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Boston Mountain Scenic Loop
arkansas.com/things-to-do/scenic-drives/ boston-loop.aspx
From Fayetteville, take U.S. 71 over Mount Gayler to Alma. From Alma, take Interstate 540 through the rolling hills of a pastoral countryside, through a mountain tunnel and back to Fayetteville in an 80-mile loop.

Pig Trail Scenic Byway
arkansas.com/things-to-do/scenic-drives/ pig-trail.asp
Known as “The Pig Trail” to generations of University of Arkansas students and Razorback fans, it includes 19 miles of Arkansas 23 from the south boundary of the Ozark National Forest north of Ozark to its intersection with Arkansas 16 at Brashears. tanyard creek nature traiL beautifulbellavista.com/tanyardcreek.htm This Bella Vista loop includes a swinging bridge and an overlook of a waterfall from Windsor Lake. The .8-mile trail is 1.5 miles west of U.S. 71 on Arkansas 340.

Cross Overlook
(479) 443-4531
This relaxing spot atop Mount Sequoyah provides a nighttime view of sparkling lights from downtown Fayetteville and its surroundings. The large lighted cross oversees the Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center with free “Music on the Mountain” concerts at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.

Devil’s Den State Park
(479) 761-3325; arkansasstateparks.com
Devil’s Den State Park is on Arkansas 74, north of the Washington-Crawford county line in the Ozark National Forest. Walk or bike more than 10 miles of trails, or explore Devil’s Den or Devil’s Icebox caves. Cave visitors should bring lights and water.

Fayetteville Historic Walking Tour
(479) 521-5776, experiencefayetteville.com
This self-guided tour begins with a trip to the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau, 21 S. Block St., Suite 100, where a brochure describing the tour is available. Twenty-five sites of interest are explained in detail, including the Old Washington County Courthouse, Headquarters House and Guisinger’s Music House.

War Eagle Mill
11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers (479) 789-5343, wareaglemill.com
Visitors can watch this water-powered grist mill in operation on War Eagle Road about 13 miles east of Rogers. An 18-foot water wheel splashes and mill stones grind corn meal daily from corn grown organically in a pastoral setting that includes War Eagle Creek and a historic bridge.

Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
504 Memorial Drive, Bella Vista
(479) 855-6598 beautifulbellavista.com/chapel.htm
Situated on a wooded hilltop overlooking Lake Norwood, the chapel of steel and glass is a popular site. Arkansas native architect E. Fay Jones and partner Maurice Jennings designed it based on the pointed Gothic arch, which is repeated throughout the length of the structure.

Terra Studios
(800) 255-8995, terrastudios.com
Located in the Durham community, just southeast of Fayetteville, the studio with free admission houses artisans who produce glass and pottery housewares, gifts and fine-art pieces. Visitors can stroll among the mural and sculpture gardens and visit the Bluebird Gazebo, home to about 1,800 glass Bluebirds of Happiness.
Guests also can watch glass workers making the bluebirds and other creations.

Thorncrown Chapel
(479) 253-7401, thorncrown.com
Designed by noted Arkansas architect E. Fay Jones, the Eureka Springs chapel has been named among the top four buildings of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architects. The chapel uses 425 large panels of glass
to showcase the natural beauty of the Ozarks. Open March-December, it features a nondenominational staff of musicians and ministers who will arrange a special one-hour devotional service upon request. Groups can reserve the worship center for private services, revivals and retreats.

Activity Centers

Jones Center for Families
922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale (479) 756-8090, thejonescenter.org
Founded by Springdale philanthropist Bernice Jones, the center’s purpose is to provide a “safe harbor” for the community with many free and low-cost activities. The center includes the Joel Carver Ice Arena, available year-round. Skating clubs offer group and individual ice-skating lessons. There’s also an indoor basketball court, indoor track and pool area. The pool area includes a family leisure pool, water slide and fountain.The center is closed Mondays. The education wing offers subjects including basic computer classes, boating and dancing and martial arts. A computer center is also available. Other programs include child care, community health and wellness, and after-school activities. The Community LIFE program includes Senior LIFE, Teen LIFE and a ropes course.

Springdale Youth Center
600 Ash St., Springdale (479) 750-8185 springdalear.gov/parks_and_recreation/ youth_center.asp
Membership rates for children and adults average $1-$2 per month to use the game room, gyms, track and weight machines Mondays through Saturdays. The center is near Murphy Park and the Springdale Public Library.

Rogers Activity Center
315 W. Olive St., Rogers, (479) 631-0336 rogersarkansas.com/parks/activitycenter
This center offers two full-court gymnasiums, an interactive health club for youth, indoor track, cardio/strength training facility and aerobics suite. Annual memberships are youth $20, adult $40 and family $80 with $5 for a three-time pass.

Rogers Adult Wellness Center
2001 W. Persimmon St., Rogers (479) 631-3333 rogersarkansas.com/wellnesscenter
Membership is $25 a year for anyone age 50 and older. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, the center offers an 880- square-foot arts and crafts studio, a library and computer lab, “how to” classes and activities.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton County
Carl and Eileen McKinney Unit
2801 N. Walker, Bentonville (479) 273-7187

HLM Teen Center
1207 N.W. Leopard Lane, Bentonville (479) 271-1121

Rogers Unit
409 S. Eighth St., Rogers (479) 633-0044

Bella Vista Unit
2260 Forrest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista (479) 876-6786

Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville
560 N. Rupple Road, Fayetteville (479) 442-9242 fayettevillekids.org
Facility offers a pool, fitness center, indoor track, rock-climbing wall, and team sport instruction at low costs. Membership fees vary or pass is $5 per day.

Yvonne Richardson Center
113 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville (479) 444-3461 accessfayetteville.org/government/yvonne_ richardson_center
Programs include homework help and after- school activities, judo and basketball for adults. Free city facility for ages 6 and up.

Making History

Ozark Folk Ways Heritage Center
22733 U.S. 71, south of Winslow (479) 634-3791 ozarkfolkways.com
This unique stone building houses a gift gallery showcasing traditional crafts, occasional classes and craft groups.

Confederate Cemetery
500 E. Rock, Fayetteville
Inside the stone gates, 600 graves are maintained by volunteers to honor the dead who fought in this area as Confederate troops during the Civil War.

Fayetteville National Cemetery
700 Government Ave., Fayetteville (479) 444-5051
Open daily from sunrise to sunset (closed federal holidays except Memorial Day), the 15 acres contain the graves of 8,000 U.S. veterans and their eligible dependents from the Civil War to the present.

Clinton House Museum
930 California Blvd., Fayetteville (479) 444-0066 clintonhousemuseum.org
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for kids under 12, to see where Bill and Hillary Clinton lived as they got married and taught law at the University of Arkansas.

Jerry Jones-Jim Lindsey Hall of Champions
(479) 575-2755 arkansasfansite.com/stadium.asp
The two-story atrium in the Broyles Athletic Center at the north end of the University of Arkansas’ Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, offers displays and video screens outlining more than 100 years of Razorback football.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
506 E. Douglas St., Prairie Grove (479) 846-2990 ArkansasStateParks.com/prairiegrovebattlefield
Visitors can follow the path of soldiers who fought Dec. 7, 1862, resulting in 2,700 casualties. Fees are $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12. Guided tours are slightly more. A five-mile driving tour is free.

Rogers Historical Museum
(479) 621-1154 rogersarkansas.com/museum
The museum, with free admission, features a main exhibition hall, research library and the 1895 Hawkins House, which is representative of a middle-class family home at the turn of the 20th century. The Attic, popular with children, is a permanent hands-on exhibit where visitors are encouraged to try on clothes and play with old tools, kitchen wares and other interactive links to the past. Also featured is the Centennial Caboose at First and Walnut streets. The caboose is managed by the museum and open for tours during regular museum hours from May through October.

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
(479) 750-8165 springdaleark.org/shiloh/
Visitors can try their hand at using a grinding stone, try on clothes from the past or listen to folk music. Exhibits and six historic buildings are available to explore. The museum also is the site of numerous club meetings and educational programs for kids and adults alike.

Rogers Daisy Airgun Museum
202 W. Walnut St., Rogers (479) 986-6873 daisymuseum.com
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, this museum in downtown Rogers is $2 for ages 16 and up and free for children to see the popular toys made by the local company. Other airguns on display date back to the 1600s.

Pea Ridge National Military Park
15930 E. U.S. 62, Garfield (479) 451-8122 nps.gov/peri/index.htm
Fees are $5 per person over age 15, or $10 per vehicle at the 4,300-acre park that honors the 26,000 soldiers who fought there in March 1862. The most intact Civil War battlefield in the country, the federal site offers a video and interpretive displays telling of the battle.

Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens
400 S. Walton Blvd., Bentonville (479) 273-9664 peelmansion.org
The 1875 villa with antique furnishings fronts an outdoor museum of historic roses, perennials and native plants around brick and gravel paths. Admission is $1 for children 6-12 and $3 for 13 and up, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Museum of Native American Artifacts
202 S.W. O St., Bentonville (479) 273-2456 museumofnativeamericanartifacts.org
With free admission Monday through Saturday, visitors follow their own audio- visual tours to view weapons, fossils, pottery and other items from the mastodon era 10,000 years ago to the more familiar headdresses and beadwork of the 1800s.

WaL-Mart Visitor Center
110 W. Central Ave., Bentonville (479) 273-1329 walmartstores.com/aboutus/287.aspx
A temporary home for the museum opened June 29 as renovations began at Sam Walton’s original Bentonville variety store, the center traces the formation and growth of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

 
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