Arkansas Scenic Drives

Arkansas scenic drives consist of remarkable mountains -- the Ozark and the Ouachita mountain ranges emerge in the western portion of the state -- and lowlands along the Mississippi. The links at the bottom of this page will take you to articles about two of the state's most scenic byways -- Crowley's Ridge Parkway and Great River Road -- that contain photos, highlights, and detailed maps.

Arkansas is brimming with history, so it's a state well worth exploring. For instance, many small battles were fought in Arkansas during the Civil War. But the state can tout more than history. If you're simply interested in stunning landscape views, Arkansas also delivers.


Here's a preview of what you'll find in our articles about Arkansas scenic drives:

Crowley's Ridge Parkway

Rising 100 to 250 feet from relatively flat lands, this crescent-shaped ridge is an anomaly on the landscape. Travel along the ridge to discover the unique qualities of the region, as well as flashes of Southern history and culture.

Great River Road

As the Mississippi River runs from north to south in Arkansas, it passes a multitude of towns and meets with a host of tributaries. It adds up to a lively scenic drive through historic river towns and scenic treasures, with plenty of opportunity to explore.


For more useful travel information about Arkansas and beyond, see:

  • Hot Springs National Park: As long as you're in Arkansas check out this fascinating national park. Located in Hot Springs, it attracts visitors who want to bathe in its soothing waters.
  • How to Drive Economically: Fuel economy is a major concern when you're on a driving trip. Learn how to get better gas mileage.