Fayetteville is more than a destination. It’s an experience.
Nestled in the Boston Mountain range of the Ozarks, Fayetteville is a favorite landing place for outdoor lovers. Fifty miles of beautiful trails for biking or hiking are available for everyone, from the seasoned mountain biker to the family using a stroller. In 2021, Fayetteville was awarded the designation of Bike City by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body of cycling.
Fayetteville boasts more than 50 parks and natural areas open to the public. The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is the perfect spot for encountering the diversity and range of our region’s natural beauty, and the Buffalo National River is just a short drive from town.
The eclectic mix of restaurants—from fine dining to barbecue to food trucks—means dining out is a treat regardless of budget or taste. Craft beer lovers will want to get their Fayetteville Ale Trail passport and hit the numerous craft breweries and pubs around town.
The Fayetteville Farmers Market is a perennial favorite with locals and visitors alike. Named Favorite Large Farmers Market in 2012, this market is the oldest in Arkansas and features more than 70 growers, artisans, artists, and food producers selling their produce and wares in a year-round and online market.
From the performing arts to education to nightlife, Fayetteville provides something for everyone. Visitors can see Broadway shows and touring artists at the Walton Arts Center or locally produced theater productions at TheatreSquared or the University of Arkansas. Hot spots like George’s Majestic Lounge and JJ’s Live feature both local musicians and nationally recognized acts. Dickson Street and the entertainment district is appealing for its nightlife and dining options. For sports enthusiasts, Fayetteville offers premiere opportunities to see Division I college athletics at the University of Arkansas and major sporting events like the annual Joe Martin Stage Race.
Fayetteville is home to hundreds of artisans, makers, and artists whose works can be found at the Fayetteville Farmers Market, local galleries, and small businesses around town. The Fayetteville Public Library, University of Arkansas, and other local organizations frequently host writers and noted personalities of interest to the public.
First Thursdays is a fun evening event in downtown Fayetteville featuring music, food, art, and entertainment April through October.
At the heart of Fayetteville is its rich history. Visit the historic Fayetteville Square and see the Old Post Office, or travel down Clinton Drive to visit the Clinton House Museum where President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton were married. The Headquarters House and Walker-Stone House offer visitors glimpses into Fayetteville’s earliest days.
The University of Arkansas, founded in 1871, has preserved its history in places such as Old Main and Carnall Hall, which is now a restaurant, lounge, and hotel.
Fayetteville is a favorite destination for thousands each year because of its exceptional natural beauty and its opportunities to experience life at its finest.