They don’t call Arkansas the Natural State for nothing. This amazing landscape offers something for every taste, from dense forests to scenic waterways; from the broad, flat expanses of the duck-rich Delta to the towering slopes of the Ozark and Ouachita mountain ranges. You can cross three different ecosystems in one day’s drive yet spend a year and not experience all of the state’s natural wonders.
Perhaps nowhere do Arkansas’ many outdoor splendors come together more seamlessly than in the Diamond Lakes region, a slice of south-central Arkansas that boasts five lakes and three rivers set among soaring mountains and lush woodlands. Diamond Lakes includes what’s best about the Arkansas outdoors, from hunting and fishing to kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking. Throw in the warmth and vibrancy of the neighboring towns, and you’ve got more family entertainment than one weekend can hold.
The following itinerary tracks what to see and do during a three-day adventure among the Diamond Lakes, focusing in particular on lakes Ouachita, Hamilton, and Catherine. But trust us, there’s much more out here, and once you’ve sampled it, your family will want to come back and see it all.