Internationally renowned architect Fay Jones chose to live and work in the wooded hills of the Ozarks. Jones' designs feature the clean lines of the mid-century's modernism warmed by native materials and his own vocabulary of form and pattern. Maps and locations of Jones' works can be found at the Fayetteville Visitor Center.
Butterfield Overland Mail Route
Fayetteville was a major stop on the grueling 2,800-mile stagecoach journey from Missouri to San Francisco. The trip took 24 days and was the longest running stage route in the history of the world. Come to the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau at 21 S. Block on the downtown Fayetteville square for a map.
With an elevation of 1,700 feet above sea level, Mt. Sequoyah is the highest point in Fayetteville. It was named for the Cherokee leader who created the Cherokee alphabet and translated the New Testament of the Bible for the Indians. A cross on the west side of the mountain marks a premier view of the city. Looking west from this point, viewers will also see two hills with an obvious gap between them. This is the Trail of Tears route the Indians traveled through Fayetteville on their way to reservations in the West.
Address: 150 NW Skyline Drive Phone: 479.443.4531
Pea Ridge National Military Park
The Civil War battle, one of the largest west of the Mississippi River, fought on this site marked the successful end of a campaign to secure the upper reaches of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and to keep the state of Missouri under federal control. The park is 30 miles north of Fayetteville. Visitors center offers a video, museum, gift shop. Self-guided auto tour features markers and audio descriptions of the battlefield. There is also a hiking trail and a horse trail.
Address: Hwy 62 North Phone: 479.451.8122
Pig Trail Scenic Drive
The most scenic route in the northwest corner of the state. Take Highway 16 east out of Fayetteville, then turn south on Highway 23 to Ozark. To return to Fayetteville, go west on I-40 to Alma, then north on Highway 71 or continue west to Fort Smith and go north on Highway 540. Approximately 110 miles round-trip.
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
This 130-acre state park is the site of a major Civil War battle in which more than 20,000 Confederate and Union soldiers fought for military control of Northwest Arkansas. It offers visitors a unique view of the Civil War and its effect on the people of the Ozarks. The park is located 13 miles west of Fayetteville. Also, there is a 1 mile walking trail and a 6.5 mile driving tour as well as a home tour. For program information call the park office.
Address: Hwy 62 West Phone: 479.846.2990
Scenic Highway 71/U.S. Highway 540
A scenic loop drive that offers breathtaking vistas of the hills and valleys of the Arkansas Ozarks. Take U.S. 540 in Fayetteville to Scenic Highway 71, then travel south to I-40. Go west on I-40 to 540 North, which will return you to Fayetteville.
Washington Willow Historic District
On the National Register of Historic Places, this 37+ acre district includes 105 primary structures, 19 of which have special architectural significance. A detailed guide of the district is available at Headquarters House.
Address: Washington and Willow Streets
Boston Mountains Scenic Loop/U.S. 71 and I-540Route:The Boston Mountains Scenic Loop consists of two state-designated scenic byways, U.S. 71 and I-540, both of which run between Alma and Fayetteville.
Length: 35 miles
Attractions: Arkansas Wine Country, Devil’s Den State Park, Ft. Smith National Historic Site & Ozark Highlands Trail
Two very different roads crossing the highest part of the Ozark Mountains combine to make the Boston Mountains Scenic Loop, one of the most interesting driving tours and most scenic motorcycle rides.
U.S. 71 rises and falls, twists and turns through the Boston mountain range, allowing travelers to intimately experience the rugged terrain. Along the way are small mountain towns, roadside farms, antique shops and travel courts.
Not far to the west, I-540 defeats the mountains, streams, valleys and ridges with several soaring bridges and a tunnel carrying the speeding traffic of a super highway.
Both routes offer impressive mountain vistas. I-540 cleared right of way is sufficiently broad to give those traveling 70 mph a good look at the countryside. The Boston Loop on U.S. 71 offers many good locations to pull off the road and commune with the mountains.
Pig Trail Scenic BywayRoute: Arkansas 23 from the south boundary of the Ozark National Forest to its intersection with Arkansas 16 at Brashears.
Length: 19 miles
Attractions: Mulberry River Float Trips, Eureka Springs &Terra Studios
The rugged and forested Boston Mountains region of the Ozark Mountains provides the setting for this route, which creates a spectacular view of foliage during spring, summer and fall. Spring wildflowers and brilliant autumn foliage make the route especially popular during those seasons. The route crosses the Mulberry River and the 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail.