Northwest Arkansas Attractions
Ozarks Region Attractions
Northwest Arkansas & Ozarks' Region Attractions, Entertainment, Shopping, Crafts, Antiques, Historical sites, Museums, and other Places of Interest
Berryville: Cosmic Cavern - Arkansas Highway 21 N., Berryville. Site of the Ozarks' largest underground lake. One-hour guided tour through subterranean rooms, across an underground bridge. Gemstone mining. 501-749-2298.
Berryville: Carroll County Heritage Center - On the Square. Artifacts from Berryville and Carroll County are housed in historic building. Moonshine still, funeral parlor and one-room school among exhibits. 501-423-6312.
Berryville: Saunders Memorial Museum - 113-115 Madison, Extensive collection of firearms, including antique and unusual pieces. Also knives, Victorian clothing, accessories, textiles, furniture. Telephone: 501-423-2563.
Bentonville: Peel House Museum and Historical Garden - 400 S. Walton Blvd. An Italianatevilla built in 1875 by Col. Sam Peel, a prominent early figure in Bentonville history. Restored mansion and gardens are open to the public. 501-273-9664.
Bentonville: Wal-Mart Visitors Center - 105 N. Main. Contains exhibits tracing formation and growth of Wal-Mart stores, the giant discount chain. More than 35 electronic displays, founder Sam Walton's desk. 501-273-1329.
Bull Shoals: Top O' the Ozarks Tower - Ark. 178. One of the most panoramic views in the state overlooks the White River Valley from atop Bull Mountain. The elevator-equipped tower is 20 stories tall. 501-445-4302.
Bull Shoals: Mountain Village 1890 / Bull Shoals Caverns - Off Ark. 178, Bull Shoals. A working village from the last century, complete with authentic structures, frontier characters, and caverns. 870-445-7177.
Caverns Tours - Off Arkansas Highway 14, north of Mountain View. Blanchard Springs Caverns, is ranked among the 10 most outstanding in North America, is the only cave system in the nation developed and operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Open year-round, the massive underground spectacle offers two guided tours during the warm seasons and one in winter. Visitors center with exhibits, movie theater and book store. Camping is available nearby.Telephone: 870-757-2211.
In addition, the central Ozarks region also has several privately-owned caverns that are spectacular. Bull Shoals Caverns, off Arkansas Highway 178, in the Bull Shoals community, claims formations millions of years in the making. The site has been used by prehistoric natives, Civil War soldiers and moonshiners. Telephone: 800-445-7177. Hurricane River Cave, off U.S. 65 south of Harrison, is known for its 45-foot waterfall at the entrance. The remains of prehistoric bears and a saber-toothed tiger have been found among the cavern's ancient calcite formations. Telephone: 800-245-2282. Mystic Caverns, south of Harrison on Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway, has two beautiful caves. The upper
level features huge formations; lower level in pristine state; mineral museum and gift shop. Telephone: 870-743-1739.
Corps of Engineers Tours - Two of the state's largest concrete dams are open for public tours during the summer. Bull Shoals Dam, built immediately after World War II, and Greers Ferry Dam, completed in 1963, are hydroelectric power dams. Bull Shoals offers tours in June and July only.
Clinton: Van Buren County Historical Society Museum - Third and Poplar Sts. Local and area exhibits, plus research room. Open weekdays and by appointment. 501-745-4066.
Cotter: Cotter Bridge - Along U.S. 62-B. Built in 1930, this rainbow-arched bridge is ranked among the most beautiful spans in mid-America. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Durham: Terra Studios - Arkansas Highway 16, Durham. Handmade glassworks and pottery. Demonstrations. Gardens, picnic area. Telephone: 501-643-3185,
Eureka Springs: Abundant Memories Heritage Village - Arkansas Highway 23 N. Living history programs and authentic antiques from Revolutionary War through Civil War times. Includes 26 picturesque buildings and thousands of antiques, guns, tools,
carriages and furniture. Telephone: 501-253-6764.
Eureka Springs: Belle of the Ozarks - Starkey Park, off U.S. 62 W. Beaver Lake excursion cruises. Telephone: 501-253-6200.
Eureka Springs: Elna N. Smith Foundation Site - Statue Rd. off U.S. 62 E. Location of The Great Passion Play, (late April through October), plus the seven-story-high Christ of the Ozarks statue; the Sacred Arts Center, Bible Museum; the New Holy Land, re-creations of Biblical sites, the Smith Memorial
Chapel; a 10-foot section of Berlin Wall; shops and more. 501-253-9200.
Eureka Springs: Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway - Scenic Ark. 23 N. Restored steam engines and passenger car rides. Lunch and dinner served aboard Eurekan Dining Car. Historic depot, snack bar, gift shop. 501-253-9623.
Eureka Springs Art Galleries - (Downtown Historic District) Eureka Springs gained a reputation as an artists' colony in the 1930s and 1940s and has since emerged as one of the respected fine arts centers of the mid-South. Fine art galleries and other outlets showcase their talent.
Eureka Springs Gardens - U.S. 62 W. Thirty-three acres of hardwood trees, select native plants, thousands of annuals and perennials, high bluffs. Blue Spring, one of the Ozarks' largest, is within the grounds. Gift shop. 501-253-9244.
Eureka Springs: Thorncrown Chapel - Off U.S. 62 W. Designed by noted Fayetteville architect E. Fay Jones, the chapel soars skyward from an Ozarks woodland. Extensive use of glass makes nature an integral part of the structure. Non-denominational. 501-253-7401.
Eureka Springs: Turpentine Creek Exotic Wildlife Foundation and Ranch - Hwy 23 South. Over 200 lions, tigers, and other exotic cats, bears. 501-253-5841.
Eureka Springs: Pine Mountain Jamboree - U.S. 62 E., Eureka Springs. Music and comedy stage show. March - Oct. Pine Mountain Village has crafts, shops. 501-253-9156.
Eureka Springs: Quigley's Castle - Ark. 23 S., Eureka Springs. Extensive collections of butterflies, moths, rocks, arrowheads and flowers. 501-253-8311.
Eureka Springs: Red Bud Valley Chuckwagon - U.S. 62 E., Eureka Springs. Wagon ride to mountain ridge. Barbecue dinner, entertainment. 501-253-2000, 501-253-9028.
Eureka Springs: Onyx Cave - Off U.S. 62 E., Eureka Springs. Radio-guided tours of underground rooms, unique formations, ramp access to cave, museum. Gift shop.
Eureka Springs: Opera of the Ozarks/Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony - U.S. 62 W., Eureka Springs. Summer opera presentations. Outdoor theater. Classical music and dance. Telephone: 501-253-8595.
Eureka Springs: Bank of Eureka Springs - 70 S. Main St. This working bank re-creates the turn of the century, with brass tellers' cages and old-style equipment. 501-253-8241.
Eureka Springs: Eureka Springs Historical Museum - 95 S. Main. Relics from Eureka Springs' historic past are collected here. See documents, clothing, mementos, photographs, furniture. 501-253-9417.
Eureka Springs: St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church - Crescent Drive. Enter through the bell tower to see this historic church. Listed in Ripley's "Believe It or Not." Telephone: 501-253-9853.
Eureka Springs : Gay Nineties Button and Doll Museum - Onyx Cave, U.S. 62 E. Button mosaics and dolls collected over many years. 501-253-9321.
Eureka Springs : Hammond Museum of Bells - Spring and Pine Sts. More than 1,000 bells of every size, age and description. 501-253-7411.
Eureka Springs : Queen Anne Mansion and Wings - U.S. 62 W. Built in Carthage, MO, in 1891, magnificent home was taken apart and moved to Eureka Springs, then reassembled, piece by piece. Handcrafted woodwork, seven fireplaces. 501-253-8825.
Eureka Springs : Rosalie House - 282 Spring St. Built in the 1880s, landmark has been restored and furnished with period antiques. Guided tours. 501-253-7377.
Evening Shade - U.S. 167 N. Made famous by the CBS series, this little community has attracted thousands of visitors since the sitcom hit the airwaves. Fame has led to the opening of a visitors center. 870-266-3833.
Fairfield Bay : Indian Rock House - Off Arkansas Highway 16. Nestled under a hillside at Indian Hills Golf Course, this natural sandstone grotto was the home of prehistoric cave dwellers and is still used today as an outdoor theater. The community's Log Cabin Museum is nearby with exhibits of local and national interest. 501-884-4899. Other Indian rock houses may be found at Blanchard Springs Caverns public use area and at Buffalo Point on the Buffalo National River.
Fayetteville: Dickson Street Bookstore - 325 W. Dickson St. A city landmark offers used and out-of-print books. 501-442-8182.
Fayetteville : Walton Arts Center - 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. Theaters, galleries, performing areas and more. Home of the North Arkansas Symphony, the center draws Broadway touring shows and other top attractions. 501-443-9216 (office), 501-443-5600 (box office).
Fayetteville : Headquarters House and Grounds - 118 E. Dickson St., Both Union and Confederate troops used this 1853 home as headquarters during the Civil War. Civil War artifacts. Grounds with period landscaping. 501-521-2970.
Fayetteville. Arkansas Air Museum - Drake Field, U.S. 71 S., Vintage aircraft, including pre-World War II racing planes in flying condition, aeronautical memorabilia, gift shop in historic white frame hangar. 501-521-4947.
Fayetteville: University Museum - Garland Ave., University of Arkansas. Extensive collection of exhibits is not limited to Arkansas. Contains displays on anthropology, geology, dinosaurs, glassware, flora, fauna, astronomy and more. Gift shop. 501-575-3466.
Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Campus - The twin towers of Old Main, completed in 1875, preside over this scenic campus. Other sites: University Museum; the Chi Omega Greek Amphitheater, built in 1930; and Senior Walk, inscribed with the names of every graduating senior since 1876. 501-575-2000.
Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Sports Museums - University of Arkansas Campus. The Tommy Boyer Hall of Champions Museum in Bud Walton Arena and the Jerry Jones / Jim Lindsey Hall of Champions Museum in the Frank Broyles Center display a century of Arkansas sports memories. Both museums are open during regular business hours.
Flippin : White River Scenic Railroad - 100 N. Main Pl., Flippin. Restored 1940s-era passenger cars travel along the famous White River with stops at Flippin, Cotter, Calico Rock, Norfork, and Sylamore. 800-305-6527.
Garner Visitor Center - Arkansas Highway 25, north of Heber Springs. A museum, exhibition hall and theater for the Greers Ferry Lake region. Information center and homebase for tours of the massive dam and hikers bound for Mossy Bluff Trail. Free weekend entertainment in summer. 501-362-9067.
Gentry : Wild Wilderness Safari - Located on Safari Rd. off Hwy. 59, Gentry. Drive through tosee about 200 species of animals. Petting zoo. 501-736-8383.
Gilbert : Gilbert General Store - Arkansas Highway 333, off U.S. 65. Built in 1900, this traditional country store continues to serve its tiny community on the banks of the Buffalo National River. Canoes available. Telephone: 870-439-2888.
Harrison : Boone County Historical Museum - Central and Cherry Sts. Railroad artifacts, antiques, Indian artifacts, Civil War memorabilia. 501-741-3312.
Hardy : Veteran's Military Museum - U.S. 62-63. Museum houses thousands of items from every American conflict from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm. Photographs, weapons, uniforms, G.I. equipment and vehicles.
Hardy : Vintage Motorcar Museum - W. Main St. A private collection of some 40 vehicles from a 1908 Sears Runabout to a 1981 DeLorean. Housed in a new 12,000-square-foot building.Telephone: 870-856-4884.
Hardy Old Town - U.S. 62-63, Hardy. Virtually unchanged from the 1920s, this little village is a preserve for antique shops, gift nooks, specialty stores, cafes and craft shops overlooking the famous Spring River. Musical shows and special celebrations are presented in season. 501-856-3210.
Heber Springs : Olmstead Museum - 108 South Fourth Street. Unique private exhibit traces historyof funerals in the Ozarks. Open weekday. 501-362-2422.
Heber Springs : Edna Miller Barnett Gallery - 719 W. Main, Heber Springs. Headquarters of the Cleburne County Arts Council. New art exhibits each month. No admission fee. 501-362-7971.
Heber Springs : Gem Theater - East main Street, Heber Springs. Restored movie house which serves as a performing center for the local arts council. 501-362-7971.
Historic Towns - Batesville, which has been continuously occupied since 1804, is one of the oldest pioneer cities in the state. Two historic districts contain fine examples of every decade since the 1840s. Other towns with historic homes and downtowns include Harrison (walking tour), Calico Rock, Gilbert, Mountain Home, Yellville, Marshall, Hardy, Pocahontas, Heber Springs, Newport, Evening Shade, Clinton, Leslie and Mountain View.
Huntsville: Ozark Natural Science Center - Residential field science experience for groups. Hands on, focusing on the ecosystems of the Ozarks. 501-789-2754.
Leslie : Ozark Heritage Arts Center and Museum - Oak St. Housed in a 1938 building near historic downtown. Features a 400-seat theater, art gallery. Relics from the world's largest whiskey barrel factory. Documents, clothing, mementos, photographs, furniture from town's colorful past. 870-447-2500.
Lincoln : Arkansas Country Doctor Museum Exhibits from a local doctor's many years of practice. 501-824-5897.
Mammoth Spring State Park - U.S. 63, Mammoth Spring. One of the great natural wonders of the mid-South, Mammoth Spring flows at an average hourly rate of almost 10 million gallons of 58-degree water. The pour-off creates Spring River, popular for canoeing and trout fishing. 1883 Frisco Depot Museum, picnic sites, pavilion, nature trails and early hydroelectric power dam. Telephone: 870-625-7364.
Mammoth Spring State Park: ? Mammoth Spring Depot Museum - U.S. 63, at the Arkansas-Missouri border. Restored in the 1970s, this 110-year-old station houses railroad memorabilia from the days of steam. 501-625-7364.
Marshall : Searcy County Museum - Off U.S. 65, Marshall. Housed in a 1902 jailhouse with local memorabilia and old photographs.
Marshall: Tyler Bend Visitor Center - Off U.S. 65, north of Operated by the National Park Service, a native stone structure with museum, theater, book store overlooks the Buffalo National River. 501-741-5443.
Mountainburg : Artist Point - U.S. 71, north of Mountainburg. Views of Ozarks, Lake Fort Smith and river valley. Museum of Native American artifacts and arts and crafts store with locally made crafts including woodcarvings. 501-369-2226.
Mountain View: Ozark Folk Center - This "living museum" state park takes visitors back in time to re-create the music and skills of the last century. Quilting, furniture making, blacksmithing, pottery, woodworking and 20 other frontier skills are demonstrated in the park's large crafts forum. Concerts, performed in the traditional mountain style, are staged from April through October in the center's 1,064-seat auditorium. Restaurant, lodge, conference center, folkways library, gift shop, visitors center. Information: 870-269-3851.
Mountain View : Old Mill - Main St. Built in 1914, the mill once supplied residents with fresh cornmeal and flour. Restored in 1983, the original equipment is still demonstrated for visitors to the adjoining pioneer museum.
Music Shows - Folk, country/western, bluegrass, gospel, big band and classic rock are among the possibilities when choosing a music theater in the Ozarks. Mountain View, home of traditional folk music, has the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View and Rackensack Folklore Societies, plus several privately-owned shows offering a wide range of folk and country entertainment. Pine Mountain Jamboree, Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down, Eureka Springs. Sugar Creek Country, Lowell. Little O' Oprey, West Fork. Other towns with musical offerings include Salem, Walnut Ridge, and Hardy.
National Fish Hatcheries - Trout are produced at facilities below Norfork Dam, east of Mountain Home (Telephone: 870-499-5255), and below Greers Ferry Dam, near Heber Springs (Telephone: 501-362-3615). Tours are available. A federal hatchery at Mammoth Spring, adjacent to the state park, produces bass and other native species (Telephone: 870-625-3912).
Newport : Jacksonport State Park - Arkansas Highway 69, north of Newport. Site of historic 1869 courthouse and Mary Wood 2 riverboat museums (both closed for restoration during 1998). Open facilities include riverside camper park, pavilions, picnic sites, playground, nature trails, and access to White River. 501-523-2143.
Norfork. Wolf House - Arkansas Highway 5, Overlooking the White River, the Wolf House was built in the early 1800s and is believed to be the oldest two-story log structure in Arkansas. Furnished with primitive antiques. 870-499-5632.
Jasper : Newton County Ecotours - . Explore the unspoiled wilderness of Newton County in small groups, visiting the Buffalo River, Boxley or other sites. Tours include historical walks, wildlife and craft workshops. 870-446-5898.
Pea Ridge: Pea Ridge National Military Park - U.S. 62. Site of the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River, park contains 4,300 acres. Seven-mile self-guided tour with 11 stops. Visitor center, museum, bookstore. 501-451-8122.
Peel Ferry - Along Arkansas Highway 125, at the Arkansas-Missouri border. The last public ferryboat operating in the state. Peel Ferry transports vehicles and passengers across a section of Bull Shoals Lake. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pocahontas: Maynard Pioneer Museum - Off Ark. 115, north of Housed in a century-old log house, exhibits depict a typical rural home of the late 1800s. Park surrounds museum. Telephone: 501-647-2701.
Pocahontas: Old Davidsonville - Arkansas Highway 166, south of Pocahontas. Once a vital outpost on the Old Southwest Trail, Davidsonville is one of Arkansas' oldest townsites. A state park surrounds the historic old riverport offering camping, lake and river fishing, trails, playground and
Pocahontas: Imperial Theater - N. Marr St., one block off court square in Pocahontas. Refurbished 1940 movie house converted into dinner theater with musical productions throughout the year. 870-892-0030.
Powhatan Courthouse Museum - Arkansas Highway 25, south of Black Rock. This 1888 Victorian brick structure housed the Lawrence County government for almost a century. Now a state park museum with local historical displays. The 1873 county jail and a pre-Civil War log house have also been restored and opened. 870-878-6794.
Prairie Grove: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park - U.S. 62. Site commemorates Civil War battle in 1862. Park contains 130 acres, including battlefields, monuments, museum, historic homes, park store. Battle re-enacted every other year in December, other living history programs. Self-guided driving tour which includes sites outside the park. Telephone: 501-846-2990.
Rogers: Poor Richard's Gift and Confectionary Shop - 116 S. First St. Listed on the National Register, 1907 restored drugstore has the original soda fountain, tile floors, gifts. Telephone: 501-631-7687.
Rogers: Daisy International Air Gun Museum - U.S. 71B. On the grounds of Daisy Manufacturing Co., extensive collection of antique and contemporary air guns, rifles. 501-636-1200.
Rogers: Rogers Historical Museum - 322 S. Second. Newly renovated. Exhibits on local history housed in 1895 Hawkins House and addition. Antique quilts, Christmas decor, a series of room facades and Will Rogers artifacts. 501-621 1154.
Rogers: Shelby Lane Mall - 719 W. Walnut, . 30,000-square-foot mall has over 250 booths filled with antiques, collectibles, crafts and specialty items. Located in the original Wal-Mart Store. 501-621-0111.
Rogers: War Eagle Cavern - Scenic Arkansas Highway 12, Guided tours through underground formations, including onyx, rimstone and crinoid fossils. 501-789-2909.
Siloam Springs: Sager Creek Arts Center - West Twin Springs, Drama, literature, visual arts, works by area artists showcased in an old church. 501-524-4000.
Siloam Springs: Indian Paintbrush Gallery - U.S. 412 W. Native American paintings, limited edition prints, weavings, pottery, baskets. 501-524-6920.
Siloam Springs: John Brown University Founded in 1919, this liberal arts college has log cabin home of pioneer settler Simon Sager on its grounds. 501-524-3131.
Siloam Springs: Siloam Springs Museum - 112 N. Maxwell. Pioneer artifacts, documents, vintage clothing. 501-524-4011.
Springdale: Shiloh Museum - 118 W. Johnson. Collections from Ozarks region, including extensive photographic images, pioneer artifacts, agriculture, clothing. Pioneer cabin, other historic buildings, wildflower exhibit on grounds. 501-750-8165.
Springdale: Arkansas and Missouri Railroad - 107 N. Commercial St., Springdale. Travel through the Boston Mountains from Springdale to historic Van Buren and back. Restored railway cars cross trestles and 1882 Winslow Tunnel. 501-751-8600.
Springdale: Arts Center of the Ozarks - 216 W. Grove, Springdale. Drama, outdoor musicals, gallery showings, classes, cultural events, 425-seat theater. 501-751-5441.
Springdale: Ozark Factory Outlet Stores - 5320 W. Sunset, Discount shopping for popular brand name goods. 501-927-1100.
Springdale: Harvey and Bernice Jones Center For Families - Hwy. 265 & Emma, Springdale. The 220,000-square-foot facility houses classrooms, a TV studio, conference center, chapel/auditorium, ice skating rink, swimming pool, gym and more. 501-756-8090.
Springdale: Vene's Native American Art Gallery - 3041 N. Oak St., Springdale. Original paintings, prints, dolls, patchwork, baskets, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and other artworks. 501-751-6489.
Sulphur Springs: Old Spanish Treasure Cave - 14290 N. Hwy. 59, Sulphur Springs. Legends of hidden treasure still surface about these underground caverns. Non-strenuous, well-lighted. 501-787-6508.
Walnut Ridge: Resettlement Village - Off U.S. 67, south of Walnut Ridge. Clover Bend's glory years were during the Depression when displaced farmers were given a fresh start on new homesteads. Several original buildings are preserved and one serves as a local museum.
Walnut Ridge Depot - U.S. 67, downtown area. Restored 1910 Italianate/Mediterranean-style train station now serving as the local area Chamber of Commerce office and tourist information center. 870-886-3232.
Winslow: Ozark Native Craft Shop - U.S. 71, near Winslow. Features the handiwork of more than 300 mountain craftspeople. 501-634-3791.
Yellville: Rush Historic District - Eight miles off Arkansas Highway 14, south of Yellville. Along the lower reaches of the Buffalo National River, the town of Rush was founded after the discovery of zinc during the 1880s. Remains of homes and ore smelter make up the "ghost town," now under the protection of the National Park Service. 870-741-5443.