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Awesome Swimming Holes in AR

Should summer in the Land of Opportunity get a bit steamy, countless natural and man-made swimming holes await throughout the state. Pack your trunks for your next Arkansas visit – here are a few of our favorite places to take a dip.


Cedar Creek

Topping our list is Cedar Creek, arguably the crown jewel of Petit Jean State Park. Swimmers would be wise to check out the "Blue Hole," classically a favorite spot of CCC workers, as well as the 95-foot Cedar Creek Falls.

Bring your hiking shoes. This coveted swimming hole is a about a mile from the nearest parking.

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Take the pup out for a dip in Arkansas.

Steel Creek

One of the more popular spots to take a dip in the Natural State, Steel Creek is home to the especially scenic Roark Bluff. The waterway and its surrounding hiking and walking trails also provide access to the Buffalo River Trail and the Old River Trail.

Richland Creek

A true Natural State gem, Richland Creek is especially scenic. Picturesque stones lend themselves to a constant "babbling" sound and swimmers can find multiple places to hop in sling the 178-mile-long Ozark Highlands Trail.

Spring River

Described as "Arkansas's most dependable natural stream," Spring river is fed by Mammoth Spring, which provides an influx of over nine million gallons of 58-degree water per hour – which makes for a fortune of fresh water for swimmers.

Tanyard Creek

AR Swimming Attractions

Kids will get a kick out of Arkansas' natural swimming holes.

This swimming hole is affluent with flowing water – in fact, the area is prone to flooding. Again, that means plenty of fresh water for swimmers. Access this scenic spot via Bella Vista, below the Windsor Lake Dam, off Highway 340/Lanshire Boulevard.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park

To feel like you're on the coast, visit DeGray Lake Resort State Park, near Bismarck. The park is set near the north shore of DeGray Lake, a 13,800-acre water sports and fishing paradise in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, complete with two, free, sandy beaches ideal for swimming.

Blanchard Springs Recreation Area

Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful bluffs, Blanchard Springs Recreation Area is rich with opportunities for swimming, fishing, picnicking and hiking. It's also conveniently located on the southeast side of Mountain View.

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