Page 1




Arkansas V













The Birthplace of Walmart. Visit The Walmart Museum and take a trip through the history of Walmart, from Sam Walton’s humble beginnings to the present.

Shop in an old-fashioned five and dime

Tour the museum gallery and see real artifacts

Enjoy delicious hand-scooped ice cream, malts, and shakes

FREE ADMISSION Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday: 8am-9pm Friday-Saturday: 8am-10pm Sunday: 12pm-9pm

105 North Main Street, Bentonville, Arkansas | (479) 273-1329 |


Take a seat, Begin a journey!

Walton Arts Center

offers the best in Broadway, music, dance, comedy and more! Visit our website for the latest news. | 479.443.5600 495 W. Dickson St. | Fayetteville, AR 72701

Spend your summer nights under the stars! The Walmart AMP brings live music acts from the hottest artists on tour all summer long.

Visit our website at to learn more. Arkansas Music Pavilion



Stay connected to hear the latest show announcements.

cox concert series tickets + information 479.443.5600 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers All shows are rain or shine

Almost 40 flights a day to 14 destinations.


New York


Newark Cincinnati Charlotte Atlanta

The Northwest Arkansas Visitors

Minneapolis San Francisco Denver Chicago Las Vegas Los Angeles Dallas Houston


Arkansas Guide is published annually by the Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association. Kent Butler, President Kalene Griffith, Vice President Misty Murphy, Secretary Sandy Martin, Treasurer Sandy Luetjen, Past President


Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association P.O. Box 2865 Bentonville, AR 72712 This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission. Contents © 2016. All rights reserved.

Produced by Vantage Point Communications. Paid for with a combination of state funds and private regional association funds. 12-15 / 50M / Printed in the U.S.A. by The RoArk Group, Inc.

Follow Us




ON THE COVER— Clockwise from the top: photo by Wesley Hitt; photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; photo courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; photo courtesy Northwest Arkansas Naturals

NATA Board of Directors 2015-16 NATA is guided by a Board of Directors made up of Northwest Arkansas tourism and hospitality industry leaders. PRESIDENT Kent Butler The Great Passion Play

VICE PRESIDENT Kalene Griffith Visit Bentonville

SECRETARY Misty Murphy Downtown Springdale Alliance

TREASURER Sandy Martin Arts Council of Eureka Springs

PAST PRESIDENT Sandy Luetjen City of Siloam Springs

Darcy Ballew Walton Arts Center Diane Carroll Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVES Ashlee Napier Bella Vista POA Dana Davis Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber

Meghan Feyerabend Feyerabend Photoartists

Mike Maloney Eureka Springs A&P Commission

About NATA

Val Gonzalez Terra Studios

The Northwest Arkansas Tourism

Ted Johnson Madison Coffee House

Tammy Thurow Eureka Springs Chamber

Association (NATA) is the official nonprofit organization established for the purpose of encouraging and stimulating tourism travel and vacation business to and within the Northwest Arkansas region. It is one of 12 regional associations in the state created by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism and includes Benton, Washington, Carroll and Madison counties. In addition to promoting the Northwest Arkansas region overall, NATA also represents, promotes and markets the four-county area’s many attractions, destinations and tourism entities. To learn more, visit

Dana Mather Brick Street Brews Elvis Moya University of Arkansas Tanya Smith Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Mayor Darrell Trahan City of Huntsville Mark Zaiger Arvest Ballpark

Kym Hughes Fayetteville A&P Commission Jennifer Irwin Fayetteville Chamber Linda Graves Holiday Island David Pemberton Huntsville Chamber J.R. Shaw Visit Rogers Patti Eiland Siloam Springs Chamber Perry Webb Springdale Chamber REGIONAL PARTNERS Northwest Arkansas Council

Top photo by Chip Ford; other photos courtesy Fayetteville A&P

Arkansas Welcome Centers



2016 Northwest Arkansas Visitors Guide

Table of Contents Regional Map


Welcome to Northwest Arkansas


Bentonville Snapshot


Bella Vista Snapshot


Eureka Springs Snapshot


Fayetteville Snapshot


Holiday Island Snapshot


Huntsville Snapshot


Rogers Snapshot



Sports & Recreation


Go Team!

55 Golf 56

Splish Splash


Eventful Sports


History & Heritage

Siloam Springs Snapshot


Historical Sites, Museums & Monuments


Springdale Snapshot


Heritage Trails


Arts & Entertainment


Festivals & Events


Museums & Galleries


Performing Arts


Community Festivals


Eventful Arts


County Fairs


Arts & Crafts Fairs


Holiday Events


Farmers Markets


At-A-Glance Index


Advertiser Index


Outdoor Adventures


Lakes & Rivers


State Parks & Trails


Display Gardens


Daredevil Fun


Caves & Caverns


Go Wild!


Scenic Rides

Left to right: photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; photo courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P










Devil’s Den State Park





Elm Springs

Cave Springs Lowell

Prairie Grove

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park



r Rive te

Wh i






Beaver Lake




Hobbs State Park

Prairie Creek

Bethel Heights





Little Flock

Arkansas Welcome Center



M i d d le Fork




ois R ive llin

62 62



Ozark National Forest


XNA Airport

Siloam Springs





Arkansas Welcome Center




Wes t Fo rk

Bella Vista

Pea Ridge National Military Park Pea Ridge 62

Withrow Springs State Park

Ozark National Forest




412 412


Eureka Springs



Table Rock Lake

23 23

23 23

23 23


412 412

Holiday Island

Osage Cre ek

Sulphur Springs







er Riv gs

White R iver


Bentonville Welcome Center 13750 Visitors Center Drive Bella Vista, AR 72714 479.855.3111

Huntsville Area Chamber of Commerce 103 E. Main Street Huntsville, AR 72740 479.738.6000


Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District 110 Woodsdale Drive 479.253.9700 479.253.9511 (weekends)

Holiday Island

Fayetteville Visitors Bureau 21 S. Block Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701 479.521.5776 (local) 800.766.4626 (toll free)


Siloam Springs Welcome Center 200 U.S. 412 Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479.524.4445

Arkansas State Welcome Centers:

Eureka Springs Chamber Visitor Center 516 Village Circle Pine Mountain Village Eureka Springs, AR 72632 479.253.8737 (local) 800.6EUREKA (toll free)

Eureka Springs

Visit Bentonville 104 E. Central Avenue Bentonville, AR 72712 479.271.9153 (local) 800.410.2535 (toll free)


Bella Vista Village POA 98 Clubhouse Drive Bella Vista, AR 72715 479.855.8000 (local) 866.242.1361 (toll free)

Bella Vista

NWA Visitor Information Centers:

*For a listing of area attractions, see the At-A-Glance section, pgs. 76-81.

For more information, please visit our website

Springdale Chamber of Commerce 202 W. Emma Avenue Springdale, AR 72765 479.872.2222


Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce 108 E. University Street Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479.524.6466

Siloam Springs

Visit Rogers 317 W. Walnut Street Rogers, AR 72756 479.636.1240 (local) 800.364.1240 (toll free)


e m o c l e W to

Northwest Arkansas' greatest appeal is its easy access to big city attractions and the great outdoors. See a world-class art museum, then ride an epic mountain bike trail less than an hour away. Watch the sun rise in a national forest or state park and attend an A-lister film festival all in the same day. Our dynamic region in the foothills of the Ozarks blends culture, arts and urban sophistication with the best of Mother Nature and countless reasons to get outside and play. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Photo by Dero Sanford

Walmart AMP Beaver Lake

Scott Family Amazeum

Locally Brewed Craft Beer

With more than a half a million residents,

all their own, including dynamic downtowns,

Northwest Arkansas continues to grow each

emerging culinary scenes and easy access to

year, adding new tourist attractions and

parks, lakes, trails, rivers, and mountains.

amenities faster than many metropolitan

Our region’s major attractions include

areas of its size. The diverse yet cohesive

Bentonville’s acclaimed Crystal Bridges

cities that make up the region exude a style

Museum of American Art, arguably the most important new museum in the U.S. in decades; the neighboring Scott Family Amazeum, an exciting new children’s learning museum; Springdale’s Arvest Ballpark, home to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals minor league baseball team; Rogers’ Walmart AMP, the state’s largest outdoor music venue showcasing national headlining acts; Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, the region's

Arvest Ballpark

performing arts powerhouse; the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks; among others. For outdoor lovers, pedal or walk the Razorback Regional Greenway, a 37through six Northwest Arkansas cities. The Siloam Springs Kayak Park offers serious whitewater action on the Illinois River, and Beaver Lake and the nearby Buffalo National

Razorback Regional Greenway

River bring the best in fishing, canoeing, skiing, and other outdoor fun.

Clockwise from the top: photo courtesy Walmart AMP; photo courtesy Visit Rogers; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P; photo courtesy Northwest Arkansas Naturals, photo courtesy Scott Family Amazeum

mile paved trail network that meanders


Our region is home to a booming mountain bike scene with off-road trails and parks cropping up in cities everywhere. The International Mountain Bicycling Association designated Northwest Arkansas as the firstever Regional Ride Center last year, and chose Bentonville to host the IMBA World Summit in November 2016. Slaughter Pen Trail, Bentonville

This is also a place of historical significance where important Civil War events took place, including the Battles of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove. In modern times, the region has been shaped by high-powered leaders, such as former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The couple married in

Bikes, Blues & BBQ Fayetteville

Fayetteville while they were faculty members at the University of

The energy of Northwest Arkansas is

Arkansas law school.

unmatched as the home of the Arkansas Razorbacks where the University of

We’re home to popular music festivals,

Arkansas in Fayetteville has some of the

the much-loved arts community of Eureka

best collegiate sports venues in the nation.

Springs, a huge farmers market movement,

Golf is played year-round, and is especially

and Bikes, Blues & BBQ, one of the nation’s

popular in the communities of Bella Vista

largest motorcycle rallies.

and Holiday Island.

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium

Top to bottom: photo courtesy Visit Bentonville; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P

Welcome to Northwest Arkansas

Downtown Eureka Springs

LPGA Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Rogers

Walmart Home Office, Bentonville

Alfresco Dining in Siloam Springs

Fortune 500 companies Walmart, Tyson

include well-known industry leaders such

Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport Services —

as Procter & Gamble, Heinz, and Coca-Cola

and more than 1,400 Walmart suppliers that

— work together to drive the region’s fastgrowing economy. Northwest Arkansas includes the cities of Bentonville, Bella Vista, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Holiday Island, Huntsville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, and Springdale – communities that continue to grow while maintaining the warmth and Arkansas as a whole. In the pages to follow, discover what makes each of these cities unique and why more

Rogers Farmers Market

than 4 million people visit Northwest Arkansas each year. Enjoy!

Clockwise from the top: photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; photo courtesy Walmart; photo courtesy City of Siloam Springs; photo courtesy Visit Rogers; photo by Gabriel Roux

hospitality that is characteristic of


City Snapshot Downtown Bentonville


A New American Town Bentonville’s appeal comes

an ever-growing roster of

from its ability to retain that

festivals and family events.

County: Benton Population: 40,167 Area: 31.29 sq. miles Founded: 1837

friendly small-town charm,

Visitors are filling up new

while being home to the

restaurants and shops, and

Popular Attractions

giant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Bentonville At-A-Glance

Bentonville Film Festival / pg. 38 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art / pg. 29 21c Museum Hotel / pg. 30 Scott Family Amazeum / pg. 31 Arend Arts Center / pg. 36 Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra / pg. 36 Compton Gardens / pg. 48 Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink and Splash Park / pg. 56 Melvin Ford Aquatic Center / pg. 57 Museum of Native American History / pg. 62 The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens / pg. 62 Slaughter Pen Bike Trail / pg. 46 The Walmart Museum / pg. 63

More Info

Visit Bentonville 104 E. Central Ave. (800) 410-2535

Slaughter Pen Bike Trail


world headquarters of retail and emerging as a new arts and cultural haven. The opening of the internationally acclaimed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2011 triggered a cultural metamorphosis in Bentonville. Alice Walton, the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton,

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

founded the museum, which features a collection of

the atmosphere is trendy

American art masterworks

and colorful. Restaurants

spanning 500 years as

like Crystal Bridges' Eleven,

well as a shimmering

suspended over water, and

architectural wonder that is

The Hive at 21c, are some of

the museum itself.

the culinary venues bringing world-class chefs to the

Since then, the 21c Museum

city’s downtown and

Hotel has opened with

market districts.

luxury accommodations and a contemporary art

The Bentonville Film

museum of its own, and

Festival, launched in

the downtown area boasts

2015 by Academy-Award

Top to bottom: photo courtesy Emily McArthur; photo courtesy Dero Sanford; photo courtesy Visit Bentonville

City Snapshot winning actor Geena Davis

There’s also the Museum

to champion women and

of Native American History

diversity in film, further

with artifacts dating back

supports the city’s new

14,000 years and one of the

urban attitude.

most comprehensive artifact collections in the South.

In 2015, the Scott Family Amazeum opened as a new

There are 72 historic

children’s learning museum

buildings and homes in

International Mountain

with 50,000 square feet

Bentonville, including the

Bicycling Association,

of hands-on exhibit and

1875 Peel Mansion Museum

Bentonville boasts over

activity space. Speaking

& Heritage Gardens, and

40 miles of soft and hard

of museums, there is The

the 1928 Benton County

surface trails. Slaughter Pen

Walmart Museum, which

Courthouse, a three-story

Trail, located just two miles

tells the American success

neoclassical structure on the

from the city center, has

story of Walmart inside

historic downtown square.

some of the finest single track in the region and

the original 5&10 store that Sam Walton opened on

A designated silver-level

attracts trail bike enthusiasts

the town square in 1950.

ride center from the

from across the country.

Bella Vista Village Get Out Here and Experience Something Amazing! Loch Lomond

Originally a summer resort

Highlands Golf Course

town, Bella Vista Village 117 holes of golf, indoor and

retirement community that

outdoor swimming pools,

young couples and families

12 lighted tennis courts,

have embraced too. It has

racquetball courts, miniature

36,000 acres of recreational

golf courses, playgrounds,

offerings and more than $35

parks, pavilions, walking

million in leisure amenities.

and biking trails, outdoor basketball and pickle ball

Outdoor recreation is king

courts, an RV park, fitness

here, and the Village’s seven

and recreation centers, and

beautiful lakes are ideal for

a gun range.

fishing, skiing, swimming, boating, photography,

Bella Vista links to

wildlife watching and simply

the northern section of

enjoying the great outdoors.

the Razorback

Bella Vista Village features

Regional Greenway.

Top photo by Wesley Hitt; Bella Vista photos courtesy Mark F. Henning

Bella Vista At-A-Glance

County: Benton Population: 27,642 Area: 44.26 sq. miles Founded: 1965

Popular Attractions

Bella Vista Golf Courses / pg. 55 Bella Vista Historical Museum / pg. 64 Bella Vista Trails / pg. 64 Cooper Chapel / pg. 76 Veterans Wall of Honor / pg. 64 Bella Vista Lakes / pg. 43

More Info

Bella Vista Village POA 98 Clubhouse Dr. (866) 242-1361

evolved into a popular


City Snapshot Downtown Eureka Springs

obvious – from the beautiful galleries of fine art and fine jewelry, to creative outdoor art installations and art workshops. Festivals and special events are held year-round, spanning the gamut from classical music, opera, blues and jazz, to UFOs, antiques and visual arts. Regular musical shows and The Great Passion Play draw visitors, as do other attractions such as

Eureka Springs

wineries, the E. Fay Jones

The Extraordinary Escape

architectural delight that is Thorncrown Chapel and

Eureka Springs At-A-Glance County: Carroll Population: 2,095 Area: 6.8 sq. miles Founded: 1879

Popular Attractions

Aviation Cadet World / pg. 64 Blue Spring Heritage Center / pg. 48 Cosmic Cavern / pg. 51 Eureka Springs Downtown District / pg. 31 Eureka Springs Historical Museum / pg. 62 Keels Creek Winery / pg. 76 Lake Leatherwood / pg. 47 Opera in the Ozarks / pg. 36 Ozark Mountain Ziplines / pg. 50 The Great Passion Play / pg. 33 Thorncrown Chapel / pg. 76 Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge / pg. 51

More Info

Eureka Springs Chamber Visitor Information Center 516 Village Circle Pine Mountain Village (800) 6-EUREKA


Winding mountainside

Turpentine Creek

streets that don’t meet at

Wildlife Refuge.

right angles are the first

Nestled in the heart of

clue that Eureka Springs

the Ozarks, Eureka is also

has a flair all its own. The town’s Victorian architecture beckons visitors to enjoy leisurely scenic drives past historic homes of all shapes, sizes and colors hugging the picturesque cliff sides. Eureka Springs’ entire downtown area is on the National Register of

Thorncrown Chapel

Historic Places. More than 150 independent and unique retail shops and

a great hub for outdoor

restaurants fill the town’s

activities. Trout fishing is

many elaborate Victorian

popular on the White River,

gingerbread storefronts. The

and in Eureka Springs West,

culinary offerings on tap are

Beaver Lake offers the fun

plentiful, including American,

of water sports, camping,

Bavarian, Chinese, Italian,

fishing and hiking. Mountain

Mexican and Thai.

biking and zip lining are also available, and the city is

The heavy influence of

a favorite destination

an artist community is

for motorcyclists.

Top to bottom: photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; photo courtesy Thorncrown Chapel

VISIT OUR TASTING ROOM Over 60 items available to taste and explore!

Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Barrel-aged Balsamic Vinegars & More

512 Village Circle Eureka Springs, AR


(Located in The Village at Pine Mountain Shopping Center)

City Snapshot

Fayetteville The College Town

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The region’s largest city,

Year-round, Fayetteville

home to the University of

boasts a wide variety of

County: Washington Population: 78,960 Area: 53.85 sq. miles Founded: 1828

Arkansas and its beloved

unique destinations and events

Razorback athletic teams,

including Bikes, Blues and

Fayetteville has long been at

BBQ – the largest charity

Popular Attractions

the very heart of Northwest

motorcycle rally in the country.

Fayetteville At-A-Glance

Arkansas Air and Military Museum / pg. 61 Botanical Garden of the Ozarks / pg. 48 Butterfield Overland Trail / pg. 65 Clinton House Museum / pg. 63 Community Creative Center/ pg. 31 Fayetteville Ale Trail / pg. 76 Fayetteville Farmers’ Market / pg. 74 Fayetteville Underground / pg. 30 Headquarters House Museum and Garden / pg. 64 Joy Pratt Markham Gallery / pg. 30 Lake Fayetteville / pg. 47 Northwest Arkansas Mall / pg. 80 Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course / pg. 55 Symphony of Northwest Arkansas / pg. 36 Terra Studios / pg. 31 TheatreSquared / pg. 33 University of Arkansas / pg. 14 Walton Arts Center / pg. 32 Lake Wedington / pg. 43

More Info

Fayetteville Visitors Bureau 21 S. Block Ave. (800) 766-4626


Downtown Fayetteville Square

Arkansas. Established in 1871, the U of A is the

First Thursday celebrations

state’s flagship educational

turn the downtown square

institution and consistently

into a vibrant arts district,

racks up academic

while the Fayetteville Ale Trail

accolades, while its state-

lets connoisseurs experience

of-the art sports facilities

the city’s microbrew culture

are some of the finest in the

firsthand at breweries locally


and across the region. The square and surrounding

Fayetteville is home to an

area is also known for its

eclectic mix of people who

beautifully manicured gardens

take care to preserve the

and specialty retail shops.

old, while embracing the new. History buffs can go back to the early days of aviation at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum, or see the early years of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s famous union at the Clinton House Museum. The historic Trail of Tears and Butterfield Overland Mail Co. Stagecoach route also pass through Fayetteville; both are part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System.

Fayetteville Nightlife

All photos on this page courtesy Fayetteville A&P

City Snapshot From April through

for the performing arts,

November, the Fayetteville

including touring Broadway

Farmers’ Market fills the

productions and the Symphony

historic downtown square

of Northwest Arkansas.

with fresh and organic foods,

Nature enthusiasts flock to

artisan crafts, music and fun,

the city’s 4,000 acres of

all in the quintessential setting

parks, three beautiful lakes

of a thriving downtown.

and 60 miles of trails. The Botanical Garden of the

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium

Just blocks away,

Ozarks offers themed gardens

the Dickson Street

and the region’s only butterfly

Fayetteville’s mountain

Entertainment District is

house. Fayetteville also has

bike trails have a bronze

the place for more unique

an extensive trail system with

level designation by the

shopping, locally sourced

miles of new multi-use routes

International Mountain

restaurants and nightlife

being added each year. The

Bicycling Association and

with tons of diverse, live

37-mile Razorback Regional

are a key part of Northwest

music options. Completing

Greenway crisscrosses

Arkansas’ designation by

the scene is Walton Arts

Fayetteville’s parks, lakes and

the IMBA as a Regional

Center, the region's epicenter

neighborhoods for all to enjoy.

Ride Center.

Holiday Island An Island in the Ozarks

Situated on the shores of the 53,000-acre Table Rock

Aerial view of Holiday Island

Holiday Island Golf Courses

Lake, Holiday Island features Branson, Mo., Holiday Island

vistas and four mild seasons

offers plenty of opportunities

that showcase the natural

for entertainment. There

magnificence of the Ozarks

are two major golf courses

year-round. With the lake and

and the most unique

its 800 miles of shoreline,

driving range in the state,

Holiday Island is a paradise

a recreation complex with

for boaters, scuba divers,

two pools, tennis, pickle-ball,

campers and fisherman alike.

basketball, and other

The Marina provides free boat

fun activities.

launches, along with boat rentals and fishing piers.

Spacious rental homes and facilities are available for

Conveniently located five

meetings, weddings

miles north of Eureka Springs

and events.

and 40 miles southwest of Top photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P (by Wesley Hitt); other photos courtesy Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District

Holiday Island At-A-Glance County: Carroll Population: 2,373 Area: 7.14 sq. miles Founded: 1970

Popular Attractions

Holiday Island Golf Courses / pg. 55 Holiday Island Marina / pg. 44 Holiday Island Campground / pg. 44

More Info

Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District 110 Woodsdale Drive (479) 253-9700 (479) 253-9511 (weekends)

beautiful mountain and lake


City Snapshot


offers hands-on activities,

Crossroads of the Ozarks Huntsville At-A-Glance County: Madison Population: 2,381 Area: 3 sq. miles Founded: 1925

Popular Attractions

Huntsville Farmers Market / pg. 74 Madison County Fair / pg. 69 Ozark Natural Science Center / pg. 76

More Info

Huntsville Area Chamber of Commerce 103 E. Main St. (479) 738-6000


of trails. Nearby attractions include the majestic Kings River,

Withrow Springs State Park

one of the few remaining pristine free-flowing rivers

Huntsville and its

in the country – a beautiful

surrounding area have plenty

float any time of year.

to offer in the form of scenic

Explore the outdoors at

drives, rivers to float and

War Eagle Creek, Sweden

fish, nature areas for hiking

Creek Falls, Arkansas Natural

and camping, and the cozy

Heritage areas and Withrow

feel of small-town living.

Springs State Park.

The Huntsville Farmers

Polk Square is the center

Market is a popular place

of activity in downtown

for residents and visitors

Huntsville, which boasts an

to mix and mingle. Groups

annual arts and crafts show,

can enjoy the Ozark Natural

county fair parade, Western

Science Center, a residential

Roundup Days, car shows,

field science center that

and Movies on the Square.

Downtown Rogers serves

amenities, while downtown

Where Possible Lives

up a unique retail

is loaded with history and

experience featuring

hospitality. Park the car (for

quaint boutiques,

free), and stroll the city's very

specialty shops, art

walkable downtown to the

galleries, antique stores, and

Daisy Airgun Museum, the

flea markets, nestled among

Rogers Historical Museum,

locally owned restaurants

and 1895 Hawkins House.

and brick-lined streets. The

Culture mavens will want to

Pinnacle Hills Promenade

catch a performance at the

Mall is home to premium

Arkansas Public Theatre at

stores and restaurants

The Victory (formerly Rogers

including Sephora, Pottery

Little Theater), downtown’s

Visitors come to Rogers for

Barn, Williams-Sonoma, P.

entertainment center

any number of reasons, all

F. Chang’s, and more, with

since 1927.

of which combine to form a

the state's only Cabela's

destination that is vibrant,

nearby. And The Shoppes at

Looking for a good time?

classy, urbane, folksy, and

Pinnacle Hills have the look

Begin your happy hour

energetic. All at the same

and feel of urban America.

with top-notch beverages

Downtown Rogers Shopping

time, if you’re lucky.


guest lodging, and miles

and bites at one of Rogers’ Rogers’ business district

newest restaurants or

The perfect getaway has

shines with the newest hotels,

microbreweries. Then head

to include shopping, right?

restaurants and convention

to the Walmart Arkansas

Both pages clockwise from the top: photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; photo courtesy Walmart AMP; photo courtesy Visit Rogers; photo courtesy Visit Rogers

This is

Beaver Lake and the FLW Bass Tournament. The Walmart AMP and Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Daisy Airgun Museum, brick streets, downtown shopping, local flavors and brews. Ample hotel rooms, and ample meeting space.

visitors love. It’s

the locals call it, for a diverse

also the location

lineup of music superstars

for the annual

and up and comers, all at

Walmart FLW

Arkansas’ largest outdoor

professional fishing

music venue.

tournament. Hobbs State Park-

Walmart AMP

On the outskirts of Rogers

Conservation Area,

is Beaver Lake, featuring

War Eagle Cavern,

fishing, boating, and all the

and War Eagle Mill — home

crafts fairs — round out the

water sports residents and

to longstanding arts and

nearby outdoor offerings.

Rogers At-A-Glance

The Railyard Bike Park / pg. 46 Rogers Aquatic Center / pg. 56 Rogers Historical Museum / pg. 63 Scenic Hwy. 12 / pg. 47 Walmart AMP / pg. 32 War Eagle Cavern / pg. 51 War Eagle Mill and Bridge / pg. 64

Beaver Lake

County: Benton Population: 60,112 Area: 37.94 sq. miles Founded: 1881

Popular Attractions

Arkansas Public Theatre / pg. 34 Beaver Lake / pg. 43 Daisy Airgun Museum / pg. 62 Hobbs State Park Conservation Area / pg. 45

More Info

Visit Rogers 317 W. Walnut St. (800) 364-1240

Music Pavilion, or the AMP as


City Snapshot

Siloam Springs Siloam Springs At-A-Glance County: Benton Population: 15,856 Area: 11.07 sq. miles Founded: 1882

Popular Attractions

Cherokee Casino / pg. 76 Family Aquatic Center / pg. 57 JBU Berry Performing Arts Center / pg. 34 Siloam Springs Historic Downtown / pg. 24 Siloam Springs Museum / pg. 62 Siloam Springs Kayak Park / pg. 50 Skydive Skyranch / pg. 50

More Info

Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce 108 E. University St. (479) 524-6466

It’s a Natural

Siloam Springs is a progressive community with an idyllic mix of history and natural beauty. The entire downtown (listed on the National Historic Register), tells the story of health seekers who came in the late 1800s to sample the therapeutic springs along Sager Creek. Downtown remains the very heart of the city, a vibrant gathering place with award-winning eateries, retail shops, professional businesses and loft living. Cultural offerings include the Siloam Springs Museum, Berry Performing Arts Center and a new public library.

Downtown Siloam Springs

The town is also home to John Brown University, consistently rated a top-five Southern regional college by U.S. News. Today, JBU welcomes more than 2,600 students from 40 states and 39 countries. Outdoor entertainment includes the Family Aquatic Center, the Siloam Springs Kayak Park, three downtown parks, 11 miles of trails, new soccer fields, City Lake, Skydive Skyranch and more! Indoor adventure may be found just across the border at the Cherokee Casino in Oklahoma.



Fresh. Local. Seasonal.

100 E. UNIVERSITY MON-SAT 11AM-9PM 479.524.2828

201 S Broadway Siloam Springs, AR (479) 524-4447 siloamflowersandgifts

FRES UY H B Fa r m e r s B Market L UY LOCA Siloam Springs 479-524-4556

City Snapshot Outstanding entertainment can be found at Springdale’s Arts Center of the Ozarks, with its regularly scheduled regional theater productions and visual arts exhibitions. Nearby the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, established


Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Home to Baseball, History and Bull Riding Springdale At-A-Glance

County: Washington Population: 75,229 Area: 41.80 sq. miles Founded: 1838

Popular Attractions

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad / pg. 52 Arts Center of the Ozarks / pg. 31 Black Apple Crossing Cidery / pg. 76 Northwest Arkansas Naturals / pg. 54 Saddlebock Brewery / pg. 80 Sassafras Springs Vineyard / pg. 76 Shiloh Museum of Ozark History / pg. 61 Springdale Aquatic Center / pg. 80 The Jones Center / pg. 57 Tontitown Historical Museum (near Springdale) / pg. 64 Tontitown Winery (near Springdale) / pg. 76

Springdale Chamber of Commerce 202 W. Emma Ave. (479) 872-2222

Rodeo of the Ozarks


tell essential stories of the history and heritage of Springdale and the


surrounding region.

is home to

The Arkansas & Missouri

Tyson Foods Inc., one of

Railroad offers regular

the world’s largest food

sightseeing excursions

producers, established here

featuring stunning Ozark

in 1935. The Rodeo of the

Mountain views. Or see

Ozarks, held annually since

the sights of the city

1944, showcases some

from Razorback Regional

of the best rising stars in

Greenway, which runs

professional bull riding, and

through the heart

remains an important point

of downtown.

of pride and passion. Both have been defining facets of this city for decades. Since 2008, crowds have cheered on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals minor league pro baseball team at its home field, Arvest Ballpark, which is also a versatile regional venue hosting festivals, fairs and other events. The new talk of the town is the city’s

More Info

in 1965, continues to

Taco Tour. Grab a map and

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

eat at authentic taquerias around town. Springdale is

East of downtown, The Jones

also home to the state’s first

Center features indoor pools,

and only hard cider brewery,

basketball courts and ice

Black Apple Crossing,

skating, and is also home to

located downtown.

a bustling farmers market.

Top to bottom: photo courtesy Northwest Arkansas Naturals; photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; photo courtesy Springdale Chamber

SCENERY AND HI STORY Enjoy a CCC masterpiece nestled in picturesque Lee Creek Valley, take a quiet float along the scenic War Eagle Creek, hear the stories of an 1862 Civil War battle, and explore the diverse Ozark landscape at our largest state park. Devil’s Den State Park West Fork • 479-761-3325 Withrow Springs State Park Huntsville • 479-559-2593 Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park Prairie Grove • 479-846-2990 Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Rogers • 479-789-5000 My park, your park, our parks CCC Overlook, Devil’s Den State Park #ARStateParks

Holiday Inn & Convention Center Northwest Arkansas 1500 South 48th Street | Springdale, AR

CASTLEROCK • Bentonville


& s t r A

t n e m n i a t r E nte

Northwest Arkansas has a diverse and sophisticated arts scene that includes an American art museum with international appeal, makers of fine Ozark crafts, acclaimed sculptors and painters, a national film festival, emerging opera stars, traveling Broadway shows, live community theater, arts festivals and more.


Live Music Event at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Photo by Stephen Ironside

Museums & Visual Art Galleries Explore Northwest Arkansas’ art museums and galleries and discover works by local artists as well as those from across the globe. Several cities also host monthly art walks or gallery receptions in their arts districts.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 600 Museum Way, Bentonville / 479-418-5700 Crystal Bridges welcomes all to celebrate

and The Art of Dance: 1830-1960, on view

the American spirit in a setting that unites

Oct. 22, 2016, through Jan. 16, 2017. Since

the power of art with the beauty of nature.

opening, Crystal Bridges has welcomed

The museum explores the unfolding story

more than two million visitors including

of America by collecting, exhibiting,

89,000 students who participate in the

interpreting and preserving works that

School Visit Program every year. Walmart

illuminate national heritage and artistic

sponsors general admission to the museum

possibility. Crystal Bridges’ permanent

and there is no cost to view the

collection spans five centuries of American

permanent collection.

masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to current day and includes a rare on the grounds in 2015. New temporary exhibitions for 2016 include The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, on view Feb. 27 through May 30; American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, on view July 2 through Sept. 16;

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House

Top photo and inset courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; bottom photo by Nancy Nolan Photography

Frank Lloyd Wright house that opened


21c Museum Hotel 200 NE “A� St., Bentonville 479-286-6500 Curated rotating exhibitions, site-specific installations and arts programming make this 104-room boutique hotel a unique contemporary art museum and cultural civic

21c Museum Hotel

of exhibition, meeting and event space. The

UA Fine Arts Center Gallery

iconic Green Penguins show up throughout

116 Fine Arts Center, Fayetteville

the building, including at the popular onsite / 479-575-7987

restaurant The Hive.

Part of the J. William Fulbright College

center. It has more than 12,000 square feet

of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, the gallery features student

Fayetteville Underground

works as well as works of visiting artists and faculty. Parking available in Stadium Drive

101 W. Mountain, St. 222, Fayetteville

Parking Facility. / 479-871-2722 Home to artist studios and galleries, the

national and international exhibitions.

Windgate Visual Arts Galleries at John Brown University

In addition, the Underground serves the

2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs

community as a venue for musical, literary / 479-524-9500

and dramatic performances. Art exhibitions

The Windgate west building is a generous

change monthly and opening night

gallery space hosting a variety of shows,

receptions are held on the first Thursday of

including many national and international

each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

offerings as well as the work of John Brown

Underground is a non-profit organization that showcases regional art and hosts

University's finest local artists, faculty, and students. The Windgate east gallery features the solo and collaborative work of university students.

Fayetteville Underground

Joy Pratt Markham Gallery 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville

Joy Pratt Markham Gallery / 479-443-5600 Located inside the Walton Arts Center, the gallery serves to connect patrons to the visual arts. It is used as an exhibition gallery space for both accomplished and emerging artists, as well as for temporary displays relating to performing arts offerings. Top to bottom: photo by Beth Hall; photo courtesy Fayetteville Underground; photo courtesy Arts Center of the Ozarks

Museums & Visual Art Galleries

Terra Studios

Eureka Springs Downtown District

Terra Studios 12103 Hazel Valley Road, Fayetteville / 479-643-3185 or 800-255-8995 This whimsical art park is home to the world-famous Bluebird of Happiness. Watch the glassblowers, buy unique gifts, enjoy a snack in the cafe, play games, take a class or meditate at the labyrinth. Open daily.

Scott Family Amazeum

Eureka Springs Downtown District

1009 Museum Way, Bentonville

Scott Family Amazeum / 866-947-4387 / 479-696-9280

About 400 artists work in Eureka Springs,

The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on

a friendly Ozark Mountain town filled

museum for children and families, engaging

with Victorian architecture and numerous

visitors in exploration, learning and fun. The

galleries. With its entire downtown district

50,000-square-foot museum evokes a sense

listed on the National Register of Historic

of curiosity and discovery through hands-

Places, the town has been named one of the

on activities. Interactive exhibits engage

Top 10 Small Market Arts Destinations by

visitors with the land, industries and people

American Style and one of America's Dozen

that built the Arkansas culture and sustain

Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust

it today. Exhibitions include the Tinkering

for Historic Preservation.

Studio, water area, climbable tree canopy

Community Creative Center 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville

Arts Center of the Ozarks / 479-571-2706

214 S. Main St., Springdale

This visual arts organization located in / 479-751-5441

Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios

Gallery showings for local and regional

provides a full spectrum of visual arts

artists as well as many visual arts classes

classes to children and adults along with

are offered here. The ACO has been

specialized workshops, summer, after school,

making great entertainment and creative

and intersession arts camps, and gallery and

educational opportunities possible for all

studio space for local artists.

ages since 1967.

Clockwise from the top: photo courtesy Terra Studios; photo courtesy Eureka Springs A&P; photo courtesy Scott Family Amazeum

and an exploratory wet lab.


Performing Arts Community theater, dinner theater, traveling Broadway shows, symphony orchestras, headliner concerts, summer opera festivals and more make up the flourishing performing arts offerings in Northwest Arkansas.

Walton Arts Center

Walton Arts Center 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville / 479-443-5600 As the region's performing arts powerhouse,

Walmart AMP

Walton Arts Center presents major Broadway productions, as well as music, dance and theater acts from around the world. This

Walmart AMP

is the "hard hat" season with construction

5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers

and renovations underway, but WAC is still / 479-443-5600

providing a full schedule of exciting live shows

As the state’s largest outdoor music

and entertainment, including the Blue Man

amphitheater, this exciting new performance

Group, Kinky Boots, Mama Mia!, Rodgers +

venue hosts headlining entertainers from the

Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Bridges of

best of every musical genre. With seating

Madison County, BalletBoyz and more. The

for more than 9,500 (3,200 covered chairs,

$23 million “Investing in our Future” campaign

plus lawn seating), the AMP (Arkansas

is adding 30,000 square feet of space including

Music Pavilion) also has great sight lines,

a new and expanded atrium lobby, significant

concessions and other facilities, and is

renovations and an expansion of Starr Theater.

centrally located off Interstate 49 in Rogers’

Completion is set for November 2016.

vibrant commercial district.

OPEN Monday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm FREE ADMISSION 118 W. Johnson Ave. Springdale 479-750-8165 On the Razorback Regional Greenway

The Great Passion Play

University Theatre

935 Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville / 800-882-7529

Every year from May through October, this


play depicts the last week of Christ’s life

The U of A’s Department of Theatre presents

on earth with live animals, a cast of 170,

a number of ticketed shows throughout

a multi-level set, and special lighting and

the year. These first-rate productions offer

sound effects on a large outdoor stage.

invaluable hands-on experience for student

The Institute of Outdoor Drama named it

actors, designers and crews. Parking

America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama. Also

available in Stadium Drive Parking Facility.

on the grounds: year-round tours of the Christ of the Ozarks Statue, the Holy Land section of the Berlin Wall, the Church in the

Faulkner Performing Arts Center

Grove, the Bible Museum, the Sacred Arts

116 Fine Arts Center, Fayetteville

Museum and a buffet restaurant. / 479-575-7987

Tour, Moses' Tabernacle in the Wilderness, a

The newly renovated Jim and Joyce


Faulkner Performing Arts Center is a $10 million, state-of-the-art venue featuring

505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville

musical and theatrical performances / 479-443-5600

throughout the year. It is home to the

The region’s only year-round professional

University Symphony Orchestra, Concert

theatre company produces 160 annual

Band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band,

performances reaching 30,000 patrons. It is

Jazz Band, Schola Cantorum, Concert Choir

Arkansas’ home for professional playwrights,

and Master Chorale. Parking is available

developing scripts through the Arkansas New

in the Stadium Drive Parking Facility and

Play Festival and producing new works and

Garland Avenue Parking Facility.

The Great Passion Play


Both pages, left to right: photo courtesy Walton Arts Center; photo courtesy Walmart AMP; photo courtesy The Great Passion Play; photo by M. Taylor Long

world premieres each year.


Performing Arts

Arts Center of the Ozarks 214 S. Main St., Springdale / 479-751-5441 From drama and dinner theatre to concerts and musicals, the Arts Center of the Ozarks’ stage is full of entertainment. Originally the only theatre in Northwest Arkansas when it opened in 1967, ACO hosts a wide variety of local and traveling productions. Private and

Arts Center of the Ozarks

semi-private acting classes are available, too.

Arkansas Public Theatre 116 S. 2nd St., Rogers / 479-631-8988 Located downtown in the historic Victory Theater, this nonprofit community theater produces plays and musicals and offers

Trike Theatre

special events throughout the year.

Trike Theatre 209 NE 2nd St., Bentonville / 479-464-5084 Northwest Arkansas’ professional theatre for youth, Trike's mission is to encourage and inspire youth to see, participate in and learn through theater. A resident company of Walton Arts Center, it is rostered with the Arkansas Arts Council both as an Arts-InEducation and Arts-On-Tour organization. Arkansas Public Theatre

818 N. Sang Ave., Fayetteville

Berry Performing Arts Center / 479-521-4932

2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs

This nonprofit theatre company offers / 479-524-9500

programming by and for children and youth.

Located at John Brown University and home

With four to five mainstage productions

to the 500-seat Herklotz Auditorium, BPAC

each year, it features a series of after school,

has a full orchestra pit and a 1,500-square-

spring break and summer camp programs

foot performance area for orchestral concerts,

for grades K-12 in theatre production, acting,

choral concerts, theatrical productions,

television production, radio theatre, reader’s

lectures, chapel services and more.

Arts Live Theatre

theatre and more.


Top to bottom: photo courtesy Arts Center of the Ozarks; photo courtesy Trike Theatre; photo courtesy 4209 Creative

GATHER ‘ROUND Chef Matthew McClure The People’s Best New Chef Midwest 2015, Food & Wine James Beard Foundation Best Chef Semifinalist

200 NE A Street | 479.286.6575 Located at

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Paul Haas, Music Director

Bringing great music to life in Northwest Arkansas!

For concert dates and ticket information visit


Performing Arts

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas

500 Tiger Boulevard, Bentonville

Arend Arts Center

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas / 479-254-5000

Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville

A hub for school and community arts, the / 479-521-4166

stage features performances from the

Under the musical direction of Maestro Paul

elementary level to high school concerts

Haas, SoNA presents classical and pops

and drama productions. Other community

performances for symphonic music lovers

based performing arts organizations use

in Northwest Arkansas. A resident company

the center as well.

of the Walton Arts Center, the professional orchestra has provided more than 60 years

Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

of music and educational opportunities to the community. The performance season typically spans fall through spring.

Arend Arts Center, Bentonville / 479-841-4644 Under the baton of Maestro Steven Byess,

Opera in the Ozarks

this professional symphony offers several

16311 U.S. 62 W., Eureka Springs

concerts each year with a mission to / 479-253-8595

broaden and deepen the appreciation

Opera in the Ozarks, a nationally

of the musical arts through performance

acclaimed program for emerging operatic

and education such as the Arkansas

professionals, presents an annual summer

Philharmonic Youth Orchestras and the

music festival featuring three fully staged

Carnegie Hall Link Up Program.

and costumed operas spotlighting the exceptional voices of tomorrow and an

Opera in the Ozarks

orchestra of professional musicians from across the nation. Audiences enjoy 20+ performances at Opera in the Ozarks’ air-conditioned, mountainside venue – Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony. The 66th Season will kick off on June 17 and run through July 15, 2016.


Top to bottom: photo by Stephen lronside; photo courtesy Opera in the Ozarks



EXP Visit o

p e r a .o

t i c ke rg for

t and s


info hedule


/ R / op A , s g in pr reka S st / Eu e W 2 6 y. 5 / Hw 53-859 2 ) 9 7 (4


zarks operao

Eventful Arts Music, drama, visual and culinary arts meld together for unique art-based events taking place throughout the year in Northwest Arkansas.

First Fridays in Bentonville

Bentonville Film Festival

First Thursdays in Fayetteville

First Thursdays in Fayetteville

Founded by Academy Award winner Geena

Davis and filmmaker Trevor Drinkwater in


2015, BFF is steeped in a mission focusing

A cultural arts experience on the downtown

on content that exemplifies the growing

square, First Thursday in Fayetteville

diversity of the American landscape. Research

features the work of more than 40 visual

and social action are deeply rooted in the

artists, live music, street performers, food

objectives of the festival and its leadership.

and drink and children’s activities. This free

BFF provides a platform to significantly

event feels like a giant gallery opening every

increase the commercial value of content

first Thursday of each month from 5:30

produced by minorities and women. The

p.m. to 9 p.m., April through October. Also

festival takes place May 3-8, 2016, and

explore surrounding shops and restaurants

provides ongoing and turnkey distribution

offering special discounts during the event.

Various locations, Bentonville

opportunities for its content and creators to obtain global reach.

First Fridays in Bentonville From April through November on the first Friday of each month, the downtown Bentonville Square becomes a block party with food, live music, children’s activities and gallery openings. Visitors also enjoy the

Geena Davis at the Bentonville Film Festival


growing number of new restaurants and shops open in the downtown district.

Top to bottom: photo by Emily McArthur; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P; photo courtesy Bentonville Film Festival

Bentonville Art and Culinary Festival Each summer in Bentonville, this festival celebrates art in all its forms with programming such as special culinary events, visual arts, live music, creative children’s May Festival of the Arts, Eureka Springs

activities and film workshops.

Art of Wine Festival in Fayetteville / 479-443-5600 Featuring three days of evening events for wine novices and connoisseurs. Discover new vintages with hundreds of wines on hand for tasting, and sample cuisine from Art of Wine Festival

the area’s finest restaurants. The epic toast takes place June 9-11, 2016, at Walton Arts

May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs

Center on Dickson Street in Fayetteville’s entertainment district. With more than 400 artists working in all mediums in Eureka Springs, the May Festival of the Arts is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists – The White Street Walk. Fayetteville Roots Festival

This annual festival celebrates artists,

Fayetteville Roots Festival

influenced by nature, who inspire us to live

more sustainable lives. The May 2016 festival

This four-day, urban music festival celebrates

will offer dance, symphony, visual art, live

music, food and culture. Local, regional

chamber and folk music, family activities,

and national artists play on multiple

workshops, community conversations and

stages in multiple locations, with the main

more. The Artosphere Festival Orchestra is a

headliners featured each evening. Food sold

featured experience, too. Events are free or

during the festival focuses on locally grown

low cost to ensure the arts are accessible to

produce, locally raised meats, and other

the entire community.

locally made products. / 479-443-5600

Top to bottom: photo by Chip Ford; photo courtesy Walton Arts Center; photo courtesy Fayetteville Roots Festival

Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts and Nature Festival


Eventful Arts

Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival

Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

This annual family bluegrass weekend on

Presented by the 1905 Basin Park Hotel,

Aug. 18-20, 2016 includes a watermelon

Blues Weekend is June 16-19, 2016. The

social, performances in the City Auditorium,

main headliners are top blues acts from the

and music in Basin Spring Park. Bring your

region. Shows will be held in various venues

instruments and join in the pickin’!

around Eureka Springs.

Jazz Eureka Typically held in September, Eureka Springs is hopping each year with free music in the downtown Basin Spring Park and big name acts at other venues around town.

Ozark Folk Festival in Eureka Springs

Jazz Eureka

One of the longest running folk festivals in the U.S., it includes free music in Basin Spring Park, a parade, contests, and performances in the City Auditorium.

Offshoot Film Festival in Fayetteville This annual independent film festival showcases Arkansas filmmakers. The lineup covers about 40 independent films in multiple genres including feature, short,

Offshoot Film Festival


documentary, animation, music video, and films with Arkansas connections. Top to bottom: photo courtesy Eureka Springs A&P; photo courtesy Eureka Springs A&P; photo courtesy Offshoot Film Festival

The TRAIL that TAKES YOU from Pint A to Pint B. sas’s finest r of Northwest Arkan il — a self-guided tou Tra ab your Gr Ale . lle eup evi lin ett er The Fay ps to its lag s added even more sto ’s best microbrews. ion reg craft breweries — ha the of e som ready to sample free passport and get m w.f ww at d rte sta t Ge

r o o d t Ou s e r u t n e v d A

Exploring the great outdoors in the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks can mean seeing the sun come up over a foggy river as you cast your line for trout, the wind against your face as you zipline through a hardwood forest, or the thrill of speeding across a lake in a bass boat. It can be the exhilaration of a skydive, or hiking and biking challenging trails. It comes in the form of watching eagles soar, paddling through whitewater, or relaxing by a campfire. There are countless ways to renew your spirit and connect with nature. Bella Vista Lakes

Photo by Marc F. Henning

Lakes & Rivers Northwest Arkansas is blessed with rich scenery and numerous lakes and rivers that make this area a paradise for a multitude of outdoor activities.

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake

Buffalo National River / 479-636-1210 Located in the Ozark Mountains with prime access points in or near Rogers, Eureka

Buffalo National River

Springs and Springdale, Beaver Lake is a / 870-439-2502

glistening treasure for boating, water sport

Experience towering limestone bluffs,

lovers, anglers, hikers and birdwatchers. The

whitewater rapids, inviting gravel bars, the

28,000 acres of clear water are surrounded

Boxley Valley Historic District, Lost Valley,

by forests, tall bluffs, and meadows.

Indian Rockhouse, and more along the

Campgrounds, resorts, marinas, restaurants

nation’s first national river, which begins in

and outfitters are plentiful.

neighboring Newton County and meanders through the Ozarks for about 135 miles.

Lake Wedington 15689 Lake Wedington Entry, Fayetteville

Canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails, and cabin rentals are available. / 479-442-3527 the 424-acre Lake Wedington Recreation

Bella Vista Lakes

Area, this 102-acre lake is regularly stocked / 479-855-8000

with fish. The area is popular with anglers,

The northernmost city in Northwest

canoeists, campers, hikers, mountain bikers,

Arkansas, Bella Vista offers seven beautiful

and wildlife watchers. Amenities include

lakes for fishing and water sports. Use

a swim beach, air-conditioned cabins,

of the lakes and facilities is available to all

playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a boat

Bella Vista Village property owners and

ramp and horseshoes.

their guests.

Photos courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Surrounded by a lush hardwood forest and


Lakes & Rivers

White River The upper reaches of the White River are popular for canoeing from late October through spring, particularly the 31-mile stretch from near Fayetteville to below Brashears. Below Beaver Dam, near Eureka

Kings River Falls

Springs, the White is a great cold-water trout fishery with numerous guides and outfitters to serve tourists.

Illinois River

Kings River

This spring-fed river starts in the northwest corner of Arkansas near the town of Hogeye

and flows into northeast Oklahoma. Near

Popular with canoeists and kayakers, the

Siloam Springs, enhancements that are

Kings River provides about 50 miles of easy

part of the Siloam Springs Kayak Park

floating water, including popular stretches in

( have made

both Carroll and Madison counties. Unique

the Illinois a nice Class II play spot for

flora and fauna are found on its rocky banks

kayakers year-round. Canoe and kayak

and bluffs, and deep pools provide great

outfitters, campsites, hiking, and horseback

fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish,

riding trails and cabin rentals

rock bass and other fish.

are available.

Holiday Island Marina 124 Woodsdale Dr., Holiday Island / 479-253-8300 This full-service marina offers concessions, boat rentals, and other amenities to enjoy playing on Table Rock Lake. Mulberry River

Mulberry River


Holiday Island Campground 21 North Star Loop, Holiday Island / 479-964-7236

Excellent whitewater is found on this 70-

479-253-6995 or 479-253-9700

mile river that was designated a National

Surrounded by trees and rock formations,

Wild and Scenic River in 1992. For canoeists

the campground overlooks Table Rock Lake.

and kayakers, it has rapids rated Class II-IV

The facility hosts 31 camp sites with full

during the spring. With easy access from

water, sewer and electric hookups offering

the nearby Pig Trail Scenic Byway, much

both 30 and 50 amp services, restrooms,

of the river is within the 1.2-million-acre

showers, pavilion and horseshoe pits. It is

Ozark National Forest with several public

within minutes of the marina, golf courses,

campgrounds along its course.

and the many amenities of Holiday Island. Top to bottom: photo by Stephen Ironside; photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

State Parks & Trails Municipal trail systems and city parks provide an impressive array of trails, while Arkansas State Parks take you deeper into the great outdoors.

Devil's Den State Park

Ferns at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area

Devil’s Den State Park

Withrow Springs State Park 33424 Ark. Spur 23, Huntsville

11333 Ark. Hwy 74, West Fork


Hiking trails offer great views and access to


War Eagle Creek, where fishing for catfish,

Consisting of 2,500 unspoiled acres

bream, and bass is popular. Park activities

adjoining the Ozark National Forest,

include camping, swimming, baseball,

this park is a favorite for camping, hiking,

softball, tennis, and picnicking. Canoeing

backpacking, and equestrian and

is another favorite pastime, and shuttle

mountain bike trails. A swimming pool,

services for canoe rentals are available. The

nature programs and cabins add to its

park has a visitor center and gift shop.

rustic appeal.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Hobbs State Park Conservation Area

See page 61 in the History &

20201 Ark. Hwy. 12, Rogers

Heritage section. hobbsstateparkconservationarea 479-789-5000

Withrow Springs State Park

Hobbs consists of 12,056 acres of diverse Ozark landscape and offers 35 miles of hiking trails, including multi-use and ADA routes. The 17,500-square-foot visitor center has interactive exhibits, a wildlife viewing area and educational programs. All photos on this page courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

A natural park with limited development,


State Parks & Trails

Razorback Regional Greenway Extending from Lake Bella Vista to near Walker Park in Fayetteville, this 37-mile paved cycling and pedestrian trail links dozens of popular community destinations,

Razorback Regional Greenway

including downtown areas, arts and entertainment venues, historic sites, parks, workplaces. It meanders through city

Trails at Crystal Bridges

parks, open fields, urban forests and tourist

600 Museum Way, Bentonville

destinations in a primarily off-street setting. / 479.418.5700

mountain bike trails, shopping areas, and

The grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of

Bella Vista Trails

American Art feature more than 3.5 miles of trails winding through the museum’s 120-

acre site. Designed to spark the imagination,

Walking and biking trails in Bella Vista

the trails provide access to the beautiful

range from level, looping and paved routes

Ozark landscapes and outdoor works of art.

to natural surface trails offering rolling

More than 240,000 visitors utilize the trails

contours and a bit more of a challenge.

every year.

Slaughter Pen Bike Park Off U.S. 71B, Bentonville This mountain biking park features more than 20 miles of singletrack, a free-ride park for tricks, and 16 skinny Northshore log rides. Considered easy to moderate to navigate, the trails run through forested and rocky hillsides. Trailside at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The Railyard Bike Park 299 E. Cherry St., Rogers Northwest Arkansas’ newest mountain bike jump course opened in downtown Rogers in Fall 2015. The bike park connects to the Lake Atalanta trail system and features wall rides, whale tales, concrete lips, and more. It accommodates all kinds of bicycles and riders of every skill level.

46 46

Slaughter Pen Bike Park

Both pages clockwise from the top: photo by Wesley Hitt; photo by Dero Sanford; photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; photo by Scott Schroen: photo by Dero Sanford

Lake Fayetteville Park

Lake Leatherwood City Park U.S. 62 W., Eureka Springs / 479-253-7921 More than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails have people flocking to this 1,600acre municipal park that also includes an Lake Leatherwood

85-acre spring-fed lake. Boat rentals, bait/ tackle, and a boat dock with handicapped

Lake Fayetteville Park 1208 E. Lake Fayetteville Road, Fayetteville

access are available to take advantage of the great fishing. The park also has cottages, campsites, an RV area and picnic areas. / 479-444-3471 This city park boasts 6.9 miles of natural surface and 5.5 miles of paved trails circling

Scenic Highway 12

the lake for runners, walkers, cyclists and

mountain bikers. The park consists of 458

Stretching from historic downtown Rogers

acres of land and 194 acres of water. It

to connect near Eureka Springs on the south

includes two playgrounds, four volleyball

side of Beaver Lake, this scenic highway

courts, two pavilions, a boat dock and

offers many stops along the way for hiking,

marina, a softball complex and a disc

swimming, boating, historic discovery, and

golf course.

even a visit to a living cavern.

Arkansas’ Largest

Cosmic Cavern Private Show Cave

Sassafras Springs Vineyard Winery • Wedding Venue • Event Center

Motorcycle Parking • 2 Lakes • Rock Shop • Wild Tours Available 6386 Highway 21 N, Berryville, AR 870.749.2298 •


Display Gardens

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

From themed gardens to native woodland plants and historic springs, Northwest Arkansas preserves and adds to the outdoor beauty of the Ozarks.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks 4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville / 479-750-2620 Offering a horticulture center, a plaza, a great lawn, 12 themed gardens, and the region’s only butterfly house, the BGO is also popular as a wedding and reception destination as well as a place for educational programs, concerts and plays. Located on approximately 45 acres adjoining Lake

Blue Spring Heritage Center

Fayetteville, it also serves as a trailhead for the multi-use trail around the lake.

Compton Gardens and Conference Center


Blue Spring Heritage Center Scenic U.S. 62 W., Eureka Springs / 479-253-9244

312 N. Main St., Bentonville

Enjoy the mystery of Blue Spring as it pours / 479-254-3870

38 million gallons of cold turquoise water

This 6.5-acre area was developed into

each day into the trout filled lagoon. Explore

an Ozark native garden and has quickly

the bluff shelter listed on the National

become a regional destination. Once the

Register of Historic Places. Feed the trout

home of Dr. Neil Compton, it includes

as you experience the beauty of their

an exhibit room of chronological events

natural gardens. Walk on grounds where the

significant to his life. The Conference Center

Cherokee people were encamped during the

also serves as a rental facility for events of

Trail of Tears. View the documentary film

all kinds, private and corporate.

and visit the museum.

Top to bottom: photo courtesy Botanical Garden of the Ozarks; photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Learn, Play, Grow...

Spend a Day in Wonder

12 themed gardens showcasing the beautiful and unique plant life of the Ozarks

Open Everyday 9am to 5pm

4703 N. Crossover Rd. / Fayetteville, Arkansas / 479.750.2620 /

Located in the

Only a 10 minute drive on scenic Hwy. 62 west NATIONAL REGISTER SITE

Grand Central Hotel & Spa

37 North Main Street • Eureka Springs

For Reservations Call 800-344-6050


March 15 - 2nd Sunday in November 9am to 6pm

479-253-9244 Premier Outdoor Wedding Venue of Northwest Arkansas

Discover the bluff shelter where the Cherokee people camped on the Trail of Tears, stroll the breathtaking native gardens, enjoy the museum and historical film, and connect with the exquisite natural beauty that surrounds Northwest Arkansas’ largest spring.

• Spa1905 • Weddings

• Motorcycle Parking

Daredevil Fun Adrenaline junkies find plenty of excitement in Northwest Arkansas with ziplines, skydiving, and whitewater rapids.

Skydive Skyranch

Skydive Skyranch

Siloam Springs Kayak Park

20610 Smith Field Drive, Cecil Smith Airport, Siloam Springs Enjoy top-notch sport parachuting fun,

Siloam Springs Kayak Park

whether it’s your first jump or you’re training

19253 Fisher Ford Road, Siloam Springs

for the national championships. Licensed

instructors take you on a tandem skydive


for those ready to find out what skydiving is

Positioned along the scenic Illinois River,

all about.

this engineered river park contains lengths / 479-651-6160

of rapids of about 700 feet with Class I and

Ozark Mountain Ziplines

II difficulty. The designed riverbank allows easy access. The park also has a climbing boulder, a picnic area, accessible walking

208 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs

trails, a family swimming area during low / 479-363-6699

water and a designated changing area. It is

Ten zipline cables. One swinging bridge.

family friendly and alcohol free. Users are

Two-hour tour. Experience the exhilarating

strongly encouraged to wear life jackets

thrill of a zipline canopy tour right in

and river shoes.

the heart of the beautiful, pristine Ozark Mountains. Soar through the air from up to 300+ feet high with cable lengths from up to 2,000 feet long over vast gorgeous, beautiful Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. The dense forest provides a wonderful setting for a nature-filled experience guaranteed to satisfy thrill seekers from all walks of life. Top to bottom: photo courtesy Skydive Skyranch; photo courtesy Siloam Springs Kayak Park; photo courtesy Ozark Mountain Ziplines

Ozark Mountain Ziplines

Caves & Caverns Explore the underground wonders of the Arkansas Ozarks on guided walking tours or on your hands and knees during a wild cave tour.

Cosmic Cavern

Cosmic Cavern

War Eagle Cavern

6386 Ark. 21 N., Berryville

21494 Cavern Road, Rogers / 870-749-2298 / 479-789-2909

See one of the longest soda straw

The easy guided walking tour has no stairs

formations in the Ozarks, along with two

or tight places and features unusual dome

bottomless lakes, stalactites, stalagmites,

pits, crinoid fossils, rimstone dams, an

flowstones, helictites, cave bacon, draperies,

underground stream and waterfalls, as well

and many other speleothems. Enjoy a 1.25-

as access to nature trails and a boat dock.

hour guided tour. Also available: the Wild

Don’t miss the unique gift shop, gemstone

Cave Tour, gem panning, a rock shop, and

panning, and the Lost in the Woods maze.

motorcycle parking.

Go Wild!

Visit the exotic animals that find refuge in Northwest Arkansas, and take the time to enjoy the flight of our country’s national symbol amid a natural setting.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs / 479-253-5841 natural habitat tours daily. Feeding time is an especially fun time to visit. New natural enclosures enhance the attraction. The refuge also offers Zulu Safari Lodging and RV sites.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Top to bottom: photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; photo courtesy Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

America’s premier big cat refuge offers


Go Wild!

Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari 20923 Safari Road, Gentry

Beaver Lake Eagle Watch and Fall Foliage Tour

4024 Mundell Road, Eureka Springs

479-736-8383 / 479-253-6200

This 400-acre safari is home to a variety

Aboard the Belle of the Ozarks, see dozens

of exotic animals, including Bengal tigers,

of points of interest as you cruise Beaver

white-faced capuchin monkeys and red

Lake, including Beaver Dam, a 200-acre game preserve island, the prehistoric

kangaroos. Enjoy the four-mile drive-

Ozark Bluff Dweller’s burial ground, and a

through park and walk-through areas.

submerged homestead. Departures take

Pony and camel rides are available on

place May-October for 1.25-hour tours on

a seasonal basis.

this 50-passenger vessel. October features eagle watching and fall foliage cruises.

Scenic Rides Top Motorcycle Rides

Sightseeing highways are plentiful in Northwest Arkansas. motorcycling/northwest Eureka Springs is a hub for great motorcycle rides, as is Rogers, and Fayetteville is host to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally. Our bike-friendly region has numerous routes worthy of a ride, including Ark. 21, the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Beaver Town Bridge (Ark. Hwy. 187), and more.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Scenic Tours 306 E. Emma, Springdale / 479-725-4017 Ride in style on the meticulously restored antique passenger cars,

Arkansas Highway 187

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, while

Scenic Byways


conductors enhance the

journey with anecdotes

Nearby scenic byways include the Pig Trail

about the area’s rich

(Ark. Hwy. 23), Ozark Highlands Scenic

history. The train travels

Byway (Ark. Hwy. 21), Scenic 7 Byway,

to the top of the scenic

Scenic 71 Loop, and I-49 Scenic Byway.

Boston Mountains

Others are Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62,, and Ark.

and into the historic

Hwys. 123, 59, 43, and 74.

Arkansas River Basin. Left to right: photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; photo courtesy Arkansas & Missouri Railroad


n o i t a e r c Re

The excitement of college sports, minor league baseball, pro golf tournaments, rodeos, fishing competitions and more draws huge crowds to Northwest Arkansas. And there is plenty of recreation you can take part in yourself at area golf courses, aquatic centers and special sporting events.

Bud Walton Arena

Photo by Walt Beazly

Go Team! The U of A Razorbacks sports programs and Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball team fill up area stadiums with excited fans.

Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas Razorbacks 350 N. Razorback Road, Fayetteville / 479-575-6533 Fans go hog wild to show their support

U of A Diamond Hogs

for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks whether rooting for Razorback football, women’s basketball, track and field, the

Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Gymbacks, women’s volleyball and soccer,

3000 S. 56th St., Springdale

or a myriad of other U of A sports programs. / 479-927-4900

basketball, the baseball Diamond Hogs,

This minor league member of the Texas League serves as the AA affiliate for the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. The baseball team is home at Arvest Ballpark, which is centrally located off I-49. Home stands include fun giveaways and some Northwest Arkansas Naturals Northwest Arkansas Naturals


fantastic firework shows. Season runs April to September.

Top to bottom: photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P (by Wesley Hitt); photo courtesy University of Arkansas; photo courtesy Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Golf Scenic beauty, rolling hills, hardwood forests, pristine streams, and a moderate year-round climate make Northwest Arkansas a natural golf destination.

Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course

Highlands Golf Course

Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course

Bella Vista Golf Courses

3495 E. Goff Farm Road, Fayetteville / 479-855-5079 / 479-571-3674

Bella Vista Village offers members and

A premier award-winning course, it features

guests six regulation, 18-hole golf courses

Bermuda fairways, bentgrass greens, and

(Bella Vista Country Club, Berksdale,

an energetic layout by renowned architect

Dogwood Hills, Highlands, Kingswood and

Randy Heckenkemper. It has a 13-acre

Scotsdale) and one executive, nine-hole golf

practice facility and a clubhouse to relax in

course (Brittany). Driving ranges and retail

after a round. Stonebridge Meadows has

golf shops are also available.

hosted several prestigious golf events and is

The Creeks Golf and RV Resort

Holiday Island Golf Courses 1 Country Club Dr. / Holiday Island / 479-253-9511

1499 S. Main St., Cave Springs

The championship course includes 18 holes of / 479-248-1000

scenic beauty. Many of the tees and greens

This 18-hole course is scenic and challenging,

have amazing panoramic views. The driving

set along the Spring and Osage creeks in

range is secluded and quiet, with a view of

Osage Valley. Amenities include private and

the Ozark hills for miles. The grill and lounge

group lessons, a practice range, putting

are open seven days a week. The nine-hole

green, chipping and short game area, snack

executive course plays 1,832 yards with three

shack, lounge and sports bar.

par 4 holes and six par 3 holes. It is located on the lake and surrounded by a view of high bluffs and thickly wooded areas.

Left to right: photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P; photo by Marc F. Henning

on The Natural State Golf Trail.


Splish Splash When the warm, sunny days of summer come calling, Northwest Arkansas has plenty of splash zones to keep you cool. One even transforms into an ice rink in the winter, meaning the fun never ends.

Rogers Aquatic Center

Bentonville Community Center 1101 SW Citizens Circle, Bentonville / 479-696-0200

Bentonville Community Center

Rogers Aquatic Center

This 84,000-square-foot, public

1707 S. 26th St., Rogers

recreation facility has an indoor water / 479-936-5482

park, competition swimming pool,

This three-acre water park offers fun for

fitness center, basketball and volleyball

the whole family with leisure, competition

courts, and community halls that are

and plunge pools, a tot pool, splash pad and

perfect for a large community event or

lazy river, speed slides, a concession stand,

small business conference.

and more. Groups up to 550 people may rent the center for exclusive use during

Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink and Splash Park

evening hours.

215 SW A St., Bentonville / 479-464-7275 The plaza is a 7,000-square-foot, multi-use facility located just north of the downtown square, which is full of restaurants, shops and a hotel. In warm months, it serves as a splash park with more than 80 fountain jets. In mid-November it turns into an ice rink. Catch a free movie on a giant blow up screen, or dress up for a themed night for added fun.


Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink and Splash Park

Both pages clockwise from the top: photo courtesy Visit Rogers; photo courtesy Visit Bentonville; photo courtesy The Jones Center; photo courtesy Visit Bentonville; photo courtesy Bentonville Parks & Recreation

Springdale Aquatic Center 1100 Watson Ave., Springdale / 479-750-SWIM Splash pools for young children, and slides, diving boards and deeper pools for big kids make this a great place to play in the summer. Swim lessons, pavilion rentals and private party rentals are also available.

The Jones Center

Melvin Ford Aquatic Center / 479-756-8090

Melvin Ford Aquatic Center

This 220,000-square-foot facility houses

2000 NE Memorial Park Square, Bentonville

the region’s only indoor-ice-skating rink, / 479-273-9206

two indoor swimming pools, a gym,

From a one-foot-deep wading pool with

fitness center and food court, classrooms,

a raindrop fountain to a diving well that is

conference space, a chapel/auditorium,

13 feet deep, this aquatic center is for all

party rooms and more.

ages. It also has a one-meter springboard

922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale

for diving and a 12-foot-tall water slide. The competitive pool, ranging from three feet to eight feet deep, is open for lap and recreational swimming during designated times. Enjoy a shaded picnic area and concession stand.

The Family Aquatic Center 1800 N. Mt. Olive St., Siloam Springs / 479-524-2936 Enjoy curvy slides and a large pool to play in The Jones Center

at this summer oasis. Zero-depth entry to the main pool and 6,000-gallon baby pool.

Lori’s Closet

“If you don’t like what is in your closet, come and check out mine” Unfurnished Homes For Lease Furnished Homes by the Night, Week or Month

Retreats • Reunions • Relocations Professional Property Management

430 Town Center, Bella Vista, AR (479) 855-1111

David & Lori Pemberton, Owners 106 N. Harris St | Huntsville, Ar 72740 “On the Square in Huntsville” E-mail:


Eventful Sports

Joe Martin Stage Race

Run, fish, golf, bike, or even watch a demolition derby. There’s always something competitive going on in Northwest Arkansas.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G, this official LPGA tour event features 144 of the top female golfers in the world. The three-day, 54-hole stroke

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

competition takes place June 20-26, 2016, at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. Run along the NW Arkansas Championship’s

Rodeo of the Ozarks

signature 17th hole at the 5k@ the LPGA.

The race will take place Saturday, June 25,

A Northwest Arkansas tradition, the

starting and finishing at the Walmart AMP.

71st annual Rodeo of the Ozarks takes place each July at Parsons Stadium in

Walmart FLW Bass Fishing Tour

Springdale. Nearly 500 professional athletes will compete in seven PRCA and WPRA sanctioned events. The best cowboys and

best stock come together for four nights of

Hosted by Visit Rogers, the event takes

rodeo action.

place April 14-17, 2016, at Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake. The FLW Expo is held at the John Q. Hammons Center.

Ozark Demolition Derby With events in May and October, participants from the four-state area compete for thousands in cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights in a night of fender bending devastation, metal crushing destruction, and daredevil motorized mayhem.

Walmart FLW Bass Fishing Tour

Top to bottom: photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P; photo by Gabriel Roux; photo courtesy Walmart FLW Bass Fishing Tour

Joe Martin Stage Race

Hogeye Marathon / 479-521-7766

A nationally and internationally sanctioned

The 40th annual event is set for April 10,

cycling race in Fayetteville is comprised of

2016. Routes run through scenic Fayetteville.

a four-day, four-event professional race, and

Races include a marathon, half marathon,

a two-day, three-event amateur race. The

5K run/walk, and four-person relay. A pasta

professional men and women’s events are

dinner and expo round out the fun.

part of both the domestic and international professional racing calendars. The 2016 race is set for April 21-24. Also on April 23, the Joe Martin Gran Fondo is a non-competitive

Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival

bike ride held on some of the same courses

the professionals compete on in the Joe

Created to support area cross country

Martin Stage Race. Participants get to be a

teams in Northwest Arkansas, the Chile

pro for a day. Fun rest stops, unique courses,

Pepper has donated over $445,000 to local

and post-ride festivities set this event apart.

schools since 1988 and is now one of the premier running events in the nation. More

Eureka Springs Multisport Festival “The Eurekan”

than 5,000 runners participate including college, high school teams and individuals. Anyone can join the 10K, 5K and one-mile events, or watch the best teams in the / 479-521-7766

country compete. Held at the University

A three-day multisport festival in and

of Arkansas’ incredible off-road course, all

around Eureka Springs on August 12-14,

runners can enjoy a hot Mexican food feast

consisting of a triathlon on Friday afternoon,

after the race – set for Oct. 1, 2016.

road bike rides and races on Saturday and running races on Sunday. Participants can enter individual events or take "The Eurekan" challenge.

Slaughter Pen Jam Mountain Bike Festival Typically held in September or October, this

Slaughter Pen Jam Mountain Bike Festival

Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival

off with First Friday and bike related events second day features a mini downhill, archery

Bentonville Running Festival

biathlon, music, food, vendors, giveaways,

guided rides, kids events, stunt riders and

Run the half marathon, the 5K or the Fun

more. The final day gets serious with the

Run on April 2, 2016. The festival also

Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship

includes an expo, a pasta party, and a post

Series Race.

race celebration with tons of food, music,

on the downtown Bentonville Square. The

vendors, and inflatables for kids. Left to right: photo courtesy Visit Bentonville photo courtesy Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival

three-day festival for riders of all ages kicks


From Ice Age artifacts to the first home of a U.S. President and former Secretary of State, Northwest Arkansas offers a variety of historical museums, Civil War battlefields and heritage trails. Whether for historical research, education or simply an interesting outing, visitors will find a number of ways to relive defining moments in time. The Walmart Museum

Photo by Jeremy Mason McGraw

Historical Sites, Museums & Monuments Arkansas Air and Trace our intriguing past and visit the places where history happened. Explore the museums, exhibits and landmarks that are a testament to our region’s rich cultural heritage.

Military Museum

4290 S. School Ave., Fayetteville / 479-521-4947 Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas and during American military conflicts. Visit numerous displays of original military artifacts and aviation memorabilia, including historic aircraft many of which still fly. Static displays at the museum range from the Golden Age of Aviation to the jet age, including Vietnam-era Army helicopters and a Navy carrier fighter.

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History 118 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale / 479-750-8165

15930 E. Hwy 62, Garfield /

This is a regional history museum focusing

A decisive Civil War battle took place here

on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. It takes

on March 7-8, 1862. Some 24,000 soldiers

its name from the pioneer community of

fought to decide the fate of Missouri, just

Shiloh, which became Springdale in the

over the state line. The only national military

1870s. Most of what you'll see highlights the

park in Arkansas, this 4,300-acre historically

real shapers of Ozark history – the everyday

significant site includes a visitors center

men, women and children who lived in

with educational interactive exhibits, historic

area towns and rural communities. Along

buildings, picnic areas, a driving tour, and

with exhibits, you can explore six historic

trails for horses, biking and hiking.

buildings on the museum grounds.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park 506 E. Douglas St., Prairie Grove / 479-846-2990 This 837-acre park was the site of the last

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas.

Fought on December 7, 1862, the Confederate defeat here paved the way for control of the region by the Union Army. The park features a museum, visitors center and driving tour. Reenactments take place biennially in December of even numbered years. Photos courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Arkansas Air and Military Museum


Eureka Springs Historical Museum 95 South Main St. 479-253-9417 The Eureka Springs Historical Museum preserves and protects the history of this picturesque town. Known as the Little

Museum of Native American History

esque village and popular tourist destination

Museum of Native American History

of Eureka Springs was and still is a unique

202 SW O St., Bentonville

community holding fast to its heritage. The / (479) 273-2456

whole town is on the National Register of

Take a 14,000-year journey through

Historic Places.

America's past. Exhibits are laid out in

Switzerland of the Ozarks, the Victorian-

chronological order starting with the

The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens

first people through the early European influence. View some of the finest ancient artifacts of early man: brilliant headdresses, artistic effigy vessels, the famous

400 S. Walton Blvd., Bentonville

Sweetwater Biface, and an Ice Age Wooly / 479-254-3870

Mammoth. Audio wands are available for

Built by Colonel Samuel West Peel, this

self guided tours.

Italianate mansion has been preserved as a museum of authentic interior design. Its outdoor museum of historic roses, perennials, and native plants was once surrounded by 180 acres of apple trees.

Daisy Airgun Museum 202 W. Walnut St., Rogers 479-986-6873

The Peel Mansion

Enjoy a chronological presentation of Daisy’s history and view the

Daisy Airgun Museum


Siloam Springs Museum

extensive collection

112 N. Maxwell, Siloam Springs

of antique airguns, / 479-524-4011

packaging and vintage

The Siloam Springs Museum preserves,

advertisements. Baby

interprets and celebrates the heritage of an

Boomers can reminisce

area with a rich past. At this museum you

about their first Daisy BB gun and view the

can explore permanent exhibits highlighting

prototype of the family BB gun from the

Indian culture, pioneer life, medicine, and

movie A Christmas Story.

many other facets of the city’s history.

Both pages clockwise from the top: photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; photo courtesy The Walmart Museum; photo by Dero Sanford; photo courtesy Visit Rogers; photo courtesy Visit Rogers

Historical Sites, Museums & Monuments

The Walmart Museum

Clinton House Museum

The Walmart Museum

Clinton House Museum

105 N. Main St., Bentonville

930 W. Clinton Dr., Fayetteville / 479-273-1329 / 479-444-0066

The story of Walmart comes alive at The

Fayetteville's First Home of Bill and Hillary

Walmart Museum housed in the original

Clinton. Visit the living room where they

Walton’s 5&10 store on the Bentonville Square.

were married, view rare memorabilia and

Visitors can experience a piece of Sam

photos from President Clinton’s early

Walton’s history in a real, functional storefront,

political career, and tour the First Ladies

along with a replica of Sam’s office, his trusty

Garden. The gift shop is a great place to buy

old Ford truck, and other memorabilia. Also

unique mementos.

enjoy hot and cold beverages as well as ice cream at The Spark Cafe.

Rogers Historical Museum

University of Arkansas Sports Museums Razorback Road at Maple Dr., Fayetteville / 479-575-6533

22 S 2nd St., Rogers

The Jerry Jones/Jim Lindsey Hall of

Champions Museum (Razorback Football)

(479) 621-1154

in the Frank Broyles Athletic Center, along

You can discover Rogers’ and Northwest

with the Tommy Boyer Hall of Champions

Arkansas’ colorful history at this museum

Museum (Razorback Basketball and all other

through family-friendly exhibits and hands-on

sports) and the Razorback Women's Sports

activities. In addition, the museum broadens

Museum, both in Bud Walton Arena, display

its offerings through hosting traveling exhibits

a century of Arkansas sports memories. Visit

from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling

the gift shop at Walton Arena for all your

Exhibition Service, ExhibitsUSA, and other

Razorback needs.

sources of high-quality loan exhibitions.

Take home more than a great snapshot

Arkansas' ONLY Diamond Cutter and Award-Winning Goldsmiths

Bella Vista 479-715-6556


Historical Sites, Museums & Monuments

Headquarters House Museum and Garden

Aviation Cadet World

118 E. Dickson St., Fayetteville

542 CR 2073, Eureka Springs / 479-253-5008 / 479-521-2970

This attraction features aviation cadet

Headquarters House was built by Judge Jonas

related exhibits and attractions and

Tebbetts in 1853 and miraculously survived

includes Silver Wings Field, an airport for

the Civil War. The Battle of Fayetteville was

private aircraft. Experience an interactive

fought on its front lawn and a doorway bears

environment that ignites your imagination

the scar of a Minié ball bullet, preserving in

with the wonder of flight and travel back in

testament the hard-fought battle that earned

time to the world of the Aviation Cadets, the

the intersection of College Avenue and

men who built the air arm of this nation.

Dickson Street the title "Bloody Corner."

Bella Vista Historical Museum 1885 Bella Vista Way, Bella Vista / 479-855-2335 This museum features the history, photos, and displays interpreting the 100-year history of Bella Vista. Open from noon to 4

War Eagle Mill and Bridge

p.m., March to December.

War Eagle Mill and Bridge

11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers

Tontitown Historical Museum / 479-492-7324

251 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd., Tontitown

A visit to the state’s only operating mill

provides a taste of the pioneering spirit of


the 1800’s. The mill is home to a restaurant,

Reflecting the town’s interesting Italian

an 18-foot waterwheel and beautiful scenery.

background, the museum includes artifacts

The War Eagle Bridge, a one-lane steel bridge

from original pioneers and town founders, a

built in 1907, adjoins the mill and is listed on

pictorial history and information on the town’s

the National Register of Historic Places.

annual Grape Festival, now over 100 years old – all housed in the home of Mary and Zelinda

Veterans Wall of Honor

Bastianelli, sisters and original settlers.

Dartmoor Road, Bella Vista The Veterans Wall of Honor was established in 2004 and is situated on a site connecting to the Lake Bella Vista walking trail. The monument features 25 walls containing more than 4,100 granite tribute tablets inscribed with the names of service people from 23 states who served in the military from 1776 to 2006.

64 64

Veterans Wall of Honor

Both pages, left to right: photo courtesy Visit Rogers; photo courtesy City of Bentonville; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P

Heritage Trails

The Trail of Tears

The federal Indian Removal Act of 1830 allowed the forcible removal of five tribes — Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw and Seminole — to Butterfield Overland Mail Trail Route

As you drive around Northwest Arkansas you will notice signs designating historic Heritage Trails that not only changed the region, but the country as a whole. Visit for more info.

new lands in the Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma). All five tribes passed through Arkansas and many groups traveled through the northwest corner of the state.

Butterfield Overland Mail Trail Route

Several key battles were fought in

Civil War Trails

John Butterfield, a former stagecoach driver

Northwest Arkansas. Following the Civil

from New York, established the Butterfield

War Trails you can explore these routes

Overland Mail Route in 1858 with the goal

and battle locations: Cabell’s Route to

of connecting the Mississippi River and the

Fayetteville, the Pea Ridge Campaign, and

Pacific Ocean, delivering mail far faster

the Prairie Grove Campaign.

than by sea.

Compton Gardens and Conference Center

This 6.5 acre area has been developed into an Ozark native garden which is quickly becoming a regional destination. Once the home of Dr. Neil Compton, it includes an Exhibit Room of chronological events significant to his life. The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens

In 1875, Colonel Samuel West Peel built a marvelous villa tower Italianate mansion which serves as a historical museum with regularly scheduled and group tours. Tours available March-December; 10am-3pm / Tues. - Sat.

$5 plus tax, adults; $2 plus tax, children Free admission for children under age 6 Also, visit the Museum Store at The Peel Mansion.

Our venues offer a variety of rental options for your corporate or special event! Compton Gardens 312 N. Main St. Bentonville, AR 72712

The Peel Mansion 400 S. Walton Blvd. Bentonville, AR 72712 | 479.254.3870

s l a v i t Fes

Northwest Arkansas comes together for fun and festivity in a variety of ways – to sample chocolate, taste a foamy brew, fly a kite, or celebrate spring. All of these events add to the region's colorful and vibrant culture.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P

Community Festivals

From lively festivals and vibrant arts and crafts fairs, to farmers markets, holiday light displays and more, there’s a festival or event for everyone!

Kite Festival 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs / 479-253-5841 Join in the fun of flying your own kite or just watch colorful kites dancing in the sky at Firefly Fling

this annual festival held at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. On March 26, 2016, this

Firefly Fling

celebration includes vendors, contests, and fun activities for parents and children.

4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville / 479-750-2620 Typically held in July, this family event

Fayetteville Foam Fest

at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville

features nature adventures for all ages and

glowing games after dark. Enjoy spectacular

Benefiting Feed Fayetteville, this festival for

performances on the Great Lawn and watch

those 21 and older includes local, regional,

for Shaky Bugs and Fairy Willow to make

national and international brews, live music for

their appearances. Food, drink, and The

your listening pleasure, and food trucks selling

Firefly Shoppe add to the festivities. BGO

their tastiest eats. It takes place on May 7,

also hosts a free summer concert series,

2016, in the Walton Arts Center parking lot on

Chefs in the Garden, Cocktails in the Garden

Dickson Street.

and various educational programs.

42nd Annual Dogwood Festival

Downtown Fayetteville & NWA Region

Historic Downtown Siloam Springs / 479-527-9993 / 479-524-6466

One of the largest charitable motorcycle

Held annually on the last Friday, Saturday

rallies in the U.S., hundreds of thousands of

and Sunday in April, this award-winning

bikes can be seen throughout Fayetteville

event draws exhibitors from all over the U.S.

and the surrounding area during this event

and features hundreds of booths filled with

set for Sept. 21-24, 2016. Activities for

handmade, assembled and resale items.

bikers include a Poker Run, a parade and

Food vendors provide a variety of good

bike show, scenic rides, demo rides, and

eats, local and regional performers provide

plenty of vendors. Festival-goers get a

music and other entertainment, and the

close-up view of motorcycles in all makes

KidZone keeps the young ones happy

and models, from stock bikes straight off

and engaged. The weekend also includes

the lot to individually customized choppers.

the Dogwood 5K run and the annual

Attendees also enjoy live regional music

Bed Races on Broadway! The 2016 festival

and award-winning barbecue.

is April 22-24.

Photo courtesy Amber Secrest Photography

Bikes, Blues and BBQ


Community Festivals

Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

Dog Day of Summer Festival

3303 S. Pinnacle Hills Pkwy.

Downtown Siloam Springs

John Q. Hammons Center, Rogers / 479-524-4556 / 479-636-1200

Join in the fun on

Typically held surrounding Independence

the first Saturday of

Day, teams that compete in a state match

August. The festival

are eligible to compete in the Daisy

celebrates pets and

championship, which started in 1965. More

their people with

than 400 young people ages 8 to 15 qualify

a dog parade, dog

for the 5-meter team BB gun competition

contests, dog training

annually. They shoot a muzzle-loaded,

demonstrations, and

single-shot BB gun named the Daisy AVANTI

pet-themed vendors in

Champion Model 499 in four positions.

Twin Springs Park.

Dog Day of Summer

Block Street Block Party

NW Arkansas Food Festival

Block Street, Fayetteville

The NW Arkansas Food Festival kicks off on

Waiters’ races, beer

Thursday, June 23, at the Walmart AMP with

gardens, live music,

this grand tasting event as part of LPGA

vendors and funky

Week in Northwest Arkansas. Mix, mingle

characters help rock Block

and enjoy signature menu items from the

Street each spring, usually

best restaurants and chefs across the region.

in May. Plus, you get to

Taste your way through the craft beer and

visit all the great shops

burger scene of NWA.

and restaurants along the street leading to the Block Street Block Party

Downtown Square.

Frisco Festival

Springfest Dickson Street, Fayetteville Typically held each April, this event began

Downtown Rogers

in 1983 by merchants on Dickson Street as

a way to celebrate the history, culture and


flavor of Fayetteville. Festivities include

This family-friendly, end-of-summer festival

vendors of local arts and crafts, a pancake

honors the town’s rich railroad heritage.

breakfast, lots of live music, kid friendly

Signature events include the Chilisalsapeno

activities, bed races, street food and a 5K run.

Competition, Kids Zone, Frisco Chicken BBQ, Frisco Idol, several car shows, and non-stop main stage entertainment that starts and ends with Friday and Saturday night street dances. The 2016 festival is scheduled for August 26-27.

68 68

Frisco Festival

Annual VW Festival Weekend

207 W. Van Buren Ave., Eureka Springs / 479-435-1133 This three-day festival includes an awards show, a swap meet and a tourcade. Don’t miss the parade of every style and color of VW that you can imagine. Typically held in August, this is one of the biggest Volkswagen events in the Midwest.

Chocolate Lovers’ Festival

Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival

Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival 516 Village Circle, Eureka Springs / 479-253-8737 Hundreds of antique cars are based at Pine

207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs

Mountain Village and seen all over the town / 800-638-7352

of Eureka Springs. Typically held in early

Chocolate connoisseurs can satisfy their

September, the festival includes a parade

sweet tooth cravings with cookies, cakes,

through downtown followed by a 1922 bank

candies, ice cream, beverages, dipping

robbery re-enactment.

fountains, novelty products and more. This delectable Valentine’s Day weekend extravaganza benefits area schools and

Le Chocolate Feast

nonprofits. It's held on Feb. 13, 2016, at

4201 N. Shiloh Dr., Fayetteville

the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks / 479-640-8319

Convention Center.

Sample delicious chocolate treats on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016, at the Northwest Arkansas Mall. Even better than the chocolate, the

County Fairs

event benefits the Pink Divas of NWA, a local support group dedicated to serving all individuals diagnosed with, being treated for, and surviving breast cancer.

Washington County Fair

Benton County Fair

Carroll County Fair

Madison County Fair

Both pages clockwise from the top: photo courtesy City of Siloam Springs; photo courtesy Eureka Springs A&P; photo courtesy Carroll County Fair; photo courtesy Visit Rogers; photo courtesy Fayetteville Flyer

Washington County Fair

Summer just wouldn't be summer without the county fair. With all the funnel cakes, cotton candy, midway rides, country music, and juried livestock shows, you're sure to have a great time!


Arts & Crafts Fairs The hills are alive with hundreds of thousandsof crafts fair-goers each spring and fall in Northwest Arkansas. Spring dates for 2016 are in May, and fall dates are in October. Check with individual shows for exact times and dates.

War Eagle Fair

War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Crafts Fair 11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers / 479-789-5343 War Eagle Mill vendors are set up along the mill parking lot grounds. Professional crafts men and women offer original handmade

The Little Craft Show

work ranging from country decorative items to antique broken china jewelry. These juried artists come from across the country to sell

The Little Craft Show

their wares. You can also explore the old mill

Fayetteville Town Center

and eat at the Bean Palace restaurant. Arkansas’ most talked about “indie craft show” is held annually at the Fayetteville

War Eagle Fair

Town Center in downtown. It will take place on May 28, 2016, and in winter 2016.

11037 High Sky Inn Road, Hindsville / 479-789-5398 Located on the west side of the War Eagle and crafts fair founded in 1954. Here you can

The Homegrown Festival

find more than 250 booths of handcrafted

Twin Springs Park & Historic Downtown,

products on display by local artisans.

Siloam Springs

River, the War Eagle Fair is the original arts / 479-524-4556

Frisco Station Mall Arts and Crafts Festival


Hosted by Main Street Siloam Springs, this festival showcases local handmade goods, curated vintage items, and food from

100 N. Dixieland Road, Rogers

across the region. Vendors offer an array of / 479-631-0006

original, one-of-a-kind and limited-run items

Located indoors at the Frisco Station Mall, it

including illustrations, printmaking, music,

features hundreds of crafters at its spring

jewelry and accessories, pottery and more!

and fall shows.

The 2016 festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 8. Top to bottom: photo courtesy Visit Rogers; photo courtesy City of Fayetteville

Find Nature’s Best in

Eureka Springs West Home of the W hite R iver & B e aver L ake

Spend your days exploring the nature of Beaver Lake and the White River near Eureka Springs. Float, fish, hike or ride a horse in the mountains. Take a boat ride, spelunk, scuba, or just sit and relax. It’s all waiting for you at Eureka Springs West. Visit our website to plan your stay.

4 7 9 - 2 4 4 -6 6 7 2 • e u rek a spr i ng s w est . com

Arts and Crafts Fairs

Bella Vista Art on the Creek

Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival

8862 W. McNelly Road, Bentonville

1991 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista / 479-855-2064 / 479-855-2064

Takes place May 6-7, 2016, at Wishing Spring

This fall show in October has high quality

Gallery where booths are set up along McKisic

arts and crafts, always hand-made. Since

Creek’s walkway, inside the studio building, and

beginning in 1969, the festival has steadily

throughout the grounds. Artisans showcase

grown in size and reputation. All proceeds

their jewelry, photography, pottery, stained

benefit the Village Art Club scholarship

glass, watercolors, fiber and fabric art, and

program, children's art programs,

various other media.

continuing education for artists/artisans, and festival partners.

Sharp’s Show war_eagle.asp / 479-789-5683

Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festivals

This spring and fall show takes place on the

fields adjacent to the War Eagle Mill. The fair


has more than 250 booths offering visitors a

The largest indoor craft fair in the state,

wide array of handmade crafts from skilled

the spring show is held at the Northwest

artisans located throughout the country.

Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale,

Holiday themed gifts are in abundance, as

while the fall festival takes places at the same

well as seasonal decorations.

convention center plus John Q. Hammons

Center in Rogers and the Washington County

Spanker Creek Farm Arts and Crafts Fair 8464 W. McNelly Road, Bentonville

Fairgrounds in Fayetteville.

Spanker Creek Farm Arts and Crafts Fair / 479-685-5655 Returning and new exhibitors from all over the nation can be found at this show, located on a farm setting with a great Ozark atmosphere. Spanker Creek runs along the entire south side of the fair grounds and flows into Sugar Creek on the west side.

Your Online Portal to Northwest Arkansas Visitor Information Breakfast • Sandwiches • Salads • Wraps • Dinner

Lori’s CAFE Main Street

Huntsville, AR 479-738-5311

Find us on FaceBook for Daily Specials

Holiday Events

Lights of the Ozarks

Light Up Siloam

From Thanksgiving through the New Year, enjoy colorful holiday light displays throughout Northwest Arkansas. Cities also host lighting ceremonies, parades and open houses in shopping districts, while Santa makes his first appearance of the season.

Lights of the Ozarks This well-known holiday display of a half

Bentonville Christmas Parade and Winter Wonderland

a million lights extends from around the

historic downtown square all the way to


Dickson Street in Fayetteville. The lighting

One of the largest daytime parades in the

ceremony includes a parade and Santa.

state, it takes place in the vibrant downtown

Nightly activities feature pony, camel and

area of Bentonville. During the holiday season

carriage rides, and caroling.

you can also enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides

and ice skating at Lawrence Plaza.

Rogers Christmas Parade

Eureka Springs Christmas

In this sparkly, musical, sugary Christmas

parade, nearly 100 floats, marching bands,

The Victorian town of Eureka Springs has

and walking units celebrate the season

numerous events during the holidays,

with a stroll on the brick streets of historic

including a Tour of Homes, the annual Silver

downtown Rogers.

Tea, a Christmas parade, and a holiday decorating contest for both commercial and residential properties.

Christmas Parade of the Ozarks

With the wave of a magic candy cane,

thousands of Christmas lights illuminate

The annual Christmas Parade of the Ozarks in

Siloam Springs. The downtown parade has

Springdale begins at the rodeo grounds and

lighted floats, bands, dance troupes, fire

makes its way down Emma Avenue through

trucks and antique cars.

the heart of downtown.

Both pages, left to right: photo courtesy Spanker Creek Farm; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P; photo by Feyerabend Photoartists

Light Up Siloam Celebration and Christmas Parade


Farmers Markets

Fayetteville Farmers Market

The outdoor Farmers Markets in Northwest Arkansas are pleasing to the palate, eyes and ears. They open in April with most serving customers into November.


Historic Downtown Square The award-winning Fayetteville Farmers’ Market offers the finest in locally produced fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods, eggs, meats, juried artisan crafts and more from the NWA four-county area. The market is on Saturdays from April to November, and also on Tuesday and Thursday from April to October. An indoor winter market at the Jefferson Center is open December to March.


The Jones Center, Emma Ave. & Hwy. 265 All of the products you’ll find at the Springdale Farmers Market are grown or made by farmers and craft vendors in the four-county area. There’s an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, raw honey, nuts, farm fresh eggs, grass fed/free range meats and more.


Historic Downtown Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, you’ll find fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, meats, honey, jams and jellies, eggs, herbs and flowers. Non-food items include handcrafted hardwood kitchen items, knit-ware, home and garden decor, and more.



Historic Downtown Square From April to October, this Wednesday and Saturday market offers the highest in quality of produce, meats, arts and crafts, and more. Woven into the market experience are special activities and events, including chef demonstrations and the Kids Art Park.

Siloam Springs

Downtown City Park This market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, April through October, with fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, baked goods, handmade wares by local artisans, and more. You can even preorder local goods each week at, and pick up your order on Saturday.

Eureka Springs

Pine Mountain Village, Van Buren St. The first solar powered market in Arkansas, this market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, April to November. Established in 2004, it’s the source for organic, naturally grown food in Carroll County.

Madison County/ Huntsville

Historic Downtown Huntsville Square Held each Tuesday and Saturday, this farmers market for local growers and craftsmen is a great place to find fresh produce, unique crafts and to visit your neighbors.

Photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P




At-A-Glance Index

Destination: Northwest Arkansas Attractions BUSINESS




Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

306 E. Emma Ave.


PG. #

Bentonville Film Festival

Various Locations


Black Apple Crossing Cidery

321 E Emma Ave.


Blue Spring Heritage Center

Scenic U.S. 62 W.

Eureka Springs

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

4703 N. Crossover Rd.


Cherokee Casino & Hotel

2416 U.S. 412

West Siloam Springs

24, 83

Compton Gardens

312 N. Main St.


16, 48, 65

Cooper Chapel

504 Memorial Drive

Bella Vista


Cosmic Cavern

6386 Hwy. 21 North


18, 47, 51

Fayetteville Ale Trail

Various Locations


Keels Creek Winery

3185 E. Van Buren St.

Eureka Springs

Ozark Mountain Ziplines

208 W. Van Buren St.

Eureka Springs

26, 52 16-17, 38 26 18, 49 13, 20-21, 44, 48-49

20, 41 18 18, 50

Ozark Natural Science Center

1905 Madison 1305


Sassafras Springs Vineyard

6461 Guy Terry Rd.


Scott Family Amazeum

1009 Museum Way


Thorncrown Chapel

12968 Hwy. 62 West

Eureka Springs


Tontitown Winery

335 N Barrington Rd.



Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

239 Turpentine Creek Ln.

Eureka Springs

18, 51, 84

War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake

21494 Cavern Rd.


23, 52, 82

Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari

20923 Safari Rd.


22 26, 47 13, 16-17, 31


Art Museums & Galleries BUSINESS




PG. #

21c Museum Hotel Galleries

200 N.E. A St.


16, 30, 35

Arts Center of the Ozarks

214 S. Main St.


26, 31, 34

Community Creative Center

505 W. Spring St.


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

600 Museum Way


20, 31 8, 13, 16, 29, 46

Eureka Springs Downtown District

44 S. Main St.

Eureka Springs

Fayetteville Underground

101 W. Mountain St.


Joy Pratt Markham Gallery

Walton Arts Center


Museum of Native American History

202 S.W. O St.


16-17, 62

Terra Studios

12103 Hazel Valley Rd.


20, 31, 35

UA Fine Arts Center Gallery

University of Arkansas



Windgate Visual Arts Galleries

John Brown University

Siloam Springs


18, 31 20, 30 20, 30

Stay in the Know!

Sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter at


Opposite page: photo courtesy Visit Rogers; photo courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Performing Arts BUSINESS




Arend Arts Center

500 Tiger Blvd.


18, 36

Arkansas Public Theatre

116 S. 2nd St.


22-23, 34

Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (The AMP)

Just off I-49


Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

Arend Arts Center


16, 36

Arts Center of the Ozarks

214 S. Main St.


26, 31, 34

Arts Live Theatre

818 N. Sang Ave.


Berry Performing Arts Center

2000 W. University St.

Siloam Springs

Faulkner Performing Arts Center

453 Garland Ave.


Opera in the Ozarks

16311 Hwy. 62 West

Eureka Springs

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)

Walton Arts Center


The Great Passion Play

935 Passion Play Rd.

Eureka Springs


550 W. Spring St.


Trike Theatre

107 N.W. 2nd St.


University Theatre

University of Arkansas


Walton Arts Center

495 W. Dickson St.


PG. #

5, 13, 23, 32

34 24, 34 33 18, 36-37 20-21, 35-36 18-19, 33 20, 33 34 33 4, 13, 20-21, 32, 39

At-A-Glance Index

History & Heritage BUSINESS




Arkansas Air & Military Museum

4290 S. School Ave.


PG. # 20, 61

Arkansas Heritage Trails

Arkansas State Parks

27, 45

Aviation Cadet World

542 C.R. 2073 Silver Wings Field

Eureka Springs

18, 64

Bella Vista Historical Museum

1885 Bella Vista Way

Bella Vista

17, 64

Butterfield Overland Trail

Northwest Arkansas


Clinton House Museum

930 W. Clinton Dr.

20, 63

Civil War Trails

Northwest Arkansas

Daisy Airgun Museum

202 W. Walnut St.


Eureka Springs Historical Museum

95 S. Main St.



65 22, 23, 62, 82

Eureka Springs

18, 62

Headquarters House Museum & Garden 118 E. Dickson St.


20, 64

Museum of Native American History

202 S.W. O St.


Pea Ridge National Military Park

15930 Hwy. 62 East


The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens

400 S. Walton Blvd.


Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

506 E. Douglas St.

Prairie Grove

Rogers Historical Museum

322 S. 2nd St.


Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

118 W. Johnson Ave.


26, 32, 61

Siloam Springs Museum

112 N. Maxwell St.

Siloam Springs

24-25, 62


Tontitown Historical Museum

251 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd.

The Trail of Tears

Northwest Arkansas

Veterans Wall of Honor

Dartmoor Road

Bella Vista

The Walmart Museum

105 N. Main St.


War Eagle Mill and Bridge

11045 War Eagle Rd.


University of Arkansas Sports Museums Razorback Road at Maple Drive Fayetteville

16-17, 62 61 16-17, 62, 65 45, 61 22-23, 32, 63

26, 64 65 17, 64 3, 16-17, 63 23, 64 63



Check out for additional lodging options





PG. #

21c Museum Hotel

200 N.E. A St.

Bentonville bentonville

16, 30, 35

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

75 Prospect Ave.

Eureka Springs


1905 Basin Park Hotel

12 Spring St.

Eureka Springs


Best Western CastleRock Inn & Suites

501 S.E. Walton Blvd.



Grand Central Hotel & Spa

37 N. Main St.

Eureka Springs


Holiday Inn NWA Convention Center

1500 S. 48th St.



Festivals & Events

See pages 66-74 for a listing of community festivals and special events taking place throughout Northwest Arkansas.

Eventful Arts

See pages 38-40 for a listing of art related events.


Sporting Events See pages 58-59 for a listing of sports related special events.

FIND FOOD THAT HITS THE PARKING SPOT. trict eet entertainment dis feeds the Dickson Str rt door cou out ck an tru for d t foo fec The Shulertown and more. It’s per ales, ice cream, pizza tam yet n, efa cke enc chi eri d exp frie h it vis wit more, t craving. To find out lunch or a late-nigh

“Crossroads to the Ozarks”

Enjoy these many hometown activities in 2016 Madison County IPRA Rodeo – July 29th-30th Farmers market Every Tuesday and Saturday May thru October Madison County Fair – August 13th-20th Movies on the Square – First Saturday, May thru September Around the Community Festival – Saturday September 10th Wakarusa Music Festival – June 2nd-5th Chamber of Commerce Ice Cream Social – Saturday June 4th Annual light of Town Christmas Lights – Friday November 18th Annual Christmas Parade Saturday – Saturday December 3rd For more information about these events and other activities please contact Huntsville Area Chamber of Commerce | PO Box 950 Huntsville, Ar 72740 479-738-6000

Sports & Recreation BUSINESS




Bella Vista Golf Courses

Multiple Locations

Bella Vista

The Creeks Golf and RV Resort

1499 S. Main St.

Cave Springs

The Family Aquatic Center

1800 N. Mt. Olive St.

Siloam Springs

Holiday Island Golf Courses

1 Country Club Dr.

Holiday Island

21, 55

The Jones Center

922 E. Emma Ave.


26, 57

Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink & Splash Park

215 SW ‘A’ St.


16, 56

Melvin Ford Aquatic Center

2000 N.E. Memorial Park Square Bentonville

Northwest Arkansas Naturals

3000 S. 56th St.


Rogers Aquatic Center

1707 S. 26th St.


Springdale Aquatic Center

1100 Watson Ave.


26, 57

Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course

3495 E. Goff Farm Rd.


20, 55

University of Arkansas Razorbacks


Shopping & Services

17, 55 55 24, 57

16, 56 6, 13, 26, 54 23, 56

14, 20, 54

Check out for additional shopping options





2 Gals Junk

120 S. Broadway

Siloam Springs


B¯athe Handcrafted Bath and Body

116 N. Broadway Suite E

Siloam Springs


Bentonville Farmers Market




Eureka Springs Farmers Market

Pine Mountain Village

Eureka Springs


Eureka Massage Center

117 Wall St.

Eureka Springs

Eureka! Massage and Wellness Therapies 147 W. Van Buren

Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs School of the Arts

15751 U.S. 62

Eureka Springs

Fayetteville Farmers' Market



Fresh Harvest Tasting Room

512 Village Cir.

Eureka Springs


Linden's Custom Jewelry & Diamonds

606 W. Lancashire Blvd.

Bella Vista


Lori’s Closet

PG. #

106 Harris St.

20-21, 74



Madison County/Huntsville Farmers Market Downtown


22, 74

Northwest Arkansas Mall

4201 N. Shiloh Dr.


20, 41

Pinnacle Hills Promenade

2203 Pinnacle Hills Blvd.



Rogers Farmers Market




Siloam Flowers and Gifts

201 S. Broadway

Siloam Springs


Siloam Springs Farmers Market

Downtown City Park

Siloam Springs

Springdale Farmers Market

The Jones Center


Suchness Spa

63 Spring St.

Eureka Springs

Vacation Rentals

430 Towncenter

Bella Vista




PG. #



25, 74 74 57

Check out for additional dining options





28 Springs

100 E University St.

Siloam Springs

PG. #

Ermilio’s Italian Home Cooking

26 White St.

Eureka Springs

The Grand Taverne

37 N. Main St.

Eureka Springs

Lori's Main Street Cafe & Coffee House

105 W. Main St.



Saddlebock Brewery

18244 Habberton Rd.



25 49

At-A-Glance Index

Nature & Outdoor Adventure BUSINESS


Beaver Lake

Northwest Arkansas



PG. #

Beaver Lake Eagle Watch & Fall Foliage Tour 4024 Mundell Rd.

Eureka Springs

Bella Vista Lakes

Bella Vista

Bella Vista Trails

Bella Vista

13, 18, 23, 43 52 17, 43

17, 46

Buffalo National River

13, 43

Crystal Bridges Trails

600 Museum Way


Devil’s Den State Park

11333 W. Hwy. 74

West Fork


Hobbs State Park

20201 E. Hwy. 12


23, 45

Holiday Island Marina

124 Woodsdale Dr.

Holiday Island

21, 44

Holiday Island Campground

21 N. Star Loop

Holiday Island

21, 44

Illinois River

Northwest Arkansas

13, 44

Kings River

Northwest Arkansas

22, 44

Lake Fayetteville Park

1208 E. Lake Fayetteville Rd.


Lake Leatherwood City Park

U.S. 62 West

Eureka Springs

Lake Wedington

15689 Lake Wedington Entry



47 47 20, 43

Mulberry River Razorback Regional Greenway

Northwest Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park

15930 Hwy. 62 East


Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

506 E. Douglas St.

Prairie Grove

Scenic Byways Siloam Springs Kayak Park

19253 Fisher Ford Rd.

Siloam Springs

Skydive Skyranch

20610 Smith Field Dr. Cecil Smith Airport

Siloam Springs

Slaughter Pen Bike Trail



13, 17, 21, 26, 46 61 45, 60 52 13, 24, 50 24, 50 16

Top Motorcycle Rides 52 White River

Northwest Arkansas

18, 44

Withrow Springs State Park

33424 Ark. Spur 23


22, 27

Visitor Information ORGANIZATION




Bella Vista Village POA

98 Clubhouse Dr.

Bella Vista

Visit Bentonville

104 E. Central Ave.


Huntsville Area Chamber of Commerce

103 E. Main St.


Eureka Springs Chamber Visitor Information Center

516 Village Cir.

Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs West Tourism

Eureka Springs

eurekaspringswest .com

18, 71

Fayetteville Visitors Bureau

21 S. Block Ave.


10, 20

Main Street Siloam Springs

103 E. Alpine St., Ste. 2

Siloam Springs

NWA Regional Airport

1 Airport Blvd.


Visit Rogers

317 W. Walnut St.


10, 22-23

Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce

108 E. University St.

Siloam Springs

10, 24, 77

Springdale Chamber of Commerce

202 W. Emma Ave.


Bella Vista/ Siloam Springs

10, 17, 74 2, 10, 16 10, 22, 79 10, 18

25 6

10, 26 10

Arkansas Welcome Centers Multiple Locations

PG. #


Advertiser Index 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 1905 Basin Park Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 2 Gals Junk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 28 Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Arkansas State Parks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 B¯athe Handcrafted Bath and Body. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Bella Vista Village POA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Best Western CastleRock Inn and Suites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Blue Spring Heritage Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Cherokee Casino and Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 City of Huntsville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 City of Siloam Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Cosmic Cavern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Daisy Airgun Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Eureka Springs CAPC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Eureka Springs West Tourism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Experience Fayetteville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41, 79 Fresh Harvest Tasting Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Grand Taverne at the Grand Central Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 The Great Passion Play. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Holiday Inn / NWA Convention Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Linden's Custom Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Lori’s Closet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Lori's Main Street Café and Coffee House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Main Street Siloam Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Northwest Arkansas Mall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Northwest Arkansas Naturals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Opera in the Ozarks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 The Peel Mansion & Compton Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Rogers Historical Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Sassafras Springs Vineyards and Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Siloam Flowers and Gifts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Siloam Springs Chamber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Siloam Springs Farmers Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Siloam Springs Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 SoNA/Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Terra Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Vacation Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Visit Bentonville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Visit Rogers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Walmart AMP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 The Walmart Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Walton Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Scenic Highway 12 20 Miles Southwest of Eureka Springs 15 Miles East of Rogers



Cherokee Casino is the destination to find all your needs in one place. Between our comfortable hotel rooms, exciting gaming floor, delicious buffet and live concerts in SEVEN, you’ll feel like you never want to leave. U.S. Highway 412 & 59, West Siloam Springs, OK 800.754.4111 • Know your limits. Gambling problem? Call 800.522.4700.

CNENT_38977_WSS_2016_NWA_VisitorsGuide_156835.indd 1

9/16/15 4:55 PM

America’s P remier Big Cat Refuge Northwest Arkansas’ Greatest Attraction Rated “Top Ten Best Attraction” in Arkansas

Guided Tours Hourly Education Station On Site Lodging Campground Groups Welcome Volunteer Opportunities 479.253.5841 •

239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

7 Miles South of Eureka Springs on Hwy 23

Profile for Vantage Point Commmunications

2016 Northwest Arkansas Visitors Guide  

2016 Northwest Arkansas Visitors Guide