Regional, State and National Parks.

Northwest Arkansas parks offer activities such as hiking, climbing, fishing and trail running.

Northwest Arkansas parks include Hobbs State Park, an Arkansas State Park covering 12,000 acres that butts up against Beaver Lake. Hobbs includes a 32-mile trail for walkers, joggers, hikers and even horse riders.

Mount Kessler, in Fayetteville, is a local trail system and park area. According to local adventure outfitters Fayettechill, “Mount Kessler’s greenway trails have enough technical features to entertain even the most experienced of outdoor explorers. Hikers, mountain bikers, bird watchers, and trail runners alike all have endless opportunities for new experiences on the routes – and it’s all in Fayetteville’s backyard.”

The region also benefits from close proximity to Devil’s Den State Park. Devil’s Den is located near the Winslow community that’s about 30 minutes south of Fayetteville.

Hiking, trail running, backpacking, and mountain bike trails lead to backcountry areas in the park and the surrounding Ozark National Forest as well.

A little further from Northwest Arkansas, but still in the day-trip range is the Buffalo National River. The Buffalo River offers 135 miles of floating or kayaking options as well as backpacking trails and camping.

“Wilson Park has always been one of my favorite things about Fayetteville. There’s swimming in the city pool, picnics in the grass, playgrounds for the kiddos, exploring the creek, countless birthday parties to attend, walking the trail…”

SARAH FORTUNE GILL