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2019

NORTHWEST

ARKANSAS

VISitors guide The Northwest Arkansas Visitors Guide is published annually by the Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association. Molly Rawn, President Kalene Griffith, Vice President Cassi Lapp, Secretary Sandy Martin, Treasurer

Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association P.O. Box 2865 Bentonville, AR 72712 NorthwestArkansas.org This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission. Contents Š 2019. All rights reserved.

Produced by Vantage Point Communications. Paid for with a combination of state funds and private regional association funds. 12-18 / 50M / Printed in the U.S.A. by The RoArk Group, Inc. vpointcommunications.com

ON THE COVER Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Walmart AMP; Eureka Springs A&P; Visit Bentonville; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Experience Fayetteville; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Experience Fayetteville; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Experience Fayetteville


ABOUT NATA

The Northwest Arkansas Tourism 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 NorthwestArkansas.org.

NATA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018-19 NATA is guided by a Board of Directors made up of Northwest Arkansas tourism and hospitality industry leaders. PRESIDENT Molly Rawn Experience Fayetteville VICE PRESIDENT Kalene Griffith Visit Bentonville SECRETARY Cassi Lapp City of Bella Vista TREASURER Sandy Martin Arts Council of Eureka Springs PAST PRESIDENT J.R. Shaw Visit Rogers ELECTED DIRECTORS Darcy Ballew Walton Arts Center Shey Bland Main Street Rogers Diane Carroll Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Linda Graves Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District Val Gonzalez Terra Studios Nancy Marsh City of Huntsville Elvis Moya University of Arkansas Tanya Smith Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Mayor Darrell Trahan City of Huntsville Mark Zaiger Arvest Ballpark ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVES Judy Griffin Bella Vista POA Graham Cobb Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce

David Faulkner Pinnacle Hills Promenade

Chris Claybaker City of Berryville

Meghan Feyerabend Feyerabend Photoartists

Mike Maloney Eureka Springs A&P Commission

Jennifer Irwin Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Lawrence Blood Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District David Pemberton Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Sandy Luetjen City of Siloam Springs Nathan Reed Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce Perry Webb Springdale Chamber of Commerce Aerial Courdin Springdale Chamber of Commerce REGIONAL PARTNERS Arkansas Welcome Centers Northwest Arkansas Council

From Top tothe bottom: top: photos photos courtesy courtesy Eureka Visit Bentonville, Springs A&P; Eureka Arkansas Springs Department A&P, of Parks & Arkansas Tourism;Dept. Arkansas of Parks Department & Tourism of Parks & Tourism; City of Siloam Springs

From the top: Eureka Springs; Bentonville Dining; Fayetteville Nightlife; Siloam Springs Farmers Market

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REGIONAL MAP

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WELCOME TO NWA

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Bentonville Snapshot Bella Vista Snapshot Berryville Snapshot Eureka Springs Snapshot Fayetteville Snapshot Holiday Island Snapshot Huntsville Snapshot Rogers Snapshot Siloam Springs Snapshot Springdale Snapshot

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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SPORTS & RECREATION

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HISTORY & HERITAGE Historical Sites, Museums & Monuments

FESTIVALS & EVENTS Community Festivals Farmers Markets Culinary Festivals Arts & Crafts Fairs Holiday Events

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Museums & Art Galleries Performing Arts Eventful Arts

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

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Lakes & Rivers State Parks Cycling & Hiking Trails Display Gardens Daredevil Fun Into the Wild: Caves & Caverns, Turpentine & Eagle Watch Scenic Rides

AT-A-GLANCE INDEX

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ADVERTISER INDEX

Clockwise from the top: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville; The Railyard Bike Park in Rogers; Siloam Springs Kayak Park; Eureka Springs; Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville; Kings River

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HolidayHOLIDAY Island Suburban ISLAND Improvement District Holiday Island 110 Woodsdale Drive, HolidaySuburban Island 479.270.1393 Improvement District

of Commerce

317 W. Walnut Street, Rogers 479.636.1240 Visit Rogers VisitRogersArkansas.com 317 W. Walnut Street, Rogers 479.636.1240 VisitRogersArkansas.com

Visit Rogers ROGERS

ROGERS

208 E War Eagle 479.738.6607 Huntsville City Hall HuntsvilleArkansas.org 208 E War Eagle 479.738.6607 HuntsvilleArkansas.org

Huntsville City Hall HUNTSVILLE

HUNTSVILLE

VisitHolidayIsland.com 110 Woodsdale Drive, Holiday Island 479.270.1393 VisitHolidayIsland.com

For a listing of area attractions, see the At-A-Glance section, pgs. 80-86

95 S. Main Street, Eureka Springs

EurekaEurekaSprings.org Springs Historical Museum Visitor Information Center Eureka Springs Historical Museum 95 S. Main Street, Eureka Springs Visitor Information Center

479.253.7333

EurekaEUREKA Springs Advertising SPRINGS & Promotion Commission Eureka Springs Advertising 479.253.7333 EurekaSprings.org & Promotion Commission

EUREKA SPRINGS

506 S. Main, Berryville 870.423.3704 Berryville Chamber BerryvilleChamber.com 506 S. Main, Berryville Berryville.com 870.423.3704 BerryvilleChamber.com Berryville.com

Berryville Chamber of Commerce BErryville

BErryville

104 E. Central Avenue, Bentonville 479.271.9153 Visit Bentonville VisitBentonville.com 104 E. Central Avenue, Bentonville 479.271.9153 VisitBentonville.com

HOLIDAY ISLAND

Visit Bentonville BENTONVILLE

BENTONVILLE

21 S. Block Avenue, Fayetteville 479.521.5776 Experience Fayetteville ExperienceFayetteville.com 21 S. Block Avenue, Fayetteville 479.521.5776 ExperienceFayetteville.com

101 Town Center, Bella Vista 479.876.1255 Discover Bella Vista DiscoverBellaVistaAr.com 101 Town Center, Bella Vista 479.876.1255 DiscoverBellaVistaAr.com

For more information, please visit our website NorthwestArkansas.org

479.855.3111 Bentonville Welcome Center 13750 Visitors Center Drive, Bella Vista Siloam 479.855.3111 Springs Welcome Center 2000 U.S. 412, Siloam Springs 479.524.4445 Siloam Springs Welcome Center 2000 U.S. 412, Siloam Springs 479.524.4445

ARKANSAS STATE WELCOME CENTERS ARKANSAS STATE Bentonville Welcome Center WELCOME CENTERS 13750 Visitors Center Drive, Bella Vista

ExploreSpringdale.com 202 W. Emma Avenue, Springdale 479.872.2222 ExploreSpringdale.com

Springdale Advertising & SPRINGDALE Promotion Commission Springdale Advertising & 202 W. Emma Avenue, Springdale 479.872.2222 Promotion Commission

SPRINGDALE

400 N. Broadway, Siloam Springs 479.238.0940 City of Siloam Springs DiscoverSiloam.com 400 N. Broadway, Siloam Springs 479.238.0940 DiscoverSiloam.com

City of SILOAM Siloam Springs SPRINGS

Discover Bella Vista BELLA VISTA

Experience Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE

SILOAM SPRINGS

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WELCOME TO NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

Clockwise from the top: Fayetteville Roots Festival; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville; Razorback Greenway; Siloam Springs Dining; Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs

Come indulge in a serious case of wanderlust! Welcome to Northwest Arkansas! You've arrived in a place unlike any other. Artsy, historic, hip and vibrant, we offer unparalleled access to Mother Nature, travel-worthy arts and culture, a booming craft brew scene, the largest outdoor music venue in the state, and miles upon miles of internationally ranked cycling trails.

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Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Fayetteville Roots Festival; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Eureka Springs A&P; City of Siloam Springs


WELCOME

W

e are the

Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville presents

perfect

international performing artists and

blend of urban

Broadway productions in its newly expanded

sophistication

venue. And, the Walmart AMP in Rogers,

and small-town

Arkansas largest outdoor concert venue, is

charm. From the

kicking off a $13.9 million expansion to take

world-class Crystal

programming into the next decade.

Bridges Museum of American Art, with rotating exhibitions and free admission to a permanent collection of American masterpieces, to the breathtaking beauty of the Ozark Mountains, this region is truly hard to beat. With four counties, 10 diverse cities, and hundreds of attractions in between, this is one

THE PERFECT BLEND OF

URBAN SOPHISTICATION &

Small Town

coolest, hippest, most underrated and the

CHARM

best places to live and visit.

Northwest Arkansas is also home to the

of the most sought-after travel destinations in the U.S. In the last few years alone, Northwest Arkansas has been recognized among the

much-loved arts city of Eureka Springs, a No visit is complete without a stop in

quirky Victorian-style hamlet with eclectic

Bentonville at the Crystal Bridges museum,

shops, galleries and eateries, and an entire

which is also opening a brand-new multi-

downtown that is on the National Register

disciplinary contemporary arts space in 2020

of Historic Places.

called The Momentary. If you’re looking to experience our hands-on maker movement,

Have fun playing, staying and eating

visit the nearby Scott Family Amazeum

throughout the region during annual culinary

interactive museum for children and families.

fests, art strolls and outdoor music festivals.

Clockwise from the top: Bentonville Dining; Walton Arts Center in Fayetteviie; Mardi Gras in Downtown Eureka Springs

Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Walton Arts Center; Eureka Springs A&P

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WELCOME TO NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

Both pages clockwise from the top: BITE NW Arkansas in Bentonville; Beaver Lake; Clinton House Museum in Fayetteville; Siloam Springs Coffee Shop; Arvest Ballpark in Springdale; Slaughter Pen Bike Park in Bentonville

The Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded

market movement, and our rich culinary

by actress Geena Davis, and the multi-day

scene is steeped in locally grown tradition.

Fayetteville Roots Festival each draw tens of

A new generation of chefs and foodies

thousands of people from around the world.

is evolving the culinary landscape in

The annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle

Northwest Arkansas, while the region gains

rally is the largest rally of its kind in the U.S.

national attention as The Next Food Capital. For those who love ale, lager and all things beer, a growing number of craft breweries produce millions of pints of beer each year. The popular Fayetteville Ale Trail, which features the state’s only hard cidery in Springdale, is also adding new stops to its route. Minor league baseball fans can enjoy those local

Cyclists all hail to the trail on the 37-mile

brews watching

Razorback Regional Greenway, which

the Northwest

connects NWA's urban cores with parks,

Arkansas Naturals

amenities and nature. With our 200+ (and

take the field at

growing) miles of mountain bike trails, the

Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. In Fayetteville,

International Mountain Bicycling Association

the University of Arkansas Razorbacks

(IMBA) has designated Northwest Arkansas

attract fans to the state’s flagship campus

an inaugural Regional Ride Center.

for football, basketball, baseball and other SEC sports action. Every summer,

Amenities like The Railyard Bike Park, the only

Rogers hosts the Walmart NW Arkansas

off-road jump park in this part of the country,

Championship LPGA tournament.

first-in-class pump tracks, and more cycling

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infrastructure that keeps on coming, make

Outdoor enthusiasts have quick and easy

this region a mountain bikers’ paradise.

access to lakes, rivers and state and national

Northwest Arkansas boasts a huge farmers

parks. Paddle the rapids on the scenic

Clockwise from the top: BITE NW Arkansas; Visit Rogers; Northwest Arkansas Naturals; Visit Bentonville


Illinois River at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park, or float the nearby Buffalo River – America’s first national river. Enjoy fishing, boating and water sports on Beaver Lake, or visit parks in Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove where Civil War battles were fought. Influential artists and politicians have called Northwest Arkansas home, including poet Miller Williams, architect E. Fay Jones, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose first home together is now the Clinton House Museum.

Explore the region and our cities of Bentonville, Bella Vista, Berryville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Holiday Island, Huntsville, Rogers, Siloam Springs and Springdale. Discover all there is to know about this

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exciting region and why more than a half a million people call us home!

Call 479-725-4017 for reservations Top to bottom: photos courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; City of Siloam Springs

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BENTONVILLE AT-A-GLANCE

BENTONVILLE

County / Benton Population / 47,093 Area / 31.29 sq. miles Founded / 1837

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

Bentonville Film Festival / pg. 40 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art / pg. 31 21c Museum Hotel / pg. 32 8th Street Market / pg. 16 Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra / pg. 38 Compton Gardens / pg. 52 Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink and Splash Park / pg. 60 Melvin Ford Aquatic Center / pg. 61 Museum of Native American History / pg. 66 Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens / pg. 66 Scott Family Amazeum / pg. 33 Slaughter Pen Bike Park / pg. 48 Thaden Field / pg. 69 The Walmart Museum / pg. 67

MORE INFO

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

A NEW AMERICAN TOWN

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

S

ophisticated yet quaint,

interactive children’s learning

big city amenities with a

museum; The Walmart

small town feel, progressive

Museum with Sam Walton’s

and creative, Bentonville

original 5&10 store; and the

is all of this and more. No

new Thaden Field, a full-

longer just the corporate

service, community centric

headquarters of Walmart,

aviation center.

Bentonville boasts an abundance of art, food, music, cycling and history for visitors and residents alike. The world-class Crystal

Bentonville Film Fest

Bridges Museum of American Art spans five

Love festivals and events?

centuries of art, dubbed

The Bentonville Film

by The Washington Post

Festival co-founded by

as “the most-talked-about

Academy Award™-winning

new museum in the United

actress Geena Davis

States in a generation.” In

supports gender inclusion.

2020, Crystal Bridges will

Each spring, the Bentonville

open The Momentary, a

Half Marathon draws

multidisciplinary art space for

thousands of runners. The

visual and performing arts.

new 8th Street Market hosts a growing number

The 21c Museum Hotel adds

of culinary festivals, like

another artful element to

BITE NW Arkansas and

downtown, with gallery

the World Championship

space adjoining the 104-

Squirrel Cook Off.

room boutique hotel and Scott Family Amazeum

the acclaimed restaurant

Bentonville has fast become

The Hive. Bentonville is one

one of the top cycling

of only seven cities with

destinations in North

a Conde Nast Traveler-

America. With 140 miles

recognized 21c hotel location.

of hard and soft trails, the International Mountain

Bentonville Dining

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Be amazed by all there is

Bicycling Association (IMBA)

to see and do here, like the

has ranked Bentonville a

Scott Family Amazeum

Silver Level Ride Center.

Top to bottom: photos courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Visit Bentonville; Scott Family Amazeum; Visit Bentonville


CITY SNAPSHOTs natural surface trails

cocktails or locally brewed

and greenways.

craft beverages.

The culinary scene in

Pay us a visit and explore

Bentonville is reaching new

all Bentonville has to

heights with nationally

offer. With new offerings

The Coler Mountain Bike

recognized chefs and

regularly coming on the

Preserve opens this year

award-winning High South

scene, you’ll find there is

adding yoga platforms, a

Cuisine. Dine at downtown’s

something for every taste,

cafe and event pavilions

eclectic restaurants, or hit

style and budget in this New

to the existing miles of

the town for hand-crafted

American Town.

Coler Trails

BELLA VISTA AT-A-GLANCE

BELLA VISTA

County / Benton Population / 28,406 Area / 44.26 sq. miles Founded / 1965

A PLACE TO CALL HOME

Bella Vista Lakes

S

oon to be home to 100

The City of Bella Vista

miles of singletrack,

incorporated in 2007 and is

Bella Vista is an adventure

home to young families and

lovers paradise. Mountain

working professionals who

biking, running, hiking, or just

live here because outdoor

about any kind of outdoor

recreation is king. Bella Vista

recreation, you can do that

is not a “gridded” city – it

here! And with

offers hills, woods

seven lakes and

and plenty to

golf courses,

explore, minutes

we have it all

north of bustling

for anyone who

Bentonville.

enjoys the great outdoors.

The Bella Vista Blowing Springs Park

The city’s Back

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

Back 40 Trails / pg. 48 Bella Vista Golf Courses / pg. 59 Bella Vista Historical Museum / pg. 69 Bella Vista POA Trails / pg. 48 Blowing Springs RV Park and Campground / pg. 48 Cooper Chapel / pg. 80 Veterans Wall of Honor / pg. 68 Bella Vista Lakes / pg. 45 Lakepoint Restaurant and Event Center / pg. 17

MORE INFO

Discover Bella Vista 101 Town Center (479) 876-1255 DiscoverBellaVistaAr.com

Property Owners Association

Regional Greenway. After

40 Trails offer 40 miles of

operates seven lakes ideal

a day of adventure, grab a

pure Arkansas singletrack,

for fishing, paddle boarding,

bite at one of our unique

boasting challenging features

swimming and boating,

restaurants – pizza perhaps?

that bring mountain bike

as well as golf courses,

Maybe a burger? Or fine

riders back to their roots.

swimming pools, tennis

dining? And don’t forget to

And the next phase of

courts, playgrounds and

treat yourself at the wine

mountain bike trails – 50

more. RV and tent camping

bar overlooking the marina

more miles – is being built.

is available at Blowing

at Lakepoint Restaurant.

Let the bluffs, bridges

Springs Park, where you

and waterfalls inspire you,

can catch the northern

If you haven’t seen Bella Vista

pedaling or on foot.

terminus of the Razorback

lately, you should.

Top to bottom: photos courtesy Oz Trails; Discover Bella Vista; Discover Bella Vista

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BERRYVILLE

BERRYVILLE AT-A-GLANCE

THE BEST-KEPT SECRET IN THE OZARKS!

County / Carroll County Population / 5377 Area / 6.07 sq. miles Founded / 1850

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

Saunders Museum / pg. 68 Pension Mountain Trails / pg. 50 Carroll County Heritage Center / pg. 69 Carroll County Country Club Golf Course / pg. 84 Kings River / pg. 46 Cosmic Cavern / pg. 55

MORE INFO

Berryville Chamber of Commerce 506 S. Main (870) 423-3704 BerryvilleChamber.com Berryville.com

H

istoric Berryville: Northwest Arkansas’

best-kept secret, a retail hub of Carroll County, where that “hometown feeling” Pension Mountain Trails

is alive and well. Visit the picturesque downtown Public Square on a walking

and has 12 city parks for fun

tour and explore fascinating

outdoor adventures like ATV

museums and distinctive

riding, biking and hiking. Test

shops. Berryville is perfect

your skills at the shooting

for daytrips, or as a place

range, or spend the day

to grow your family or

floating or fishing on the

business. The city is a central

Kings River. Come home to

rendezvous destination for

historic Berryville – where

your motorcycle ride group,

history meets progress.

Experience that hometown feeling you’ll find only in Berryville, Arkansas, close to everywhere you want to be in “The Best-Kept Secret in the Ozarks!” The Heart of the Ozarks!

Plan your trip today at

Berryville.com

• Tour the historic Berryville • • •

Visit the Saunders Museum

Public Square Enjoy unique stores & dining experiences Step back in time exploring our history museums Minutes from Eureka Springs, Branson and the Buffalo National River

Explore the Heritage Center

Pension Mountain Biking/Hiking Trails

Stop in and discover why Berryville is the hidden gem of Arkansas!

Visit BerryvilleChamber.com for relocation information

Float/Fish the Kings River


CITY SNAPSHOTs

EUREKA SPRINGS THE EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPE

EUREKA SPRINGS AT-A-GLANCE County / Carroll Population / 2,095 Area / 6.8 sq. miles Founded / 1879

W

inding mountainside

workshops. Festivals and

streets that don’t

special events are held

meet at right angles are

year-round, spanning the

the first clue that Eureka

gamut from classical music,

Springs has a flair all its

opera, blues and jazz, to

own. The town’s Victorian

UFOs, antiques and visual

architecture beckons

arts. Regular musical shows

visitors to enjoy leisurely

and The Great Passion

scenic drives past historic

Play draw visitors, as do

homes of all shapes, sizes

other attractions such as

and colors hugging the

wineries, the E. Fay Jones

picturesque cliff sides.

architectural delight that

Eureka Springs’ entire

is Thorncrown Chapel, and

downtown area is on

Turpentine Creek Wildlife

the National Register of

Refuge. Nestled in the heart

Historic Places. More than

of the Ozarks, Eureka is also

150 independent and

a great hub for outdoor

unique retail shops and

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

Blue Spring Heritage Center / pg. 52 Eureka Springs Downtown District / pg. 33 Eureka Springs Historical Museum / pg. 66 Keels Creek Winery / pg. 80 Lake Leatherwood / pg. 49 Opera in the Ozarks / pg. 38 Ozark Mountain Ziplines / pg. 54 The Great Passion Play / pg. 35 Thorncrown Chapel / pg. 80 Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge / pg. 55

MORE INFO

Eureka Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission (470) 253-7333 EurekaSprings.org Eureka Springs Historical Museum Visitor Information Center 95 S. Main Street

restaurants fill the town’s many elaborate Victorian gingerbread storefronts. The culinary offerings on tap are plentiful, including American, Bavarian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Thai.

White River

activities. Trout fishing is popular on the White River, and in Eureka Springs West, Beaver Lake offers the fun of water sports, camping,

Downtown Shopping

fishing and hiking. Zip lining Artist Working Downtown

is also available, and the city is a favorite destination

The heavy influence of

for motorcyclists. Mountain

an artist community is

biking enthusiasts get ready

obvious – from the beautiful

to shred on new downhill

galleries of fine art and fine

runs at Lake Leatherwood

jewelry, to creative outdoor

for the ultimate enduro-

art installations and art

style riding experience!

May Festival of the Arts

Both pages clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Berryville Chamber of Commerce; Arkansas Department of Parks NorthwestArkansas.org & Tourism; Eureka Springs A&P; Chip Ford; Eureka Springs A&P; Eureka Springs A&P; Berryville Chamber of Commerce

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FAYETTEVILLE AT-A-GLANCE

FAYETTEVILLE

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

The College Town

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

Arkadia Retrocade / pg. 80 Arkansas Air & Military Museum / pg. 65 Art Ventures / pg. 32 Botanical Garden of the Ozarks / pg. 52 Clinton House Museum / pg. 67 Community Creative Center / pg. 33 Fayetteville Ale Trail / pg. 80 Fayetteville Farmers Market / pg. 73 Fenix Art Collective / pg. 80 Gregory Park Bike Trails & Pump Track / pg. 50 Headquarters House Museum & Garden / pg. 68 Joy Pratt Markham Gallery / pg. 32 Mount Kessler Trails / pg. 49 Lake Fayetteville / pg. 49 Lake Wedington / pg. 45 Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course / pg. 59 Symphony of Northwest Arkansas / pg. 38 Terra Studios / pg. 32 TheatreSquared / pg. 35 University of Arkansas / pg. 21 Walker Park Splash Pad / pg. 61 Walker-Stone House / pg. 82 Walton Arts Center / pg. 34

MORE INFO

Experience Fayetteville 21 S. Block Ave. (800) 766-4626 ExperienceFayetteville.com

Public Art Downtown

F

ayetteville offers

The art scene here is

many experiences that

explosive! The Green

allow guests to create

Candy project features

their own adventure, and

vibrant public art in the

that keep them coming

most unexpected places

back to this eclectic

across Fayetteville’s historic

community. Fayetteville

downtown. At the Art

hosts year-round events

Ventures gallery and studio,

and entertainment – a place

you can watch painters,

where culture and nature

potters and sculptors while

meet, and free spirits thrive.

they work. Just off Dickson Street, TheatreSquared presents nationally acclaimed, professional theater year-round. While the recently expanded

Farmers Market

For nature lovers, Fayetteville has more than 40 miles of paved walking/biking trails that run through downtown, fan out through the city, and connect with the 37-mile Razorback Regional Greenway,

powerhouse — brings artists and entertainers from all over the world, with largescale touring productions including critically acclaimed Broadway plays and musicals.

of impeccable scenery. The city is an International Association (IMBA)

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state’s performing arts

providing miles upon miles

Mountain Bicycling

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Walton Arts Center — the

Fenix Art Collective

Ride Center, boasting an

Nightlife in Fayetteville’s

extensive network of trails

famed Dickson Street

for all skill levels. An 8.5-

Entertainment District

mile trail at Mount Kessler

is 24/7 with restaurants

created by a local mountain

and clubs offering diverse

biking club is a hidden

options for food and

gem, winding past rock

entertainment. Live music

formations with beautiful

venues like George’s

views of the valley below.

Majestic Lounge are

Top to bottom: photos courtesy Experience Fayetteville; Experience Fayetteville; Fenix Artists Cooperative; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism


CITY SNAPSHOTs legendary, and dining

and the Fayetteville

options range from formal

Farmers Market

and elegant, to street eats at

is consistently

food trucks in Shulertown.

named among the

A vacation centered only

country’s best.

on great food could easily happen in Fayetteville.

Arkansas Razorbacks

Are you a beer connoisseur?

Whether you’re downtown,

The Fayetteville Ale Trail

at a maker fair or browsing

takes you off the beaten

for antiques, there are

path and on a tasting tour

plenty of ways to bring

of delicious craft brews at

Fayetteville home with you.

several local breweries – including a hard cidery with Fayetteville Food Trucks

“Local” is key here, with

beverages that are perfect for gluten-free diets!

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the state’s flagship campus and a major research institution,

too many culinary holes-

Experience shopping that

is home to the Arkansas

in-the-wall to mention,

is casual to upscale with

Razorbacks and host to

many serving the freshest

trendy local boutiques,

many SEC championships.

farm-to-table around. This

national chain stores and

Our “Woo Pig Sooie” cheer

city caters to every taste,

unique handmade goods.

is known nationwide!

HOLIDAY ISLAND An Island in the Ozarks

Table Rock Lake

S

ituated on the shores of

Eureka Springs and 40 miles

the 53,000-acre Table

southwest of Branson, Mo.,

Rock Lake, Holiday Island

Holiday Island also offers

features beautiful mountain

two major golf courses, the

and lake vistas and four mild

most unique driving range

seasons that showcase the

in the state, hiking trails, a

natural magnificence of the

campground/ RV park, and

Ozarks year-round. With

a recreation complex with

the lake and its 800 miles

two pools, tennis, pickleball,

of shoreline, Holiday Island

basketball, and rental

is a paradise for boaters,

facilities for weddings,

fishermen and water sports

reunions and meetings.

enthusiasts alike. The marina provides a free boat launch, fishing piers, boat rentals, food and fuel. Conveniently located five miles north of

HOLIDAY ISLAND AT-A-GLANCE County / Carroll Population / 2,373 Area / 7.14 sq. miles Founded / 1970

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

Holiday Island Golf Courses / pg. 59 Holiday Island Marina at Table Rock Lake / pg. 46 Holiday Island Campground / pg. 46

MORE INFO

Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District 110 Woodsdale Drive (479) 270-1393 VisitHolidayIsland.com

Spacious rental homes, condos, cabins and a motel provide accommodations for visitors.

Holiday Island Golf Course

Top to bottom: photos courtesy Razorback Athletics Communications; Experience Fayetteville; NorthwestArkansas.org Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District; Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District

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CITY SNAPSHOTs

HUNTSVILLE

HUNTSVILLE AT-A-GLANCE County / Madison Population / 2,381 Area / 3 sq. miles Founded / 1925

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS Bluegrass and Bar B Q Festival / pg. 42 Huntsville Farmers Market / pg. 73 Kings River / pg. 46 Movies on the Square / pg. 22 Ozark Natural Science Center / pg. 80 Western Roundup Days / pg. 71 Withrow Springs State Park / pg. 47

MORE INFO

Huntsville City Hall 208 E War Eagle 479-738-6607 HuntsvilleArkansas.org

Polk Square

Crossroads of the Ozarks Withrow Springs

H

untsville and its surrounding areas have plenty to offer in the form of scenic drives, rivers to float and fish, nature areas for hiking and camping, and the cozy feel of small-town living. Huntsville has two scenic walking trails. Polk Square is the hub of downtown hosting the county fair and parade, Western Roundup Days, car shows and Movies on the Square. The Huntsville Farmers Market is a popular place for residents and visitors to mix and mingle. Huntsville’s Mitchusson Park features a new bike skills course, a disc golf course,

playground equipment including handicap swings, an amphitheater, picnic tables, a walking trail, ball fields, soccer fields and covered pavilions. The nearby Kings River, one of the few remaining pristine free-flowing rivers in the country, is a beautiful float any time of year. Explore the outdoors at War Eagle Creek, Sweden Creek Falls, Arkansas Natural Heritage areas and Withrow Springs State Park. Groups can enjoy the Ozark Natural Science Center, a field-science attraction with hands-on activities, guest lodging and miles of trails.

ROGERS AT-A-GLANCE County / Benton Population / 65,021 Area / 37.94 sq. miles Founded / 1881

RO G E RS

Where Possible Lives

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

Arkansas Public Theatre / pg. 36 Beaver Lake / pg. 45 Daisy Airgun Museum / pg. 66 Hobbs State Park Conservation Area / pg. 47 Lake Atalanta / pg. 46 The Railyard Bike Park / pg. 49 Pinnacle Hills Promenade / pg. 82 Rogers Aquatic Center / pg. 60 Rogers Historical Museum / pg. 67 Scenic Hwy. 12 / pg. 56 Walmart AMP / pg. 34 War Eagle Cavern / pg. 55 War Eagle Mill & Bridge / pg. 68

Dining in Rogers

W

elcome to Rogers, where trendy shops and restaurants live alongside gorgeous natural

MORE INFO

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

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Downtown Rogers

scenery, well-worn trails and historic sites. This may be one of the fastestgrowing places in the nation, but the heart and soul of small-town America are alive and well. No wonder Money Magazine ranked Rogers the 14th best place to live in the U.S. for 2018. Once you’re here, discover museums, live music at the Walmart AMP, and specialty

Top to bottom: photos courtesy City of Huntsville; City of Huntsville; Visit Rogers; Visit Rogers


DEVIL’S DEN STATE PARK

Hike to an iconic overlook above Lee Creek Valley, enjoy a peaceful float along War Eagle Creek, walk the grounds of an actual Civil War battlefield, and explore the diverse habitat at Arkansas’s largest state park.

ADVENTURE IS CALLING

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park • Prairie Grove Hobbs State Park Conservation Area • Rogers Devil’s Den State Park • West Fork Withrow Springs State Park • Huntsville

877-879-2741 • ArkansasStateParks.com

shops, art galleries and restaurants along brick-lined streets in historic downtown – all a stone's throw from the breathtaking views of Beaver Lake, nestled high in the Ozark Mountains. Visitors come to Rogers for any number of reasons, all of which are served by a destination that is vibrant, classy, urbane, folksy and energetic. Downtown is loaded with history and hospitality and a few surprises, too. Park the car (for free) and stroll the city’s very walkable

Walmart AMP

#ARStateParks

treehouse climbing, and almost any outdoor activity you can imagine.

Beaver Lake

downtown to the Daisy Airgun Museum and the newly remodeled and expanded Rogers Historical Museum. Culture mavens will want to catch a performance at the Arkansas Public Theatre at The Victory, established in 1927. Blocks from downtown, discover the hard-packed thrills of The Railyard, the only jump bike park of its kind in the state. Hop on a mountain bike or hard trail down to Lake Atalanta for hiking, fishing,

All photos on this page courtesy Visit Rogers

Begin your happy hour at one of Rogers’ newest restaurants or microbreweries. Then head to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, or the AMP as the locals call it, for a diverse lineup of music superstars and up-and-comers, all at Arkansas’ largest outdoor music venue. East of Rogers, Beaver Lake features fishing, boating, and all the water sports residents and visitors love. Scenic Highway 12 is your local pathway to Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, War Eagle Cavern, and War Eagle Mill — home to longstanding arts and crafts fairs. NorthwestArkansas.org | 23


CITY SNAPSHOTs SILOAM SPRINGS AT-A-GLANCE

Siloam springs

County / Benton Population / 16,842 Area / 11.07 sq. miles Founded / 1882

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

Cherokee Casino / pg. 80 Family Aquatic Center / pg. 61 Berry Performing Arts Center / pg. 36 Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trail / pg. 49 Siloam Springs Historic Downtown / pg. 24 Siloam Springs Museum / pg. 66 Siloam Springs Kayak Park / pg. 54

Small Town Charm, BIG Outdoor Adventure

S

iloam Springs’ historic downtown, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains the heart of the city and includes a recently renovated museum, award-winning eateries, shops and loft living. Outdoor recreation abounds with offerings including the Siloam Springs Kayak Park, a new dog park, scenic walking trails, a golf course

MORE INFO

City of Siloam Springs 400 N. Broadway (479) 238-0940 DiscoverSiloam.com Siloam Springs Kayak Park

PLAY SHOP

Top to bottom: photos courtesy City of Siloam Springs; Siloam Springs Kayak Park

and soccer parks. Indoor adventure can be found just across the state line at the Cherokee Casino. This year, the city will unveil two new amenities opening in the spring. City Lake Park features mountain bike trails, a pump track, walking trails, a nature observatory, disc golf and lake recreation. Also opening is Memorial Park, surrounding the public library. This park includes the Veterans Memorial, a water feature, a farmers market, a demo kitchen, terraced amphitheater seating and an outdoor stage area.

EAT STAY


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CITY SNAPSHOTs SPRINGDALE AT-A-GLANCE

SPRINGDALE

County / Washington Population / 77,859 Area / 41.80 sq. miles Founded / 1838

The Heart of Northwest Arkansas

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad / pg. 56 Arts Center of the Ozarks / pg. 33 Black Apple Crossing / pg. 80 Fitzgerald Mountain Trails / pg. 50 Fly ARH Aerial Tours / pg. 54 Northwest Arkansas Naturals / pg. 58 Rodeo of the Ozarks / pg. 62 Sassafras Springs Vineyard / pg. 80 Shiloh Museum of Ozark History / pg. 65 Springdale Aquatic Center / pg. 61 The Jones Center / pg. 61 Thunder Chicken Trail / pg. 48

Walter Turnbow Park

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rkansas’ fourth largest city, Springdale,

is a center of economic growth and endless visitor entertainment. The city boasts a diverse economy including agriculture, manufacturing, technology and the service sector.

Chicken and Fitzgerald Mountain, offer exceptional, challenging rides. at the Arts Center of the Ozarks includes regional theater productions and visual arts exhibitions. The Jones Center, the Midwest's

Arvest Ballpark

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, a Class AA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals,

Craft Beer and Cider

off-road trails, Thunder

Outstanding entertainment

MORE INFO

Springdale Advertising & Promotion Commission 202 W. Emma Ave. (479) 872-2222 ExploreSpringdale.com

Runway Bike Park

premier family recreational and meeting venue, is home to the region’s only indoor ice rink and the recently finished Runway Bike Park.

calls Springdale’s award-

The Shiloh Museum of

winning Arvest Ballpark

Ozark History, established

home from April through

in 1965, tells the history and

Labor Day. The Rodeo

heritage of Springdale and

of the Ozarks, one of the

the surrounding region.

nation’s top outdoor rodeos,

Springdale’s self-guided

provides great family fun.

Taco Tour celebrates

The Razorback Regional

delicious, authentic

Greenway, a 37-mile

taquerias. The Arkansas

paved, shared-use trail,

& Missouri Railroad offers

cuts through the heart of

sightseeing excursions

a revitalized Downtown

featuring stunning Ozark

Springdale – home to a

mountain views.

variety of eateries and microbreweries, including Black Apple Crossing, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

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Arkansas' only hard cidery. Two of the region’s newest

Rodeo of the Ozarks

Top to bottom: photos courtesy Explore Springdale; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Explore Springdale; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Explore Springdale


Discover something new in Bella Vista.

discoverbellavistaar.com


Ozark Wineries

EXPERIENCE THE ARKANSAS WINE COUNTRY TRAIL

MISSOURI ARKANSAS

Bella Vista BENTON COUNTY

Railway Winery

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Bentonville

Beaver

Eureka Springs 62

Keels Creek CARROLL Winery COUNTY

Rogers

49

Tontitown Winery

71

Springdale

412

Tontitown WASHINGTON COUNTY

Fayetteville

Arkansas Wine Trails

1 Altus Wine Trail Dionysus Wine & Brew, Altus Chateaux Aux Arc Winery, Altus Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Wiederkehr Village Post Winery, Altus Mount Bethel, Altus 2 Bath House Wine Trail The Winery of Hot Springs, Hot Springs Bath House Row Winery, Hot Springs Spa City Tropical Winery, Hot Springs 3 Capital Wine Trail Movie House Winery, Morrilton An Enchanting Evening Winery, Roland Rusty Tractor Vineyards, Little Rock River Bottom Winery, Roland

Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Goshen

AREA ABOVE Jonesboro

49 Fort Smith

1

Conway

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2 30 Texarkana

3

West Memphis

Little Rock

Pine Bluff


Local wines in a casual atmosphere

Railway Winery Now serving craft beer LOCAL WINE FROM LOCAL GRAPES

OPEN YEAR ROUND 3185 E. Van Buren E. 62 Eureka Springs, Ark. | 479-253-9463

4937 Hwy 187 • Eureka Springs Closed Monday & Tuesday

Drink Local!

Enjoy Tontitown wine Free Wine Tastings Live Music Friday Nights! Local Wine. Craft Beer

335 N. Barrington Rd. Springdale 479-361-8700 TontitownWinery.com 29


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Clockwise from the top: Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival; Basin Park in Eureka Springs; TheatreSquared; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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.

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Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Jamie Seed; Eureka Springs A&P; TheatreSquared; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art


Arts & entertainment

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 events and gallery receptions in their downtown districts.

CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

600 Museum Way, Bentonville crystalbridges.org / 479-418-5700 Crystal Bridges brings together the best of art, nature and architecture for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The museum’s

house designed in 1954 by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Fly’s Eye Dome, designed by American inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. When you visit, enjoy award-winning High South cuisine in Eleven, the museum’s restaurant. Also watch for the museum’s new contemporary visual and performing arts venue, The Momentary, opening in early 2020.

distinctive building was designed by worldrenowned architect Moshe Safdie and features two bridge structures spanning a natural waterway. Inside, Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection highlights hundreds of works by American masters from colonial times to the present, enhanced with a yearround schedule of temporary exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions for 2019 include: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, Feb. 9 through April 22; Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, May 25 through Sept. 9; and Crystal: Visible and Invisible, Oct. 12 through Jan. 6, 2020. Enjoy more than four miles of trails within the museum’s 120-acre setting, inviting you to explore the natural Ozark woodlands. The grounds feature important architectural works, including a Usonian All photos on this page courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

All photos on this page: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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WINDGATE VISUAL ARTS GALLERIES AT JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY

2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs

21C MUSEUM HOTEL

jbu.edu/art/gallery / 479-238-8561 The Windgate west building is a generous

200 N.E. A St., Bentonville

gallery space hosting a variety of shows,

21cmuseumhotels.com/bentonville

including many national and international

479-286-6500

offerings as well as the work of the

Curated rotating exhibitions, site-specific

university’s finest local artists, faculty and

installations and arts programming make

students. The Windgate east gallery features

this 104-room boutique hotel a unique

solo and collaborative work of JBU students.

contemporary art museum and cultural civic center. It has more than 12,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event space. The iconic Green Penguins show up throughout the building, including at the popular onsite restaurant The Hive.

ART VENTURES

JOY PRATT MARKHAM GALLERY 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville waltonartscenter.org 479-443-5600 Located inside Walton Arts Center, the gallery serves to connect patrons to the

101 W. Mountain St.

visual arts. It is used as an exhibition

Fayetteville

space for works by both emerging and

artventuresnwa.org

internationally recognized artists, as well as

479-871-2722

for temporary displays related to performing

Home to artist studios and

arts programming.

galleries, Art Ventures is a non-profit organization that showcases regional art and serves the community as a venue for musical, literary and dramatic performances. Art exhibitions change monthly, and opening night receptions are held on the first Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

U OF A FINE ARTS CENTER GALLERY

TERRA STUDIOS

12103 Hazel Valley Road, Fayetteville terrastudios.com 479-643-3185 or 800-255-8995 This whimsical art park is home to the world-famous Bluebird of Happiness, and the gallery boasts works by more than 100 regional artists. See glass demos, explore, shop, shop, snack, play, create and relax. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; free admission.

116 Fine Arts Center, Fayetteville art.uark.edu / 479-575-7987 Part of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, the gallery features student works as well as work by visiting artists and faculty. Parking available in Stadium Drive Parking Facility.

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Arts & entertainment

Both pages clockwise from the top: 21c Museum Hotel; Eureka Springs Downtown District; Scott Family Amazeum; Terra Studios; Art Ventures

EUREKA SPRINGS DOWNTOWN DISTRICT

SCOTT FAMILY AMAZEUM

Some 400 artists work in Eureka Springs,

amazeum.org / 479-696-9280

a friendly Ozark mountain town filled

The Scott Family Amazeum is 50,000

with Victorian architecture and numerous

square feet of hands-on science, technology,

galleries. With its entire downtown district

engineering, art and math fun for curious,

listed on the National Register of Historic

creative children and families. Interactive

Places, Eureka Springs has been named one

exhibits and daily pop-up activities enable

of the Top 10 Small Market Arts Destinations

discovery through play. Amazeum exhibits

by American Style and one of America's

are inspired by the culture and landscape of

Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the

Northwest Arkansas along with a Tinkering

National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Hub, an indoor water exploration area, a

eurekasprings.org / 866-947-4387

1009 Museum Way, Bentonville

two-story climbable tree structure, an art

COMMUNITY CREATIVE CENTER

505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville communitycreativecenter.org 479-571-2706 Community Creative Center is a non-profit

studio and more. Open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day.

ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS

visual arts organization providing high-

214 S. Main St., Springdale

quality clay and ceramics, painting and

acozarks.org / 479-751-5441

mixed-media art classes and workshops

A regional art institution hosting exhibitions

for children and adults of all ages and

throughout the year with educational

skill levels. Clay, painting, drawing, private

programs for children and adults by

parties, team building and family workshops

professional artists and curators. Spacious

are available year-round in our Fayetteville

galleries in the lobby areas and on the

studios located in Walton Arts Center’s

elevated upper gallery offer an eye-catching

Nadine Baum studios and throughout

and thought-provoking array of works in

Northwest Arkansas on the Wheel Mobile,

every medium from budding student artists

CCC’s new traveling clay studio.

to professional local and regional artists.

Left to right: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; Scott Family Amazeum

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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

WALMART AMP

waltonartscenter.org / 479-443-5600

amptickets.com / 479-443-5600

495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville

5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers

Walton Arts Center, Arkansas' largest and

The Walmart

busiest performing arts presenter, brings

AMP (Arkansas

Broadway shows, world-class dance, children

Music Pavilion),

and family programming, comedy and live

a Walton

music to more than 190,000 people annually.

Arts Center

Walton Arts Center is also an arts producer,

venue since

best known for Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts

February 2011,

and Nature Festival and Voice Jam Acapella

is Northwest Arkansas' premier outdoor

Festival. Walton Arts Center reopened its

concert venue. Ranked as one of Pollstar’s

doors in November 2016 following a $23

top 50 best-selling amphitheaters in the

million renovation and expansion that added

nation in 2017, the AMP delivers top tier acts

square footage, increased operational

from rock to country to pop and beyond.

capacity and improved visitor experience.

More than 144,000 people from across the

The renovation also created meeting or event

region attend concerts at the Walmart AMP

spaces for the growing Northwest Arkansas

annually during the season, which runs from

community. With more than 300 public

April through October. The AMP is centrally

events each year, there is something for

located off Interstate 49 in Rogers’ vibrant

everyone to enjoy!

commercial district.

Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Walton Arts Center; Visit Bentonville; Walmart AMP

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On Scenic Hwy 12, 21 miles southwest of Eureka Springs, 15 miles east of Rogers Experience the Moonshine New Attraction! Mystery Shack!

479-789-2909 • www.wareaglecavern.com

Find the Lost Indian Tribes in our Lost-in-the-Woods Maze and Pan for Gems at the War Eagle Mining Co.


Arts & entertainment

THE GREAT PASSION PLAY

935 Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs greatpassionplay.org / 800-882-7529 Every year from May through October, experience this play that depicts the last week of Christ’s life on earth with live animals, a cast of 170, a multi-level set, and special

Both pages clockwise from the top: Walton Arts Center; Walmart AMP; TheatreSquared; University of Arkansas Department of Theatre; Walmart AMP

lighting and sound effects on a large outdoor stage. The Institute of Outdoor Drama named it America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama.

THEATRESQUARED

Also on the grounds: year-round tours of the

505 / 477 W. Spring St., Fayetteville

Christ of the Ozarks statue, the Holy Land

theatre2.org / 479-445-6333

Tour, Moses' Tabernacle in the Wilderness,

TheatreSquared’s locally produced and

Noah’s Ark Petting Zoo, a section of the

nationally acclaimed productions reach

Berlin Wall, the Church in the Grove, the Bible

45,000 patrons each year. The company

Museum, the Sacred Arts Museum, hiking and

is Northwest Arkansas’ only professional

biking trails and a buffet restaurant.

theater offering a year-round season, staging award-winning plays and musicals in an intimate space. The company moves to a new $34 million venue in June 2019. TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging theaters.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE

FAULKNER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

453 N. Garland Ave., Fayetteville faulkner.uark.edu / 479-575-5387 Nestled in the stunning Ozark Mountains on the beautiful University of Arkansas campus,

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

the Jim & Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts

theatre.uark.edu / 479-575-4752

Center is a 500+ seat, state-of-the-art

The U of A’s Department of Theatre

venue dedicated to providing a community-

presents a number of ticketed shows

centered approach to the performing arts.

throughout the year both on campus and

In addition to hosting acclaimed artists

on the downtown Fayetteville square.

and performers, the Faulkner Center is also

These first-rate productions offer invaluable

home to the U of A music department's

hands-on experience for student actors,

large ensembles. With an impressive

designers and crews. Parking is available

offering of renowned performers and

in the Stadium Drive Parking Facility for

culturally relevant events, the center excels

campus shows and on the square and public

in its mission to contribute to education and

lots for shows performed at the Global

excellence, helping build a new generation

Campus building downtown.

of artists and patrons.

Top to bottom: photos courtesy TheatreSquared; University of Arkansas Department of Theatre

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Arts & entertainment

/ PERFORMING ARTS

Clockwise from the top: Arts Center of the Ozarks; Trike Theatre; Arkansas Public Theatre

ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS

ARTS LIVE THEATRE

214 S. Main St., Springdale

artslivetheatre.com / 479-521-4932

acozarks.org / 479-751-5441

This nonprofit theater company offers

Arts Center of the Ozarks is an arts

programming for children and youth ages

hub in downtown Springdale creating

6-18. With eight to nine Broadway-style

live performances, curating visual arts

productions each year, Arts Live offers a

exhibitions, and presenting programs by

series of afterschool classes, spring break

regional arts organizations and artists

and summer camp programs in musical

from around the world. This non-profit

theater, comedy improv, reader's theater,

arts organization offers a diverse range of

Create-A-Play and more!

818 N. Sang Ave., Fayetteville

programming to engage people of every age and background to create a vibrant and cohesive community.

ARKANSAS PUBLIC THEATRE

TRIKE THEATRE

902 S.W. 2nd St., Suite F, Bentonville triketheatre.org / 479-464-5084 Trike encourages and inspires youth to see, participate in and learn through theater. At

116 S. 2nd St., Rogers

its home in Bentonville, Trike offers Theatre

arkansaspublictheatre.org

Academy classes and camps for PreK, 4-12th

479-631-8988

grades, performance opportunities for 3rd

Located in downtown Rogers in the historic

through 12th graders, and professional

Victory Theater, this non-profit community

theater for youth productions enjoyed by all

theater produces plays and musicals and

ages. Trike is a resident company of Walton

offers special events throughout the year.

Arts Center.

BERRY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs jbu.edu / 479-524-9500 Located at John Brown University and home to the 500-seat Herklotz Auditorium, BPAC has a full orchestra pit and a 1,500-square-foot performance area with modern, innovative acoustic technology for orchestral concerts, choral concerts, theatrical productions, lectures and more.

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ARKANSAS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

OPERA IN THE OZARKS 16311 U.S. 62 West, Eureka Springs opera.org / 479-253-8595

Arend Arts Center, Bentonville

Opera in the Ozarks, a nationally

arphil.org / 479-841-4644

acclaimed program for emerging operatic

Under the baton of Maestro Steven Byess,

professionals, presents an annual summer

this professional symphony performs

music festival featuring three fully staged

several concerts each year with a mission to

and costumed operas spotlighting the

broaden and deepen the appreciation of the

exceptional voices of tomorrow and an

musical arts. Educational initiatives include

orchestra of professional musicians from

the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

across the nation. Audiences enjoy 20+

and the Carnegie Hall Link Up program.

performances at Opera in the Ozarks’ air-conditioned mountainside venue –

SYMPHONY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville sonamusic.org / 479-521-4166 Under the musical direction of Maestro Paul

Inspiration Point Fine Arts Center. Its 69th season will kick off June 21 and run through July 19, 2019.

EUREKA SPRINGS CITY AUDITORIUM

Haas, SoNA presents classical and pops

36 S. Main St, Eureka Springs

performances for symphonic music lovers

theaud.org / 479-253-7788

in Northwest Arkansas. A resident company

With nearly 1,000 seats, this venue provides

of Walton Arts Center, the professional

an intimate setting with flawless acoustics. It

orchestra has provided more than 60 years

has a history of attracting stars to its stage

of music and educational opportunities to

and is used for the headlining acts of the

the community. The performance season

many festivals held in Eureka Springs as

typically spans fall through spring.

well as for other community performances. Serving the Ozarks since 1928, the City Auditorium is thriving.

Left to right: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas; Opera in the Ozarks

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Left to right photos courtesy: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas; Opera in the Ozarks


2019 SEASON JUNE 21 - JULY 19

CHANGES OF HEART

VISIT opera.org FOR TICKETS & SCHEDULE INFORMATION Hwy. 62 West / Eureka Springs, AR / (479) 253-8595


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

BENTONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

FIRST FRIDAYS IN BENTONVILLE

Founded by Academy Award™ winner Geena

During the months of April through

Davis and filmmaker Trevor Drinkwater in

November, the Bentonville square is

2015, BFF is steeped in a mission focusing

transformed into a themed community

on content that exemplifies the growing

block party with live music, outstanding

diversity of the American landscape.

culinary and family friendly activities.

Research and social action are deeply

Thousands gather to celebrate during First

rooted in the objectives of the festival and

Fridays, so don’t miss it!

bentonvillefilmfestival.com

downtownbentonville.org

its leadership. BFF provides a platform to significantly increase the commercial value of content produced by minorities and women. The festival is set for various locations around Bentonville on May 7-11, 2019.

FIRST THURSDAYS IN FAYETTEVILLE

MAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS IN EUREKA SPRINGS

eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com With more than 400 artists working in all mediums in Eureka Springs, the May Festival of the Arts in downtown is packed with

experiencefayetteville.com

one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations,

800-766-4626

performances, culinary arts, free music in

Produced by Experience Fayetteville, First

the park, and the wildest street party thrown

Thursday transforms the city’s historic

by artists – The White Street Walk.

downtown square into a vibrant festival atmosphere. Each month’s festivities follow a specific theme and feature visual artists, live music, street performances, children’s activities, food trucks, a craft beer garden and more. Festivities are free and take place May through October, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

ARTOSPHERE: ARKANSAS’ ARTS AND NATURE FESTIVAL waltonartscenter.org 479-443-5600 This annual festival across NWA celebrates artists, influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives. This year’s festival in June will offer low cost and free events featuring dance, symphony, visual art, live chamber and folk music, family activities, workshops, community conversations and more.

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Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Visit Bentonville; Eureka Springs A&P; Walton Arts Center


Arts & entertainment

BENTONVILLE ART AND CULINARY FESTIVAL

FAYETTEVILLE ROOTS FESTIVAL fayettevilleroots.com

downtownbentonville.org

This multi-day, intimate

This week-long festival in October celebrates

music and culinary

art and food with a wide variety of free and

festival set for August

ticketed events downtown. Local museums,

22-25 showcases

restaurants and galleries all collaborate to

the elements that

host outstanding arts programming.

make Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas a beloved cultural hot

ART OF WINE FESTIVAL waltonartscenter.org 479-443-5600 Two nights of events for wine enthusiasts! Friday night enjoy unlimited sampling of hundreds

spot. Local, regional and national artists play on multiple stages downtown, with the main headliners featured each evening. The festival hosts nationally known chefs and restaurateurs, special tastings and culinary events that utilize ingredients and products that are locally grown and produced in the Ozarks.

AMP FEST

of wines and

arkansasmusicpavilion.com

champagnes as well

AMP Fest is a beer, music and tech festival at

as food from local

the Walmart AMP in Rogers. Held in fall, the

restaurants. Saturday night experience a

event combines cutting-edge games and tech

six-course gourmet dinner paired with the

activations, live music on multiple stages, and

perfect vintages. This year's event is May 17-

craft beer from local, regional and national

18 at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.

breweries. One price gets you access to it all

All proceeds benefit the center’s arts

with unlimited sampling. All proceeds benefit

education programming.

the center’s arts education programming.

DOWNTOWN ROGERS ART ON THE BRICKS

EUREKA SPRINGS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

479-619-3195

This annual family bluegrass weekend

Art walk every second Thursday from 4:30

typically held each August includes a

to 7:30 p.m.; view original art and meet the

watermelon social, performances in the City

artists at more than 25 pop-up galleries

Auditorium, and music in Basin Spring Park.

while strolling and shopping downtown.

Bring your instruments and join the pickin’!

godowntownrogers.com

eurekasprings.org

Both pages clockwise from the top: Bentonville Film Festival; May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs; Fayetteville Roots Festival; Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival; Art of Wine Festival; Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts and Nature Festival

Top to bottom: photos courtesy Dylan Duvall; Walton Arts Center; Eureka Springs A&P

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Arts & entertainment

/ Eventful Arts

Hillberrry: The Harvest Moon Festival

EUREKA SPRINGS BLUES WEEKEND

EUREKA SPRINGS INDIE FILM FEST

Presented by the 1905 Basin Park Hotel

This film fest aspires to promote and

and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, the

encourage independent filmmakers of all

annual Blues Weekend is typically held in

ages and celebrates the art of filmmaking

June. From Grammy Award™ winners and

in our community and beyond, focusing

Blues Hall of Famers, to up-and-coming new

on innovative women in film, young

artists, the lineups are known to feature the

filmmakers, films made on mobile, and

Who’s Who of the Blues! Shows take place

human rights documentaries. Held in May

in various venues around Eureka Springs.

and in the fall.

OZARK FOLK FESTIVAL IN EUREKA SPRINGS

HILLBERRY: THE HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL

One of the longest running folk festivals in

888-762-7158

the U.S., this festival includes free music in

Railroad Earth and Deadhead Productions

Basin Spring Park, a parade, contests and

present Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival

performances in the City Auditorium. Held

in Eureka Springs on Oct. 10-13, 2019, with

in the fall.

live music and primitive camping. Also by

eurekaspringsblues.com

ozarkfolkfestival.com

filmnwa.org

hillberryfestival.com

Deadhead Productions, the Spaceberry

FAYETTEVILLE FILM FEST

fayettevillefilmfest.org This annual independent film fest is typically held in September at multiple locations

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Music Festival will be held on July 4-6, at The Farm in Eureka Springs.

BLUEGRASS AND BAR B Q FESTIVAL

around the downtown Fayetteville square.

huntsvillear.org

The festival features independent films in

Huntsville’s annual bluegrass festival is set

multiple genres including feature length

for June 8, 2019. This musical outdoor event

films, short films, documentaries, animated

features an afternoon of live music, BBQ,

films, music videos and films with an

crafts, vendors and other activities. Held at

Arkansas connection.

downtown Mitchusson Park.

Photo courtesy Jamie Seed


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Clockwise from the top: Devil's Den State Park; Botanical Garden of the Ozarks; Lake Leatherwood Trail; Bella Vista Lakes

Exploring the great outdoors in the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks means 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 hiking and biking challenging trails, watching eagles soar, paddling through whitewater, or relaxing by a campfire. There are countless ways to renew your spirit and connect with nature.

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Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Experience Fayetteville; Eureka Springs A&P; Discover Bella Vista


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

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

arkansas.com / 479-636-1210

BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER

Located in the Ozark Mountains with prime

nps.gov/buff / 870-439-2502

access points in or near Rogers, Eureka

Experience towering limestone bluffs,

Springs and Springdale, Beaver Lake is

whitewater rapids, inviting gravel bars, the

a glistening treasure for boating, water

Boxley Valley Historic District, Lost Valley,

sports, fishing, hiking and birdwatching. The

Indian Rockhouse and more along the

28,000 acres of clear water is surrounded

nation’s first national river, which begins

by forests, tall bluffs and meadows.

in nearby Newton County and meanders

Campgrounds, resorts, marinas, restaurants

through the Ozarks for approximately 135

and outfitters – including stand-up paddle

miles. With more than 100 miles of public

boarding – are plentiful.

trails, there are also canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback

LAKE WEDINGTON 15689 Lake Wedington Entry Road, Fayetteville arkansas.com / 479-442-3527

riding trails and cabin rentals.

BELLA VISTA LAKES

bellavistaPOA.com / 479-855-8000

On the National Register of Historic Places,

The northernmost

it is one of Northwest Arkansas' best-kept

city in Northwest

recreational secrets. Surrounded by a lush

Arkansas, Bella

hardwood forest and the 424-acre Lake

Vista offers seven

Wedington Recreation Area, this 102-acre

beautiful lakes for

lake is regularly stocked with fish. The

fishing and water

area is popular with anglers, canoeists,

sports. Use of the

campers, hikers, mountain bikers and

lakes and facilities

wildlife watchers. Amenities include a

is available to

swim beach, air-conditioned cabins,

all Bella Vista

playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a

property owners

boat ramp and horseshoes.

and their guests.

Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Visit Rogers; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Discover Bella Vista

Clockwise from the top: Beaver Lake; Buffalo National River; Bella Vista Lakes

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

/ LAKES & RIVERS

WHITE RIVER

HOLIDAY ISLAND MARINA

The upper reaches of the

Holiday Island

White River are popular

himarinafun.com / 479-253-8300

for canoeing, particularly

This full-service marina offers a free boat

the 31-mile stretch from

launch, annual and overnight slip rentals,

near Fayetteville to

boat, kayak and jet-ski rentals, fuel, food,

below Brashears. Below

and bait and tackle for those enjoying the

arkansas.com

124 Woodsdale Drive

Beaver Dam, near Eureka Springs, the

53,000-acre Table Rock Lake. Two fishing

White is a great cold-water trout fishery

piers are adjacent to the marina.

with numerous guides and outfitters to serve tourists.

KINGS RIVER

HOLIDAY ISLAND CAMPGROUND

21 North Star Loop, Holiday Island

arkansas.com

holidayisland.us

Popular with canoeists and kayakers, the

479-253-6995 / 479-253-9700

Kings River provides about 50 miles of easy

Surrounded by trees and rock formations,

floating water, including popular stretches

the campground overlooks Table Rock Lake.

in both Carroll and Madison counties.

The facility hosts 31 camp sites with full

Deep pools provide great fishing for

water, sewer and electric hookups offering

smallmouth bass, channel catfish, rock

both 30 and 50 amp services, restrooms,

bass and other fish.

showers, pavilions and horseshoe pits. It is within minutes of the marina, golf courses, and the many amenities of Holiday Island.

ILLINOIS RIVER arkansas.com

This spring-fed river starts in the northwest corner of Arkansas near the town of Hogeye and flows into northeastern Oklahoma. Near Top to bottom: White River; Kings River; Mulberry River

MULBERRY RIVER arkansas.com

Excellent whitewater is found on this 55-mile river that was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1992. With easy access from the nearby Pig Trail Scenic Byway, much of the river is within the 1.2-million acre Ozark National Forest with several public campgrounds along its course.

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Siloam Springs, enhancements that are part of the Siloam Springs Kayak Park have made the Illinois a nice Class II play spot for kayakers year-round.

LAKE ATALANTA 500 E. Walnut St., Rogers rogersar.gov Paddle, pedal, fish or hike at Lake Atalanta. There’s much to be explored in the vicinity including walking and mountain biking trails, pavilions, fishing piers, boat ramps, a raised walkway over the lake, playgrounds, and even a tree house.

Top to bottom: photos courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Experience Fayetteville; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism


STATE PARKS The State Parks in our region let you experience the best of Mother Nature and the great outdoors.

DEVIL’S DEN STATE PARK

11333 Ark. Hwy. 74, West Fork arkansasstateparks.com 479-761-3325 With 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, this park is a favorite for camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking. A swimming pool, nature programs and cabins add to its rustic appeal.

HOBBS STATE PARK CONSERVATION AREA 20201 Ark. Hwy. 12, Rogers

arkansasstateparks.com 479-789-5000

WITHROW SPRINGS STATE PARK

A natural park with limited development,

33424 Ark. Spur 23, Huntsville

Hobbs consists of 12,054 acres of diverse

arkansasstateparks.com

Ozark landscape and offers 36 miles of

479-559-2593

hiking trails, including multi-use and ADA

Hiking trails offer great views and access

routes. The 17,500-square-foot visitor center

to natural springs and War Eagle Creek,

has interactive exhibits, a wildlife viewing

where fishing for catfish, bream and bass is

area and educational programs.

popular. Activities throughout the 786-acre park include camping, swimming, baseball, softball, tennis and picnicking. Canoeing is another favorite pastime, and shuttle services for canoe rentals are available. The park has a visitor center and gift shop.

Top to bottom: Devil's Den State Park; Withrow Springs State Park; Hobbs State Park Conservation Area

PRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK See page 65 in the History & Heritage section.

All photos on this page courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

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CYCLING & HIKING TRAILS With an impressive array of trail systems that continue to evolve, Northwest Arkansas is an emerging international destination for mountain bikers, cyclists and hikers alike.

RAZORBACK REGIONAL GREENWAY

TRAILS AT CRYSTAL BRIDGES

Extending from Lake Bella Vista to just

crystalbridges.org / 479-418-5700

south of Walker Park in Fayetteville, this 37-

The 120-acre grounds of Crystal Bridges

mile paved cycling and pedestrian trail links

Museum of American Art feature more than

dozens of popular destinations, including

four miles of trails winding through the

downtowns, arts and entertainment venues,

museum’s wooded site. The trails, many of

historic sites, parks, mountain bike trails,

which are wheelchair and stroller accessible,

shopping areas, schools and workplaces.

provide access to Ozark landscapes, natural

nwarpc.org/bicycle-and-pedestrian

600 Museum Way, Bentonville

springs, and outdoor artwork such as artist

BELLA VISTA POA TRAILS

bellavistaPOA.com / 479-876-1255 Walking and biking trails range from level, looping and paved routes at Branchwood and Loch Lomond, to natural surface trails

James Turrell’s “Skyspace,” with its colorand light-enhanced sky views at sunrise and sunset.

SLAUGHTER PEN BIKE PARK

offering rolling contours and more of a

Off U.S. 71B, Bentonville

challenge at Tanyard Creek Nature Trail and

slaughterpentrails.com

Blowing Springs Park. Nearby is the Blowing

oztrailsnwa.com

Springs RV Park and Campground.

This mountain biking park features more than 20 miles of singletrack, a free-ride

Back 40 Trails

bellavistaar.gov oztrailsnwa.com 479-876-1255 Offering 40 miles of mountain bike

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park for tricks, and 16 skinny Northshore log rides. An IMBA designated Silver Level Ride Center, trails here are considered easy to moderate to navigate.

THUNDER CHICKEN TRAIL

trails (open to

2474 W. Pump Station Road, Springdale

pedestrians) that

explorespringdale.com

meander through

Featuring singletrack, flow, jumps, rollers,

the east side of Bella Vista. Completed in

berms and drops, and with a convenient

2016, the Back 40 are recognized as

location off Interstate 49, Thunder Chicken

world-class biking trails.

has all the bells and whistles.

Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Oz Trails


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

TRAILS AT LAKE FAYETTEVILLE PARK 1208 E. Lake Fayetteville Road fayetteville-ar.gov oztrailsnwa.com This city park boasts natural surface and paved trails circling the lake for runners, walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers. Includes playgrounds, volleyball courts,

TRAILS AT LAKE ATALANTA

pavilions, a boat dock and marina, a softball

500 E. Walnut St., Rogers

complex, a disc golf course, a bike skills park

rogersar.gov / OZTRAILSNWA.COM

and botanical gardens.

Ten miles of easy, intermediate and expert mountain biking trails surround

TRAILS AT LAKE LEATHERWOOD PARK U.S. 62 West, Eureka Springs eurekaspringstrails.com oztrailsnwa.com Biking trails with varying terrains include

Lake Atalanta, featuring singletracks with swooping bridges, steep short climbs and gravity cavities.

SAGER CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL

miles of rock gardens. Make your way

jbu.edu / OZTRAILSNWA.COM

up to Minor’s Rock, then feel the thrill

This five-mile soft surface trail runs along

of descending through the downhill

Sager Creek in Siloam Springs. It covers

switchbacks. New additions include steep

terrain of various elevations around the

ramps and sharp curves that cater to

John Brown University campus and can be

advanced mountain bikers.

enjoyed by riders of various skill levels.

Both pages clockwise from the top: Razorback Regional Greenway; Trails at Crystal Bridges; Lake Atalanta; Mount Kessler Trails; Back 40 Trails

COLER TRAILS

11840-11850 Peach Orchard Road Bentonville / oztrailsnwa.com Located a mile west of downtown Bentonville on land designated as a mountain bike preserve, Coler includes flowy jump lines and challenging technical rocky sections that culminate near the top of a mountain.

MOUNT KESSLER TRAILS

THE RAILYARD BIKE PARK

mtkesslergreenways.com

visitrogersarkansas.com

oztrailsnwa.com

oztrailsnwa.com

Fayetteville’s first mountain bike trail! With

This slope-style mountain bike jump course

technical, challenging routes, some cutting

connects to the Lake Atalanta trail system

directly through massive boulders, plus

and features wall rides, whale tales, concrete

newer additions that welcome those of

lips and more. It accommodates all kinds

moderate skill levels, Mount Kessler has

of bicycles and skill levels. Check Facebook

proven to separate the pros from the joes.

page for status updates.

2600 W. Judge Cummings Road

299 E. Cherry St., Rogers

Top to bottom: photos courtesy Visit Rogers; Experience Fayetteville

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

/ CYCLING & HIKING TRAILS

Lake Wedington Mountain Bike Trails

Fitzgerald Mountain Trails

Fayetteville

waltonfamilyfoundation.org

recreation.gov / arkansas.com

In what will be the city’s largest trail system,

This new singletrack route is the first in

Fitzgerald Mountain features off-road trails

a new series of trails connected to the

with natural rock formations and premium

recreation area, offering views of beautiful

cut singletrack that make for a fun ride for

Lake Wedington and parts of the Ozark

intermediate to advanced shredders.

15592 Lake Wedington Entry Road

2400 Deer Valley St., Springdale

National Forest.

Mitchusson Park Gregory Park Bike BIKE Course Trails & Pump Track 860 Airport Road, Huntsville 69 E. Sycamore St., Fayetteville

huntsvillear.org

fayetteville-ar.gov

This new mountain bike skills course

Located in the heart

includes as its centerpiece an “s” shaped

of Fayetteville,

pump track with outlying features that help

19-acre Gregory

cyclists build fun bike handling skills.

Park was recently rejuvenated adding new singletrack mountain biking trails, a pump track, dog-friendly hiking trails and a skills course.

Great Passion Play Trails 935 Passion Play Road

Pension Mountain Trails CR 501, Berryville

parks.berryville.com Open year-round, Pension Mountain’s multi-use trails were developed on a natural spring preserve and lead you through Ozark back country with scenic views of bluffs and mountainous forests.

Eureka Springs greatpassionplay.org The Great Passion Play with its Christ of the Ozarks statue has completed the first phase

Top to bottom: Gregory Park Bike Trails & Pump Track; City Lake Park Trails; Runway Bike Park & Pump Track

of mountain bike trails on its 700-acre wooded complex.

Runway Bike Park & Pump Track

The Jones Center, 922 E. Emma Ave. Springdale / thejonescenter.net

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City Lake Park Trails 22550 Dawn Hill East Road

The new state-of-the-art

discoversiloam.com

Runway Bike Park features

Three miles from downtown Siloam Springs,

a skills course, a bicycle

City Lake Park has opened three new

playground, and the

intermediate-level mountain bike trails:

Velosolutions Pump Track,

Simon’s Descent, a flow trail, Wango Tango

the largest asphalt pump

and Gatsanula, and a beginner’s trail called

track in North America.

Osage Flats.

Top to bottom: photos courtesy Oz Trails; Discover Siloam Springs; The Jones Center


AMAZING

OUTSIDE

Explore the interactive experiences in science, technology, engineering, art, and math at the Scott Family Amazeum. It’s your destination for a family play-cation.

MORE AMAZING

INSIDE

amazeum.org

I-49 Exit 88 E Central Ave. | 1009 Museum Way | Bentonville, AR | 479-696-9280 The Amazeum is open every day except Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day from 10 am to 5 pm - Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Left to right: Blue Spring Heritage Center; Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

DISPLAY GARDENS

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

BLUE SPRING HERITAGE CENTER

the National Register of Historic Places, and experience the beauty of the natural gardens. Visit the grounds that nurtured the

Scenic U.S. 62 West, Eureka Springs

Cherokee people during the Trail of Tears.

bluespringheritage.com

View the documentary film and visit the

479-253-9244

museum.

More than 38 million gallons of cold turquoise water pour into a trout-filled lagoon each day at Blue Spring Heritage Center, Eureka’s premier outdoor wedding venue. Explore the bluff shelter listed on

BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE OZARKS 4703 N. Crossover Road Fayetteville bgozarks.org / 479-750-2620 Showcasing the beautiful plant life of the region, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks draws more than 80,000 visitors each year. BGO features 12 themed gardens and the state's only butterfly house. Consistently voted The Best Place to Get Married in the region by CitiScapes magazine, it’s also a destination for corporate events and celebrations of all kinds, as well as a regional resource for educational programs.

COMPTON GARDENS AND CONFERENCE CENTER 312 N. Main St., Bentonville

peelcompton.org / 479-254-3870 This 8-acre native Ozark garden is a local favorite and regional destination. Once the home of noted environmentalist Dr. Neil Compton, it houses an exhibit room of events significant to his life and personal mission to save the Buffalo National River. The center is available to rent for events of all kinds. Left to right: photos courtesy Eureka Springs A&P; Cole Fennel


Learn. Play. Grow. Open 9am–5pm daily 4703 N. Crossover Rd. | Fayetteville, AR 72764 479.750.2620 | www.bgozarks.org |

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is a unique collection of 12 themed gardens and the state’s only butterfly house. The garden offers exceptional programs and events for people of all ages throughout the year. Located on Lake Fayetteville and the Razorback Greenway trail system, the botanical garden is a perfect place to learn, celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the Ozarks.

479-250-3124 • cedarlodgearkansas.com Family Reunions • Golf Retreats • Special Birthdays Class Reunions • Special Anniversaries Business Meetings • Lodging for Wedding Families

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

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

DAREDEVIL FUN Adrenaline junkies find plenty of excitement in Northwest Arkansas with ziplining, helicopter rides and whitewater rapids.

SILOAM SPRINGS KAYAK PARK

OZARK MOUNTAIN ZIPLINES

siloamspringskayakpark.com

ziplineeurekasprings.com

479-750-2620

479-363-6699

Positioned along the scenic Illinois River,

Experience the exhilarating thrill of a zipline

this engineered river park contains lengths

canopy tour in the heart of the pristine

of rapids of about 700 feet with Class I and

Ozark Mountains. Soar through the air at

Class II difficulty. The park has a climbing

300+ feet high with cable lengths of up

boulder, picnic area, family swimming

to 2,000 feet over hardwood trees and

area during low water and designated

limestone cliffs. The dense forest provides

changing area. Kayakers must bring their

a nature filled experience guaranteed to

own food, water, kayaks and canoes. Family

satisfy the thrill seeker in you.

19253 Fisher Ford Road

208 W. Van Buren Ave. Eureka Springs

friendly and alcohol free. Users are strongly encouraged to wear life jackets and river shoes. Can be floated throughout the year.

FLY ARH AERIAL TOURS

802 Airport Ave. Springdale flyARH.com / 479.365.3640 See the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks from a new perspective! ARH Aviation offers sightseeing helicopter tours over of Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, Beaver Lake, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and more. Or charter a helicopter to arrive in style at area restaurants, wineries, casinos

Top to bottom: Siloam Springs Kayak Park; Ozark Mountain Ziplines; Fly ARH Aerial Tours

and wedding destinations.

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Top to bottom: photos courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Eureka Springs A&P; ARH Aviation


INTO THE WILD Tour the deep underground wonders of the Ozarks and visit the exotic animals that find refuge in Northwest Arkansas. Take time to enjoy the flight of our country’s national symbol amid a natural setting.

COSMIC CAVERN

6386 Ark. Hwy. 21 N., Berryville cosmiccavern.com / 870-749-2298

TURPENTINE CREEK WILDLIFE REFUGE 239 Turpentine Creek Lane

See one of the longest soda straw

Eureka Springs

formations in the Ozarks, along with two

turpentinecreek.org / 479-253-5841

bottomless lakes, stalactites, stalagmites,

In the Ozark Mountains on 459 acres, this

flowstones, helictites, cave bacon, draperies

ethical, nonprofit animal-tourism destination

and many other speleothems. Enjoy a

offers lifetime sanctuary to survivors of the

guided tour, pan for gems and explore the

exotic animal trade. Learn about the refuge’s

rock shop. Motorcycle parking available.

mission through daily guided tours, or stay on the property in one of the unique lodging

WAR EAGLE CAVERN 21494 Cavern Road, Rogers

wareaglecavern.com / 479-789-2909 This private show cave features a spectacular natural entrance on the shores of Beaver Lake.

accommodations or RV/camp sites. Follow Turpentine Creek on social media for regular updates, photos, videos and more!

BEAVER LAKE BOAT CRUISES AND EAGLE WATCH TOURS

Follow the meandering

4024 Mundell Road, Eureka Springs

stream straight into

estc.net/belle / 479-253-6200

the mountain for an

Tour Beaver Lake aboard the

easy guided tour with wide, level pathways,

Belle of the Ozarks passenger

unique formations, two waterfalls and an

boat to view wildlife sightings

underground lake. More than 100,000 bats

and points of interest such as

call War Eagle Cavern home, and in spring or

Beaver Dam, a 200-acre game

late fall, hundreds hibernate and cling to the

preserve island, the prehistoric

walls and ceilings of the cavern. Don’t miss

Ozark Bluff Dweller’s burial

gemstone panning, the Lost in the Woods

ground and a submerged

maze, and the new Moonshiners’ Mystery

homestead. Cruises take place

Shack. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.

May through October, with October featuring

to 5 p.m. Stroller and pet friendly.

eagle watching and fall foliage tours.

Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; War Eagle Cavern

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

SCENIC RIDES Sightseeing highways are plentiful in Northwest Arkansas.

SCENIC BYWAYS

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TOP MOTORCYCLE RIDES

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Scenic byways in the region include

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the famed Pig Trail (Ark. 23), the Ozark

Eureka Springs and Rogers are hubs for

Highlands Scenic Byway (Ark. 21), Scenic 7

great motorcycle rides, and Fayetteville

Byway, Scenic 71 Loop (Ark. 265 at 1-49),

is host to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ

and the I-49 Scenic Byway. Others are

motorcycle rally. Our bike-friendly region

Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62, and Ark. 123, 59,

has numerous routes worthy of a ride,

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including Scenic 71 Loop (Ark. 265 at 1-49), Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway (Ark. 21), the

SCENIC HIGHWAY 12 Benton and Carroll Counties scenichwy12.com Stretching from historic downtown Rogers to connect near Eureka Springs on the south side of Beaver Lake, this scenic highway offers

Pig Trail (Ark. 23), Beaver Town Bridge (Ark. 187) and more.

ARKANSAS & MISSOURI RAILROAD SCENIC TOURS

many stops along the way for hiking, swimming,

306 E. Emma Ave., Springdale

boating, lodging, dining, historic discovery, and

amtrainrides.com / 479-725-4017

War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake.

Ride in style on meticulously restored antique passenger

Clockwise from the top: Ark. 23 Pig Trail; Scenic 7 Byway; Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Scenic Tours; Scenic Hwy. 12

cars, originally from the 1920s to the 1950s, while conductors enhance the journey with anecdotes about the area’s rich history. The passenger train travels to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains and across the historic Arkansas River Basin.

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SPORTS & RECREATION

Clockwise from the top: The Jones Center; Bella Vista Golf Courses; Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival; Arkansas Razorbacks; Northwest Arkansas Naturals

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 at area golf courses, aquatic centers and special sporting events.

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SPORTS & RECREATION

Arkansas Razorbacks

GO TEAM!

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

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

arkansasrazorbacks.com 479-575-3755 Fans go “Hog Wild” to show their support for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks Northwest Arkansas Naturals

whether rooting for Razorback football, basketball, baseball, track and field, gymnastics, women’s volleyball, soccer, swimming and diving, or a myriad of other sports programs.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NATURALS 3000 Gene George Blvd., Springdale nwanaturals.com / 479-927-4900 The Naturals are the Double-A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and play at state-ofthe-art Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, which is centrally located off of I-49. The regular season consists of 70 home games and runs from April until September. Catch the Fireworks Spectacular on Fridays, Premium Giveaways on Saturdays, or the Kids Eat FREE Family Sundays.

Arvest Ballpark

Top row: photos courtesy Razorback Athletics Communications; right column: Northwest Arkansas Naturals


PUBLIC GOLF COURSES Scenic beauty, rolling hills, hardwood forests, pristine streams, and a moderate year-round climate make Northwest Arkansas a natural golf destination. Tee off at any of these public courses.

STONEBRIDGE MEADOWS GOLF COURSE

BELLA VISTA GOLF COURSES

3495 E. Goff Farm Road, Fayetteville

letsgolfbellavista.com

stonebridgemeadows.com

479-855-5079

479-571-3674

Bella Vista offers six 18-hole, regulation

This award-winning 18-hole course features

golf courses (Bella Vista Country Club,

Bermuda fairways, bentgrass greens and

Berksdale, Dogwood Hills, Highlands,

an energetic layout by renowned architect

Kingswood and Scotsdale), and one

Randy Heckenkemper. It has a 13-acre

nine-hole executive golf course (Brittany).

practice facility and a clubhouse to relax

Driving ranges and retail golf shops are

in after a round. Stonebridge has hosted

available. All are welcome to play on

several prestigious golf events and is on The

Bella Vista courses.

Natural State Golf Trail.

Clockwise from the top: Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course; Bella Vista Golf Courses; Holiday Island Golf Courses

bellavistaPOA.com

HOLIDAY ISLAND GOLF COURSES

1 Country Club Drive, Holiday Island holidayisland.us / 479-253-9511 The championship course features 18 treelined holes atop the ridges of the Ozark Mountains. The nine-hole executive course with rolling terrain is on Table Rock Lake and surrounded by high bluffs and wooded areas. A unique, secluded driving range

THE CREEKS GOLF AND RV RESORT

1499 S. Main St., Cave Springs nwarvresort.com / 479-248-1000

has a view for miles. The pro shop, grill and lounge are open seven days a week.

OAKRIDGE GOLF COURSE

Set along the Spring and Osage creeks in

276 Madison 6020 Road, Huntsville

Osage Valley, this 18-hole course is scenic

479-738-6401

and challenging with amenities including

This public nine-hole golf course is located

private and group lessons, and a practice

on a high, scenic ridge with beautiful views

range, putting green, chipping and short

of the Ozark Mountains. Cart rental, driving

game area and sports bar.

range and snacks are available.

Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Experience Fayetteville; Discover Bella Vista; Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District

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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 1707 S. 26th St., Rogers

rogersar.gov / 479-936-5482

LAWRENCE PLAZA ICE RINK AND SPLASH PARK 215 S.W. A St., Bentonville

This three-acre water park offers fun for the

playbentonville.com / 479-464-7275

whole family with leisure, competition and

The plaza is a 7,000-square-foot multi-use

plunge pools, a tot pool, a splash pad and

facility located just north of the downtown

a lazy river, speed slides, a concession

square. In warm months, it serves as a

stand and more. Groups of up to 1,200

splash park with more than 80 fountain

guests may rent the center for exclusive

jets. In mid-November it turns into an ice

use during evening hours.

rink. Catch a free movie on a giant blow up screen, or dress up for a themed night for added fun.

BENTONVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER

1101 S.W. Citizens Circle, Bentonville playbentonville.com / 479-696-0200 This 84,000-square-foot, public recreation center has an indoor water park, a competition swimming pool, a fitness center, indoor running track, basketball and volleyball courts and a variety of recreation programming. Community banquet halls are also available to rent. Clockwise from the top: Visit Rogers; Visit Bentonville; City of Bentonville


SPORTS & RECREATION

FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER

1800 N. Mt. Olive St., Siloam Springs siloamsprings.com / 479-524-2936 Spend a summer afternoon at the Siloam Springs Family Aquatic Center. Enjoy newly renovated curvy slides and a large pool to play in at this summer oasis. Jump off the diving board or wade into the zero-depth entry main pool. The separate 6,000-gallon baby pool has plenty of space for little ones and a fun waterfall splash feature.

MELVIN FORD AQUATIC CENTER SPRINGDALE AQUATIC CENTER

2000 N.E. Memorial Park Square, Bentonville

playbentonville.com / 479-273-9206

1100 Watson Ave., Springdale

From a wading pool with a raindrop

springdalear.gov / 479-750-SWIM

fountain to a diving well that is 13 feet deep,

Splash pools for young children and slides,

this aquatic center is for all ages. It has a

diving boards and deeper pools for big

one-meter springboard for diving and a

kids make this a great place to play in the

12-foot-tall water slide. The competitive

summer. Swim lessons, pavilion rentals and

pool, ranging from three to eight feet deep,

private party rentals are also available.

is open for lap and recreational swimming

THE JONES CENTER 922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale

thejonescenter.net / 479-756-8090 This 220,000-square-foot center houses

during designated times. Enjoy a shaded picnic area and concession stand.

Walker Park Splash Pad

the region’s only indoor ice skating rink. The

10 W. 15th St, Fayetteville

center also has two indoor swimming pools,

fayetteville-ar.gov / 479-444-3471

a new world-class bike skills park, a gym,

Set to open in mid 2019, the Walker Park

a fitness center, a food court, classrooms,

Splash Pad will keep the kiddos entertained

conference space, a chapel, an auditorium,

with interactive water features like the super

party rooms and more.

splash bucket, water tunnels and giant flower fountains. This 74-acre Both pages clockwise from the top: Rogers Aquatic Center; Lawrence Plaza; Family Aquatic Center; Springdale Aquatic Center; The Jones Center; Lawrence Plaza

Top to bottom: Discover Siloam Springs; Explore Springdale; The Jones Center

park is one of the most historic in the city and is also home to a skate park, sand volleyball court, tennis, basketball, soccer, disc golf, picnic areas and pavilions, playgrounds and other amenities.

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EVENTFUL SPORTS Run, fish, golf or bike! There’s always something competitive going on in Northwest Arkansas.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G nwachampionship.com

This official LPGA tour returns June 24-30, 2019, for its 13th year of celebrating the community spirit of Northwest Arkansas.

NATURAL STATE CRITERIUM SERIES

The tournament features 144 of world's best

naturalstatecrits.com

female golfers competing for a $2 million

This three-day, three-city, national-caliber

purse at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

road cycling event on July 5-7, 2019, brings

From the BITE NW Arkansas food festival

pro and amateur cyclists to downtown

to a 5K race, family-friendly events,

Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale. Free

charitable giving and more, there is

and fun for all ages, cyclists from all over will

something everyone to enjoy.

wow spectators as they zoom along city streets during this exciting road

Clockwise from the top: Joe Martin Stage Race; Natural State Criterium Series; Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

RODEO OF THE OZARKS

JOE MARTIN STAGE RACE

joemartinstagerace.com 479-521-7766 The 2019 event set for April 4-7 in Fayetteville will mark the 42nd anniversary of the amateur races, the 17th anniversary on the USA Cycling Pro Racing Tour,

rodeooftheozarks.org

and the fifth year on the Union Cycliste

A Northwest Arkansas tradition, the 75th

Internationale America Tour calendar.

Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks takes place June 26-29, 2019, at Parsons Stadium in Springdale. Nearly 500 professional

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race competition.

ROGERS CYCLING FESTIVAL

athletes will compete in seven PRCA and

rogerscyclingfestival.com

WPRA sanctioned events. The region’s best

Eight races, three days, one historic festival.

cowboys and stock come together for other

Set for July 26-28, 2019, this unique cycling

area rodeos in Siloam Springs typically held

festival features competitive USA Cycling

in June, and in Madison County, held the last

sanctioned road events, mountain bike

weekend in July.

challenges and casual, family friendly rides.

Top to bottom: Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Natural State Criterium Series; Gabe Roux


SPORTS & RECREATION

THE EUREKAN EUREKA SPRINGS MULTISPORT FESTIVAL

CHILE PEPPER CROSS COUNTRY FESTIVAL chilepepperfestival.org

eurekasportsfestival.com

Created in 1988 to support area cross-

479-521-7766

country teams, the Chile Pepper is now This three-day

one of the premier running events in the

multisport

nation. More than 6,500 runners participate

festival in and

including college and high school teams

around Eureka

and individuals. Held at the University of

Springs

Arkansas’ incredible off-road course, all

coming on

runners can enjoy a hot Mexican food feast

July 19-21,

after the race set for Oct. 5, 2019.

2019, consists of a triathlon, the Gran Fondo bike rides and running races. Participants can enter individual events or challenge themselves with The Eurekan or the Half Eurekan.

KESSLER MOUNTAIN JAM

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EXPERIENCEFAYETTEVILLE.COM Previously known as the Slaughter Pen Jam, the Kessler Mountain Jam takes place on the recently revitalized Mount Kessler

RUN BENTONVILLE HALF MARATHON

trail system in Fayetteville. This family

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friendly event welcomes riders of all skill

Run the half marathon, 5K or Fun Run on

levels and is an Arkansas Mountain Bike

March 30, 2019. The festival includes an

Championship Series (AMBCS) and a USA

expo and a post-race celebration with tons

Cycling sanctioned event.

of food, music, vendors and fun for the

HOGEYE MARATHON & RELAYS hogeyemarathon.com

entire family.

EUREKA SPRINGS FAT TIRE FESTIVAL

The 43rd Annual Hogeye Marathon & Relays is

fattirefestival.com

April 6, 2019, in beautiful Northwest Arkansas.

Typically held in July and based at Lake

Races include a marathon, half marathon,

Leatherwood City Park, this spirited three-

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

day mountain biking festival has plenty of

dinner and expo round out the weekend.

races, fun and music.

Top to bottom: The Eurekan Eureka Springs Multisport Festival; Run Bentonville Half Marathon; Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival

Top to bottom: Eureka Springs A&P; Visit Bentonville; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

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HISTORY & HERITAGE

Clockwise from the top: The Walmart Museum; Pea Ridge National Military Park; Museum of Native American History; War Eagle Mill and Bridge

From Ice Age artifacts to the first home of a U.S. President and former Secretary of State, Northwest Arkansas offers a variety of museums, Civil War battlefields and historic places. Whether for research, education or thought provoking entertainment, visitors will find a number of ways to relive defining moments in time.

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Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy The Walmart Museum; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Museum of Native American History; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism


History & Heritage Left to right: Pea Ridge National Military Park; Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park; Arkansas Air & Military Museum

HISTORICAL SITES, MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS 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.

PEA RIDGE NATIONAL MILITARY PARK

ARKANSAS AIR & MILITARY MUSEUM

nps.gov/peri / 479-451-8122

arkansasairandmilitary.com

A decisive Civil War battle took place here on

479-521-4947

March 7-8, 1862. More than 23,000 soldiers

Follow the colorful history of aviation in

fought to decide the fate of Missouri, just

Arkansas and during American military

over the state line. The only national military

conflicts. See displays of original military

park in Arkansas, this 4,300-acre historically

artifacts and aviation memorabilia, including

significant site includes a visitors center

historic aircraft – many of which still fly.

with interactive educational exhibits, historic

Static displays at the museum range from

buildings, picnic areas, a driving tour, and

the Golden Age of Aviation to the jet age,

trails for horses, biking and hiking.

including Vietnam-era Army helicopters and

15930 U.S. 62 East, Garfield

PRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK

506 E. Douglas St., Prairie Grove

4290 S. School Ave., Fayetteville

a Navy carrier fighter.

SHILOH MUSEUM OF OZARK HISTORY

118 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale

arkansasstateparks.com

shilohmuseum.org / 479-750-8165

479-846-2990

This regional history museum focuses on

With more than 900 acres, this park was

the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. It takes its

the site of the last major Civil War battle in

name from the pioneer community of Shiloh,

Northwest Arkansas. Fought on December

which became Springdale in the 1870s. Most

7, 1862, the Confederate defeat here paved

of what you'll see highlights the real shapers

the way for control of the region by the

of Ozark history – the everyday men, women

Union Army. The park features a museum,

and children who lived in area towns and

a visitors center, walking and driving tours,

rural communities. Along with exhibits, you

and guided tours of the historic homes

can explore six historic buildings on the

onsite. Reenactments take place biennially

museum grounds. Admission is free.

in December of even numbered years. All photos on this page courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

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/ HISTORICAL SITES, MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS

DAISY AIRGUN MUSEUM 202 W. Walnut St., Rogers

daisymuseum.com / 479-986-6873 Enjoy a chronological presentation of Daisy’s history and view the extensive collection of antique airguns, packaging and vintage advertisements. Baby Boomers can reminisce about their first Daisy BB gun and view the prototype from the classic movie A Christmas Story.

MUSEUM OF NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY 202 S.W. O St., Bentonville Both pages left to right: Daisy Airgun Museum; Museum of Native American History; Clinton House Museum; The Walmart Museum

monah.us / 479-273-2456 Take a 14,000-year journey through five different periods of Native American history laid out in chronological order, starting

EUREKA SPRINGS HISTORICAL MUSEUM 95 S. Main St., Eureka Springs

eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org 479-253-9417 The Eureka Springs Historical Museum is located in the heart of the historic district in

with the first Americans through the early European influence. View some of the finest ancient artifacts of early man: brilliant headdresses, artistic effigy vessels, the famous Sweetwater Biface, and an Ice Age Wooly Mammoth. Audio wands are available for self-guided tours. Admission is free.

the Calif House, built in 1889. Its mission is to collect, preserve and exhibit the documents, photographs and artifacts pertaining to the history of Eureka Springs. See the colorful past of this unique town and the people who lived here through a fascinating collection of papers, photographs, mementos, official documents, home furnishings and other items on display.

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THE PEEL MANSION MUSEUM & HERITAGE GARDENS

SILOAM SPRINGS MUSEUM

400 S. Walton Blvd., Bentonville

siloamspringsmuseum.com

peelcompton.org / 479-254-3870

479-524-4011

This Italianate mansion, built by Colonel

Undergoing an exciting expansion and

Samuel Peel in 1875, has been preserved as

renovation, the Siloam Springs Museum

a historic museum. Its grounds of historic

preserves, interprets and celebrates the

roses, perennials and native plants were

heritage of an area with a rich past. Here, you

once surrounded by 180 acres of apple

can explore permanent exhibits highlighting

trees. The mansion is available to rent for

Indian culture, pioneer life, medicine and

events and is a popular wedding venue.

many other facets of the city’s history.

112 N. Maxwell St., Siloam Springs

Both pages left to right: photos courtesy Visit Rogers; Visit Bentonville; Experience Fayetteville; Visit Bentonville


THE WALMART MUSEUM

105 N. Main St., Bentonville walmartmuseum.com / 479-273-1329 The story of Walmart comes alive at The Walmart Museum housed in the original Walton’s 5&10 store on the Bentonville square. Visitors can experience a piece of Sam Walton’s history in a real, functional storefront, along with a replica of Sam’s office, his trusty old Ford truck and other memorabilia. Also enjoy hot and cold beverages as well as ice cream, malts, sundaes and more at The Spark Café Soda Fountain.

ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM 313 S. 2nd St., Rogers

rogershistoricalmuseum.org 479-621-1154 Visit the newly opened galleries in the historic Hailey Building featuring family

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SPORTS MUSEUMS

1270 Leroy Pond Drive, Fayetteville arkansasrazorbacks.com 479-575-3755 The Tommy Boyer Hall of Champions Museum (Razorback basketball and all other sports) is located inside the south entrance of Bud Walton Arena, and the Razorback Women's Sports Museum is inside Barnhill Arena. Visit the official store of Razorback athletics, Hog Heaven, located inside Bud Walton Arena for all your Razorback apparel needs. Visitor parking is in Lot 60, across from the entry into the store.

friendly hands-on exhibitions and a children’s gallery. Take a walk through the 1895 Hawkins House and enjoy views of the apple orchard, or check out one of the special events or programs.

CLINTON HOUSE MUSEUM

930 W. Clinton Drive, Fayetteville clintonhousemuseum.org 479-444-0066 The first home of Bill and Hillary Clinton, this museum promotes the legacy of their commitment to public service and civic engagement for local, national and international visitors alike. The grounds also include the First Ladies Garden and a store featuring items related to the Clintons as well as Arkansas history and politics.

LIVE HISTORY

ClintonHouseMuseum.org


HEADQUARTERS HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN

VETERANS WALL OF HONOR

118 E. Dickson St., Fayetteville

veteransmonumentbellavistaar.org

washcohistoricalsociety.org

The Veterans Wall of Honor was established

On East Dickson Street stands the lovely

in 2004 and is situated on a site connecting

Greek Revival Home known as Headquarters

to the Lake Bella Vista walking trail. The

House. It was built in 1853 for Jonas

monument features 28 walls containing

Tebbetts and survived the burning of

5,000 granite honoree tablets inscribed with

Fayetteville in February of 1862 as well as

the names of service people from 23 states

the Battle of Fayetteville in April 1863. Well

who served in the military from 1776 to 2006.

maintained to this day, in its early years it was one of the finest homes in the frontier land. With its original design preserved and

103 Veterans Way, Bella Vista

TONTITOWN HISTORICAL MUSEUM

its furnishings of authentic 19th century

251 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd., Tontitown

pieces, Headquarters House is a truly

tontitown.com / 479-361-9800

significant and enjoyable place to visit. The

Reflecting the town’s rich Italian history,

museum grounds feature heirloom plants

the museum includes artifacts from original

and flowers, which are at their peak from

pioneers and town founders, a pictorial history

April through October.

and information on the town’s annual Grape

WAR EAGLE MILL and BRIDGE

Festival, now in its 121st season – all housed in the former home of Mary and Zelinda Bastianelli, sisters and original settlers.

11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers wareaglemill.com / 866-492-7324 A visit to the state’s only operating mill provides a taste of the pioneering spirit of the 1800s. The mill is home to the Bean Palace Café, an 18-foot waterwheel and beautiful scenery. The War Eagle Bridge, a one-lane steel bridge originally built in 1907, adjoins the mill and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now Open 313 S. 2nd Street, Downtown Rogers 479-621-1154

rogershistoricalmuseum.org

Both pages clockwise from the top: Headquarters House; Veterans Wall of Honor; Thaden Field; War Eagle Mill and Bridge

Saunders Museum 113 E. Madison Ave, Berryville berryville.com / 870-423-2563 The early 1900s home of Colonel C. Burton “Buck” Saunders in Berryville houses an extensive collection of some of the rarest firearms in the country. Pistols carried by the most infamous gunslingers, including Jesse James and Annie Oakley, as well as items

Hours: Mon - Sat, 10 to 5 Closed Major Holidays

memorializing America’s rich and rugged past can be found on display here. Both pages clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Experience Fayetteville; Discover Bella Vista; Thaden Field; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism


HISTORICAL SITES, MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS / History

& Heritage

Carroll County Heritage Center Museum

403 Public Square, Berryville berryville.com / 870-423-6312 This museum is located on the historic downtown public square in Berryville. It houses three stories of precious pieces of Berryville’s unique past, telling the story of generations of local residents. Features in the museum include

Thaden Field

a real moonshine still, a funeral parlor scene, a

2205 S.W. I St., Bentonville

one-room school, an old general store, and a

bentonvillear.com / 479-254-0817

local genealogy library.

Taking its name from famed Arkansas-born

BELLA VISTA HISTORICAL MUSEUM

pilot Louise Thaden, Thaden Field is a full service, community-centric aviation center. The Fieldhouse Hangar features a rotating

1885 Bella Vista Way, Bella Vista

display of vintage aircraft and other exhibits

bellavistamuseum.org / 479-855-2335

tied to aviation history. A new boardwalk

This museum features the history, photos

offers access to Lake Bentonville, with

and displays interpreting the 100+ year

fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking.

history of Bella Vista. Open year round,

Watch the planes take off and land from the

Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

comfort of Louise – a modern all-day cafe.

DISCOVER

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Clockwise from the top: Halloween City in Eureka Springs; Bikes, Blues & BBQ in Fayetteville; BITE NW Arkansas in Bentonville; Dogwood Festival in Siloam Springs; Fayetteville Farmers Market

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

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Festivals & events

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!

FIREFLY FLING

4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville bgozarks.org / 479-750-2620

ART WITH AN ALTITUDE KITE FESTIVAL Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Set for July 20, 2019, this magical family event

239 Turpentine Creek Lane

at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks features

Eureka Springs

nature play for all ages. Enjoy live musical

turpentinecreek.org / 479-253-5841

performances on the Great Lawn, giant

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Kite Festival!

bubbles and building fairy houses. At dark, the

This family and pet friendly event on March

Great Lawn comes alive with fire dancers and

23, 2019, at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

glow-in-the-dark visuals. Food, drink and The

is free and open to all ages. Enjoy food

Firefly Shoppe add to the festivities.

vendors, music, games, giveaways and more at the only kite festival in the world that is

Clockwise from the top: Firefly Fling; Art with an Altitude Kite Festival; Bikes, Blues & BBQ

held at a big cat sanctuary.

DOGWOOD FESTIVAL

Historic Downtown Siloam Springs siloamchamber.com / 479-524-6466 This 45th annual award-winning festival held the last full weekend in April draws exhibitors from all over the U.S. and features hundreds of booths filled with handmade, craft and

BIKES, BLUES & BBQ Downtown Fayetteville & Northwest Arkansas bikesbluesandbbq.org / 479-527-9993 The largest charity motorcycle festival in the country draws hundreds of thousands to the region. Set for Sept. 25-29, 2019, highlights include poker runs, parades and bike shows, scenic rides, demos and plenty of vendors – plus live music and award-winning barbeque. Festivalgoers love the rumble of motorcycles in all makes and models – from stock bikes straight off the lot to individually customized choppers.

vintage items. Don’t miss the Dogwood 5K Run, Bed Races on Broadway, music and entertainment, food vendors and the KidZone.

WESTERN ROUNDUP DAYS Downtown Huntsville huntsvillear.org Held in July in conjunction with the Madison County Rodeo, Huntsville celebrates its heritage for a full week during Western Roundup Days. Includes a Dutch oven cookoff, gospel singing, a Kids Night and a rodeo parade downtown.

Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Amber Secrest Photography; Eureka Springs A&P

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Festivals & Events

/ Community festivals

DAISY NATIONAL BB GUN CHAMPIONSHIP

3303 S. Pinnacle Hills Pkwy. John Q. Hammons Center, Rogers dnbbgcm.com / 479-636-1200 Teams that compete in a state match are eligible for the Daisy Championship, which is typically held in July. Young people ages 8 to 15 qualify annually for the 5-meter team BB gun competition. They shoot a muzzleloaded, single-shot BB gun named the Daisy AVANTI Champion Model 499.

FRISCO FESTIVAL

Downtown Rogers mainstreetrogers.com / 479-936-5487 Crowds from all over have enjoyed the Frisco Festival for more than three decades. Located in the Rogers Historic District, this family friendly festival is named in honor of the city’s rich railroad heritage and includes a kids zone, live music, delicious food, car shows, crafts and more. Held annually at the end of summer.

EUREKA SPRINGS ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE FESTIVAL

44 Kingshighway, Eureka Springs antiqueautofest.com / 479-253-8737 Hundreds of antique cars are based at The Great Passion Play and seen all over town. On Sept. 6-7, 2019, the festival includes a parade and a 1922 bank robbery re-enactment. Top to bottom: Eureka Springs Diversity / Pride Celebrations; Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival

EUREKA SPRINGS VW FESTIVAL WEEKEND

eurekaspringsvwshow.com 479-435-1133 This three-day festival includes an awards show, a swap meet, and a parade with every style and color of VW you can imagine. Typically held in August, this is one of the biggest Volkswagen events in the Midwest.

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All photos on this page courtesy Eureka Springs A&P

DIVERSITY / PRIDE CELEBRATIONS

Downtown Eureka Springs & Fayetteville outineureka.com experiencefayetteville.com The artsy city of Eureka Springs celebrates diversity in the Ozarks with two festivals each year: one in spring and the other in summer. In June, Fayetteville hosts the Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade and Festival, the largest LGBTQ pride celebration in the state.

EUREKA SPRINGS MARDI GRAS

Downtown Eureka Springs eurekaspringsmardigras.org Arkansas’ largest Mardi Gras festival features jazz music, lively parades, masquerade balls, costume contests, and authentic New Orleans-style food during a month-long celebration.

Oktoberfest Celebrations

northwestarkansas.org Raise a stein at any one of the region’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations! Festivals in Fayetteville, Springdale, Siloam Springs and Eureka Springs are a great way to explore local craft brew scene.

Back 40 Fall for All Festival

discoverbellavistaar.com Bella Vista celebrates its Back 40 trail system at this annual event typically held in November with a day of cycling, hiking, running, bird watching, native plant identification and more. The fun also includes live music, good eats and a bike expo.


Halloween City

eurekasprings.org Eureka Springs has a month-long lineup of hair-raising events in October! From big cats in the dark at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and the 7th Annual Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl to whispers in the walls at the haunted 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa — you’ll want to add these paranormal, creepy and frighteningly fun events to your spooky agenda this year!

Rogers

Fayetteville

Homegrown Music & Mountain Sport Festival

Fayetteville / homegrownarkansas.com Not to be confused with the Siloam Springs Homegrown Festival, this event takes place at Mount Kessler in Fayetteville and includes live entertainment, inventive games, sports, and sustainability education. The festival is usually held in June and admission is free.

Siloam Springs

Bentonville

FARMERS MARKETS Farmers Markets in Northwest Arkansas are pleasing to the palate, eyes and ears. Most open in spring and serve customers into fall. Some move indoors during the winter and remain open year-round.

BELLA VISTA Sugar Creek Center / bellavistaar.gov Mid-April to October / Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

BENTONVILLE Historic Downtown Square / downtownbentonville.org April to October / Wednesday at 8th Street Market Under the Vine / Saturday at Downtown Square / 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

BERRYVILLE Berryville Public Square facebook.com/Berryville-Farmers-Market April to October / Saturday 7:30 a.m. to noon

EUREKA SPRINGS 62 Van Buren St. / eurekaspringsfarmersmarket.com April to November, Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / November to April, Thursday 9:00 a.m. to noon

FAYETTEVILLE Historic Downtown Square / fayettevillefarmersmarket.org April to November, Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. / April to October, Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / Indoor at Ozark Natural Foods: December to March, Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MADISON COUNTY HUNTSVILLE Downtown Square facebook.com/MadisonCounty-FarmersMarketAR May to October / Tuesday and Saturday

ROGERS Historic Downtown Rogers mainstreetrogers.com/farmers-market May to October / Select Winter Dates Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SPRINGDALE The Jones Center Memorial Walk Plaza springdalefarmersmarket.org May to October / Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS Downtown City Park mainstreetsiloam.org/farmers-market April to October / Tuesday 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / Order Online Sunday through Wednesday / Pickup Saturday 9-11 a.m.

Left to right: photos courtesy Visit Rogers; Experience Fayetteville; City of Siloam Springs; Visit Bentonville

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Top to bottom: BITE NW Arkansas; Fayetteville Foam Fest

Culinary Festivals

Northwest Arkansas has a diverse palate for outstanding culinary fare and libations, and we like to show it off with these fun food and drink festivals and events. Feed your inner foodie!

BITE NW ARKANSAS

ALES & TAILS

bitenwa.com

Fayetteville / alesandtails.org

BITE NW Arkansas is a three-day food festival

Set for April 6, 2019, this festival revolves

that invites attendees to taste the signature

around a true Southern delicacy: crawfish!

flavors of local restaurants and chefs, sip a

A ticket buys all-you-can-eat crawfish,

wide variety of libations, sample products and

corn and potatoes boiled to perfection.

brands at the forefront of consumer trends,

Handcrafted ale and wine are also available

and discover the very best of Northwest

for purchase. A second Ales & Tails is set

Arkansas. Set for June 26-28, 2019.

for April 13, 2019, at 8th Street Market

8th Street Market, Bentonville

FAYETTEVILLE FOAM FEST

Downtown Fayetteville fayettevillefoamfest.com

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Washington County Fairgrounds

in Bentonville.

FROST FEST

Fossil Cove Brewing Company Fayetteville / fossilcovebrewing.com

This festival for 21 and

479-445-6050

older includes offerings

Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or

from more than 50 local,

an occasional sipper, celebrate local craft

regional, national and

beer and community at Frost Fest on Feb.

international breweries.

2, 2019. Spend the day outdoors with live

Plus, live music and food

music, food trucks, local art and dozens of

trucks selling their tastiest

breweries from multiple states pouring their

eats. Set for May 5, 2019.

signature creations.

Both pages clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Gabe Roux; Downtown Springdale Alliance; Fayetteville Foam Fest


Festivals & events

FAYETTEVILLE GUMBO COOKOFF fayettevillegumbocookoff.com

Judging entries on color, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste, the fourth annual Fayetteville Gumbo Cookoff is set for March 9, 2019. Grab a taste for yourself, or whip up your family recipe and enter the competition.

EUREKA SPRINGS FOOD & WINE WEEKEND eurekasprings.org

Typically held in November, experience the culinary excellence of Eureka Springs. Local restaurants expertly pair their chefs’ signature courses with perfectly selected wines. With other happenings like cooking classes and special dinner menus, get ready to eat your way through downtown!

Springdale Outdoor Street Dinner

SPRINGDALE OUTDOOR STREET DINNER downtownspringdale.org

Typically held in summer, this fourth annual street dinner is served under the stars, right in the middle of downtown. Join your friends and neighbors for a family-style meal, live music and stories about Springdale.


DINING AROUND

ureka Springs Great History. Great Steaks.

GASKINS CABIN STEAKHOUSE

Hwy 23 North of Downtown Eureka Springs Plenty of Parking • 479-253-5466

479.253.8806

Serving Dinner 5-9 Daily

Experience our new dining room!

Elegant American Cuisine Featuring Chef Jeff Clements Dinner Nightly 5-9 p.m. Reservations Recommended

Voted best restaurant in Eureka Springs by Arkansas Times

Convenient Parking • Great Downtown Locations • Rooms & Suites

Authentic Mexican Street Food

Serving Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch 479.253.9522

26 White St on the Upper Historic Loop

37 N Main St • 479-253-6756 EruekaGrand.com

local

91 South Main St. 479.253.6888

cafe.net

Outdoor Patio, Award Winning Wine List 71 S. Main St. Across from the main Trolley Depot


Festivals & events

Left to right: War Eagle Fair; Homegrown Festival

ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRS

The hills are alive with hundreds of thousands of craft fairgoers each spring and fall in Northwest Arkansas. Spring dates for 2019 are in May, and fall dates are in October. Check with individual shows for exact dates and times.

WAR EAGLE MILL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR

OZARK REGIONAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVALS

11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers / wareaglemill.com 479-789-5343 / Oct. 17-20 Juried artists and craftsmen set up on the War Eagle Mill grounds.

Springdale & Fayetteville / craftfairsnwa.com / 479-756-6954 Northwest Arkansas Convention Center (Springdale) Oct. 18-19 Washington County Fairgrounds (Fayetteville) Oct. 17-19

WAR EAGLE FAIR 11037 High Sky Inn Road, Hindsville / wareaglefair.com 479-789-5398 / Oct. 17-20 More than 250 booths along the banks of the War Eagle River.

SPANKER CREEK FARM ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR 8464 W. McNelly Road, Bentonville spankercreekfarm.com / 479-685-5655 / Oct. 16-20 In a farm setting alongside Spanker Creek.

HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL

BELLA VISTA ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Twin Springs Park, Siloam Springs / mainstreetsiloam.org 479-524-4556 / Early October Handmade, curated, vintaged and repurposed items; activities include kayaking on Sager Creek.

1991 Forest Hills Blvd. / bellavistafestival.org 479-855-2064 / Fall Since 1969, only the highest quality items, always handmade.

SHARP’S SHOW OF WAR EAGLE

VINTAGE MARKET DAYS

11022 War Eagle Road, Rogers / nwacraftfairs.com 479-789-5683 / Spring and Fall Showcasing work by skilled artisans from around the country.

FRISCO STATION MALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL 100 N. Dixieland Road, Rogers / nwacraftfairs.com 479-631-0006 / May 3-5 and Fall Located indoors at the Frisco Station Mall.

Benton County Fairgrounds / vintagemarketdays.com April 12-14 and Fall Vintage-inspired items include home décor and furnishings.

HEART OF ROGERS CRAFT FAIR Historic Downtown Rogers / godowntownrogers.com / Fall Arts and crafts along the brick streets of downtown.

Left to right: photos courtesy Visit Rogers; City of Siloam Springs

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Festivals & Events

Bentonville

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Eureka Springs

From Thanksgiving through the New Year, enjoy holiday lights displays and Christmas celebrations across Northwest Arkansas. Cities host ceremonies, parades and open houses in shopping districts, while Santa makes his first appearances of the season.

LIGHTS OF THE OZARKS Downtown Fayetteville experiencefayetteville.com This award-winning winter wonderland kicks off with a parade that brings nearly a half-million twinkling lights to life on Fayetteville’s historic downtown square.

ROGERS CHRISTMAS PARADE

Downtown Rogers mainstreetrogers.com / 479-936-5487 Head downtown for the 35th annual Rogers Christmas Parade featuring dozens of floats, marching bands, carolers and families.

LIGHT UP SILOAM CELEBRATION AND CHRISTMAS PARADE

Downtown Siloam Springs siloamspringsheritageleague.com With the wave of a magic candy cane, thousands of lights illuminate downtown. Stick around for a parade with lighted floats, bands, dance troupes, fire trucks and antique cars.

Downtown Eureka Springs eurekasprings.org This historic arts enclave known for its Victorian architecture hosts a bevy of holiday events, including a Candlelight Tour of Homes, an annual Silver Tea, a Christmas parade, and a holiday decorating contest.

CHRISTMAS ON THE CREEK Downtown Springdale downtownspringdale.org With the region’s largest live Christmas tree, this festival includes carolers, food trucks, a winter market and the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks Christmas Parade.

HUNTSVILLE: A HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS Downtown Huntsville /huntsvillear.org Held on Polk Square with a community dinner, joyful carolers, a Christmas train for children, photos with Santa, and that magical moment during the lighting ceremony when the bulbs come to life!

BENTONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE & WINTER WONDERLAND

BERRYVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE

Eventful Arts: See Pages 40-42

Eventful Sports: See Pages 62-63

Downtown Bentonville downtownbentonville.org One of the largest daytime Christmas parades in the state! The fun takes place in Bentonville’s vibrant downtown, with horsedrawn carriage rides and ice skating.

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EUREKA SPRINGS CHRISTMAS

berryvillechamber.com The entire town comes together to celebrate with floats, decorated bikes and dazzling equestrian groups at the annual Berryville Christmas Parade. Held on the public square.

All photos on this page courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism


DINING AROUND

Fayetteville

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Voted Best Seafood in NWA

Park Here • Eat Here Just off Dickson • Near Walton Arts Center


DESTINATION: NORTHWEST ARKANSAS ATTRACTIONS

BUSINESS Arkadia Retrocade Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Bentonville Film Festival Blue Spring Heritage Center Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Cherokee Casino & Hotel Compton Gardens & Conference Center Cooper Chapel Cosmic Cavern Fayetteville Ale Trail Malco Theaters Ozark Natural Science Center Rodeo of the Ozarks Scott Family Amazeum Thorncrown Chapel Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake

ADDRESS 1478 N. College Ave. 306 E. Emma Ave. Various Locations Scenic U.S. 62 West 4703 N. Crossover Rd. 2416 U.S. 412

CITY Fayetteville Springdale Bentonville Eureka Springs Fayetteville West Siloam Springs

INFO fb.com/ArkadiaRetrocade amrailroad.com bentonvillefilmfestival.com bluespringheritage.com bgozarks.org cherokeecasino.com

312 N. Main St. 504 Memorial Drive 6386 Ark. Hwy. 21 N. Various Locations Various Locations 1905 Madison 1305 1423 E. Emma Ave. 1009 Museum Way 12968 U.S. 62 West 239 Turpentine Creek Ln. 21494 Cavern Rd.

Bentonville Bella Vista Berryville Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Huntsville Springdale Bentonville Eureka Springs Eureka Springs Rogers

peelcompton.org cooperchapel.com cosmiccavern.com fayettevillealetrail.com malco.com onsc.us rodeooftheozarks.org amazeum.org thorncrown.com turpentinecreek.org wareaglecavern.com

ART MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

BUSINESS ADDRESS 21c Museum Hotel Galleries 200 N.E. A St. Arts Center of the Ozarks 214 S. Main St. Art Ventures 101 W. Mountain St. Community Creative Center 505 W. Spring St. Crystal Bridges Museum 600 Museum Way of American Art Eureka Springs Downtown District Fenix Art Collective 16 W. Center St. Joy Pratt Markham Gallery Walton Arts Center Terra Studios 12103 Hazel Valley Rd. U of A Fine Arts Center Gallery University of Arkansas Windgate Visual Arts Galleries John Brown University

DINING

BUSINESS Aquarius Taqueria Black Apple Crossing Cidery Bordinos Restaurant Ella’s Table at the Inn at Carnall Hall Ermilio’s Italian Home Cooking Grand Taverne at the Grand Central Hotel Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse The Hive at 21c Museum Hotel Keels Creek Winery Kind Kitchen Lakepoint Restaurant Local Flavor Cafe Powerhouse Seafood & Grill Railway Winery Sassafras Springs Vineyard + Winery Tontitown Winery Wood Stone Craft Pizza + Bar

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CITY Bentonville Springdale Fayetteville Fayetteville Bentonville

INFO PG. # 21cmuseumhotels.com/bentonville 16, 32 acozarks.org 26, 33 fayettevilleunderground.com 20, 32 communitycreativecenter.org 20, 33 crystalbridges.org 8, 13, 16, 31, 48

Eureka Springs Fayetteville Fayetteville Fayetteville Fayetteville Siloam Springs

eurekasprings.org fenixfayettevilleart.com waltonartscenter.org terrastudios.com art.uark.edu jbu.edu/art/gallery

19, 33 20 20, 32 15, 20, 32 32 32

ADDRESS 91 S. Main St 321 E. Emma Ave. 310 W. Dickson St 465 Arkansas Ave. 26 White St.

CITY Eureka Springs Springdale Fayetteville Fayetteville Eureka Springs

INFO PG. # eurekasprings.org/aquarius-taqueria 76 blackapplecrossing.com 26 bordinos.com 79 innatcarnallhall.com 79 ermilios.com 76

37 N. Main St. 2883 Hwy 23 North 200 N.E. A St. 3185 E. Van Buren St. 623 W. Walnut St. 101 Marina Dr. 71 S. Main St. 112 N. University Ave. 4937 Hwy. 187 6461 E. Guy Terry Rd. 335 N. Barrington Rd. 557 S. School Ave

Eureka Springs Eureka Springs Bentonville Eureka Springs Rogers Bella Vista Eureka Springs Fayetteville Eureka Springs Springdale Springdale Fayetteville

eurekagrand.com gaskinscabin.com thehivebentonville.com keelscreek.com mykindkitchen.com lakepointrestaurant.com localflavorcafe.net powerhouseseafoodandgrill.com railwaywinery.com sassafrasspringsvineyard.com tontitownwinery.com woodstonecraftpizza.com

Most dining options listed are advertisers; additional options may be found on member-city websites linked through NorthwestArkansas.org.

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PERFORMING ARTS

BUSINESS Arkansas Public Theatre Arkansas Music Pavilion (Walmart AMP) Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra Arts Center of the Ozarks Arts Live Theatre Berry Performing Arts Center Eureka Springs City Auditorium Faulkner Performing Arts Center Opera in the Ozarks Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) The Great Passion Play TheatreSquared Trike Theatre U of A Department of Theatre Walton Arts Center

ADDRESS 116 S. 2nd St. 5079 W. Northgate Rd.

CITY Rogers Rogers

INFO arkansaspublictheatre.org amptickets.com

Arend Arts Center 214 S. Main St. 818 N. Sang Ave. 2000 W. University St. 36 S. Main St. 453 N. Garland Ave. 16311 U.S. 62 West Walton Arts Center

Bentonville Springdale Fayetteville Siloam Springs Eureka Springs Fayetteville Eureka Springs Fayetteville

arphil.org acozarks.org artslivetheatre.com jbu.edu theaud.org faulkner.uark.edu opera.org sonamusic.org

935 Passion Play Rd. 505 / 477 W. Spring St. 902 S.W. 2nd St., Ste. F University of Arkansas 495 W. Dickson St.

Eureka Springs Fayetteville Bentonville Fayetteville Fayetteville

greatpassionplay.org theatre2.org triketheatre.org theatre.uark.edu waltonartscenter.org

EVENTFUL ARTS

See pages 40-42 for a listing of art related events.

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SPORTING EVENTS See pages 62-63 for a listing of sports related events.

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

See pages 70-78 for a listing of community festivals and special events taking place throughout Northwest Arkansas.

“The symphony gave audience members chills. SoNA played with precision...every note was perfect timing.” –Rachael Gierke, Arkansas Traveler

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Paul Haas, Music Director

For concert dates and ticket information visit sonamusic.org


At-a-glance Index

HISTORY & HERITAGE BUSINESS

ADDRESS

CITY

Arkansas Air & Military Museum 4290 S. School Ave. Fayetteville Arkansas State Parks Bella Vista Historical Museum 1885 Bella Vista Way Bella Vista Carroll County Heritage Center 493 Public Square Berryville Clinton House Museum 930 W. Clinton Dr. Fayetteville Daisy Airgun Museum 202 W. Walnut St. Rogers Eureka Springs Historical Museum 95 S. Main St. Eureka Springs Headquarters House 118 E. Dickson St. Fayetteville Museum & Garden Museum of Native 202 S.W. O St. Bentonville American History Pea Ridge National Military Park 15930 U.S. 62 East Garfield The Peel Mansion Museum 400 S. Walton Blvd. Bentonville & Heritage Gardens Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park 506 E. Douglas St. Prairie Grove Rogers Historical Museum 313 S. 2nd St. Rogers Saunders Museum 113 E. Madison Ave. Berryville Shiloh Museum of Ozark History 118 W. Johnson Ave. Springdale Siloam Springs Museum 112 N. Maxwell St. Siloam Springs Tontitown Historical Museum 251 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd. Tontitown Veterans Wall of Honor 103 Veterans Way Bella Vista Walker-Stone House 207 E. Center St. Fayetteville The Walmart Museum 105 N. Main St. Bentonville War Eagle Mill & Bridge 11045 War Eagle Rd. Rogers University of Arkansas 1270 Leroy Pond Dr. Fayetteville Sports Museums

INFO arkansasairandmilitary.com arkansasstateparks.com bellavistamuseum.org berryville.com clintonhousemuseum.org daisymuseum.com eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org washcohistoricalsociety.org monah.us nps.gov/peri peelcompton.org arkansasstateparks.com rogershistoricalmuseum.org berryville.com shilohmuseum.org siloamspringsmuseum.com tontitown.com veteransmonumentbellavistaar.org historicwashingtoncounty.org walmartmuseum.com wareaglemill.com arkansasrazorbacks.com

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SHOPPING & SERVICES BUSINESS

ADDRESS

CITY

INFO

PG. #

Arts & Crafts Fairs Northwest Arkansas 23, 71, 77 Bella Vista Farmers Market Sugar Creek Center Bella Vista bellavistaar.gov 73 Bentonville Farmers Market Downtown Square Bentonville downtownbentonville.org 73 Berryville Farmers Market Public Square Berryville facebook.com/Berryville-Farmers-Market 73 Eureka Springs Farmers Market 62 Van Buren St. Eureka Springs eurekaspringsfarmersmarket.com 73 Fayetteville Farmers Market Downtown Square Fayetteville fayettevillefarmersmarket.org 20-21, 73 Gearhead Outfitters 501 S.W. A St. Bentonville gearheadoutfitters.com 60 Madison County/Huntsville Downtown Square Huntsville facebook.com/MadisonCounty- 22, 73 Farmers Market FarmersMarketAR Pinnacle Hills Promenade 2203 S. Promenade Blvd. Rogers pinnaclehillspromenade.com 22 Rogers Farmers Market Downtown Rogers mainstreetrogers.com/farmers-market 73 Siloam Springs Farmers Market Downtown City Park Siloam Springs mainstreetsiloam.org 73 Springdale Farmers Market The Jones Center Springdale springdalefarmersmarket.org 73 Memorial Walk Plaza

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Golf Bella Vista!

Book your tee time at any of our golf courses:

letsgolfbellavista.com (479) 855-5079

Exquisite Lakeside Dining

Join us for • Wine Room Specials • Happy Hour “Beautiful atmosphere/wonderful fare.” –Trip Advisor lakepointrestaurant.com • (479) 855-8110 101 Marina Drive • Bella Vista, AR 72715

“Crossroads to the Ozarks”

Enjoy these many hometown activities in 2019 Bluegrass & Bar B Q Festival – Saturday, June 8th Western Days Week – July 22-27 Farmers Market every Tuesday and Saturday, May thru October Madison County IPRA Rodeo – July 26-27 Movies on the Square – First Saturday, May thru September Friendship Club Fall Home Tour, Sunday November 10th Charity Car Show – Saturday, October 5th Christmas Parade, Saturday December 7th, 6pm ‘Huntsville, Hometown Christmas’- City Christmas Lights On; Downtown Merchants Holiday Open House – November 22nd For more information about these events and other activities please contact Huntsville City Hall | PO Box 549 Huntsville, AR 72740 479-738-6607 cityclerk@huntsvillear.org


At-a-glance Index

SPORTS & RECREATION

BUSINESS Arkansas Razorbacks Bella Vista Golf Courses Bentonville Community Center Carroll County Country Club Golf Course The Creeks Golf and RV Resort Family Aquatic Center Holiday Island Golf Courses The Jones Center Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink & Splash Park Melvin Ford Aquatic Center Northwest Arkansas Naturals Rogers Aquatic Center Springdale Aquatic Center Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course Walker Park Splash Pad

LODGING

BUSINESS 21c Museum Hotel 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa 1905 Basin Park Hotel Cedar Lodge

ADDRESS University of Arkansas Various Locations 1101 S.W. Citizens Circle 365 U.S. 62 West 1499 S. Main St. 1800 N. Mt. Olive St. 1 Country Club Dr. 922 E. Emma Ave. 215 S.W. A St. 2000 N.E. Memorial Park Square 3000 Gene George Blvd. 1707 S. 26th St. 1100 Watson Ave. 3495 E. Goff Farm Rd. 10 W. 15th St.

ADDRESS 200 N.E. A St. 75 Prospect Ave. 12 Spring St. 18 Mason Ln.

CITY Fayetteville Bella Vista Bentonville Berryville Cave Springs Siloam Springs Holiday Island Springdale Bentonville Bentonville Springdale Rogers Springdale Fayetteville Fayetteville

CITY Bentonville Eureka Springs Eureka Springs Bella Vista

INFO arkansasrazorbacks.com letsgolfbellavista.com playbentonville.com carrollcountycountryclub.com nwarvresort.com siloamsprings.com holidayisland.us thejonescenter.net playbentonville.com playbentonville.com nwanaturals.com rogersar.gov springdalear.gov stonebridgemeadows.com fayetteville-ar.gov

INFO 21cmuseumhotels.com/ bentonville crescent-hotel.com basinpark.com cedarlodgearkansas.com

Most lodging options listed are advertisers; additional options may be found on member-city websites linked through NorthwestArkansas.org.

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NATURE & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

BUSINESS ADDRESS CITY INFO PG. # Arkansas State Parks arkansasstateparks.com 23, 47, 65 Back 40 Trails Bella Vista bellavistaar.gov 17, 48, 72 Beaver Lake Various Locations Northwest Arkansas arkansas.com 15, 19, 22-23, 45, 55-56 Beaver Lake Boat Cruises 4024 Mundell Rd. Eureka Springs estc.net/belle 55 & Eagle Watch Tours Bella Vista Lakes Various Locations Bella Vista bellavistapoa.com 17, 45 Bella Vista POA Trails Various Locations Bella Vista bellavistapoa.com 17, 48 Buffalo National River nps.gov/buff 15, 45, 52 City Lake Park Trails 22550 Dawn Hill East Rd. Siloam Springs discoversiloam.com 24, 50 Coler Trails 11840-11850 Peach Orchard Rd. Bentonville oztrailsnwa.com 17, 49 Devil’s Den State Park 11333 Ark. Hwy. 74 West Fork arkansasstateparks.com 23, 47 Fitzgerald Mountain Trails 2400 Deer Valley St. Springdale waltonfamilyfoundation.org 26, 50 Fly ARH Aerial Tours 802 Airport Ave. Springdale flyarh.com 26, 54, 84 Great Passion Play Trails 935 Passion Play Rd. Eureka Springs greatpassionplay.org 50 Gregory Park Bike Trails 69 E. Sycamore St. Fayetteville fayetteville-ar.gov 20, 50 & Pump Track Hobbs State Park 20201 Ark. Hwy. 12 Rogers arkansasstateparks.com 22-23, 47 Conservation Area Holiday Island Marina 124 Woodsdale Dr. Holiday Island himarinafun.com 21, 46 Holiday Island Campground 21 N. Star Loop Holiday Island holidayisland.us 21, 46 Illinois River Northwest Arkansas arkansas.com 15, 46, 54 Kings River Northwest Arkansas arkansas.com 18, 22, 46 Lake Atalanta 500 E. Walnut St. Rogers rogersar.gov 22-23, 46, 49 Lake Fayetteville Park/Trails 1208 E. Lake Fayetteville Rd. Fayetteville fayetteville-ar.gov 20, 49 Lake Leatherwood City U.S. 62 West Eureka Springs eurekaparks.com 19, 49, 63 Park/Trails Lake Wedington Recreation 15689 Lake Wedington Entry Fayetteville arkansas.com 20, 45, 50 Area/Trails Mitchusson Park Bike Course 860 Airport Rd. Huntsville huntsvillear.org 22, 50 Mount Kessler Trails 2600 W. Judge Cummings Road Fayetteville mtkesslergreenways.com 20, 49, 63, 73 Mulberry River arkansas.com 46 Ozark Mountain Ziplines 208 W. Van Buren St. Eureka Springs ziplineeurekasprings.com 19, 54 The Railyard Bike Park 299 E. Cherry St. Rogers visitrogersarkansas.com / oztrailsnwa.com 14, 22-23, 49 Razorback Regional Greenway Northwest Arkansas nwarpc.org/bicycle-and-pedestrian 14, 17, 20, 26, 48 Pea Ridge National 15930 U.S. 62 East Garfield nps.gov/peri 15, 65 Military Park Pension Mountain Trails CR 501 Berryville parks.berryville.com 18, 50 Prairie Grove Battlefield 506 E. Douglas St. Prairie Grove arkansasstateparks.com 15, 23, 47, 65 State Park Runway Bike Park The Jones Center Springdale thejonescenter.net 26, 50 Sager Creek Mountain Siloam Springs jbu.edu 24, 49 Bike Trail Scenic Byways Various Locations arkansas.com/things-to-do/motoring-byways/scenic-byways 56 Siloam Springs Kayak Park 19253 Fisher Ford Rd. Siloam Springs siloamspringskayakpark.com 15, 24, 46, 54 Slaughter Pen Bike Park Off U.S. 71B Bentonville slaughterpentrails.com 16, 48 Thaden Field 2205 S.W. I St. Bentonville bentonvilleark.com 16, 69 Thunder Chicken Trail 2474 W. Pump Station Rd. Springdale explorespringdale.com 26, 48 Top Motorcycle Rides arkansas.com/things-to-do/motoring-byways/ 56 motorcycling Trails at Crystal Bridges 600 Museum Way Bentonville crystalbridges.org 48 Walker Park Splash Pad 10 W. 15th St. Fayetteville fayetteville-ar.gov 20, 61 White River Northwest Arkansas arkansas.com 19, 46 Withrow Springs State Park 33424 Ark. Spur 23 Huntsville arkansasstateparks.com 22-23, 47

NWA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERS See page 11 for a listing of NWA Visitor Information Centers.

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ADVERTISER INDEX Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Arkansas Public Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Arkansas State Parks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Arts Live Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Aquarius Taqueria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Bella Vista POA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Bentonville Film Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Blue Spring Heritage Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Bordinos Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Botanical Garden of the Ozarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Cedar Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 City of Berryville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 City of Huntsville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Clinton House Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Cosmic Cavern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Daisy Airgun Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Discover Bella Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Discover Siloam Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Ella’s Table at Inn at Carnall Hall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Ermilio’s Italian Home Cooking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Eureka Springs CAPC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Experience Fayetteville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Explore Springdale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Faulkner Performing Arts Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Fly ARH Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Gearhead Outfitters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Grand Taverne at the Grand Central Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . 76 The Great Passion Play. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Holiday Island. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Keels Creek Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28, 29 Kind Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Local Flavor Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Malco Theatres. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Northwest Arkansas Naturals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Opera in the Ozarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Powerhouse Seafood & Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Railway Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28, 29 Rogers Historical Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Sassafras Springs Vineyards and Winery. . . . . . . . 28, 29 Scott Family Amazeum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA). . . . . . . . . . 81 Terra Studios. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tontitown Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28, 29 The Peel Mansion and Compton Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . 86 TheatreSquared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Visit Bentonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Visit Rogers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Walmart AMP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Walton Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Wood Stone Craft Pizza + Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

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Meet the Natives. Explore our Heritage.

This woodland garden trail of plants native to the Ozark Plateau connects the heart of downtown Bentonville to Crystal Bridges. The trailhead is the home of Dr. Neil Compton, the conservationist instrumental in the preservation of the Buffalo River, designated the first National River in 1979. The Center details his life and legacy and may be rented for corporate and lifetime events. Enter off North Main Street. 479-254-3870

“Providing access to recreation and rich traditions in the natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas.”

The home of one of the first Bentonville families, this Italianate Victorian was built in 1875 and now serves as a museum portraying Victorian era life. Surrounded by heritage strolling gardens, this historic landmark makes a great wedding setting. Visit the authentic pre-Civil War cabin and Museum Store while you are here. Tours offered Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 3pm. 400 South Walton. Blvd.


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