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13 Spectacular Arkansas Sunsets


There’s something magical about watching the sun dip below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the landscape as it bids farewell to another day. In Arkansas, where the scenery is as diverse as it is stunning, each sunset is a unique masterpiece, painting the sky with a palette of vibrant, warm colors that can take your breath away.

From the shores of crystal-clear lakes to the rolling prairies and farmland in the Delta to the mountainous terrain of the northwest, Arkansas offers a myriad of vantage points to witness this daily spectacle. Whether you’re reflecting on the day’s events, connecting with nature, or sharing a moment of romance with a loved one, watching the sunset in Arkansas is an experience like no other.

For me, watching the sunset is not just about enjoying the beauty of nature; it’s also a time to connect with God and my faith. As the sky transforms into a canvas of oranges, pinks, and purples, I enjoy a moment of quiet to reflect on the blessings in my life.

While you can catch a beautiful sunset right outside your front door, some locations in Arkansas offer a truly spectacular view and are not to be missed.

Mount Nebo State Park – Sunset Point

Mount Nebo’s Sunset Point is a scenic overlook offering breathtaking views of the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding Ozark Mountains. You can hike or drive to reach the point, making it a great option for sightseers of all ability levels.

Big Dam Bridge – Little Rock

The Big Dam Bridge is North America’s longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge. The bridge connects Little Rock to North Little Rock and is the perfect spot for an evening walk and a spectacular view of the sun setting over the Arkansas River.

US Marshals Museum – Fort Smith

The U.S. Marshals Museum opened in 2023 and is dedicated to the history and work of the U.S. Marshals Service, the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the United States. The sunset provides a beautiful backdrop for the silhouetted Lighthorse statue on the museum grounds.

Photo by Julie Kohl

Greers Ferry Lake – Heber Springs

We love camping at Greers Ferry Lake in Heber Springs and have witnessed countless sunsets displaying every color of the rainbow. The water’s reflection only adds to the magic.

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Mount Sequoya Cross – Fayetteville

The Mount Sequoyah Cross is a lighted cross at the top of Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville. It’s a popular spot for visitors and locals alike to enjoy panoramic city views, especially during sunrise or sunset.

Bald Knob Wildlife Refuge

This 15,022-acre haven for wildlife located in Bald Knob has a mixture of farmland and wetlands and is a popular stopping point for many bird species, including many that aren’t native to Arkansas.

Devil’s Den State Park – Yellow Rock Trail

The Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park is a moderate 3-mile loop trail. Enjoy a view of the Lee Creek Valley that’s incredible at sunset.

Lake Ouachita – Purple Martin Bird Tour

Bird Island on Lake Ouachita is a remarkable habitat that is a favorite amongst migrating birds, especially Purple Martins. Sunset tours around the island in the fall offer a rare and memorable site.

City Rock Bluff – Calico Rock

City Rock Bluff in Calico Rock is a scenic overlook offering stunning views of the White River and the surrounding Ozark Mountains. It is a favorite spot to watch the sunset and capture beautiful photographs. Although the bluff is just a short walk from the parking area, there are no guardrails or fences, so use caution, especially after dark.

Petit Jean State Park – Mather Lodge

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Mather Lodge is a historic landmark made more beautiful and charming by the setting sun. Watch the sun set over Cedar Creek Canyon as you grab a bite to eat or enjoy an evening stroll on the patio.

Flatside Pinnacle – Perryville

Flatside Pinnacle is a short, well-maintained trail just outside the eastern boundary of the Flatside Wilderness. Offering a panoramic view encompassing the surrounding mountains and forests, it’s ideal for enjoying a sunset sky.

Jamestown Crag – Batesville

Cap off an 8-mile hike at Jamestown Crag by watching the sunset over scenic views of the valley below. It’s a popular spot for hiking, biking and climbing.

Clinton Presidential Park Bridge

In 2011, the former Rock Island Railroad Bridge was converted into a pedestrian bridge and renamed the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge. As you cross over the Arkansas River, you can enjoy an incredible view of the Little Rock skyline.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a romantic at heart, or someone seeking a spiritual connection, watching the sunset in Arkansas is an experience that will leave you in awe of the natural world around you. So, the next time the sun begins its descent, take a moment to step outside, breathe in the beauty of the moment, and let the magic of an Arkansas sunset fill your heart with wonder.

Are you an early bird? Here are our favorite 10 spots to watch the sunrise in Arkansas.

All photos are courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism unless otherwise noted.

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and teaches art part-time at a local private school. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas where they raise chickens, farm hay and bake bread. Julie loves adventure and sharing it with her husband and son. They frequent the trails, campgrounds and parks of Arkansas, always on the hunt for new adventures and new stories to share. Learn more on her blog Seek Adventures Media.

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2 responses to “13 Spectacular Arkansas Sunsets”

  1. Donnie Crain says:

    Hard to beat the sunsets and views from Flatside Pinnacle! Harder to get to than many on the list but definitely worth the effort…

  2. Keisha@bigpittstop says:

    Whoa. Looks like I need to add some sunsets to my bucket list. Incredible views!

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