Fall in Love with the Bay…

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The autumn months are truly the best time to come enjoy the natural beauty of the 36Hour_LogoOzarks in Fairfield Bay. Nearly 1.2 million acres of the Ozarks burst with hues of orange, reds, and yellows.

Explore some of the 340 miles of shoreline of Greers Ferry Lake. Follow the eagles as they soar above the 1.2 million acre Ozark National Forest. Experience the annual Ozark Mountain leaves change during a scenic driving tour, or hike and bike more than 30 miles of the newly developed trail system. Or play a round of golf on one of Fairfield Bay’s two premier courses.

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Welcome to Fairfield Bay!

Today, begin your stay with a bit of history, and while you’re learning about Fairfield Bay’s past, rub elbows with a few locals and discover their favorite hidden gems.

The autumn months are truly the best time to come enjoy the natural beauty of the Ozarks in Fairfield Bay. Nearly 1.2 million acres of the Ozarks burst with hues of orange, reds, and yellows. Autumn view of majestic Sugar Loaf Mountain, home to one-of-the first designated national scenic trails in America. Take the shuttle out to the island and enjoy the 1 mile hike to see the best view in the region. Marina: 501-884-6030.

The autumn months are truly the best time to come enjoy the natural beauty of the Ozarks in Fair eld Bay. Nearly 1.2 million acres of the Ozarks burst with hues of orange, reds, and yellows.

1. Conference, Arts and Visitor Center 3 p.m.
Consider Fairfield Bay Conference & Visitor Center your landing pad! Recently renovated, the Center is a conference, performing and visual arts center all in one. Your home base for information. Relax in the lounge or outside on the deck. Pick up some area information and maps, and get acquainted. And if it’s chilly, grab a drink and warm up by the welcoming hearth. It’s here where you’ll be stepping into the North Central Arkansas fine arts gallery, featuring works of stained glass, paintings and sculpture; many of these one-of-a-kind pieces are available for purchase…what a perfect souvenir! Ask if “Our Towne Productions” has a theater show during your visit. You’ll be planning your next visit before you even start this one; if you aren’t in town for one of the many festivals or celebrations we bet you’ll want to return. Check out our calendar of events.

As tough as it may be, tear yourself away from the beautiful Center and head toward your next adventure in Fairfield Bay.

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Indian Rock House – nestled under a hillside at Indian Hills Golf Resort, this natural sandstone grotto is more than 1000 years old. De Soto visited the American Indians here in 1542 as he searched for the Fountain of Youth.

2. Discover the History 4 p.m.
There’s pockets of incredible history in this outdoor paradise. One of the most impressive and memorable places is Indian Rock House Cave. Did you know that in 1542, Hernando de Soto visited with Native Americans right here during his historic trek to find the Fountain of Youth? To see this incredible historical site, lets begin at the History Complex.

The historic Log Cabin Museum, built in 1850, replicates a home and life in the Ozarks of the 1880s. You’ll find one of the three hand-carved totem poles close to its front door! Free admission.

The historic Log Cabin Museum, built in 1850, replicates a home and life in the Ozarks of the 1880s. You’ll find one of the three hand-carved totem poles close to its front door! Free admission.

Your tour begins at the Log Cabin and Museum for a brief glimpse into the old-charm 1880s, then takes in the majestic sight of a hand-carved totem pole (there’s 3 here in The Bay… see if you can find them all!)

From there, take the Indian Rock Trail. The trail gives you grand views of the golf course and takes you through trees, boulders, bluffs, as you make your way to the Indian Rock House. This natural structure sheltered people as far back as 1000 BC and served as a tribal meeting place.

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The Little Red – one of Fairfield Bay’s most popular restaurants, located just at the Indian Hills Golf Resort. Grab a refreshment from the bar and enjoy the summer breeze on the deck with friends.

3. Refreshing Brews, Incredible views 6 p.m.
After that hike, you’re probably ready for some refreshment! Head straight to the The Little Red Restaurant and bar. You’ll feast your eyes on gorgeous views of the surrounding woods, and fill your tummy with delicious food. This local favorite is the winner of Trip Advisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence.

The Little Red is THE place where locals hang out at the end of the day, swapping golf and fish stories. Get the scoop straight from those who know and love Fairfield Bay. You may soon make the acquaintance of several new best friends…for you’ll soon find that one of the true hidden gems in this community are the people.

After dinner, stroll the grounds nearby, or take in a theater production. But we wouldn’t blame you if you turned in early after your first day at The Bay.

Day 2
Today, experience an Ozark-style outdoor paradise.
Good morning! Gorgeous mountain views may tempt you to have a leisurely morning, but this is your day to explore. What are you waiting for? With a big day ahead and plen- ty of adventure planned for the day, jump up, get out and get going!

4. Fore!!! Yup, Grab Those Clubs 9 a.m.
If golf is your passion, have we got a green for you! Tee up at the Indian Hills Golf Course, known by its tree- lined fairways, deep bunkers, small sloped greens, and the Indian Rock Cave located off number nine fairway. The seventeenth hole will thrill you: players must hit across a large ravine to an elevated green that slopes severely from back to front—par three!

If you don’t fancy the big links, try our Harris Cup miniature golf course. There’s a green for everyone.

5. First Class Marina 12 p.m.

A visit to Fair eld Bay would not be complete without experiencing Greers Ferry Lake. More than 340 miles of shore line is begging to be explored… and shed… and canoed. Fair eld Bay has a full service Marina, o ering annual and overnight boat slips, boat rentals including pontoons, paddle boats, shing and ski boats, as well as snacks and the Belle of the Bay day cruise. You can sh, cruise, and ski to your heart’s content. The Marina is home to two of Fair eld Bay’s signature events – Surf the Bay in June, and Paddle Battle in September. If being on the water isn’t your thing, relax on one of our many benches and seating areas to soak in the Ozark scenery. Oh, and be sure to get a souvenir “feeding frenzy” pic.

Hike the incredible Sugar Loaf Mountain Island trail, one of the nation’s first historic scenic trails.

6. Trail Time 4 p.m.
The most memorable way to experience fall in the Ozarks is not in a car. Although the autumn leaves are beautiful for sure, there’s nothing quite like the natural beauty that includes the sounds and smells of nature.

So head out to go hiking or biking. Jump right into exploring one of The Bay’s most popular adventures, The Bay trail system. More than 30 miles of developed trails burst with an abundance of wildlife, plants, natural rock formations and waterfalls. Want more?

Try Sugar Loaf Mountain Island Trail, one of the nation’s first historic trails. The mile hike up the mountain is completely worth the effort, simply to reach the top and see the panoramic views of Greers Ferry Lake and the Fall’s beauty in all its splendor. Go to the Marina and catch Belle of the Bay, and enjoy a short, scenic cruise to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Oh… be sure to post your photos and experiences to Fairfield Bay’s Facebook page.

7. Local Flavors 6 p.m.
Wind down your day with dinner at one of The Bay’s many fantastic restaurants. Take in the view at The Little Red Restaurant or enjoy the pizza at Dock of the Bay. If you’re ready to feed your need for Mexican food, El Poblano is for you. Try to save room for dessert. The an is home made!

Indian Hills Golf Course offers four sets of tees for players of all abilities to enjoy the natural surroundings, as they make their way around one of the best kept secrets for championship golf in Arkansas.

Indian Hills Golf Course offers four sets of tees for players of all abilities to enjoy the
natural surroundings, as they make their way around one of the best kept secrets for championship golf in Arkansas.

Not ready to wind down just yet? Fairfield Lanes not only offers great bowling and indoor fun, but has a menu sure to please everyone in the family.

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A few relaxing activites?
Sleep in today? Or get up to watch an Ozark sunrise! The choice is yours. Either way, relax on your balcony at a more leisurely pace this morning and soak up the views, listen to nature. Count the number of nature friends and your blessings. We’re glad you’re here.

8. Morning Stretch 10 a.m.
Fairfield Bay boasts many opportunities for lifelong wellness, one of which is the Hart Fitness Center in
the heart of town. Weight and fitness machines, an Olympic-size swimming pool, indoor track, basketball court, hot-tub & sauna are all on-site. Fitness classes & Massage Therapy are also offered. Or you may want to take a driving tour of The Bay to see the entire community amidst the fall colors. Be sure to go by the unique Recycling center, the vegetable gardens, and more.Take a few minutes to explore more of The Bay.

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When you’re here in The Bay, you’re like family. So take a seat, have a chat and be sure to snap a pic. Always remember you have a great BIG welcome waiting for you here.

9. Lunch? 12:30 p.m.
Finish your stay where you began—at ‘The Little Red Restaurant. Enjoy a light lunch while you feast on the view of the golf course one more time. There’s lots of great souvenirs here to remember your trip. Grab a few postcards and send off a quick note to your family, friends and neighbors. And while you’re writing, check out all the caricatures illustrated on the wall. By now, we’re sure you’ve met a few of FFB’s engaging residents. Who knows, maybe you’ll be up there one day, too!

10. Sit and Stay a While 2 p.m.
Always feeling like you are home is part of the Fairfield Bay charm. To take a piece of that memory with you, be sure to stop for one last photo at the landmark “Big Blue Chair.” You’ll find it at the entrance, inviting all who enter to sit a spell and stay awhile. Vow to return as soon as possible!

About Fairfield Bay

A stunning sunset over the beautiful Greers Ferry La

A stunning sunset over the beautiful Greers Ferry Lake.

Nestled amongst the Ozark Mountains and situated on the banks of the 40,000 acre Greers Ferry Lake, Fair eld Bay Ozark Mountain Lake Resort & Community is located 75 miles north of Little Rock. If the stunning mountain scenery, championship golf course, lake, marina, arts center, varied events AND friendly residents don’t wow you, the value will. The mild climate makes Fair eld Bay the ideal location for lasting impressions year round. Join us! We’re sure that Fair eld Bay will become your family’s premier recreation destination!