Outdoor Fun Frontier Style

Mountain Climbing at Mount Magazine
Mountain Climbing at Mount Magazine

Frontiers are meant to be explored. Western Arkansas' Mountain Frontier is the perfect place to do just that. Hike. Bike. Climb. Fish. Float. Wander. Get outside and see what this place is all about—and where it takes you. With two national forests, a national park, state parks, city parks, lakes and rivers, resorts, outfitters and an EPIC mountain biking trail, there’s much to love about this special place.

Get outside and see what this place is all about—and where it takes you.

Fort Smith Riverfront Park is an ideal outdoor venue
Fort Smith Riverfront Park is an ideal outdoor venue

The Ozark and Ouachita mountains are the hallmark of this region. The foothills of the Ozarks are dotted with lakes and carved by rivers, making it a great fishing and floating destination. Lake Fort Smith is here, as is the Mulberry River, one of the finest whitewater streams anywhere. The 55-mile river offers fun challenges like Class II-III rapids and great fishing with plentiful smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass.

Lake Hinkle draws in the anglers
Lake Hinkle draws in the anglers

The mountains here offer numerous hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, including the 270-mile Ozark Highlands Trail, one of the premier, long-distance hiking trails in the U.S., known for its winter hiking opportunities when many other trails are impassable, and the 223-mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail. The 108-mile stretch between the Talimena Scenic Byway on AR 88 and Scenic 7 Byway is the longest mountain biking trail in the state. It is so rugged and rewarding that it earned EPIC status from, the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

Behold the beauty of Senyard Falls
Behold the beauty of Senyard Falls

These are just a few of the outdoor treasures that make Western Arkansas’ Mountain Frontier special. After a day of enjoying them, you can find great places in all six counties of the region to rest and spend a night or two. From state park lodges and cozy cabins to private resorts and rustic campsites, we have options.

The dog days of summer attract many to Mulberry River
The dog days of summer attract many to Mulberry River

No matter where you lay your head, you’ll wake up to scenic views that'll inspire your next adventure. Having fun on the frontier by day and night is practically guaranteed.