The Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas are compelling in every season. Winter offers a more remote feel and panoramas only available with leafless trees. Spring beckons with the soft hues of dogwoods and rushing streams. Floating, hiking, backpacking, photography, scuba diving, caving, rock climbing, horseback riding, and other nature-related activities are extremely popular. The great outdoors are a premier experience in fall too, when the brilliance of autumn leaves entices nature lovers. Summer highlights activities such as swimming, skiing, and boating at Beaver Lake. Marinas and outfitters are numerous. Fishing is extremely popular on Beaver Lake and on the White River below Beaver Dam. Primitive camping, campgrounds for tents and recreational vehicles, and cabin stays are available year round. With four mild, yet distinct seasons, the great outdoors in Arkansas is an open playground any time of year.
The Natural State backdrop has fast become a favorite among motorcyclists enjoying scenic drives. Runners and mountain bikers find favored terrain to train and play on. Hunters have plenty of opportunity to enjoy their hobby as well.
These outdoor offerings are found within the Ozark National Forest as well as at state parks such as Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers, Withrow Springs State Park (5 miles north of Huntsville), Devil’s Den State Park in Winslow and Lake Fort Smith State Park in Mountainburg. Seasonal interpretive programs are also available at these facilities, as well as as Northwest Arkansas’ two Civil War battlefields of Pea Ridge National Military Park and Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park.
The area is also a golfer’s paradise with about 30 challenging courses etched into the landscape. It’s not unusual to be able to play golf 365 days a year with courses only closing occasionally due to snowfall or temperatures below freezing.