Hobbs Conservation Area
Arkansas’s largest state park in land area, Hobbs State Park Conservation Area (HSPCA) covers a 12,056-acre tract of diverse Ozark landscape along the southern shore of the 28,370-acre Beaver Lake. The park lies between Beaver Lake to the north and War Eagle Creek to the south.
The park features state-of-the-art exhibits, classroom/meeting spaces, hundreds of miles of trails, mountain biking and horse trails, a public shooting range, an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff, caves, fishing, hunting, interpretive tours, and tons more. Events include astronomy nights, eagle watching tours, bike races, nature classes, kayak events, and so much more! No trip to Northwest Arkansas is complete with out a trip to Hobbs! Only 15 minutes from the hotel, Beaver Lake Lodge is an official “Friend of Hobbs” and we cannot recommend this park enough!
The park’s landscape consists of plateaus, ridges, valleys, and streams featuring an upland forest of oak, hickory and pine. Many water features including disappearing streams, springs and seeps have carved the many hollows in this fragile limestone landscape and created cave-related features including numerous sinkholes. Parents and kids alike are certain to enjoy the many natural wonders and abundant wildlife the park features. Don’t miss Hobbs!! To visit their official website click here.
HIKE to your hearts content! Hobbs offers over 35 miles of trails that can be navigated by foot, horseback or mountain bike, with difficulty varying from barrier free to strenuous. Join the park staff for an interpretive hike or pick up a trail map and go it alone. Either way you are sure to enjoy these amazing trails. Click here for specific trail information.
Hobbs Conservation Area
20201 East Highway 12
GPS: 36° 17’ 06.3” N / 93° 56’ 18.9” W
Monte Ne Ruins
This historic site is only 15 minutes from the lodge and is an excellent location for family photos and exploration. A little history; Financier and visionary William Hope Harvey started building a resort town and a 130 ft. tall pyramid monument to hold all of civilization’s accumulated knowledge. Construction began in 1901 and continued into the mid 1930’s. After the stock market crash, construction effectively halted. Harvey ran for president of the United States before dying in 1936. His dreams eventually crumbled before completion, when his hotel, amphitheater, uncompleted pyramid, and other structures were flooded by the US Army Corps of Engineers construction of Beaver Lake in 1964. The resort town was completely covered by the new lake, with only the old hotel remaining above the water. (Former guests are said to have included Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone, who is rumored to have demanded a secret escape tunnel built so that he could leave the old hotel in a hurry) The old hotel is almost always visible with the top of the original amphitheater and horse stables viewable from the shore when lake levels are low. For more information on this unique and historic site click here.
Be sure to stop by the Monte Ne Inn if you head that way for a truly unique dining experience and some of the best fried chicken in the state. All you can eat!
Beaver Lake is nestled high in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas, the birthplace of the White River. This amazing lake offers some of the most exciting freshwater diving to be found in the country. Featuring some 487 miles of natural shoreline, the historic sites located around the banks of the lake make for some unique and unforgettable dives. The thermocline at Beaver Lake is around 30 feet dropping the temperature to 50 degrees. Excellent shore diving can be found near the dam and Monte Ne ruins (see above), depths to 70 ft., visibility 5-20 ft. Diving instruction, equipment, tank refills, and scuba tours, can be arranged through the Ozark Scuba Center, which is less than 7 minutes away from your room’s front door. We strongly recommend you contact the Scuba Center before your trip in order to arrange supplies and check current visibility conditions.
Ozark Scuba Center
718-A N. Second St., Rogers, AR 72756
War Eagle Mill
With a foundation built in 1832, War Eagle Mill is the only working grist mill in Arkansas, still powered by an 18-foot cypress waterwheel. It is believed to be the only undershot water wheel currently in operation in the United States. The mill sits upon War Eagle river which offers exceptional seasonal trout fishing and beautiful landscape and structures perfect for family and group photography opportunities. The site also host the annual War Eagle Craft fairs and is a local landmark and national treasure. The mill, gift shop and restaurant are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The mill is only 15 minutes from the lodge. For more information, visit the mill’s official website here.
War Eagle Mill
11045 War Eagle Road
War Eagle Cavern
Opened to the public in 1978, War Eagle Cavern is one of the newest show caverns in the country. Just 12 miles from the lodge, but deep in the unspoiled forest of the Ozark Mountains, this secluded site was first used by American Indians hundreds of years before the first settlers came to the area. Every effort has been made to leave the cavern in its natural state, from the spectacular natural entrance to the underground stream. Courteous and informative guides conduct each tour with a “personal touch.” Visitors will find the tour through this natural wonder both educational and enjoyable.
After exploring this amazing cavern and its’ underground marvels, take an exhilarating hike on the nature paths, pan for treasure at the War Eagle Mining Co., lose yourself in the Lost in the Woods Maze, enjoy drinks and snacks at the trading post, or shop at the area’s most unique shop.
War Eagle Cavern is a wonderful destination for young and old alike. Special packages are also available for large groups and school outings, contact them to find out more. To visit their official website click here.
War Eagle Cavern
21494 Cavern Rd, Rogers, AR 72756
Daisy Air Gun Museum
Since 1960, Daisy’s corporate offices in Rogers, Arkansas, have housed an impressive airgun collection. In 1999, the company decided to utilize that collection to create a first class and entertaining museum which would serve as a tourism attraction for the city. In March, 2000, the refurbished, expanded museum opened its doors.
Today, the museum resides in the brick-paved historic sector of downtown Rogers in a building which, itself, dates to 1896. It attracts over 1700 visitors a year from almost every state in the continental U.S and several foreign countries. Gun and history enthusiasts come to see the collection of antique airguns dating back to the 1600s. The Daisy Airgun Museum is less than 5 miles from Beaver Lake Lodge. To visit the official website click here.
202 W Walnut St,
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.
Crystal Bridges is building its permanent collection through the efforts of its professional staff as well as important gifts from private collectors such as Alice Walton and others. The collection features American masterworks dating from the Colonial era to contemporary times and will be on view to the public year-round.
Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
Walton’s 5 & 10 / Walmart Visitor Center
When Sam Walton opened his 5&10 on the Bentonville town square in 1950, he had no idea he’d planted the seeds for what would become the global leader in retail, saving millions of people money so they could live better. Today, that humble little dime store is the location of the Walmart Visitor Center. A family-friendly experience in three parts, the Visitor Center features a world-class exhibit gallery, Walton’s 5&10, and The Spark Café.
A visit to Walton’s 5&10 is like stepping back in time. Visitors can experience a piece of Sam Walton’s history in a real, functional storefront setting. The store boasts original floor tiles and an original tin ceiling, as well as toys, candy and books straight out of an earlier era. Only 12.5 miles from Beaver Lake Lodge. For more information click here.
105 N. Main Street
Head To Toes Body & Hair Gallery
Less than one minute from the lodge, Head To Toes offers Hair Styling and care, massage, manicure and pedicure treatments as well as many other services and quality products. To make an appointment or for more information please contact Head to Toes at;479-925-2025 14428 E Highway 12 Rogers AR 72756