Explore Outdoors

See why one million visitors a year come to the Eureka Springs area. Explore historic 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 10 miles from your cabin.

Eureka Springs fishing

Beaver Lake & The White River

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

Minutes from The Retreat at Sky Ridge:

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

fishing in the Ozarks

Fisherman’s Paradise

Home of record-breaking striped bass, Beaver Lake is also home to catfish, bluegill, crappie, red-ear sunfish, 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.

Art Outdoors

Crystal Bridges Museum

The biggest story in art is Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, just 30 minutes from The Retreat at Sky Ridge. The 120 acre Crystal Bridges site features 6 hiking trails with outdoor art and the museum contains some of the best American art in the country – including the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” – all free to the public. Come back and enjoy an afternoon gallery stroll in Eureka Springs, where  there are more artists per capita than any city in the US.

A Fall Leaf Peeping Mecca

Winding roads open up to breathtaking vistas of the tree covered Ozark Mountains. Red black gum and dogwood, yellow hickory, orange sassafras, purple sweet gum, and flaming maples orchestrate a symphony of color beginning in late September and through October. Sunsets over Beaver Lake mimic autumnal colors in the water and colorful leaves travel rushing mountain streams. The Retreat at Sky Ridge is a fall foliage lovers dream.

The South’s Most Popular Cruising Destination

Eureka Springs vacation

There is a reason why Eureka Springs plays host to 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. Cross over the scenic White River on the “Little Golden Gate Bridge.” 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

Soaring across Beaver Lake and above Sky Ridge, majestic eagles own the Ozark skies. A 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 cabin porch.

Explore Ozarks Underground

Ozark cave

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

Hiking & Mountain Biking

Mountain  bikers and spectators come from all over the country for the 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 on trails north of the “Little Golden Gate Bridge” in the village of Beaver. Lake Leatherwood is the largest city park in America featuring a 100-acre no-wake lake for canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboats and 18 dog friendly hiking trails – 5 minutes from The Retreat ay 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!