- In the early 1800s, the forested, rolling Gulf Coastal Plain Region teemed with fish and wildlife, attracting pioneers from eastern states. Big bass still lurk in the region's waters. A number of state parks complement the fishing with camping and other outdoor recreation. Tours of local museums and historic homes reveal the substance of daily life from early pioneers to President Clinton's childhood in Hope.
Recreation - Thirteen State Parks and two National Wildlife Refuges offer plenty of camping, wildlife viewing and other outdoor opportunities in the Gulf Coastal Plain Region. Hunter's are drawn to the state's best deer hunting woods.
Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.
The Gulf Coastal Plain Region consists of the southwestern portion of Arkansas. It is in contact with the Ouachita Mountains along its northeastern boundary. The slopes separating the mountains from this Region are often so steep that there are rapids and waterfalls at the points where the streams leave the mountains.