Day Trips from Searcy
A Short Drive Down the Road
Beebe- Just down the road you'll find this small easy to maneuver city full of unique flea-market and antiquing options. This half hour trip boasts eight flea-market and antique shops. You can easily spend a few hours or the whole day browsing for clever finds.
Heber Springs & Fairfield Bay- For generations, locals have enjoyed taking the scenic mountain drive to "Heber." Whether it's a summer day spent swimming, boating, or fishing at Greers Ferry Lake or a spring day hiking at Bridal Veil Falls and Sugar Loaf Mountain Island, you will surely enjoy the outdoor fun on Greers Ferry Lake as much as we do. Our favorite day trip will take you on a short drive to the mountains during fall when the color changing foliage is at its peak.
1 Hour Away
Little Rock- In less than an hour's drive you can find yourself enjoying fun shopping, museums, concerts, history, nature, culture, and more. There are many options for entertainment in Little Rock, the state's capital city. Chose from William J. Clinton Presidential Library and museum, Simmons Bank Arena concerts and events, Museum of Discovery, Esse Purse Museum, Old State House, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, USS Razorback, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Arkansas River, Old Mill, River Market District, night life, fine dining, and local breweries and distilleries.
1 to 2 Hours Away
Mountain View- Another scenic day trip will lead you over the hills and through the woods to beautiful Mountain View Arkansas. You'll find plenty to explore from the Ozark Folk Center State Park and downtown Folk Music where locals fill the square on Saturday nights "pickin' and playin." Or enjoy the Blanchard Springs Caverns underground cave tour and play in the cool clear water that flows from the cave's exit. Also favored are the swimming holes, fishing,and kayaking or canoeing on Sylamore Creek. Near Mountain View, the 50-mile Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail is designated by the Internation Mountain Biking Association as an "Epic Ride," a status only 37 trails across the nation currently hold.
Hot Springs- If you're looking for a completely unique adventure, you'll want to visit Hot Springs. Hot Springs National Park is historically known for the natural hot springs believed by American Indians to have healing properties. These hot springs are the focus of a great bath house row experience. Hot Springs has some great experiences to enjoy at any age, like Garvan Woodland Gardens, Oaklawn Racing & Casino, and Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park. Other "don't miss" attractions include the Gangster Museum of America, Hot Springs Off-Road Vehicle Park, Hot Springs Mountain Tower, Ouachita National Forest, and Lake Catherine and Hamilton State Park.
2 + Hours and Worth the Drive
West Memphis/ Memphis- More adventure can be found as you head to the Arkansas/Tennessee border. Experience Southland Casino Racing (greyhounds), Elvis' Graceland, Mud Island, the Memphis Zoo, Beale Street pubs and music, Pink Palace Museum of Science and History, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, concerts and performances, and Memphis in May music festival to name a few.
Murfreesboro- The Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only place in the world open to the public where you can dig for diamonds and keep what you find. The 37.5 acre plowed field is open for visitors to pan for their own gemstones and possibly a diamond which are still actively being found. It's a trip worth the drive!
Helena- Music and gaming are always great reasons to make a day trip, and Helena has both options for your enjoyment. The King Biscuit Blues Festival is held the weekend before Columbus Day each October and attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the banks of the Mississippi River. While you're in the area try your luck at the Isle of Capri Casino. I bet you'll have a blast.