Though sparsely populated - only about 100 residents - the town of Beaver has a wide appeal for locals and tourists alike. Its main draw? The Beaver Bridge, one of the few remaining suspension bridges in the state.
Also, the historic charm of Beaver is postcard picturesque. Photographs and paintings of the town often depict vibrant red poppies and other wildflowers in the foreground with the main focus on the Beaver Bridge. Built in 1949 by the Pioneer Construction Company of Malvern, the one-lane, wooden and wire-cable suspension bridge spans the White River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge is also referred to as the "Little Golden Gate."
The trailhead for the scenic Beaver Trail is located by the bridge. At .31 miles round trip, the hike is classified as easy, well-maintained and takes approximately a half hour.
The bridge is on Ark. 187, which runs from Ark. 23 to U.S. 62 between Holiday Island and Rogers. This scenic route is popular with motorcycle and car clubs, and residents and visitors out for a "Sunday drive." Popular with tourists, the Victorian town of Eureka Springs is about 11 miles to the southeast. The Beaver RV Park is available for recreational vehicle travelers interested in touring the area. Visitors can also stay at the Beaver Town Inn and General Store.
Beaver is located in Carroll County in the Ozark Mountains, where hiking trails, fishing, boating and other outdoor opportunities are abundant.