The 12 Best Places to Propose in Arkansas in 2024

Whether you're planning a big splashy proposal or something more intimate, we've discovered the best places for you to pop the question in Arkansas.
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Kim Griffin
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  • Kim writes for The Knot Worldwide, particularly about picking wedding venues and planning proposals.
  • Over the years, she has helped plan a wedding or two and briefly considered it as a career.
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Updated Mar 05, 2024

As you prepare to ask for their hand, the best places to propose in Arkansas await. Don't worry, you're not alone. We've compiled a list of the finest wedding venues in the state to kick off your journey. These exceptional venues encapsulate the beauty of Arkansas and cover every type of space from rustic to classic to the great outdoors. Whether you're drawn to the warm sunset hues over the Ozark Mountains or captivated by the charm of historic towns, Arkansas offers a diverse range of options to make your romantic engagement truly memorable.

For insights into unique proposal ideas in Arkansas, we consulted with Kylee Boyd of Kylee Grace Photography, based in Rogers, AR. Boyd has some unique ideas about popular and lovely places to have your special moment and extra tips to share. So, get ready to check this task off of your to-do list.

In this article:

How to Decide Where to Propose in Arkansas

Picking where you want to propose is an important decision. The event marks the beginning of your journey through life together. When choosing, first think about any places in Arkansas that hold some meaning for you as a couple. Is there a particular place where you had your first date or your first kiss? Also, think about whether or not you and your intended want a private or public proposal. That can narrow your choices too. Boyd says the outside is gorgeous in Arkansas, so picking a place in nature can also be a safe bet.

The Best Time of the Year to Propose in Arkansas

As far as the best time of year to propose in Arkansas, Boyd says it depends on the vibe you're after. If you want to propose during a hike, on a trail or with an overlook in the background, fall might be the best choice. Popping the question at a lake would be beautiful in the spring or summer. She mentioned May, especially, because of the greenery all around and the flowers in bloom that time of year. Winter proposals are also popular in Arkansas, which typically take place in snow-covered quaint little towns.

The Best Places to Propose in Arkansas

From the scenic beauty of the Ozark Mountains to the tranquil riverside retreats, Arkansas offers a mesmerizing setting to create everlasting moments of love. Gather your team of proposal planners and photographers from The Knot Vendor Marketplace and start your engagement journey.

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Garvan Woodland Gardens offers enchanting venues for your proposal. This sprawling 210-acre botanical paradise provides a tranquil backdrop for a romantic moment surrounded by lush greenery as you walk with your love down stone pathways.

Thorncrown Chapel

Rising forty-eight feet into the Ozark sky, Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs is a magnificent wooden structure with 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass, and surrounded by woodland beauty. If you and your partner love architecture, this award-winning structure could be the perfect place to ask for their hand. You could even decide it's the best spot for your ceremony.

Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Located in Hot Springs National Park, Sassafras Springs Vineyard offers an intimate and scenic setting for proposals. Surrounded by lush forests and crystalline lakes, this venue, housed in a lovingly restored Old Country Store, provides a charming backdrop that is awe-inspiring and romantic.

Crystal Ridge Distillery

Crystal Ridge Distillery resides in the historic F.C. Stearns Warehouse in downtown Hot Springs. With exposed brick walls, vintage accents and modern amenities, it's an industrial-chic space for proposing. The venue also offers craft whiskey, moonshine and vodka, adding a unique touch to your special moment.

Country Manor

Because you're looking for a place to remember, you might want to add Country Manor to your list. Located in the northwestern part of the state, this secluded spot will give you privacy while providing a unique charm to the moment. Its old farm ambiance, scenic surroundings and elegant architecture create a lovely atmosphere for those in love.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

For a unique twist on your proposal, consider popping the question at Crater of Diamonds State Park. Getting down on one knee in this spot can be a sparkling adventure. Plan your proposal under bright blue skies as you walk down a nature trail or dig for diamonds—and then pull out one of your own!

Collier Creek Wedding Barn & Cabins

Collier Creek Wedding Barn & Cabins is a rustic venue offering a picturesque barn setting surrounded by nature. Imagine proposing against the backdrop of rolling hills, lush greenery and cozy cabins listening to a babbling creek as you ask your love to spend the rest of forever with you.

Downtown Bentonville

Downtown Bentonville provides a captivating backdrop for a proposal with its blend of cultural charm, vibrant atmosphere and scenic beauty. Boyd specifically mentioned Bentonville Square as a beautiful spot. The historic streets, lined with trendy boutiques and inviting cafes, offer a perfect setting to create your cherished moment.

Devil's Den State Park

Situated in the Ozark Mountains, Devil's Den State Park features rugged beauty, hiking trails and picturesque rock formations. If you are an outdoorsy couple up for a bit of adventure, this could be a great choice. From breathtaking cliffs to dazzling waterfalls, your photographer will have no problem grabbing the perfect shot of your moment.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

For modern proposals, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art might be the best choice. This museum has plenty of water features, grand halls and quiet forest paths. The beauty of nature combined with man-made sculptures and a breathtaking enclosed glass bridge creating a walkway over a stunning pond will make your proposal unforgettable.

Alda's Magnolia Hill

Anyone planning a fairytale proposal is destined to do so at Alda's Magnolia Hill. The stunning views and tranquil lake create a romantic vibe for asking your best friend for their hand. This spot is oozing with Southern charm. Rowing out in a boat to pop the question with greenery all around would be perfect.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

Professional photographer Boyd says Eureka Springs is a very popular place to propose, especially during the winter. Perched atop a hill in the town is the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa this elegant hotel could be your destination. Ask the concierge for packages! With its Victorian architecture and scenic views, it's a splendid spot for a proposal, especially during sunset or under the moonlight.

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