One of the best known Arkansas swimming holes is Blanchard Springs Recreation Area or just north of Mountain View in north central Arkansas. At the recreation area, you'll find ample opportunities for swimming, fishing, picnicking and hiking, surrounded by picturesque bluffs. There are also outdoor theater programs in season, and tours are offered at Blanchard Springs Caverns. To get to Blanchard, take Ark. 9 north from Mountain View for seven miles; go west for six miles on Ark. 14, then take Forest Service Road 1110 for three miles.