For more information on all parks, including activities and the latest events, visit accessfayetteville.org and search: parks and recreation, or pick up a Trails Guide brochure at the Visitors Center, 21 S. Block Ave.
Nature ParksMany of the parks are natural areas. Some are popular but uncluttered with man-made amenities. Others are more remote and visited infrequently. The following parks are categorized as natural areas:
Brooks-Hummel Nature Preserve
Gregg Avenue Natural Area
Habitat for Humanity Park Land
Hamestring Creek Trail – Bridgeport Drive
Hamestring Creek Trail – Granby Street
Hill Place Park Land
Lake Sequoyah Park
Lake Wilson Park
Madison Natural Area
Mount Sequoyah Woods
Rocky Branch Park
Stone Mountain Park Land
Tsa La Gi Trail
Village at Shiloh Park Land
World Peace Wetland Prairie
Wildlife HabitatsMany of Fayetteville’s parks are designated as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat™ program. Sites must provide food sources, places for cover and places for wildlife to raise their young. Sites must incorporate sustainable gardening practices. These elements are all essential for a healthy and sustainable wildlife habitat. Twenty-six parks are certified.
City ParksLake Fayetteville Park
1350 Zion Road
1208 E. Lake Fayetteville Road
N 36° 8’ 17.139” W 94° 8’ 25.056”
With 458 acres of land and 194 acres of water, Lake Fayetteville Park houses Veterans' Memorial Park, boat dock and marina/fishing, Lake Fayetteville Softball Complex, North Shore and the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks.
Gary Hampton Softball Complex
2790 N. Salem
N 36° 6’ 11.837” W 94° 12’ 23.059”
Developed into a four-plex softball complex with 300-foot fields, the facility hosts games for girls, adults and tournaments.
1850 E. Township Rd.
N 36° 5’ 45.029” W 94° 8’ 5.712”
The Gulley Park Concert Series occurs on Thursday nights throughout the summer. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy excellent entertainment. Water and bathrooms available.
10 W. 15th St.
N 36° 2’ 57.214” W 94° 9’ 37.805”
The second park added to the city parks system, it’s a great place for baseball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, horseshoes, handball/racquetball, tennis, BMX racing, skateboarding, picnicking or social gatherings.
675 N. Park Ave.
N 36° 4’ 21.186” W 94° 9’ 39.595”
Wilson Park is the first and oldest park located in the center of the city with Louise, Wilson, Prospect and Park Streets bordering its 21.5 acres. The park features two playgrounds, six tennis courts and a castle. Water and bathrooms available.
EventsThe parks offer organized activities and public events, including:
Gully Park Summer Concert Series
A series of free concerts held on select Thursday evenings during the summer.
Dive-In Movies at Wilson Park
Enjoy a free movie from the cool comfort of the pool on select Fridays during the summer.
Wilson Park hosts this annual music and art event in October with proceeds benefiting the park system.
Held at various parks each summer, the city offers a variety of camps designed to keep kids active throughout the summer months.
Yvonne Richardson Center
Located at Ralph Hayes Park, the center provides a place for recreation, socialization and extra-curricular learning for all ages.
Devil’s Den State Park
11333 W. Hwy. 74. West Fork
N 35° 46’ 48.014” W 94° 15’ 0.002”
Hiking, backpacking and mountain bike trails take outdoor enthusiasts to wild backcountry areas of Devil’s Den State Park and the surrounding Ozark National Forest. Sixteen cabins with kitchens and fireplaces, a horse camp area and riding trails are available. The park includes a group camp, pavilion, mountain bike trails and numerous caves.
Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area
20201 E. Hwy. 12, Rogers
N 36° 17’ 24.458” W 93° 55’ 51.009”
Arkansas’ largest state park, Hobbs State Park covers 11,750 acres along the southern shore of 28,370-acre Beaver Lake. The state park-conservation area offers two hiking trails, all-weather public firing range, regulated seasonal hunting, undeveloped access to Beaver Lake and interpretive programs.
Pea Ridge National Military Park
15930 Hwy. 62, Garfield
N 36° 26’ 37.170” W 94° 1’ 32.593”
Pea Ridge preserves the site of an 1862 Civil War battle that gave the Union total control of Missouri and led directly to the federal occupation of Arkansas. Some 26,000 soldiers clashed during the two-day battle. Today, the park encompasses 4,300 acres and features a reconstructed Elkhorn Tavern, a visitor’s center, museum, self-guided tours and a 2.5 mile segment of the “Trail of Tears.”
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
506 E. Douglas St. Prarie Grove
N 35° 59’ 0.993” W 94° 18’ 32.351”
18431 Shepherd Spring Rd., Moutainburg
Prairie Grove is recognized nationally as one of America’s most intact Civil War battlefields. The park protects the battle site, where on December 7, 1862, 2,700 casualties resulted from a day of fierce fighting. See wayside exhibits on the one-mile Battlefield Trail, or travel the park’s six-and-a-half-mile driving tour. Exhibits, tours and other programs describe the battle and its local effect. The park hosts Arkansas’ largest battle re-enactment on the first weekend in December, on even numbered years.