Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Part of Discovering Arkansas means discovering things to do in my own backyard, so Saturday morning seemed like the perfect time and day to head over to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, AR.


For residents, admission into the Botanical garden is FREE Saturday mornings from 9am-noon.  What a perfect way to start the day!





We saw beautiful flowers, lush gardens, fountains, goldfish, butterflies, bumble bees, dragonflies, sculptures, statues, lily pads, caterpillars and so much more! Botanical-Garden-Fayetteville




chicken-botanical-gardens For more information on hours, directions and admission fees check out the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks website (here).

Check out other staycation ideas in North West Arkansas (here).

Discovering Fayetteville – Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail

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I’ve lived in Fayetteville and explored the Northwest Arkansas region for over 20 years. Amazingly, I can still discover hidden gems in my hometown that surprise and delight. Last weekend, I discovered for the very first time the Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail.

What started as a simple stroll around the streets and sidewalks of the Cliffs Apartments turned into so much more when we happened upon the trailhead off Happy Hollow Road. Not quite prepared for a full-on nature hike, we found the unexpected availability of a trail winding before us irresistible.

The well-groomed trail led to a small picnic pavilion perfect for spending a quiet afternoon with a small group of friends. We ventured further into the woods and as the trail closed in around us with tall grasses and low-hanging limbs we quickly wished we had planned better for the hike. A quick spray of Deep Woods Off is a minimum requirement for this trail as the many small bugs climbing through our shoes proved.

Despite that minor challenge, we enjoyed every minute of our quick trip into nature. We discovered rockfalls, a number of turtles and even a small family of deer.


AR, hiking, Fayetteville, Mt Sequoyah

AR, hiking, Mt Sequoyah, Fayetteville


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We walked only a small part of the trail and still spent a solid hour out in the woods. We returned home dirty and sweaty but already planning our next venture out the back door and into the wild woods of Fayetteville.

Summer View at the Top of Mt Sequoyah

I went to the top of Mt Sequoyah in Fayetteville, AR for the first time and it was the perfect day to go!  The weather was in the low 80′s and the skies were as clear as they could be and oh so blue.  The view took my breath away!

For more info on Mt. Sequoyah check out