Outdoors

Come for the scenery, stay for the adventure! Fayetteville is overflowing with natural areas and parks, encompassing 4,000 acres of land, 70 parks with 40 miles of paved and natural trails, 3 lakes, 43 athletic fields/courts, a swimming pool, a BMX track, and even a skate park. Whatever you want to do, it’s free of charge.

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.

Slidecategory-slide0

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

Slidecategory-slide1

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

Slidecategory-slide2

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

Slidecategory-slide3

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.

Slidecategory-slide4

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

Best Summer Patios in Fayetteville

We stand firm on the opinion that there aren’t many of life’s true pleasures better than feeling a little sun on your face, cooled by a gentle breeze—while enjoying a tasty beverage and delicious food. Largely due to the many months of great weather and a plethora of excellent restaurants and pubs in Fayetteville, Arkansas, it should come as no surprise that there’s a lengthy list of patio options to choose from for your next relaxation stop.

Read more:

The Outdoors in Fayetteville

People visit and stay in Fayetteville for a lot of reasons, from shows on Dickson Street to Razorbacks games to weekend getaways with friends and family. One of the most popular things to do in Fayetteville is enjoying the outdoors, since Fayetteville has so many offerings for those wanting to play outside and get in touch with nature.

Read more:

River floats near Fayetteville

One of the most popular reasons everyone comes to Fayetteville is to experience the outdoors in the Ozarks, whether it’s hiking and mountain biking the trail system or birdwatching and picnicking in one of Fayetteville’s 3,000 acres of natural areas and parks. Along with having ample outdoor opportunities within the city, another great aspect of Fayetteville is that the city is surrounded by mountains, forests and rivers that offer a variety of outdoor adventures. Guests can stay in the comforts of a hotel and soon be transported into the natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas with a quick drive — and come back the same day for dining, entertainment and nightlife. The nearby scenic rivers of the Ozarks make for excellent day floats, also offering plenty of opportunities for fishing and hiking. Whether you and your crew are looking for a half-day or full-day float, on canoes or kayaks, there are plenty of options right outside of Fayetteville. Here are a few popular river floats to get you started.

Read more:

Fall Foliage in Fayetteville

With cooler weather upon us, the fall season is in full swing. For visitors to Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas, one of the most popular activities to do during this time of year is enjoying the fall foliage. From mid-October to early November in the Ozarks, the leaves change color in spectacular fashion, making for breathtaking views throughout wooded paths, scenic overlooks and even inside the city, considering how green Fayetteville is during the spring and summer months.

Read more:
Load more

Visitor’s Guide

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

Take a Look