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.

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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, swimming spots, and scenery that’ll keep you happy to be floating for days.

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

A Bounty of Trails Awaits in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville is rich in outdoor recreation – with backcountry trail running, world-class mountain biking, and scenic day hikes all waiting to be discovered. Not to be missed, an extensive 50-mile in town network of multi-use paved trails branches out across our community. Together with numerous bicycle-friendly streets and boulevards, the trails create an accessible urban playground for cyclists of all abilities. Keep reading for a selection of routes featuring Fayetteville’s paved trail network – and start planning your next cycling adventure today!

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Scenic Drives Around Fayetteville

Thanks to its location in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville is surrounded by outdoor beauty, which makes for spectacular cycling, river floats, hiking trails and pretty much everything you like to do in nature. This also includes scenic car and motorcycle rides, as Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the most memorable backroads and highways in the country.

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A Fayetteville-Style Day on the Razorback Greenway

Whether you’re making your first trip to Fayetteville or you’re a lifelong native of the area, there is no better way to get a true picture of the vibrant and beautiful community than to carve out a few hours to take in the local trail system. The southernmost section of the Razorback Greenway, a 37.6 mile shared-use trail that traverses some of the prettiest countryside in Northwest Arkansas, runs through the heart of Fayetteville and alongside an array of unique stops that will turn a 10-mile local ride into a fantastic all-day adventure.

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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.

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