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Come for the scenery, stay for the adventure! Fayetteville is overflowing with natural areas and parks, encompassing 4,000 acres of land, 48 parks with 110 miles of paved and natural trails, 3 lakes, 43 athletic fields/courts, splash pads, and disc golf courses. Just outside the city, soak up the beauty of more than a million acres of National Forest full of rivers, creeks, bluffs, and waterfalls.

Experience all the beauty The Natural State has to offer in Fayetteville by enjoying our beautiful lakes and rivers, breathtaking scenery, and innumerable walking, jogging and biking trails. This city nestled in the Ozark Mountains makes an ideal spot for discovering your next big adventure.

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Fayetteville and the surrounding area of Northwest Arkansas offer a multitude of hiking trails, ranging in length and level of difficulty. There is outdoor beauty to be had for all, whether you’re a hiking enthusiast or casual climber. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started!

Devil’s Den

Kessler Mountain Trails

Lake Wilson

Markham Hill Nature Trails

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Swimming and floating and fishing, oh my! Fayetteville and the surrounding area are full of opportunities to enjoy yourself in and on the water. We’ve got boat docks and marinas with rentals, prime fishing locations, guided group tours, swimming spots, and scenery that’ll keep you happy to be floating for days. 

Beyond the Ozarks - Guided River Tours

Lake Fayetteville

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Wedington

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From cozy neighborhood parks to larger community parks, your closest green space, trail, ball field, basketball court, pavilion, or picnic area is never far away in Fayetteville. The city offers 47 parks, from corner to regional, each with its own attractions and special features.

City of Fayetteville Parks List

Gulley Park

Walker Park

Wilson Park

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As the United States’ first and only UCI Bike City, Fayetteville certainly puts the “friendly” in bike-friendly. Whether you bring your own bike or rent one for the day, the city is super easy to explore on two wheels, thanks to accessible bike lanes on major roads, our easy-to-use bike sharing program, and miles upon miles of bike-friendly trails.

Learn more about where and how to bike in Fayetteville.

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Thanks to its location in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville is surrounded by outdoor beauty and only minutes from iconic winding roads, breathtaking scenery, and other regional parks in the surrounding Northwest Arkansas area. This little corner of the state offers up all the outdoor nature fun you could ever need!

Buffalo National River

Devil’s Den State Park

Mulberry River

April 21

Earth Day Festival at BGO

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks invites you to join them in their mission to enhance education and environmental awareness by celebrating Earth, our common home, and committing to its protection and preservation at their annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 21, from 3 to 6 pm. This outdoor, family-friendly event features interactive activities, educational & environmental booths, live music, food trucks & treats, and the opportunity to enjoy spring in the Garden. Guests can participate in activities at community partner booths, like learning how to recycle & compost, leave no trace, make sun prints, and more. The City of Fayetteville will give away free trees and shrubs while supplies last. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or grab a snack from local food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and reusable bottles to fill at the Beaver Water District water trailer. Both members and nonmembers are asked to register for the Earth Day Festival in advance. Register today! Tickets will also be available at the gate.  Click here to learn more about the event and the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. 

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Be an Agritourist in Fayetteville

Fayetteville is nestled in the Ozark Mountains and surrounded by scenic beauty all year long, which makes it a popular destination for nature lovers and travelers seeking outdoor recreation experiences. What’s less obvious is that in addition to the beauty of the great outdoors in Northwest Arkansas, you’re also surrounded by opportunities to round out your nature vacation with one of many agritourism adventures in Fayetteville! 

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Hiking Fayetteville: Astounding Autumn Edition

The air is growing crisper, the nights are growing longer, and the Ozark foliage is bursting with the burnt oranges, blazing reds, and vivid yellows that frame our beautiful Fayetteville each fall. When the world looks like this, it’s the best time of all to explore the trails that Fayetteville has to offer! We’ve compiled a few of our favorite hikes with scenic views to get you started.

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Visitor’s Guide

Check out our Fayetteville Visitor’s Guide full of insider tips and guides to hotels, dining, entertainment, the arts, and more

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