Getaway to Springdale for Scenic Ozarks History

Put a little Springdale in your spring! In little more than two hours, you could be enjoying all the charm, recreation and natural beauty this Arkansas city has to offer.

By Lucie Amberg

Apr 2022

Springdale Arkansas botanical gardens
Photo courtesy Mike Price

Mountain Biking at Fitzgerald Mountain

2300 Deer Valley St., Springdale, AR
Ready to get your heart rate up? Northwest Arkansas has become synonymous with mountain biking trails that deliver views and thrills, which is exactly what you’ll find at Springdale’s Fitzgerald Mountain. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Fitzgerald has trails to meet your skill level. Hikers are welcome, too.

The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

306 E. Emma Ave., Springdale, AR
Hop on board the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. Choose from a variety of routes designed to showcase the region’s natural beauty. Soak up stories of the railway’s past while you admire the scenery and savor the vintage vibes of the restored antique passenger cars.

Helicopter Tours with ARH

802 Airport Ave, Springdale, AR
If you’re in the market for a fresh perspective, try viewing the Ozarks from above. ARH offers helicopter trips of varying lengths, departing from Springdale Municipal Airport. Enjoy a new vantage point on some favorite destinations, including Razorback Stadium and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville, AR
Consider a detour to nearby Fayetteville for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Stroll through 12 themed environments, including the serene Japanese Garden and the colorful Butterfly Garden. Little ones will enjoy the Children’s Garden—make sure they peek inside the cement tree to find a mural by local artist Brandon Bullette.

Springdale Dining

However you spend your day, you’re bound to work up an appetite, and Springdale’s dining scene is ready to satisfy. Check out the Odd Soul for pizza that locals love—the one with prosciutto, pepperoncini and chili-infused honey grabbed our attention. Or refresh your taste buds at Black Apple Hard Cider’s Springdale taproom, which features an array of tempting ciders, including slushy ones that are perfect for spring.