In Fairfield Bay, residents have all the amenities comparable to a five-star resort and the natural beauty of Ozark Mountains, a clear lake and natural surroundings to enjoy. The community’s people as a whole are active, engaging, versatile and accomplished. Any day in Fairfield Bay can be a day of activity or pure leisure.
- Fairfield Bay has a mild climate during all four seasons making it the ideal location for lasting impressions year round. Few days reach freezing temperatures and likewise, few days reach extreme heat in the summer. On average, the city of Fairfield Bay receives 219 sunny days and 51 inches of rain annually. The average warmest month is July, with the coolest month being January.
- Fairfield Bay is home to two premier 18-hole championship golf courses: Indian Hills Golf Course and Mountain Ranch Golf Course.
- The Fairfield Bay Tennis Center features eight championship courts, two night courts and tennis instruction for beginners.
- Three beautiful swimming pools with incredible mountain lake views.
- The Hart Fitness Center, located in the center of town, offers a wide variety of weight and exercise equipment, Olympic size swimming pool, indoor track, basketball court, hot-tub & sauna on-site. Fitness Classes & Massage Therapy are also offered.
- Miniature golf course (Harris Cup certified), where each hole has its own unique putting challenge and own character. With elevated greens, beautiful landscapes and water obstacles, this creative course can be played again and again.
- Fairfield Bay is full of art and culture. By virtue of its location, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the area.
Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Fairfield Bay is surrounded by incredible natural beauty, where broad mountains ranges and one of the most pristine lakes in the region come together. With large, open, outdoor spaces, the Fairfield Bay community enjoys a recreational lifestyle with all the amenities of a resort, but without the crowd.
- Fairfield Bay is situated on the north shore of Greers Ferry Lake, an outdoors paradise with a combined shoreline of 340 miles and maximum depth of 486 feet with a surface area of 40,500 acres.
- Scenery, boulders and caves can be explored and enjoyed by all ages on the Indian Rock Cave Trail. The path leads to Indian Rock House where De Soto visited the Indians in 1542 while seeking the Fountain of Youth.
- Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on an island in the middle of Greers Ferry Lake, the one-mile trek to the top rewards visitors with panoramic views of the Ozarks. The Sugar Loaf Mountain Trail was the first designated National Scenic Trail in America.
- Nearby Ozark National Forest, offering 1.2 million scenic acres of land to explore the beauty of the Natural State.
- The underground caves at Blanchard Springs Caverns in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest are sure to fascinate and astound anyone in the Fairfield Bay area.
Fairfield Bay is an Ozark mountain lake resort and community that’s built around peace of mind and an active lifestyle. With big city access barely an hour away, Fairfield Bay is a resort community packed with countless standard amenities and a spectacular cost of living – less than the Arkansas and national average.
- The median house value in Fairfield Bay is $75,000-95,000, which is a significant difference to the value in similar type communities.
- The cost of living in Fairfield Bay is 4.4% less than the Arkansas average and 13% less than the national average giving residents outstanding value.
- Big city shopping is close at hand: Conway 50 miles and Little Rock 75 miles.
- Countless amenities are standard with living in the Bay including: golf, tennis, Greers Ferry lake, fishing, pools, hiking, fitness center, library, the and more.
Problems that face even smaller surrounding towns, are virtually non-existent in Fairfield Bay. It’s a degree of safety that brings families to the area as a place where they can focus on each other and activities they truly love.
- Fairfield Bay exhibits some of the lowest crime rates in the state of Arkansas.
- Sperling’s gives FFB its most favorable rating on violent crime, rating 1 on a scale of 1-10, while larger metro areas around us rate as most dangerous: Memphis – 10, Dallas – 8, Hot Springs – 9. The US average is 4.
- Fairfield Bay’s crime index is 64% less than the Arkansas average and 58% less than the national average.
Welcome to the Neighborhood. Welcome to the Community. Welcome Home.
There’s a continual sense of welcome extended to everyone in the community and anyone who visits. Often taking years, even decades, to assimilate into the regular heartbeat and rhythm of a community, at FFB it comes as natural as the beautiful outdoors.
- As of the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 2,338 people residing within the city with the median age being 64.3.
- Individuals looking for a social setting to make friends and cultivate relationships can become involved in some of the more than 50 active organizations and church groups.
- Residents’ days are full and busy, with the majority of Fairfield Bay residents actively involved in at least one community organization.
- Fairfield Bay is deeply rooted in the Christian faith and has eight places of worship to accommodate various religious preferences.
- The Fairfield Bay community hosts many festivals and events every year, including: Storyfest, Surf the Bay, Gardening Festival, 4th of July, Music Fests, Fall and Holiday Festivals and so many more.
Fairfield Bay, Ozark Mountain Lake Resort & Community started as a dream in the mind of a young Dartmouth graduate nearly half a century ago. Since that time, the town has emerged into a premier destination for individuals to fulfill their own dreams. In the early 1960s, three Fort Smith, Arkansas residents, George Jacobus, Neal Simonson and Randolph Warner, envisioned a recreational and retirement resort town showcasing crystal clear water and stunning mountain scenery in a quite area somewhere in North Arkansas.
The men hired a retired cotton broker by the name of C.M. Owen to find a suitable location for their future paradise. The site was chosen along the north shore of a new, pristine Greers Ferry Lake. Greers Ferry Lake was formed by the Greers Ferry Dam of the Little Red River. The lake and dam were dedicated in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy in his last public appearance before his fateful trip to Dallas. The north shore of this 40,000 acre masterpiece became the ideal setting to make their dream come to life.
By 1965, the lake mountain community was established. The earliest days of Fairfield Bay were targeted at selling property to those who embraced the vision of a beautiful community, tucked in the Ozarks, on one of Arkansas’ most beautiful mountain lakes. All early activities centered around the Fairfield Bay Marina, which continues to be the hub for outdoor adventure in Fairfield Bay today.
The addition of a golf course, tennis complex, pools, community and health centers, library, and other amenities built on the outdoor lifestyle this area offered. Eventually, the timeshare business saw Fairfield Bay as an irresistible location to offer their product, complete with a resort lifestyle, reaching more than 12,000 property owners and 200 timeshare units.
In 1993, the city of Fairfield Bay was formed and incorporated to provide additional city operating funds for the community. Today, Fairfield Bay showcases a community of individuals working together to maintain the dream envisioned almost 50 years ago. Residents enjoy the natural beauty of the great outdoors, a lifestyle of discovering new experiences, comfort in the proven safety, and the value of incredible adventures without the expense.