Summer is almost here! Many Americans will be venturing outdoors to the nearby lakes, rivers, and swimming holes for some good old fashioned fun in the sun. Have you ever gone floating in the natural state?

Sure you could spend a ton of cash and travel to Colorado but with rising gas prices why not just stay close to home. Arkansas has some of the most pristine lakes, mountains, rivers, and hiking trails to make any outdoor adventure memorable. And nothing is more adventurous than taking a float trip down a lazy river soaking up the sunshine and natural beauty that surrounds you. Whether you enjoy canoeing, kayaking or just floating on an inner tube, Arkansas is the perfect state to do just that.

Let's take a look at some of Arkansas' best places to take a float trip.

Cossatot River

Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism

This river is located near the small town of Wickes but if you want to have a white water experience canoeing or kayaking this is the place to visit. With spectacular scenery at every turn, this is a float trip you'll always remember.

Caddo River

Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism

This river is located near the town of Glenwood and the views from this float trip are serene and beautiful as you float between the backdrop of the Ozark mountain. This is also a medium to easy trip depending on how much rain has fallen. This is a popular destination for Texarkana folks. The best time to float this river is between March and June.

Big Piney Creek

Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism

Big Piney is not a river but perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Arkansas on which to take a float trip. This trip ranges from easy to difficult depending on where you are. As a matter of fact there is one section of of rapids that are nicknamed "Cascades of Extinction," "Roller Coaster" and "Surfing Hole." That ought to tell you something. Best time to float here is in the fall and summer.

Little Missouri River

Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism

This river is a favorite place that Texarkana people love to go whether it's swimming, camping or floating. However, the best time to float the Little Missouri is after a heavy rainfall period. The trip can be easy to extremely difficult depending on what section of the river you are on. Spring is recommended as the best time to float the Little Missouri located in nearby Murfreesboro.

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Where is your favorite place to float?