A Day in Rogers with $25

A Budget Itinerary in Northwest Arkansas

8 a.m. Start your day with breakfast at your hotel.

Rogers has plenty of hotels to choose from for every traveler, whether in town for business or pleasure. An added value for those on a budget is a hotel that offers breakfast, such as the Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas or Hyatt Place Rogers/Bentonville. So, head down to the hotel lobby and find the feast—fruit, yogurt, pastries, cereal, waffles, juice and more. Grab some sustenance and plenty of coffee to fuel up for the day.

Pack some snacks and fill up your water bottle before you head out. You’re going to be busy.

9 a.m. First stop is Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area.

About 15 miles or 20 minutes east of Rogers is Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, a 12,056-acre natural park with free admission. Head straight to the 17,500-square-foot, LEED-certified Visitor Center to pick up trail maps and get tips from the staff about the best ways to experience the park.

Check out the center’s interactive exhibits. There’s a cave replica that shows the karst topography of the area, digital displays about animals, wildlife viewing area, plus flora and fauna exhibits.

Hobbs has several trails of various lengths and difficulty to choose from. Some are short paths perfect for wheelchairs and strollers. The longest is a 24-mile multi-use trail for equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers.

A nice option for the morning is Pigeon Roost Trail: 8.4 miles with two loops in a figure-eight shape. The moderate to strenuous path follows old logging roads on ridge tops and contours around hillsides down into several hollows and back up ridges. There’s a bench to rest on at the overlook. About 100 yards from the trailhead, look for a tree bent into two right angles. It’s thought to be a marker tree or “thong” tree. Native Americans marked trails, springs, caves, salt supplies, rivers crossing and more with trees bent to grow in this unusual fashion.

1 p.m. Late lunch at Susie Q Malt Shop

An old-fashioned burger and shake joint, Susie Q is located at the main intersection as you near downtown. You’ll spend around $10 for a burger or sandwich and drink. Splurge an extra $3 for a shake. Walk up and order at the window and enjoy eating outside at one of the picnic tables.

2 p.m. The Railyard and Lake Atalanta

Your next off-road adventure is on two wheels. The Railyard is a dirt jump bike park featuring wall rides, whale tales and concrete lips—and it’s free to use. It accommodates riders of all skill-levels and different types of bicycles, striders to full suspension bikes to dirt jumpers to BMX. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., it has lights, a pavilion, restrooms, water fountains, bike wash station, observation decks, dog park, and a large parking lot. Its signature piece is a full-scale rail car set on real railroad tracks that bikers ride through.

From the The Railyard, you can also access a trail to Lake Atalanta for more mountain biking adventure.

6 p.m. Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese and a walk around downtown

In the heart of downtown, Hammontree’s serves up ooey gooey gourmet goodness between two slices of bread. The sandwiches live up to their names: Parmageddon, Brie’s Company, The Italian Stallion, Pig Sooie, Jack to the Future, and Chewbacca, just to name a few. You can also build your own. Hammontree’s has great appetizers, soups, salads, and gourmet hot dogs. Don’t miss the Blueberry Grilled Cheese for dessert. Sandwiches are only about $7.

Now that you’ve had a full day of fun and have a full stomach, take a walk around Historic Downtown Rogers before heading back to your hotel.