Get Out in the Ozarks

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUT & ABOUT - Dani Bee­man

Spelunk­ing, River Raft­ing, Cy­cling, Hik­ing, Camp­ing, Bird Watch­ing, Hunt­ing, Fish­ing, Mo­tor­cy­cle Rid­ing, Swim­ming, Golf­ing -- North­west Arkansas al­lows you to rekin­dle your sense of ad­ven­ture.

Whether you’ve lived here your en­tire life or are new to this out­door mecca, you will find things to re­new and re­fresh your spirit. There are very few places in the world that of­fer the vastly dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences that beau­ti­ful North­west Arkansas pro­vides. Arkansas is af­ter-all, the Nat­u­ral State.

The North­west Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette has just launched a new web­site that will in­spire and chal­lenge the na­tives or tourists, both kids and adults that want to re­visit their youth. With a vast of­fer­ing of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for every level of ex­pe­ri­ence and age group, you’ll want to visit www.getoutintheozarks.com to plan your next ad­ven­ture.

The easy to nav­i­gate web­site will help you dis­con­nect from your dig­i­tal de­vices for a few hours and re­con­nect with na­ture, fam­ily and friends. Open your mind to the beauty of the Ozark & Oua­chita Moun­tains. Cur­rent weather con­di­tions and river con­di­tions can be found on the web­site to help you plan your day to one of a dozen or more rivers and streams in North­west Arkansas. Read about the mari­nas and swim ar­eas at Beaver Lake. For those that pre­fer to learn about the na­ture and wildlife sur­round­ing them, there are a num­ber of Na­ture Cen­ters within a few hours drive of Ben­tonville or Fayet­teville.

The Ra­zor­back Re­gional Green­way was once a dream and in 2015 the Re­gional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion started re­al­iz­ing that dream. It is con­tin­u­ing to grow and add more routes and trails each year. Imag­ine cy­cling from Bella Vista to Fayet­teville with scenic stops, shop­ping and din­ing along the way, or just start ped­al­ing, be­cause it’s a re­al­ity. Get away from it all and hike and camp at Devils Den. Or at­tend the ‘Moun­tain Bike Fest’ that takes place in May.

Every day getoutintheozarks.com is adding new events like the Audubon So­ci­ety’s meet­ing at the Hobbs State Park-Con­ser­va­tion Area Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, Fish­ing Tour­na­ments, Golf Tour­na­ments, planned Na­ture Hikes and Mo­tor­cy­cle Rally’s.

Take the Holy Grail of Mo­tor­cy­cle Rides and jump on High­way 12 to Eureka Springs, do a lit­tle shop­ping, eat a great meal and take an­other route home. The scenery is phe­nom­e­nal and the ride is mem­o­rable.

The peaks and val­leys of the Ozarks make it a pre­miere des­ti­na­tion for any­one who en­joys hik­ing. The wa­ter­falls, caves, wildlife and fauna will bring to life those breath-tak­ing views that can only be found in North­west Arkansas. Learn all that North­west Arkansas has to of­fer the “out­doors­man” in you.

The LPGA rec­og­nized the beau­ti­ful golf cour­ses that North­west Arkansas of­fers. It’s an ab­so­lute golf won­der­land of­fer­ing beau­ti­ful cour­ses with un­for­get­table views for the be­gin­ner and the par golfer. You’ll find golf­ing in­for­ma­tion on www.getoutintheozarks.com.

Con­tent on www.getoutintheozarks.com is up­dated with new sto­ries and new events. Visit the site reg­u­larly and plan your next ad­ven­ture, whether it’s 4 hours on the links, a ½ day hike, a float trip with lo­cal out­fit­ters or a week­end camp­ing trip, this web­site will help you take a deep breathe of the fresh Ozark Moun­tain air and revel in North­west Arkansas.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF

TOM MOWRY OF NOB HILL takes in the view May 1 2017 of Swe­den Creek Falls, an 80-footer at Swe­den Creek Nat­u­ral Area.

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