College Towns: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Learn more about Fayetteville, Arkansas – home of the University of Arkansas.

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The Town: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Set in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville, Arkansas, was named by Forbes magazine as one of the best smaller towns and one of the best places in the United States for business and careers. Only two hours from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and three hours from Little Rock, Ark., the 74,000 residents enjoy the hospitality of a smaller environment while living a short drive away from the amenities of major cities.

If you’re visiting Fayetteville for the first time, you can rent bikes from the Visitor’s Center for free.

The School: University of Arkansas

The heart of the University of Arkansas is “Old Main,” a classic Victorian-style building that is the largest and oldest on campus. More than 21,000 students are enrolled at the school.

You may notice thousands of names as you stroll down the sidewalk. Each year, the university etches the name of every graduating senior onto the sidewalk, known as the Senior Walk. Every graduate since 1876 appears on the Senior Walk, which contains more than 140,000 names across more than five miles.

Known as the “Track Capital of the World,” Arkansas has won a total of 42 national championships in cross country and indoor/outdoor track and field, making it the most decorated program in the history of American collegiate athletics.

What to Do

Dickson Street connects downtown Fayetteville with the University of Arkansas campus. It’s home to bars, boutique shops and apartment housing, and it’s popular among both students and residents.

During the last weekend of September, the city hosts Bikes, Blues, and Barbecue (BBB), the third-largest motorcycle rally in the country. Bikers ride through the Ozarks, but if you’re not a motorcyclist, don’t worry, you can still be part of the event. On Dickson Street, thousands of individuals gather to watch live bands and a bike show, and to enjoy local barbeque.

If you’re visiting Fayetteville for the first time, you can rent bikes from the Visitor’s Center for free. Check out Dickson Street, the Senior Walk, and make your way into the beautiful natural surroundings that make the city such a charming place to live.

For Civil War history buffs and scholars, the Battle of Pea Ridge and the Battle of Prairie Grove were fought near Fayetteville.

Where to Eat

Locals claim that Hugo’s keeps the funky in Fayetteville. Hip décor isn’t all this restaurant offers, however, as the menu boasts its renowned beer cheese soup and a full bar.

Did You Know?

Both Bill and Hillary Clinton were professors at the University of Arkansas Law School.

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