A look at the other river, the Buffalo gets alot of attention but the White River is awesome, too!

The Mystic Arkansas River That Will Make An Adventurer Out Of You

There’s something unusual about the White River. Instead of flowing southward, like most sensible rivers, it flows northward from its source in Northwest Arkansas, into Missouri, and then flows back south, through Arkansas where it will eventually meet with the mighty Mississippi.

The White River doesn’t get nearly as much love as the Buffalo National River for its scenic qualities or as much recognition for its importance in travel and trade as the Arkansas River, but that doesn’t mean the White River isn’t as important and as beautiful as those other rivers. The White River has a rich history, a vital role in the development of the Natural State, and more scenic beauty than you can imagine.

Including its brief jaunt into Missouri, the White River is 722 miles of pure beauty.


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While the upper portion of the White River is characterized by scenic bluffs...


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...the lower White River has all the beauty of an ancient wetland.


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If you want to learn more about the history of the lower White River, you should visit Lower White River Museum State Park in Des Arc.



The White River is home to some truly exceptional recreational opportunities. It’s great for a float trip...


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 ...any kind of floating, really...



...and the trout fishing is some of the best in the world.


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You’ll find all kinds of wildlife on the White River, including bald eagles.


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The White River is a beautiful place to go in search of a little peace of mind.


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It’s the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy, demanding life.


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The White River might not be as popular as the Buffalo, but it is certainly a river of exquisite beauty that's worth your time and attention.


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For more about another truly exceptional Arkansas river, click here. To find a list of rivers you’ll definitely want to float this season, try these.

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