Summer officially begins on June 21, and if the hot weather we've been having lately is any indication. it's going to be a long hot summer, to quote a Keith Urban song.

Nothing is more refreshing than going on a float trip, not to mention relaxing. It's just you and nature in the great outdoors, after all, they don't call it the natural state for nothing. Did you know there are some amazing places in Arkansas to take a float trip?

Arkansas has some of the most pristine lakes, mountains, rivers, and hiking trails to make any outdoor adventure memorable. 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 a popular destination for Texarkana folks. The best time to float this river is right now especially with all the recent rains we've had.

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."

Little Missouri River

Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism

This river is another favorite destination that Texarkana people love to go whether it's swimming, camping or floating. The float trip can be easy to extremely difficult depending on what section of the river you are on. Now is the best time to float the Little Missouri located in nearby Murfreesboro.

All these rivers are worth the drive from Texarkana and not that far from here.