Plan Your Visit
The preserve is open for hiking, biking, fishing, and exploring. A network of old roads serves as a trail system. We are currently working with partners to add some trails for visitors to enjoy. Tables at the entrance provide visitors with an idyllic setting to rest and picnic, and large blackberry patches nearby are full of fruit available for picking from mid-July to early August. The preserve is open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Some trails are steep and rocky.
What Makes it Special
At 410 acres, the Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve is part of a large area of undeveloped, protected woodlands along the north side of Beaver Lake—a lake vital to the landscape and people of northwest Arkansas. As the primary source of drinking water for half a million people, hydropower and countless recreation opportunities, keeping Beaver Lake clean is important for conservation and the economy. Maintaining an intact buffer of woodlands around the lake helps to ensure the water flowing into the lake will remain clean for the many communities it serves.