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6 Ways To Celebrate Great Outdoors Month in Arkansas


Longer days, bright sunshine and beautiful weather. It must be summertime! When the temperature rises, it can be tempting to hide inside where it’s nice and cool, but the best way to get used to the warmer weather is to get out and enjoy it. Scientists say that as little as 20 minutes spent outdoors each day can benefit both mind and body. June is Great Outdoors Month, and it’s certainly a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the Natural State.

June is Great Outdoors Month - exploring Arkansas

Go Hiking

Early summer is one of the best times to explore some of the trails around Arkansas. The summer heat hasn’t settled over the state yet, and most waterfalls are likely to be flowing–at least a little bit. Pack a picnic and explore a new trail or visit an old favorite.

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June is Great Outdoors Month - fishing

Go Fishing

Each June, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hosts a free fishing weekend, usually on the second weekend of the month. From noon on Friday, June 10, through midnight on Sunday, June 12, 2022, fishing in Arkansas is completely free. No license or trout permits are required.

Need fishing gear? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hosts tackle loaner programs all over the state. Pick up a rod and reel and tackle at nearly 100 locations across the state. Learn more here.

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June is Great Outdoors Month - paddleboarding

Go Boating

Lake life is what summertime is about. The sun on your skin, the wind on your face, the cool water on your toes. Whether you are looking to paddle yourself around or prefer a boat with a motor that does the work for you, Arkansas’s lakes and rivers are a haven for boat lovers of all kinds.

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Go Swimming

Everyone loves to go swimming and summer was made for swimming. From lakes and rivers, and hidden swimming holes to public pools and splash pads, Arkansas has a water adventure that will cool you off and let you enjoy the outdoors even on the hottest days.

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Go Golfing

Traditional golf is undoubtedly popular, but it’s not the only type of golfing you’ll find in Arkansas. Have you heard of frisbee golf? Footgolf and mini-golf are fun too, and all are available nearby.

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June is Great Outdoors Month

Go Camping

Camping is the ultimate outdoor experience. You sleep with just a thin piece of fabric separating you from wild animals, cook and eat your meals outdoors and spend hours at a time in the great outdoors. Whether you prefer a primitive experience or prefer something closer to the comforts of home, you’ll find it in Arkansas.

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No matter what you decide to do, it’s essential to get your family outdoors more. You’ll be happier and healthier, and since there are so many Arkansas Adventures to be had, you’ll never run out of exciting things to do – Great Outdoors Month or any time.

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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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  1. […] excursions, boating safety classes, bear tagging, and anti-littering campaigns. She committed to exploring Arkansas by visiting all Arkansas state parks and navigating all Arkansas rivers, even floating, kayaking […]

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