Active Living

Arkansas is known as "The Natural State" for the natural beauty of the rugged Ozark Mountains, crystal clear rivers, waterfalls, and hiking paths. Northwest Arkansas is also among the top mountain-biking areas in the nation, and Fayetteville hosts several excellent mountain-biking trails. 

Below are some options for active entertainment in and around Fayetteville.

Bicycling in Fayetteville

Learn about Fayetteville's biking trails, bike-share program, and cycling events.

Parks, Lakes and Trails

From fishing to hiking to tennis:  explore the many ways to enjoy the outdoors in Fayetteville's parks and along our trails.

Recreation Programs

Fayetteville's Parks, Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs department offers a range of sports and recreation programs for youth and adults, including soccer, baseball, softball, tennis and more. Financial assistance may be available.

Yvonne Richardson Community Center

This active family center features a gymnasium, programs for youth and adults, a food recovery program, and community events.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Located near beautiful Lake Fayetteville, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks features twelve themed gardens plus a butterfly house, all showcasing the natural beauty of the Ozarks.

Devil's Den State Park

Located just south of Fayetteville, Devil's Den offers unique rock formations and caverns, hiking trails, waterfalls, a swimming pool, cabins, and camping. 

Arkansas State Parks

Arkansas, "The Natural State," offers 52 state parks for you to explore.  Whether your interest is hiking, boating, digging for diamonds, history, or archaeology:  there's a park for you!