Resort spas like New Moon, Crescent Hotel and the Grand Central Resort and Spa offer wonderful spa packages with a wide variety of treatments and services. Downtown is a great place to explore on foot and enjoy the historical sights and the many art galleries, museums and shops.
A fun time to vacation in Eureka Springs is during the Blues Festival held on the first weekend after Memorial Day. Another fun festival to attend is the Ozark Folk Festival in the fall.
There are loads of activities here in the mountains. The Mulberry River is there for canoeing, kayaking and float trips. Outfitters in the area can provide everything you need. If you have an ATV, the Mulberry Mountain resort has direct access to many mountain trails for a thrilling ATV experience. These trails are also great for horseback riding and hiking. For fishing there is the Mulberry River plus the four private on-site stocked mini-lakes.
Combination canoe/camping vacations are popular. There are about 9 campgrounds available from the US Forest Service.
The Ouachita River and Lake Ouachita are also great places for a fishing vacation. Ouachita River is loaded with sunfish and bass. The river feeds into Lake Ouachita which is a good place RV or tent camping along the lake.
Here you can enjoy all the outdoor activities form hiking and photography to swimming, scuba diving and water skiing. Lake Ouachita State Park has everything you need including a marina with boat rentals.
There are two state parks where rent your backpack and needed equipment – Devil’s Den State Park and Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
One of the popular trails is the Buckeye Mountain Trail is a 4.6 mile long backpacking trail of moderate difficulty. It’s in the Caney Creek Wilderness Area about 15 miles south of Mena. It has some great scenic views and it intersects the Caney Creek Trail which can lengthen your trip if you like.
The Caney Creek Trail is about 10 miles long and open camping is allowed. Combining these two trails with a tent makes a great hiking & camping vacation idea.
Fayetteville is home to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 86 acres of gardens, flowers and greenery. Fun family activities can be found at the Lokomotion Family Fun Park with laser tag, bumper boats, go-karts, miniature golf and more. Year round indoor swimming and ice skating can be found at the Jones Center for Families.
Experience 100 years of Razorback history with the displays and videos at the Jerry Jones – Jim Lindsey Hall of Champions housed in the Razorback Stadium. For horseback riding go to Pauline Whitaker Equine Center. Two nice public golf courses open year round are the Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course and the Razorback Park Golf Course.