Summer break is just around the corner, and there will be long days to fill with fun activities. One of the most exciting things to do in Arkansas is explore the natural beauty in the outdoors. With 52 Arkansas State Parks that cover more than 2.9 million acres, there’s a state park within easy driving distance, no matter where you live.

AY Publisher Heather Baker recently visited KARK to tell all about the activities that families can do in Arkansas’s state parks.

“There is so much to do, whether you are an outdoors person or you want to experience it for the first time,” she says. “You can do anything from trap to fishing to camping, or just exploring trails.”

Camping is a great summer activity that you can do with friends or family. Camping can be as luxurious or as rough-and-ready as you choose. If you want to embrace the outdoors lifestyle, you can sleep on the ground or a tent. If you want some of the comforts of home, there are always fantastic cabins available for rent!

Relaxing on the water is also a great way to spend time during the summer. There are lakes, rivers and other water systems to enjoy in Arkansas. Baker recommends visiting Buffalo National River and taking in the scenic beauty, as well as having a good time. “There are tons of canoeing, kayaking, rafting [on the Buffalo River].”

When heading out into the outdoors, it’s vital to be well-supplied. Having shelter, water and other necessities is important for a safe and fun trip. Check out AY Magazine’s camping checklist for what you need to bring. Baker suggests two items that you must bring. “Baby wipes are always crucial to have, and always have a lighter,” she says.

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