Little Rock

14810 Cantrell Rd, Ste. 160
Little Rock, AR 72223

Places to Scatter Ashes in Arkansas

Buffalo National River

The Buffalo River, in the heart of the Ozarks, was America’s first national river in 1972. Along the 135-mile river are towering limestone bluffs, woodlands, and protected wilderness areas. Scattering is allowed without a permit.

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Magnolia Falls

The short hike to Magnolia Falls, in the Ozark National Forest near Deer, AR, has been described as being in a “fairy tale,” with creeks, moss-covered rocks, wildflowers, and a canopy of greenery. Part of its charm: It’s a well-kept secret, so you’re likely to have privacy and quiet.

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Mount Magazine State Park

Inside the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Mount Magazine is the highest point in Arkansas. People come to this unique spot for the dramatic views and beautiful setting.

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Whitaker Point or Hawksbill Crag

Located in Ozark National Park, this is an Arkansas gem. The hike is most beautiful in spring, when the trail is lush with wildflowers, and fall, when the maple leaves and hardwood trees are bright oranges and reds. There are many beautiful places to stop, rest, and enjoy the view.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Arkansas

In Arkansas, there are no state laws controlling where you may keep or scatter ashes. Ashes may be stored in a crypt, niche, grave, or container at home. If you wish to scatter ashes, you have many options. Cremation renders ashes harmless, so there is no public health risk involved in scattering ashes. Use common sense and refrain from scattering ashes in places where they would be obvious to others.

Arkansas Cremation FAQs

What happens when you can't afford funeral services in Arkansas?

The state of Arkansas does not provide financial assistance for funeral services. Each county is responsible for providing some level of help; Arkansas county judges have access to a “Pauper’s Fund,” which can be used to assist the indigent with funeral expenses. The amount varies by county. If you need help, apply at the Arkansas Association of Counties.

What is state cremation rate?

Arkansas cremation rate is 41-50%, according to 2020 CANA Annual Report.

What veterans’ benefits are available in Arkansas?

The VA benefits provided (at no cost to the family) include a fixed amount toward funeral expenses; a grave site; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual grave site care; a government headstone or marker; a United States burial flag that can be draped over the casket or accompany the urn (and is given to the next of kin after the service); and an engraved presidential memorial certificate signed by the current President, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the veteran’s service.

How many funeral homes are there in Arkansas?

There are 316 funeral homes in 147 cities in Arkansas.

Arkansas State Facts

State nickname: The Natural State

State motto: Regnat Populus (The people rule)

Population: 3,026,000

State bird: Mockingbird

State tree: Loblolly pine

State flower: Apple blossom

Bonus fact 1: Arkansas is the only U.S. state that actively mines diamonds – and the only place you can mine your own diamonds (in Crater of Diamonds State Park, where diamonds were discovered in 1906 by Pike County farmer John M. Huddleston).

Bonus fact 2: Elvis Presley got his famous televised haircut after being drafted into the Army at Fort Chaffee, AR, on March 25, 1958. The barbershop is now a museum.

Bonus fact 3: The next time you're moved by the soundtrack in a movie, thank Pine Bluff, AR native Freeman Owens, the first person to successfully add sound to film.

Bonus fact 4: The first woman elected to the U.S. Senate represented Arkansas — Hattie Caraway, elected in November 1932.

Bonus fact 5: The area of land which is now Hot Springs National Park was originally set aside as a protected area for the purposes of recreation in 1832, 50 years before Yellowstone was designated the first U.S. national park. Hot Springs National Park didn’t become an official park until 1921.

Bonus fact 6: Author Ernest Hemingway was married to Pauline Pfeiffer, a native of Pigott, AR, and in the 1930s wrote parts of one of his most famous novels, A Farewell to Arms, while living there. In 1932, their house caught fire and Hemingway saved his manuscripts by throwing them out of an upstairs window. The building is now the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum.

*State population based on estimates provided by the 2014 U.S. Census.
*Cremation rate provided by the most recent study by CANA in 2020.