Arkansas Guides

books-on-arkansas-hikesWe love Arkansas. We wouldn’t want to live anywhere else because we’re right smack dab in the middle of all things outdoors. There’s rivers, lakes, cliffs, and mountains all out our back door. But knowing about all the neat and interesting places to go in Arkansas can be a challenge. All the great details about Arkansas outdoors are not yet online (though we’re working on it). And we’ve had our fair share of getting completely lost looking for a good hike or climb.

So we’re going old school with some books about Arkansas that we find really helpful to figure out where to go. Of course we’re big proponents of word of mouth and we’re ready to talk trails and climbs anytime in our store but these are the top books we recommend for Arkansas travels:

Ouachita Trail Guide, Buffalo River Hiking Trails, and Arkansas Nature Lover’s Guidebook

Tim Ernst has a a number of books that are really great resources for hikers and nature lovers in Arkansas. Ernst is a photographer who’s trounced around the whole state taking some really amazing photographs that have been featured in all kinds of publications like National Geographic to Audubon. Because he’s inspected the different nooks and crannies of Arkansas, his guides are a wonderful resource for people who want to get in touch with the Natural State. The fact that he founded the Ozark Highlands Trail Association should tell you a lot. His website also has a great roundup of links to different resources.

Fishing Arkansas

Kevin Sutton is a past editor for the Arkansas Wildlife Magazine, a publication of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. This man know his fish! This book talks about the seasons, where you can find great fishing spots across the state, and different sport fish you’ll find in Arkansas. It’s a really extensive peek into the complex world of fishing in Arkansas. While you won’t find any hidden fishing spots divulged in this book, you’ll learn enough to find one of your own.

Swimming Holes of the Ozarks

Summer is fast approaching and while we don’t know about you but sometimes, all you want to do is float in the water on a hot day. There’s reward at the end of each one of these hikes. This book details 85 different watering holes, some popular and some more unknown, with maps and guides on what you can expect at each hole. Glenn Wheeler, the author, knows water like no other in Arkansas, having traveled the Ozarks taking photographs. Carrying all that camera equipment can get tiring so it’s no wonder why he wanted to find swimming holes!

Arkansas Day Hikes For Kids & Families

Hiking with children can be a challenge so Tim Ernst and his wife Pam teamed up to bring families in Arkansas some short but sweet hikes for the little hikers out there. There are 105 hikes around Arkansas, some paved and some true wilderness trails, that are all appropriate for children because they’re easier to manage and shorter in length.


We have all of these books in stock in our store so if you’re looking for some resources, come stop on by and pick one of these up. While you’re here, we’ll share our own favorite places to check out too.


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