Outdoor Recreation Options in Fayetteville, AR

Fayetteville AR has many outdoor activities available to residents and visitors including parks, lakes, golf courses, and more.

By Kevin Litwin on August 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Conti

Enjoying the view and getting fresh air is easy to do in Fayetteville, with many outdoor recreation choices available to residents and visitors.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Botanical Garden showcases the beauty of the Ozarks from its location along the south shore of Lake Fayetteville. The site remains a tourism destination with an education center, dirt trails and an under-construction arboretum that will feature a massive living collection of native trees and shrubs. The garden attracts about 40,000 paying guests each year and provides more than a $3 million annual economic impact to Fayetteville and Washington County.

Lake Effects

Three top recreational waterways grace the region: Lake Fayetteville, Lake Wedington and Beaver Lake. Lake Fayetteville has a reputation for its good catches of fish, plus features land-based activities such as nature trails and a softball complex. Lake Wedington also has good fishing and some restricted hunting, plus playgrounds, swimming, volleyball courts and hiking. Beaver Lake is outfitted with 650 individual campsites along with swimming beaches, hiking trails, boat launching ramps and good fishing.

Trail System

In 2002, Fayetteville citizens voiced a desire for a citywide trails and greenway network, and today there are 25 miles of paved trails throughout the city. They have names like Finger Park Trail, Lake Sequoyah Trail, Mud Creek Trail and St. Paul Trail, and one of the most popular is Scull Creek Trail. That particular 3.93-mile expanse crosses Scull Creek six times via pedestrian bridges and includes a 650-foot-long pedestrian tunnel.

City Parks

Fayetteville residents can choose from 70 area parks, some featuring swimming pools, tennis courts and athletic fields, and there's even a skate park and BMX track available for use. One of the most popular outdoor destinations is Wilson Park, which opened in 1906 and has amenities such as two playgrounds, a softball field, six tennis courts, basketball court, volleyball court and a one-mile walking trail.

Golf Courses

Both public and private golf courses are easy to find throughout Fayetteville. Public venues include Razorback Park Golf Course and Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club, while private facilities include Blessings Golf Club, Fayetteville Country Club and Paradise Valley Athletic Club. In addition, just down the road is the public Golf Club at Valley View in Farmington, and the private Springdale Country Club.

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