UPDATE: We’ve got even MORE gyms and pokestops listed in our follow-up article “More Pokemon Go Spots in Northwest Arkansas & the River Valley“. Plus, video of big Pokemon crowds in Fayetteville and how you can help a shelter dog while playing!
The Pokémon Go craze has caught on like wildfire across the U.S., and Arkansas is no exception. The augmented reality smartphone game was released on July 6, and has exploded in popularity since then. Part of the game involves capturing virtual Pokémon, visible only when looking at your surroundings through your phone’s camera.
So where are the Pokémon Go hotspots, gyms and pokestops in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley? We’ve put together this guide, based on comments in several Reddit discussion forums and Facebook groups.
There’s also a Community Bike Ride being planned for Thursday, July 14, to catch Pokémon. It’s set to start at The Handlebar bike shop on Block Street in Fayetteville at 6 P.M. They’re set to hit up Dickson Street, Wilson Park, Lake Fayetteville, and “wherever tall grass blows.”
Crystal Bridges is actively encouraging people to come to the museum to chase Pokémon. And why not take in some art and culture while you’re there? A blog post on the museum’s official web site, entitled “Catch ’em All at Crystal Bridges“, notes that “Pikachu, for instance, hangs out around Dan Flavin’s light installation Untitled (to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Inch). That’s not surprising, as Pikachu’s an electric Pokémon and this is an electric artwork.” The blog also reminds people that general admission to Crystal Bridges is free, so it won’t cost you anything to (carefully) chase Pokémon there.
Redditor SuperCordyceps says, “the square has ton of Stops and several gyms”.
Walton Life Fitness Center
Redditor omegam0 says, “I got a Zubat, Exeggcute, Pidgey and Rattata after I got the initial start Pokémon (I got Squirtle).” [Editor’s note: Unfortunately for the general public, the fitness center is only open to Walmart employees].
Redditor omega0 says, “Kennedy Coffee in Bentonville is a gym, the church next door is a Pokestop.”
Pinnacle Hills Promenade
Redditor tilleyc says, “If you’re in Rogers, the Pinnacle [Hills Promenade] has a handful of stops and two gyms.”
Redditor AdeleiM says, “Downtown Rogers has a ton of stops and a gym as well. The corner with the caboose has 3 stops on top of each other.”
UPDATE: Cecil Clifton tells us: “Jones Center for Families has 3-4 Pokestops and a gym.”
Springdale Rodeo Grounds
UPDATE: Cecil also says: “Springdale rodeo grounds has 2 pokestops.”
Old Walmart (Pleasant St. & Robinson Ave.)
UPDATE: Melissa Potter says: “Springdale Pokemon fans be warned: there are NO pokemon in or near the new Walmart! I was so mad because the old one is loaded – the parking lot & the churches around there are Pokestops. We found some good ones over there.”
JB Hunt Park
Facebook user Alex Gonzalez says, “There’s a jiggly puff in JB hunt park in Springdale other than that it was kind of a bust.”
Main Post Office
Redditor tilleyc says, “If you’re in Springdale, there’s a PokeStop at the Post Office and a Baptist Church just a block away.”
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Redditor episode76 says, “There is a gym at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church with several stops at the park across the road.”
Redditor Misplacedmainer says, “Tyson corp office is a gym and there are also 4 stops around the complex. I didn’t get much work done on Friday. :/” [Editor’s note: Trespassing on private property is still against the law, so unless you’re a Tyson employee, these may be hard to get].
University of Arkansas/Dickson Street
Redditor martsimon says, “Over the weekend the union on campus seemed to constantly have lures set up at all 3 Pokestops in the area, there were also a bunch by Old Main and over by the business college buildings”
Redditor 4chinner says, “Campus seems to be the best part of town.”
Redditor HEYIMMAWOLF says, “The prime spot for Pokestops is the corner of Dickson and Arkansas. There are 5 all in one place, you don’t even have to walk.”
Downtown Fayetteville Square
Redditor Omberland also says, “There are three [Pokestops] at one corner of the Fayetteville Square (2 next to the Old Post Office and 1 across the street) where you can reach all three without moving much.”
Redditor EVIL_Dr_Scientist says, “Check on campus and Wilson park. Both have lots of stops. I found so many Pokémon at Wilson over the weekend.”
Scull Creek Trail Area
Redditor ZappaPants says, “Today I saw there is a gym at Willow Creek Apartments on Leverett, and Pokestops at Fossil Cove (ahh yessss), Scull Creek Trail at Poplar, Razorback Mural at North Street Mini Mart (gas station), the Baptist Church next to the Mini Mart, the Recycling Center across the street, and I’m pretty sure one at Rock Bottom Books. The server went down as I was pulling into the parking lot. Since I live off Scull Creek, I got a lot of Magikarps and Psyducks. So, if you need those, head to the creek area.”
Washington Regional Medical Center
Redditor Medicat says, “Washington Regional has one gym [in the center of the “labyrinth” by the lake/fountain] and about 4-6 stops within 1km of said gym. It’s a nice loop, you can easily troll the whole place and pick up 20+ poke balls in about 30 mins of walking. Eevees are plentiful.”
Veterans Park/Lake Fayetteville Area
Redditor _Chapel_ says, “Lake Fayetteville is a great spot! … if you start at [Veterans Park] and walk that trail that runs along the lake you’ll eventually come to this awesome little loop that has about 8 or so stops on it. Best part is that those stops will begin to refresh just as you’re completing the loop so it’s a great place to farm. There’s also a couple of gyms near by if you need a break from walking in circles.”
Redditor stratospaly says, “Veterans park has 7-8 poke stops in a quarter mile and one spot where 3 can be hit at once. Just add lures and you can sit there for hours spinning and catching.”
Redditor episode76 says, “Veterans Park is pretty nice. 5-7 stops around the volleyball courts with a couple gyms out a bit on either side.”
Redditor ElderShoggoth says, “There are a some around Lake Fayetteville, near the softball fields.”
Redditor zomin93 says, “if you walk north on the trail toward the docks there are a few around there too”
Redditor Omberland says, “One pokestop at Lokomotion. Another one, I believe near the bank at the corner of Thompson/College and Main (near subway).”
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Redditor caseythebuffalo says, “The Botanical Garden has 2 gyms and like 15 stops all within a less than 1 Sq mile area”. Meantime, the fine folks at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks reminds us they are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Pokemon hunters are still required to pay regular admission, which is $7.00 for adults, $4 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5. However, every Tuesday through August, the Garden is also open FREE from 5 to 8 p.m.
Northwest Arkansas Mall
Redditor DorianaGraye says, “The mall only has one Pokéstop but A MILLION Pidgies and Rattatas.”
Rolling Hills Area
Redditor plantsinpants says, “Good Shepherd Lutheran is a stop with some gyms in the nearby neighborhoods.”
UPDATE: M. Stratton tells us: “Starlight Skatium [on College Ave. & Davidson St.] is a hotspot.”
Other Fayetteville Locations
Redditor BlueNinjaTiger says, “Flying Burrito on College [Ave.] is a stop, and I believe the Crossover Liquor on Mission/Crossover is a gym.”
Downtown Fort Smith / Fort Smith National Historic Site
UPDATE: Chad Pagel tells us, “Downtown Fort Smith or the Fort Smith National Historic Site, I would say have around 5 gyms and around 30 Pokestops in the area. It’s great for stocking up on all your items and also catching Pokemon. I have caught scythers, squirtles, slowbros, and many more!”
Redditor DuckTalesLOL posted, “Garrison Avenue has about 2 gyms and 20 Pokéstops. It’s a great place to check out”.
UPDATE: Jamie-Lyn Valenza tells us, “UAFS is great. There are 3 gyms: one at the campus center, one at Stubblefield Center, and one at Baldor. Pretty much every gazebo is a Pokestop. There’s 3 clustered together on the green where people usually set lures. A lot of the benches that are dedicated to people are Pokestops. There’s two by the bell tower, one in the math science building and one in the health science. It’s a great place to bike through and hit stops and hatch your eggs at the same time.”
Redditor Drenlin posted, “Apparently UAFS has a ton of stops, so that’s something.”
Fort Smith Public Library Central Branch
Redditor 33715 says, “I saw an entire family (mom, dad, son) sitting on the grass at the corner of Rogers and Free Ferry by the big library playing Pokémon Go”.
UPDATE: Jailei says: “Creekmore Park has tons of Pokestops and a gym. I’ve caught an Ivysaur and a Taurus there. There was also a dratini! It is definitely worth to go over and walk around.”
UPDATE: Jamie-Lyn also says: “Creekmore Park has a handful of stops as well as a gym in the parking lot. Rares pop up on the radar a lot but they’re kinda hard to find. Caught a shellder and a jigglypuff. Charmander and dratini both came on my radar but never seen”.
Carol Ann Cross Park
UPDATE: Jamie-Lyn also tells us: “Carol Ann Cross Park has 4-5 Pokestops and a gym all around the walking trail. If you’re looking for a specific Pokemon, psyduck, magikarp, goldeen, and tentacool were found there pretty easily. Additionally there are always some strong clefairy’s in that area too.”
Mike Erwin: “If you’re looking for growlithe, Tilles Park is the place to go if you’re in Fort Smith.” UPDATE: Mike now says: “Since the update of the game the Pokemon spawns have changed and I don’t think they spawn there anymore.”
Downtown Van Buren
UPDATE: Daisy Kent says: “Downtown Van Buren is hot and there are 5 Pokestops. Great place to go catch ’em.”
Van Buren Municipal Park
UPDATE: Chad Pagel tells us: “The Van Buren city park is an awesome place to go if you are looking to evolve your magikarp to a gyarados. And also have seen a dratini more than 3 times and have caught it once. Unfortunately there are only 2 Pokestops but if you walk the trail you will catch what I mentioned above”.
UPDATE: Crystal Ursin tells us: “I just saw your article on the pokestops and gyms in Northwest Arkansas, and I noticed that Eureka Springs is not included. Just wanted to let you know that Eureka Springs has a ton of Pokestops in the downtown area and at least one gym in the Pine Mountain area.”
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