Visitors

Fayetteville provides a feeling of home away from home for thousands of visitors each month. We hope that our small town hospitality makes you feel right at home, while our year-round events ensure that you always have something interesting and exciting to do while you are here.

Surrounded by the breathtaking Ozark Mountains, natural beauty frames Fayetteville. With a population over 70,000, and nearing half a million regionally, Fayetteville has all the resources and advantages of a large city, yet its unique quality of life and heritage set it apart. Fayetteville is complete with mountain trails, running streams, serene lakes and it is known as a must-see site for its breathtaking fall foliage. A labyrinth of walking and biking trails run throughout the city. Take your bike through the backcountry of Devils Den State Park, experience live tunes on Historic Dickson Street, canoe or kayak down the Buffalo River (America's first National River), backpack in the nearby Ozark National Forest, play in one of our 71 public parks or enjoy the beautiful Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. There are multiple cabins and campgrounds.

Originally inhabited by the Osage and later by the Cherokees, the first permanent white settlers came in 1828, while Arkansas was still a Territory. Fayetteville was established as the county seat by the first state legislature in 1836 and since has been part of the lives of many notable people, including Senator J. William Fulbright, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Dozens of National Register properties, many dating from before the Civil War Battle of Fayetteville, include Headquarters House, the Ridge House, and Judge Archibald Yell's law office. Both the Trail of Tears and the Butterfield Overland Mail Route segments in Fayetteville are in the National Trails System.

Fayetteville Public Schools are exceptional in academics and athletics with nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two junior high schools, and one central high school. Fayetteville is also home to the University of Arkansas and a short distance from the Northwest Arkansas Community College. Fayetteville High School had the most National Merit Scholars of any High School of similar size in the state of Arkansas in 2009, and McNair Middle School was named the number one Middle School in the State of Arkansas.

Mix everything together with 200 plus days of sunshine each year, and you'll see why we are proud to call Fayetteville home, where life is great and the living is easy.

We welcome you to come visit us.