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Exploring Arkansas: Natural State Swimmin' Holes
Chuck Dovish guides viewers to his 12 favorite places to cool off during a hot summer in “Exploring Arkansas: Natural State Swimmin’ Holes.”
Viewers are invited to explore the following 12 locations in this new special:
- Falling Water Falls – East of Ben Hur in the Ozark National Forest, Falling Water Falls is rated one of the best swimming holes in the entire Ozark region.
- Rosa-Hole – North of Mountain View on North Sylamore Creek, Rosa-Hole is a tucked away gem that’s frequented mostly by locals.
- Jack Creek – South of Booneville in the Ouachita National Forest is the Jack Creek Recreation Area, known for cliff diving into a natural, deep pool.
- Ozark Campground – North of Jasper along the upper portion of the Buffalo National River is the Ozark Campground, complete with a swimming hole by a high, picturesque bluff.
- DeGray Lake – Among the highlights of snorkeling at DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia are the “rock reefs” around the islands.
- Cossatot River – The Cossatot River in Southwest Arkansas is well known with white water kayakers, but in the summer this raging river turns into a calm stream with deep pools ideal for snorkeling.
- West Fork – Along the West Fork of the White River, in the town of West Fork south of Fayetteville, is a “developed” swimming hole at Riverside Park.
- Long Pool – The Long Pool Recreation Area in the Ozark National Forest northwest of Dover along Big Piney Creek features a large, natural pool.
- Gunner Pool/Barkshed – The Gunner Pool and Barkshed Recreation Areas in the Ozark National Forest north of Fifty-Six along scenic North Sylamore Creek offer prime wilderness swimming and camping adventures.
- Shine Eye – Located in the middle portion of the Buffalo National River north of Silver Hill is a swimming hole called Shine Eye.
- Blanchard Springs – The Blanchard Springs Recreation Area north of Mountain View offers not one, but two swimming holes.
- Silver Bridge – The Silver Bridge swimming hole on the Mulberry River, north of the town of Mulberry, has been an iconic gathering place for many generations.