The Natural State

Arkansas State Nickname


Elk bugling in Arkansas

Elk bugling in Arkansas; photo by Walmart on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

The Natural State

The nickname for Arkansas is The Natural State. Arkansas is famous for its natural scenic beauty, clear lakes and streams, and abundant wildlife. Arkansas has 52 state parks, three national forests, five national parks, and the nation's first National River (the Buffalo National River, which meanders through the heart of the Ozarks, is America's first federally protected stream).