Covering an area of 137,732 sq. km, the State of Arkansas is located in the south-central region of the United States.
As observed on the map, the topography of Arkansas is a diverse one and varies rather dramatically from the highlands in the northwest to the lowlands in the southeast.
In the north, the Ozark Plateau/ the Ozark Mountains stretch across parts of Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and also into Arkansas. This area of low mountains, hills, and deep valleys is heavily forested and etched by many small rivers and streams. To the south of the Ozarks, is the Arkansas River and its namesake valley, which cuts a dramatic path across the state. This valley gives way to the Ouachita Mountains, which contains the state’s highest point – the Magazine Mountain, which rises to an elevation of 2,753 ft (839m).
Several Hot springs are found within the eastern ridges and valleys of the Ouachita Mountains, including the aptly named and world-famous Hot Springs area. In the far north is the Mammoth Spring – which is the largest spring in Arkansas and is also a National Natural Landmark. The hot spring flows nine million gallons of water hourly that forms a scenic 10-acre lake. On the fringes of the Ozarks and Ouachitas, the lowland forests and prairies give way to the almost flat landscape of the Mississippi Delta Region that covers the eastern and far-southern areas of the state.
The most important river of Arkansas is the Mississippi. It rises in northwestern Minnesota and then flows south to the Gulf of Mexico, just below the city of New Orleans. The Mississippi River is a significant transportation artery and when combined with its major tributaries (the Missouri and Ohio rivers) it becomes the third largest river system in the world at (2,339 miles) (3,765 km) in length. Other rivers of note include the Arkansas, Black. Ouachita, Red, St. Francis, and White. Significant lakes include Beaver, Bull Shoals, Millwood, and Ouachita. The lowest point is along the Quachita River, northeast of Eldorado (55ft).
The State of Arkansas is divided into 75 counties. In alphabetical order, these counties are: Arkansas County, Ashley, Baxter, Benton, Boone, Bradley, Calhoun, Carroll, Chicot, Clark, Clay, Cleburne, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Crittenden, Cross, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Greene, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Little River, Logan, Lonoke, Madison, Marion, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Phillips, Pike, Poinsett, Polk, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saint Francis, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sevier, Sharp, Stone, Union, Van Buren, Washington, White, Woodruff, and Yell.
With an area of 137,732 sq. km, the State of Arkansas is the 29th largest and the 33rd most populous state in the USA. Located in Pulaski County, in the central part of the state is Little Rock – the capital, the largest and the most populous city of Arkansas. Little Rock also serves as the administrative, cultural, economic, and transportation center of Arkansas.
The State of Arkansas is located in the south-central region of the United States. It is bordered by the state of Missouri in the north; by Tennessee and Mississippi in the east, by Louisiana in the south, by Texas in the southwest and by Oklahoma in the west.
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|Legal Name||State of Arkansas|
|ISO 3166 Code||US-AR|
|Capital City||Little Rock|
This page was last updated on February 25, 2021