State & Area Parks and Lakes
Gear up for spring with hiking or canoeing at a state park, or a picnic with the family at one of our area parks and lakes. Wherever you go, you’ll find the natural world is a place of beauty and harmony year-round in the NWA Ozarks.
South of Fayetteville, Devil’s Den State Park is situated in picturesque Lee Creek Valley near West Fork. The trails at Devil’s Den are well-loved for hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Hike the Yellow Rock Trail to a glorious scenic overlook of Lee Creek Valley below.
One of Northwest Arkansas’ best-kept recreational secrets, moments west of Fayetteville. The 424-acre Lake Wedington Recreation Area has a 102-acre lake that’s popular with anglers, canoeists and nature and wildlife watchers. Amenities include playgrounds, volleyball courts, air-conditioned cabins, walking trails and a boat ramp – all surrounded by lush hardwood forest.
With a natural and paved trail around Lake Fayetteville, this city park attracts everyone from joggers and anglers to disc golfers and pet walkers. With a convenient boat dock and marina on the lake, softball fields, a disc golf course and a bike skills park, Lake Fayetteville extends to the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks.
Fun for the family with playgrounds and picnic amenities, Lake Atalanta is home to the slope-style Railyard Bike Park, walking trails, kayaking, fishing and picnic areas. Cyclists can loop around Lake Atalanta on a trail with swooping bridges, steep climbs and gravity cavities.
Eureka Springs’ city park boasts an 85-acre spring-fed lake, perfect for fishing, canoeing and recreation, with cabins and camping available year-round. Birders will be thrilled to know Lake Leatherwood is home to over 120 different bird species, including heron, duck, geese, bald eagles and wild turkey.
With more than 900 acres, this park was the site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas. Featuring walking trails, driving tours and historic homes on site, and battlefield reenactments on even numbered years.
Nationally renowned for its bass fishing, with access points in Springdale, Rogers and Eureka Springs, Beaver Lake is a nature lover’s delight. Amenities include marinas, lakeshore cabins, modern campsites, as well as boating, scuba diving, water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking and swimming.
Blowing Springs Park in Bella Vista features an RV park, campground and amenities, waterfalls and the 1.8 mile perimeter Blowing Springs loop that is popular with hikers, walkers and off-road cyclists alike. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash.
Set along War Eagle Creek, this state park in Huntsville has three nature trails, nature and wildlife, and Class AAA and walk-in campsites. From March to mid-June, Withrow Springs is a put-in point for lazy afternoons of floating, fishing or canoeing on the gentle waters of the creek.
This state park east of Rogers includes a diverse, 52-mile trail system for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, as well as primitive hike-in and bike-in campsites. It’s the only state park in Arkansas to allow regulated hunting, and is home to the world-class off-road cycling Monuments Trails.
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