In middle-eastern Arkansas, the Arkansas River sits between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountain ranges. This area is named the Tri-Peaks region after three major peaks: Mount Magazine, Mount Nebo and Petit Jean Mountain. These peaks, along with forests, rivers, streams and wineries, make this area a popular outdoor adventure and scenic driving destination.
Outdoor adventure possibilities are plenty. State parks on each of the tri-peaks offer camping, hiking and scenic overlooks, as well as mountain climbing, rappelling and hang gliding. Both the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests have backcountry four-wheel driving trails. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and ATV trails are available throughout the region.
Adventure on the water, in the form of canoeing and fishing, is also popular. All skill levels can canoe the Big Piney Creek. Experienced canoeists can tackle the Class II/III rated Illinois Bayou and Mulberry River. The Arkansas River provides water sports and bass fishing opportunities. Lake Dardanelle is also a good place to fish for bass or boat and water ski.
Scenic routes, including National Forest Scenic 7 Byway, wind through the area offering spectacular views. These drives are popular routes for automobiles and motorcycles and are busiest during the peak of fall foliage season, mid-October through early November.
The Tri-Peaks area is located along and easily accessible from Interstate Highway 40. Lodging is available in Fort Smith, Russellville, Clarksville and Morrilton.