Mr Smith, as well as getting to view his home, having lunch and even meeting with Mr. Smith.
It is a very fun experience for anyone who enjoys architecture or gardening.
Be Amazed by Quirky Quigley’s Castle
Quigley’s Castle is located just south of the mountain town of Eureka Springs. It was the home of Elise and Albert Quigley. Elise had exacting and fascination specifications about the construction of this house. She wanted:
“a home where I felt I was living in the world instead of in a box…”
…and I believe that she got it.
The castle is filled with windows and gardens, there are walls covered in stones, crystals, and fossils. Plus it has beautiful exterior gardens. Mrs Quigley constantly brought nature from the outside in.
Take a Drive to some of the small Arkansas Towns
Spring is a great time to visit some of the small Arkansas towns. The flowers are blooming, the weather isn’t too hot yet, and the people are out and about enjoying the warmer weather.
There are so many interesting small towns in Arkansas.
- The town of Wilson in northeast Arkansas on the Mississippi river is a personal favorite. The buildings are in a tudor style and there is an excellent restaurant, wine tastings, and interesting shops.
- There is so much to do and see in the fascinating town of Eureka Springs.
- El Dorado is a complete surprise in the best ways. It is chock full of music and art.
- Ponca is a perfect spot to base oneself in order to enjoy the Buffalo River.
- Mountain View is for anyone who enjoys folk music.
- Heber Springs is the best place to stay to enjoy boating on Greer’s Ferry Lake or fishing on the Little Red River.
Those are just a few of our favorite small towns and spring in Arkansas is one of the best times to experience them.
Kayak Among the Lilies at Cane Creek State Park
There is a kayaking trail here and sometime around May lilies begin to bloom. Certain areas of the lake will be covered with lilies that you can kayak through and it is such a fun experience.
Shop at a Lovely Farmer’s Market
One of the things that I look forward to the most in the winter is the reopening of the farmer’s markets in the spring. There are great markets scattered all over the state.
Visit Hot Springs National Park
Honestly anytime is a good time to visit Hot Springs National Park. But spring has the advantage of smaller crowds and cooler weather than summer.
This is such an interesting national park. Although the surrounding Ouachita Mountains are beautiful, this small park is focused mostly on history. You can learn about all the people who came for hundreds of years to partake in the mineral baths that were believed to have healing properties.
I hope that you have enjoyed learning about all the things to do in spring in Arkansas.
Thanks so much for stopping by.