- Mountain biking the Oz Trails in Northwest Arkansas
- Dig for Crystals at Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines in Mount Ida
- Take a Cave Tour at Blanchard Springs Caverns – Wild or Regular
- Rock Climbing Jamestown Crag
- Mountain Biking Hot Springs and the New Northwoods
- Snorkeling the Saline with Mussel Men
- Float the Little Maumelle River just outside Little Rock
- Paddling and Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the Buffalo River
- Hold a hummingbird in your hands
- Historic Helena on the Mississippi
- Outdoor Adventures at Village Creek State Park
- Scuba Dive Lake Norfork
- Mountain Biking Boyle Park in Little Rock
- Rock Climbing at Rattlesnake Ridge in Little Rock
- Guided Kayak Trip at Ranch North Woods Preserve in Little Rock
- Arkansas River Kayaking/SUP Tour in Little Rock
- Rock Town Distillery Grain to Glass Excursion in Little Rock
- Heifer International in Little Rock: Sustainability in Action
- Float the Buffalo National River
In Northwest Arkansas, the Razorback Regional Greenway is a 36-mile shared-use route stretching from Fayetteville to Bella Vista. It runs through pastoral settings alongside creeks, through downtowns, where you can stop for some grub or a craft beer, by city parks where you can connect to additional trails, and near numerous local attractions.
In Little Rock, the Big Dam Bridge is the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in North America, built specifically for that use. This impressive structure is named for its massive 4,226-foot span built atop the Murray Lock and Dam. Elevated to 90 feet above the Arkansas River, the Big Dam Bridge connects more than 14 miles of scenic riverside trails located in Little Rock and North Little Rock. It provides cyclist and pedestrian access to the Clinton Presidential Center, the River Market, museums, restaurants and more.
There are many riding options to tackle across the state and bike rentals are available for the Greenway and Little Rock. More information can be found at http://www.Arkansas.com.
Mammoth Spring is one of the world’s largest springs with nine million gallons of water flowing hourly. It forms a 10-acre lake, then runs southward as the Spring River, a famous Ozark trout and float stream. Remnants of a mill and hydroelectric plant are part of Mammoth Spring’s history and Mammoth Spring State Park interprets it all. The park also features an 1886 Frisco train depot and museum. Adding to the things to do here are a playground, picnic area, baseball field, walking trail, Arkansas Welcome Center, and gift shop. Pedal boats and kayaks are also available for rent.
The city is also home to Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery. Built in the Ozark foothills, it capitalizes on the availability of cool gravity flow water from Mammoth Spring. The hatchery maintains the only captive spawning population of Gulf Coast striped bass in the world. This small rural town is host to big outdoor fun. https://www.arkansas.com/mammoth-spring
The 20,400 square-foot building is located at Ark. 102 and SW I Street in Bentonville. The new facility boasts more than 16,000 square feet of indoor climbing terrain built by industry leader Walltopia. Lead routes measure about 45 feet vertically; youth routes about 25-35 feet tall. The facility contains more than 9,000 square feet of rope climbing, over 2,500 square feet of bouldering, and over 3,000 square feet of dedicated kid zone. The building’s two-story interior includes a workout room, yoga/fitness class space, restrooms, locker area, retail store and party room for birthday parties and private events.
This is the first climbing gym of this caliber in the state. For more information, visit https://www.climbbentonville.com.
The Fayetteville Ale Trail includes locations in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and Siloam Springs. There is no cost to experience the Ale Trail, other than the beer you buy, and many of the breweries offer a behind-the-scenes tour of how craft beer is made.
Participants visit each location at their own pace and have the option of completing an Ale Trail passport that is stamped by each brewery. Completed passports may be mailed or turned in to Experience Fayetteville at 21 S. Block Ave. for a souvenir. Passports are available at Experience Fayetteville or at participating breweries. To learn more about the Fayetteville Ale Trail, visit http://www.FayettevilleAleTrail.com.
The lake itself is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Fishing, boating, and bird watching are amazing near the lake. Photographers are sure to notice the amazing sunrises and sunsets over Lake Chicot.
Bluegill fishing is extremely popular in the water, although channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass are plentiful due to the abundance of cypress in the water. Lake Chicot is part of the Mississippi Flyway, one of the defined routes for migratory birds, the lake also attracts migrating ducks and geese during the fall and winter, as well as ibises, egrets, and storks.
Arkansas’s 362-mile section of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway winds its way through the state’s eastern Delta region along the mighty stream. The waterway created a scenic and natural border that has beckoned people to its banks for centuries. Visitors can gaze upon acres of cotton, soybeans or rice as they travel through some of the most fertile land in the country. Along the trek, numerous historical and cultural sites preserve the history of Arkansas and its people and welcome visitors to learn more about this remarkable region. Outdoor adventures range from fishing, boating, birdwatching, hiking and photography.
The Great River Road was established in 1938 when governors from the 10 states bordering the waterway decided to develop a network of rural roads and new highways to create a transcontinental parkway along the Mississippi River, crisscrossing the mighty river, totaling 2,340 miles. The Mississippi River Parkway Commission was formed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to preserve, promote, and enhance the scenic, historic and recreational resources of the Mississippi River; to foster economic growth in the corridor; and to develop the national, scenic and historic Great River Road.
The Big River Crossing has the distinction of not only being the longest public pedestrian bridge across the “Father of Waters,” it is also the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge. The unparalleled views of the mighty Mississippi from the walkway are unlike most that visitors have seen before. Bikes can be provided for participants with advance notice.