Day Trips from Northwest Arkansas

One of the best things about Northwest Arkansas is that you can eat a world-class meal and see a Broadway show on Friday night, and by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday be in the middle of nowhere with your hiking boots on and no cell phone signal. Pretty perfect, right?

We love to grab a canteen and a map (gps doesn’t always connect out on those mountain roads, remember) and head out on a Saturday morning to see what we can see. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Berryville – It’s like the cousin to Eureka Springs that no one ever talks about, but Berryville has some lovely spots to see of its own. Be sure to visit the county museum on the west side of the town square. It is two floors of history and recreated dioramas from the early days of the area and has been in operation since 1955. The town square also features some great little shops and dining options. It’s a perfect day trip or place to stop on the way to or from a week in the woods.
  • Jasper – This is the place where the beautiful Buffalo River begins. It’s surrounded by natural beauty and is a perfect place to begin or end your day on a trail. Newton County is known as the Elk Capital of Arkansas, and there is a herd of approximately 450 animals roaming nearby Boxley Valley. It’s a spectacular site see if you happen to catch them grazing a field along the highway.
  • Arkansas Scenic Byway 7 – If you’ve visited Jasper, you’ve probably driven at least a few miles on this road. It travels the length of the state North-South from Harrison to Louisiana, and (as its name implies) passes through some of the most beautiful areas of Arkansas, including both the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains. There are a number of smaller communities and short detours off of Highway 7 that might intrigue you enough to invite a stop.
  • Mountain View – This county seat (Stone County) is the home of the Ozark Folk Center and boasts the title “Folk Music Capital of the World”. To support that claim, their public school system encourages every student to learn a traditional folk instrument such as dulcimer or mandolin. Several folk and bluegrass music festivals are held there each year, and the Folk Center offers lessons if you’re interested in learning to play some folk music yourself.

No matter how much time you have on a weekend, or what your outdoor interest may be, you can find what you’re looking for in Arkansas. Let us help you gear up for your journey.

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