10 Must-See Ozark Attractions
The Ozark Mountains are as fun as they are beautiful. Here are 10 of the best attractions found throughout the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas:
1. Thorncrown Chapel
2. Ozark-St. Francis National Forest
What better way to appreciate the Ozarks than by exploring them on your own? The Ozark-St. Francis National Forest blankets the famed mountains, covering over one million acres of northwest Arkansas.
Visitors of Fort Smith, Clarksville, Searcy, and Mountain View, will have great access to some of the best outdoor adventure in the state, including nearly 400 miles of hiking trails, countless streams and lakes, and attractions like the Ozark Highlands Trail and Mount Magazine.
3. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
An absolute must-see, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a beautifully designed art museum in Bentonville. Apart from the outstanding exhibits and dazzling architecture, the museum also features several miles of well-manicured walking trails outside the museum – great for extra sightseeing and exploration.
4. Ozark Folk State Park
Get a crash course in Ozark culture and heritage at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. The park is a living history museum, featuring several on-site attractions like Craft village and the Skillet Restaurant.
Plan your visit accordingly; the park is home of the Arkansas Folk Festival, one of the biggest annual events in the state.
5. Blanchard Springs Caverns
One of the most unique Ozark destinations is actually underneath them. The Blanchard Springs Caverns, featuring nearly 350 million years of geological history, invites visitors to grab their headlamps and embark on four guided cavern tours.
6. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
For sports fans, the best place to be this fall is Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. On select Saturdays, the stadium becomes a raucous home field advantage for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks football team as they take on foes from the Southeastern Conference.
7. Fayetteville Historic Square
Don’t go too far, though – Fayetteville Historic Square comes chock-full of culture and charm, not to mention excellent sightseeing. Check out old-fashioned buildings like the Old Bank of Fayetteville, the Lewis Brothers Building, and the Old Post Office. Even better, be sure to wander the vibrant garden area, home of the Fayetteville Farmers Market.
8. Walton Arts Center
It’s not all tall trees and history here in the Ozarks. In fact, one of the state’s leading arts and cultural centers, the Walton Arts Center, makes a home in Fayetteville. The center features seven galleries, studios, and theaters, hosting tons of performance arts events throughout the year.
9. Beaver Lake
For some aquatic adventure, check out Beaver Lake, set in the heart of the Ozarks in northwest Arkansas. Over 30,000 acres in size, the lake is ideal for all kinds of boating, fishing, swimming, and anything else water-related you could think of.
The lake’s shorelines are great for hiking and equestrian activities as well. For shoreline fun, check out Hobbs State Park, Rocky Branch Park, Indian Creek Park, or Hickory State Park.
10. Pea Ridge & Prairie Grove Battlefields
However, for the history buffs, both the Pea Ridge National Military Park and Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park offer up a wealth of regional Civil War history. Prairie Grove preserves the site of the Battle of Prairie Grove, taking place just south of Fayetteville, while Pea Ridge is found northwest of Bentonville.