Discover Northwest Arkansas: Ozark Mountain Charm
Discover dark green forests, twisting mountain roads, and colorful folk culture in this celebrated corner of Arkansas. The pristine, wild landscape of the Ozark Mountains is riddled with clear streams and nature trails – the ultimate setting for outdoor adventures and easygoing drives. Hike through hickory groves to panoramic vistas and picnic on a granite outcrop. Go fishing, boating, or simply float beside massive bluffs on the Buffalo National River.
Nestled in the valleys of this wooded wilderness you’ll find appealing mountain towns. Victorian-chic Eureka Springs clings to a cliff and boasts cool vintage vibes. Catch a Broadway show or Razorbacks football game in Fayetteville. Connect with the past at historic museums and at Civil War battlefields. Admire world-class art at Crystal Bridges. Explore the unique culture, rich history, and breathtaking natural scenery of the Ozark Mountains.
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Road Trips and Tours in the Ozarks
Forested mountains roll into the horizon, ridge after ridge. By car, kayak, or sightseeing tour – the timeless landscape of this mountainous region is easy to love. From the funky, freewheeling town of Eureka Springs to the historical Fort Smith, hop between one-of-a-kind towns on a chilled-out mountain road trip. Be captivated by the beauty of the Ozarks and discover a rugged, pristine wilderness that speaks to the very soul of America.
Folk Culture and World-Class Art
Tucked away in northwest Arkansas is an incredible diversity of art and museums. Crystal Bridges in Bentonville is the crowning jewel, an impressive selection of artwork from America’s finest artists including Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell. Fayetteville’s Arkansas Air Museum features flight-worthy biplanes from the 1920s and 30s housed in a vintage hangar. Fun local museums showcase interesting collections of air guns, reptiles, folk art, and Native American artifacts.
American History and Heritage
From civil war battlefields to Victorian mansions, the Ozark region is home to many of Arkansas’ most important historical sites. Ride an old-fashioned trolley to explore Eureka Springs’ vintage downtown; the entire neighborhood is on the National Historic Register. See frontier-era graves at the Springdale Bluff Cemetery and early photos at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Fayetteville’s Historic Square is filled with flowers and turn-of-the-century buildings from the early 1900s.
Sparkling Lakes and Mountain Wilderness
Embrace Arkansas’ spectacular natural treasures in this outdoor wonderland. Explore the majestic Ozark Mountains, a wild expanse with rushing rivers and leafy hiking trails. Go fishing at Beaver Lake and haul in a record-setting catch beneath the white limestone cliffs. Feel the exhilaration of rock climbing and mountain biking. Float beside the bluffs of the Buffalo National River and stop for a picnic on the sand. Follow footpaths through the forest and find a peaceful mountain paradise.
Motorcycle Routes and Pig Trails
Hang on tight through the hard turns and hairpin curves of Arkansas’ Pig Trail Scenic Byway/AR 23. Winding through the Boston Mountains, this road is named one of USA Today’s 10 Best Motorcycle Trips. Enjoy epic panoramas on drives through the Ozark National Forest and alongside Beaver Lake. Climb to the top of ridges on roadways used by moonshiners. Cruise through open valleys, and stop at friendly mountain towns to relax.