5 Things You Might Not Know About Popular Arkansas Attractions

February 20, 2018

Just like any state, Arkansas residents have a few things we like to brag about.

We enjoy our history with cheese dip and our annual cheese dip contest, our one-and-only diamond mine, historical sites, and even various supernatural-sighting hot spots. Here are a few things you might not know about popular Arkansas attractions. Apartment Hunters has a long history of finding an apartment for those moving to or around the Little Rock area. Let us help you get settled.

1. The Old State House is considered the most beautiful antebellum structures in the south.

If you work or live in the Downtown Little Rock area you probably drive by the Old State House often. It is located on 300 West Markham Street. It was built in 1833, the house has seen the first state legislature and the first inauguration of an Arkansas governor.

If you are interested in architecture, this is one Arkansas attraction you don’t want to miss.

2. There are 51 varieties of roses in the State Capitol Building’s test gardens.

Only outdone by the test of time, the Neoclassical State Capitol Building is also a building worth taking a tour of. The building features 10 feet tall bronze doors and three chandeliers purchased from Tiffany’s in the early 1900s. It is made mostly of an Arkansas-quarried stone called Batesville marble.

3. The Big Dam Bridge holds a North American record.

The Big Dam Bridge is a 4,226’ long foot and bicycle bridge that rises 90 feet above the Arkansas River Murray Lock and Dam. It is the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in North America that was built specifically for that use.

4. The Ouachita National Forest is the oldest forest in the South.

This national forest is 1.8 million acres of beautiful forest that stretches from central Arkansas to the edge of east Oklahoma. Ouachita national Forest is a habitat for protected species and a popular outdoor recreation site for many Arkansas residents.

5. Arkansas is still famous for diamonds.

If you are an Arkansas native, you’ve probably taken the time to search for diamonds at The Crater of Diamonds State Park. The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Pike County, AR is the only active diamond mine in the US.

Diamonds were first discovered in Arkansas in 1906.