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The iridescent Beaver Lake and the stunning Ozark Mountains define most of Northern Arkansas.

Offering scenic beauty, as well as recreational and cultural attractions, Northern Arkansas is growing in popularity among active adult retirees. The area is famed for its spectacular Ozark Mountains and sparkling Beaver Lake. Northern Arkansas also features a warm climate, appealing historic sites, charming shopping districts and much more.

Location

The Ozark Mountains stretch from Northern Arkansas through Southwest Missouri, providing majestic vistas, natural forests, clear air and pristine lakes. In Northwest Arkansas, there are also several charming towns which are popular vacation spots and retirement destinations. These include Eureka Springs, Rogers, Bentonville and Bella Vista.

Climate

The humid subtropical climate in Northern Arkansas is appealing to many active adults. Weather throughout the area is influenced by the mountains and Gulf of Mexico, but it is relatively warm and comfortable. Summers are generally hot and humid, with daytime high temperatures in the mid to high 80s. Winters are mild and dry, leading to days that typically range in the mid to high 40s.

Attractions

Northern Arkansas' scenic beauty and warm weather make it an ideal destination for nature lovers. State parks, natural forests and clear lakes offer plenty of opportunities for activities such as fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and camping. There are also caves to explore, including Cosmic Cavern, Onyx Cave Park, and War Eagle Cavern. Resorts around Beaver Lake feature charming cottages and cabins, while pet-friendly lodging is available throughout the region.

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Holiday Island is a 5,000-home active adult community located in beautiful Northern Arkansas.

In quaint towns, visitors and locals alike can enjoy an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, galleries, spas and more. Rogers offers a historic downtown with local boutiques, as well as golf courses, bridle trails and Hobbs State Park.

Fayetteville is home of the University of Arkansas, Bentonville features the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Springdale offers attractions like the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball stadium. Eureka Spring is another Northern Arkansas destination which is well known for its Victorian architecture, historic inns, galleries, spas and springs. 

Its charming shops, restaurants and other attractions, have made Eureka Springs a quiet retreat that is ideal for vacationing active adults. Northern Arkansas is also celebrated for its diverse annual festivals. These include the Ozark Folk Festival, the Arkansas Apple Festival, the Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival, the Rodeo of the Ozarks, and the popular Bikes, Blues, and BBQ motorcycle rally.

Active adults who want to settle in Northern Arkansas can find several lovely communities which offer scenic grounds and resort-style amenities. They provide a quiet retirement setting which still puts residents within easy reach of many local attractions.

Whether planning a visit or looking for a retirement destination, active adults will love the scenic beauty of Northern Arkansas.