Northern Arkansas, AR

Travel Guide
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The Ozark Mountains are one of the highlights of the Natural State. The northwest region is packed with charming towns, natural springs and winemaking valleys.

Disappear into the great outdoors of the Ozark Mountains, a beautiful region located in Northwest Arkansas. This corner of the state offers a thrilling combination of natural beauty, engaging art galleries and relaxing pursuits. Soak in thermal springs, sip on fine wines and hike into tranquil wilderness, all within the same corner of Arkansas.

Start your journey to the region in Bentonville to appreciate local history and art. The Museum of Native American History charts five different time periods for the American Indian nations who have lived in Arkansas for millennia. Marvel at the art and architecture of stunning Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which covers 500 years of American painting and sculpture.

Fayetteville is one of the largest cities in the state and offers a combination of trendy shops and cultural attractions. Watch Broadway shows at the Walton Arts Center and stroll around the peaceful Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

Trek into the wilderness of Northwest Arkansas. The Ozark Highland Trail is the longest marked route in the region, winding for 218 miles (350 kilometers) through dramatic scenery. Join shorter trails such as Pedestal Rocks Loop and the Lost Valley Trail for more accessible hikes.

Hiking is only one way to explore the Ozark region. Paddle along Buffalo National River through gorges and forests, looking for elk grazing on the banks. Swim, sunbathe and fish on the shores of tranquil Beaver Lake near the border with Missouri.

Relax and rejuvenate in the springs that bubble up through the Ozarks. Atmospheric Eureka Springs is home to Thorncrown Chapel, which was built from glass and wooden beams. Take a dip here in Grotto, Harding and Magnetic Springs, just a few of the geothermically heated baths scattered through the town.

Stop in Altus to try Arkansas’s wines. Vineyards such as Mount Bethel and Chateaux Aux Arc offer tasting sessions in scenic locations.

North Arkansas Regional Airport offers non-stop flights to over a dozen destinations around the U.S. Fly here in fall and spring to see colorful foliage in the mountains or summer for watersports on warmer days.

Where to stay in Northern Arkansas