Explore Outdoors

Explore historic downtown Eureka Springs, discover Beaver Lake, canoe the famed White River, cool off underground on a cave tour, horseback ride through the mountains and hike Lake Leatherwood – all less than a few miles from your cabin.


Beaver Lake & The White River

Pristine waters offering boating, canoeing, sailing, and kayaking adventure surround The Retreat at Sky Ridge. Beaver Lake, Lake Leatherwood and the White River are a nature lover’s delight during every season. Beaver Lake is one of the most pristine lakes in the lower 48, drawing scuba divers from around the country. Enjoy swimming beaches, hiking trails, boat ramps and group picnic shelters.

Other water diversions just minutes from The Retreat at Sky Ridge include:

  • Starkey Park (commercial marina & Belle of the Ozarks lake tours)
  • White River Dam Site (picnic areas, camping, boat ramps)
  • Beaver Lake (swimming, picnic areas, scuba diving, group facilities)


Fisherman’s Paradise

timthumb (12Home of record-breaking striped bass; Beaver Lake is also home to catfish, bluegill, crappie and walleye. Just below Beaver Dam, discover the famed White River, known for its national & state trout records. Ask at the office about Beaver Lake/White River fishing guides available to help catch your limit and a FREE Beaver Lake access pass good for the duration of your stay.

A Fall Leaf Peeping Mecca

24021096-fallWinding roads open up to breathtaking vistas of the tree covered hills of the Ozarks. Red black gum, dogwood, yellow hickory, orange sassafras, purple sweet gum and flaming maples orchestrate a symphony of color beginning in late September through mid-November. The Retreat at Sky Ridge is a fall foliage lovers dream.



The South’s Most Popular Cruising Destination


There is a reason why Eureka Springs hosts so many car and motorcycle events each year…great cruising roads offering views of some of the greatest geography in North America. The winding, scenic roads of the Ozarks Mountains are a well-known destination for motorcyclists and sports car owners nationwide. See the White River wind through a colorful Ozarks valley at Inspiration Point overlook. For a side trip, take one of the most scenic drives to Beaver Town on Highway 187 North and cross the “Little Golden Gate Bridge,” the most photographed bridge in Arkansas. To see the primary source of the White River, take Hwy. 187 South to Beaver Lake Dam, a perfect place to watch the sun set over the lake. For additional information and maps, visit Cruise the Ozarks.

Eagle & Bird Watching

37556515-bald-eagleSoaring across Beaver Lake and above Sky Ridge, majestic eagles own the Ozark skies. A Native Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, Retreat at Sky Ridge is home to wild turkeys, roadrunners, peregrine falcons, owls, red tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and many other bird species. Guests often see many from the comfort of their covered porch.



Explore Ozarks Underground


Arkansas is home to nearly 2,000 caves. The Retreat at Sky Ridge is centrally located near several public sites, including Onyx Cave, Cosmic Caverns, Mystic Caverns and War Eagle Cavern.

Hiking & Mountain Biking

Mountain bikers come from all over the country for the annual Fat Tire Festival and the Eurekan Multi-Sports Festival. Hike the Cliff Trails on the north shoreline of Beaver Lake and the Parker Bottoms trails along the White River. Explore Table Rock Lake north of the “Little Golden Gate Bridge” in the nearby village of Beaver. Lake Leatherwood is the largest city park in America featuring a 100-acre no-wake lake for canoeing, kayaking and paddleboats. The park also features 18 dog friendly hiking trails – 5 minutes from The Retreat at Sky Ridge. Even closer, discover Blue Spring Heritage Center, a historic site with a lush gardens centered around historic Blue Spring.

So much to see and do, plan a week to see it all!