When a city is located right in the midst of what is considered some of the best natural beauty in the entire country, it only stands to reason that active lifestyle enthusiasts need not look far to find excellent retail options for outdoor gear.
Fayetteville, Arkansas is surrounded by incredible destinations for hiking, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking—so we’ve put together an insider’s look at the best local stores for outstanding products supported by knowledgeable staff happy to share the pro tips that will make your adventures in the Natural State even better.
Building a loyal customer following for the last ten years, Fayettechill is a homegrown company centered on creating “Goods for the Woods that are Good for the Woods.” The team is committed to honoring and showcasing the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains through eco-conscious, made-to-last products inspired by the outdoors. Fayettechill designs feature work by local and nationally known artists and are made from recycled polyester and cotton, hemp and organic cotton—produced in the U.S. whenever possible. Look for unique attire and accessories for men, women and children.
Basecamp Store – 205 W Dickson Street
Another company founded in Arkansas to embrace a mountain-loving lifestyle, Gearhead Outfitters has a mission of helping its customers live active, fulfilling lives through outdoor-inspired products, backed by expertise and great service. Gearhead stores are filled with curated brands known for excellent quality. Customers will find a wide array of clothing appropriate for any season, backpacks and bags, shoes, coolers, outdoor equipment and an array of accessories. Items are available ranging from infant sizes to adult.
608 W Dickson Street
Lewis and Clark Outfitters
Located in an outdoor enthusiast hotspot right next to the entrance to Lake Fayetteville, Lewis and Clark Outfitters has been committed to helping people “connect with friends and family through the wonders of outdoor adventure” since 1998. Shoppers will find cycling, climbing, camping, backpacking and paddle sports gear, as well as all sorts of outdoor apparel and footwear made by top brands. The folks at Lewis and Clark also offer all sorts of free outdoor education clinics to pick up new skills and tips from the experts, and are known to host some really fun community events at various times throughout the year.
4915 S Thompson Street, Springdale
Pack Rat Outdoor Center
Aside from the enjoying benefits of finding an excellent selection of carefully selected outdoor gear and apparel, visitors to Pack Rat Outdoor Center are continuously wowed by the fantastic custom log building that houses all retails and operations. In business since its tiny garage beginnings in 1973, the store now serves as a gathering place for people to shop, learn about outdoor living and equipment firsthand from an expert staff, and even socialize at community events hosted to support outdoor and conservation-related nonprofit organizations. And because Pack Rat is solidly committed to properly stewarding the environment, 99% of the energy for their building is solar-generated and they actively work to recycle, upcycle and compost every single thing they can.
209 W Sunbridge Drive
Path Skate Shop
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include skateboarding on the list of great outdoor options in the Fayetteville area, and since 2013 a fine little shop has existed solely to be “a sanctuary for not just skateboarders, but artists and creatives of all walks.” Path offers full service to skaters of all levels, right in the heart of downtown. They carry well-known brands alongside niche brands with unique, artistic products that foster options for personal expression. In addition to inviting customers to browse their shelves, the crew at Path occasionally hosts live music, art shows and other cool community events.
626 W Dickson Street
Southtown Sporting Goods
This fishing, hunting, camping and sporting supply store has been a locally owned and operated mainstay for three decades. Southtown Sporting Goods is especially known as a one-stop-shop for all sorts of fishing supplies, but they also stock a great inventory of waterfowl hunting equipment, archery supplies, paddle sports equipment—and rugged, yet stylish outdoor apparel. Customers regularly brag on the quality of service and solid staff expertise that makes first time or repeat adventuring all the more enjoyable.
4602 N College Avenue
Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters
Around since 1982, Uncle Sam’s is a friendly, well-known go-to for military surplus such as tents, packs, MREs and more—as well as additional camping goods, outdoor gear, trail food and active wear ranging from technical to fashionable. The staff is well-versed on the best local adventures and they stay up-to-date on excellent new products and trends. Locals know to watch for Uncle Sam’s great seasonal sales, enjoying opportunities to grab top outdoor brands at exciting discounts.
1494 N College Avenue
For those who aren’t quite ready to take the plunge to buy their own outdoor gear or who may be uncertain if a particular activity is for them, there’s a fantastic way to access equipment very affordably through the University of Arkansas UREC Outdoors office. Pricing is lowest for current U of A students and faculty/staff to rent camping, hiking, climbing, cycling and paddling equipment by the day—but even members of the community without a facility membership can rent equipment for very reasonable fees. And to sweeten the deal further, the staff at UREC Outdoors takes the time to custom fit rental bikes to the individuals using them.
155 Stadium Drive