9 Free Things to Do in Northwest Arkansas

Discover plenty of things to see and do in Northwest Arkansas with these budget-friendly trip ideas.

1. Go mountain biking at Lake Atalanta and The Railyard Park in Rogers.

Put your biking skills to the test when you explore the challenging trails at Lake Atalanta or when you hit the jumps, ramps and berms of The Railyard Bike Park. These two parks are connected by a paved trail, making it easy to hit both in one session.

 

2. Explore the art exhibits at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Peruse the permanent collections housed this spectacularly designed art museum, where you’ll find iconic pieces by American artists such as Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe and many more.

3. Learn about the humble beginnings of Walmart at The Walmart Museum in Bentonville.

When newlyweds Helen and Sam Walton opened their first variety store in Newport, Arkansas during the 1940s, they probably didn’t expect it to develop into the global powerhouse it is today. Learn more about the history of Walmart at this free museum.

4. Stroll the brick-lined streets of historic Downtown Rogers.

Enjoy the bustle of small-town living when you stroll along quaint Main Street, where cute boutiques, locally owned art galleries, gourmet eateries and historic buildings line the thoroughfare.

 

5. Hit the trail on any number of IMBA rated mountain bike trails.

From the double black diamond singletrack trail on Here’s Johnny to the moderate blue run through scenic forest lands on the Oscar’s Mountain Loop, Northwest Arkansas is home to an array of mountain biking trails rated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Find a mountain bike trail to suit your style.

6. Take a more leisurely ride on the Razorback Greenway.

Bike along the 36-mile shared-use trail that extends the Bella Vista Trail and connects Bentonville to south Fayetteville. You’ll pass along historic sites, arts and entertainment venues, park and playgrounds, and quiet residential communities.

7. Take a step back in time at the War Eagle Bridge and Mill in Rogers.

Experience a piece of local history (and plenty of gorgeous natural scenery) at this historic gristmill, which has been reconstructed numerous times throughout the decades. Stroll along the bridge as you take in sights of the river and glorious foliage—especially during the fall.

 

8. Enjoy the beauty of the Ozarks at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area in Rogers.

Take your pick from activities here: hike or mountain bike the 36-mile trail system, bring a picnic to enjoy an al fresco lunch, peruse the exhibits at the LEED-certified visitor center, or pick up a butterfly checklist to see how many winged beauties you can spot.

9. Find famous fall foliage on a drive on the “Pig Trail.”

Stretching 24 miles from I-40 to Brashears on AR 23, this twisty, turning road was voted the top motorcycle ride in the country by USA Today Reader’s Choice poll, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll ride along ridges, past scenic Ozarks Mountain country and through lush foliage—blazing in dazzling colors during the fall. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Find even more free things to do in Rogers, or check out this budget-friendly itinerary for a perfect day for under $25.