About Arkansas

Arkansas was the French pronunciation of the Native American people called Akansa or “south wind”. Known as The Land of Opportunity, Arkansas is famous for their Hot Springs National Park, Buffalo National River, Arkansas Air Museum, Mammoth Spring State Park, Mount Magazine State Park.

Arkansas’s landscape is a diverse one. The Ozark and Ouachita mountains in the north and west stand in contrast to the rich, flat, river-laced agricultural lands of the east. Nearly all the state’s rivers flow from northwest to southeast and empty via the Arkansas and Red rivers into the Mississippi, which forms the major eastern boundary.

Arkansas grows almost every crop produced in the United States, except citrus fruits and is the nation’s leading producer of rice and poultry, producing half the nation’s rice.

Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Arkansas and offers world-class duck, dove, crow and turkey hunting.

Fun Facts

  • The Buffalo River is one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states.
  • The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres.
  • The reason we don’t pronounce the last “s” in Arkansas like we do Kansas is because of an 1881 act passed by the state legislature that was enacted to end a dispute by two US Senators who were conflicted on whether or not to pronounce it.
  • Arkansas is the only place in the United States where diamonds are actively discovered and mined
  • Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas, is located directly in the center of the state
  • Arkansas is the smallest state west of the Mississippi River