Sweet summertime in Northwest Arkansas – long days, warm (ok, pushing hot) weather, unbeatable scenery. There’s no better time to embrace the outdoors and explore the bountiful hiking, biking, and water trails NWA has to offer.

From the adventure aficionado to the casual day-hiker, we’ve got some locally-owned outdoor stores to equip you for your get-outside summertime needs!

FOR THE CYCLIST

If the Razorback Regional Greenway is your second home, a quick expedition south to Lewis & Clark Outfitters may be in order. This store has got outdoor equipment of all kinds, including paddling gear and climbing equipment (and even a four-story climbing wall for practice!). But their cycling program is hard to top. Besides a selection of top-quality bikes, Lewis & Clark offers free lifetime tune-ups, a 30-day test ride program, and cycling events a-plenty.

FOR THE AQUAPHILE

70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water...and it seems like just about the same amount of NWA is too. It’s nigh impossible to stay away from the rivers and lakes of the Ozarks. And sooner than later the question will cross your mind: should I finally buy a kayak? Commitment can be a scary thing, which is why you should pay Ozark Kayak a visit (their website is killa). These kayak experts will help you select your kayak soulmate. And you can even demo a few so you can be confident about your choice! Life is but a dream!

FOR THE EXPLORER

Gearhead Outfitters is the store to know for people who like to get out and go. Fishing, hiking, cliff-diving, hammocking from the side of a cliff – whatever level of extreme your adventure dreams are, Gearhead will get you started on the right foot. Literally too – they specialize in foot health, so you can make sure you’ve got the best equipment for those little piggies that carry you up and down mountains and everywhere else.

FOR THE TAILGATER

Alright, alright....football's not exactly a summer sport, but it is just around the corner. And every true fan knows that tailgating is in a league of its own. So like every good athlete, begin your training early at The Stadium Shoppe on Razorback. They've got the largest selection of Razorback gear in the state, so you're pretty well guaranteed to look your best this year as you cheer on the Hogs. Deck out your entire tailgate with Razorback barware and even a special "superfan" section. Can you even handle it??

Adventure is calling; wait not a moment longer to answer! Let these four stores be your local guides to everything the great Northwest Arkansas outdoors has to offer. And let Towny be your map to an entire mountain of local perks that will make your quest even more thrilling!