Outdoor Recreation Options in Fayetteville, AR

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

Kevin Litwin
On Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 15:16
Fayetteville AR Botanical Garden Ozarks

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

Downtown Square & Gardens

Fayetteville's Downtown Square and Gardens offer a lush retreat for a pleasant stroll or moment of meditation in the center of the city's entertainment district. The city maintains the gardens, where hundreds of carefully selected flowering plants, trees and shrubs grow. From April through November, people will find a farmers market set up on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., plus a larger market on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lake Effects

Three top recreational waterways grace the region: Lake Fayetteville, Lake Wedington and Beaver Lake. Lake Fayetteville has a reputation for good catches of fish, and 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, and offers 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 more 25 miles of paved trails throughout the city, with names like Finger Park Trail, Lake Sequoyah Trail, Mud Creek Trail and St. Paul Trail. One of the most popular is Scull Creek Trail, whose 3.93-mile expanse crosses Scull Creek six times via pedestrian bridges and includes a 650-foot-long pedestrian tunnel. The Razorback Regional Greenway, a 36-mile system starts in south Fayetteville and extends northward to Bella Vista.

City Parks

Fayetteville residents can choose from 70 area parks, some featuring swimming pools, tennis courts and athletic fields. There are also a skate park and BMX track available for use. The first phase of city's newest park, Mt. Kessler Regional Park, opened in August 2016. The park is being developed on approximately 600 acres of land that is about half composed of urban forest with trails that are already popular among residents. The new development will include soccer fields, baseball diamonds, concession stands and other amenities.

Golf Courses

Both public and private golf courses are easy to find throughout Fayetteville. Public venues include Brush Creek 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.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks 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.

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Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.