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Celebrate National Arkansas Day!

Kayak the Buffalo River in Arkansas.

What is the saying? I wasn’t born here, but I got here as quickly as I could! Our Local Pulse team LOVES all things Pensacola, but not all of us were born here. I am always sharing my love of Pensacola and Northwest Florida with my friends back home. It’s super easy to repeatedly share photos from Pensacola Vibes or Visit Pensacola! Who doesn’t want to see the beach at sunset or the Blue Angels zipping by?

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But I was born and raised in Arkansas and was excited to hear it is National Arkansas Day, so I could finally share some of my points of pride with you!

I always say that Arkansas is like the little caboose…it’s small in size and population but packs a big punch. We’re the little state that could. Officially known as The Natural State, there are so many natural wonders like the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. You can see more about that here: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/crater-diamonds-state-park

The Northern part of the state is home to the Buffalo National River Park, which was the first river to receive federal designation. You can float, hike, and camp in this extraordinary place. Click here to plan a visit: https://www.nps.gov/buff/index.htm

The Northwestern part of the state has also become the home to the US Mountain Bike team because of the state’s developed mountain bike trails and community. For more on Mountain Biking in Arkansas, please visit here: https://www.arkansas.com/things-to-do/sports-recreation/mountain-biking

One of the most notable points of pride for Arkansas is that Wal-Mart was founded in Rogers, Arkansas on July 2, 1968. The headquarters of the world’s largest retailer is now based in Bentonville. Bentonville is also the home of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which is listed as one of Forbes’s top art trips you need to make.

Wal-Mart isn’t the only worldwide company from Arkansas. Tyson Foods, founded in Springdale, Arkansas is the world’s largest meat processor and marketer.

While you’re in the Northwestern part of the state, you must walk the beautiful campus of The University of Arkansas. It’s my alma mater and home to 50 NCAA National Championships. Not only is it a winning institution, but it feels like a family and gives a great education. It’s a unique culture tucked away in the Ozark Mountains and frequently listed as one of the best campuses in the SEC.

Riceland Foods is the world’s largest miller and marketer of rice and one of the midsouth’s largest soybean processors. It’s located in Stuggart, Arkansas, which is also known worldwide as the duck capital. Hunters flock to the area for its premier duck hunting spots, guide services, and lodges.

If you’re an outdoorsman, you also don’t want to miss trout fishing on the White River. Check out this guide https://whiteriverflyanglers.com/ for more.

South Arkansas is home to El Dorado, which is home to the headquarters of Murphy USA – the gas station you often find near Wal-Mart. You should know it because they often have the lowest gas prices.

My hometown of Warren, Arkansas is located in Bradley County, which is famous for its tomatoes, the Bradley County Pink Tomatoes, a variety developed and farmed there. We even have the state’s longest-running festival, The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival. It’s always held the second weekend of June and will celebrate its 68th year this year on June 14 and 15, 2024. You’ll find the best people with the biggest hearts ready to share a slice of Americana with you.

I could go on and on detailing so many other special things about the state and the people I love, but I think you should go see it for yourself! Send me a message the next time you want to plan a trip and check out my reel over on Instagram!

Go Hogs!