Interesting Facts About Arkansas

Arkansas is a state located in the southern region of the United States. Arkansas shares a border with six states, with its eastern border largely defined by the Mississippi River. Its diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozarks and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River. The capital and most populous city is Little Rock, located in the central portion of the state.

  • Pivot Rock balances on a base 15 times smaller than its top.
  • The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres.
  • Alma is claimed to be the Spinach Capital of the World.
  • Clark Bluff overlooking the St. Francis River contains chalk to supply the nation for years.
  • Famous singer Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland.
  • The apple blossom is the official state flower. It was designated in 1901.
  • The Magnet Cove region claims to contain 102 varieties of minerals.
  • The largest freestanding rock formation located in Eureka Springs has a base circumference of about 10 inches and the top measures almost 10 feet across.
  • The apple blossom is the official state flower. It was designated in 1901.
  • Pine Bluff is known as the world center of archery bow production.
  • Camden was the site of the Fort Lookout Skirmish and the Battle of Poison Springs
  • Bauxite is the official state mineral. It was designated in 1967.
  • Alma claims to be the Spinach Capital of the World.
  • Ouachita National Forest reigns as the oldest national forest in the South.
  • The Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs is seven stories tall, but every floor is a “ground” floor. The hotel is built against a hillside, and each story opens onto the hill at a different height.
  • There are 47 hot springs that flow from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain, at an average temperature of 143F.
  • In 1983, Arkansas becomes the first state to require teachers to pass a basic skills test.
  • General Douglas MacArthur, soldier and statesman, was born in Little Rock in 1880.
  • Established near the mouth of the Arkansas River in 1686, Arkansas Post was the first permanent white settlement in the state.
  • The geographic center of the state is located in Pulaski, 12 miles northwest of Little Rock.
  • Scott Joplin, popular musician and composer, was born in Texarkana.
  • The diamond is the official state gem. It was designated in 1967.
  • Arkansas is officially known as The Natural State.
  • The Arkansas River is the longest stream to flow into the Mississippi-Missouri river system. Its total length is 1,450 miles.
  • The South Arkansas vine ripe pink tomato is the official state fruit and blossom. It was designated in 1987.
  • The Arkansas River is the longest stream to flow into the Mississippi-Missouri river system. Its total length is 1,450 miles.
  • Large burial mounds found in Arkansas were a prominent feature of the region’s last prehistoric culture, the Mississippian, which began about 700 AD.
  • Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15, 1836.
  • The pine tree is the official state tree. It was designated in 1939.
  • Little River County Courthouse is world famous for it’s Christmas lights display.
  • The city of Fairfield Bay sits on the north shore of Greers Ferry Lake, a 40,000 acre mountain lake of sparkling waters in central Arkansas.
  • The University of Central Arkansas was founded in Conway in 1907.
  • The average temperature in July is 81.4 degrees; January it is 39.5; and the annual average is 61.7 degrees. The average rainfall is 48.52 inches and the average snowfall is 5.2 inches.
  • Milk is the official state beverage. It was designated in 1985.
  • Located just outside of Murfreesboro, Crater of Diamonds State Park allows dedicated prospectors to search for precious gems including diamonds, amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, and quartz.
  • The mockingbird is the official state bird. It was designated in 1929.