Enjoy Spring Break in Northwest Arkansas

You know how you’re supposed to sip piƱa coladas and snooze on a white, sandy beach for spring break? Well maybe you don’t want to sink a small fortune into a week-long beach vacation, you don’t have the time, or maybe you’re simply not the beach resort type. Perhaps you prefer a more hands-on approach for your R&R.

You don’t have to hop on a plane to have a great spring break. You don’t even have to leave the state. Our corner of Arkansas has some world-class hiking, rock climbing, biking, and paddling. Save a little money, and explore the natural beauty of Arkansas. Here are some great things to do in Northwest Arkansas for spring break!

Rock climbing at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

There’s lots of great rock climbing in Arkansas. Stop by the store to pick up a guidebook for rock climbing in Arkansas. We have guidebooks specifically for Horseshoe Canyon Ranch as well as bouldering guides and general rock climbing guides for Arkansas.

Float the Upper Buffalo National River

Spring is the ideal time to paddle in Northwest Arkansas. The water will be cold, but it will be flowing just fine. There are lots of great rivers for canoes and kayaks in Northwest Arkansas, but if you’ve never seen the Buffalo National River’s towering limestone bluffs, you’ve got to float it this spring.

Backpacking on the Buffalo River Trail

Knock out the 36 miles of trail along America’s first national river for some great views and a solid few days of backpacking.

The BRT has lots of elevation change, so make sure that you give yourself enough time to complete your hike.

Backpacking on the Ozark Highlands Trail

There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails in Northwest Arkansas, and they’re all spectacular. If you want something more involved than a day hike, put in some miles on the OHT.

The Ozark Highlands Trail currently stretches more than 230 miles. For updates and information check out the Ozark Highlands Trail Association site.

Mountain biking at the Back 40

There’s no shortage of mountain biking trails in Arkansas. Cruise some quality singletrack at the Back 40, and check out the trails at Slaughter Pens and Mount Kessler to stay busy throughout spring break.

Camping in the Ozark National Forest

Nothing beats camping in the Ozarks. Check out the camping at Arkansas state parks, the campgrounds managed by the NPS along the Buffalo River, or enjoy dispersed camping for a more authentic camping experience.

Rent a Cabin

If you love being outdoors, but you really want to treat yourself to a proper vacation, check out cabin rentals in the area. There’s lots of great cabin camping in Northwest Arkansas, and it’s all pretty affordable.

Getting ready for a spring break trip?

Check out some of our tips to make sure you’re prepared!

We have trail maps, topos, camping equipment, hiking packs, rock climbing gear, outdoor apparel, and everything you need to enjoy outdoor recreation in Northwest Arkansas or anywhere else in the world!

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