Getaway to Fayetteville

From historic state parks to nearby hiking hotspots and eclectic, independent stores, Fayetteville in northwest Arkansas has more unique offerings that you might think.

By Jamie Thomas

Jan 2021

Devil's Den in Arkansas
Photo courtesy Experience FayettevilleDevil's Den State Park just outside of Fayetteville, Arkansas is just one place making it worth the trip.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

The massive Prairie Grove State Park (506 E. Douglas St., Prairie Grove, 479-846-2990) spans more than 900 acres. The area was the last place in northwest Arkansas to see battle during the Civil War. Now, the land hosts reenactments (only in December of even-numbered years) along with displays and exhibitions of Civil War history. Admission is free, but bandstands and other on-site venues are also available to rent.

Devil’s Den State Park

If you’re less into Civil War history and more into hiking and sight-seeing, visit nearby Devil’s Den State Park (11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74 West Fork, Arkansas, 479-761-3325). Wood and stone structures throughout the park match the natural surroundings and create the perfect rustic getaway feel—and the views are wonderful. If you’d rather bike than hike, come back in the spring for the Ozark Mountain Bike Festival.

Vetro 1925 Ristorante

If you want to stick to Fayetteville proper, downtown Fayetteville boasts its own greenery in the square gardens, along with a variety of stores, boutiques and places to eat. Not far from the main square is Vetro 1925 Ristorante (17 E. Center St. Fayetteville, 479-966-4649), an Italian eatery with a modern sensibility, cozy atmosphere and a focus on simple, full Italian flavors. The perfect place to eat on a weekend getaway.