July 30 is entry deadline for ‘Stay & Play’ contest

501 LIFE and Fairfield Bay are teaming up again to give away a fabulous weekend getaway for four to enjoy the natural beauty of Greers Ferry Lake and all the family fun that Fairfield Bay has to offer.

Contest entrants must be 21 or older, with a limit of one entry per person. For contest rules and to enter through midnight Monday, July 30, go to visitfairfieldbay.com/contact-us/win-a-lake-vacation/. A winner, selected at random, will receive weekend accommodations valued at $680. The winner will be announced in the September issue of 501 LIFE that publishes in mid-August.

Fairfield Bay is one of the state’s favorite family recreation destinations. For individuals who love adventure in the outdoors, Fairfield Bay is the place, offering swimming, sailing, boating, camping, hiking/biking, ATV/UTV touring, tennis, golf… or maybe just watching the sun set over the clean, clear water.

Fishing on Greers Ferry Lake is superb throughout the year as every game fish native to the state has been stocked by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

One lucky 501 LIFE reader will win a weekend getaway to Fairfield Bay, valued at $680. The deadline to enter is Monday, July 30, and the winner will be featured in the September issue of the magazine.

The full-service marina at Fairfield Bay has a variety of offerings for those who want to enjoy Greers Ferry Lake, including rentals for pontoon and ski boats, paddle boards, kayaks, eclipse, a Craig Cat (only one on Greers Ferry Lake), a new pontoon paddle boat and more, a snack bar and a gift shop. Ice, bait and tackle are also available.

For true outdoor enthusiasts, nothing quite compares to hiking Sugar Loaf Mountain Island via the Terrace Trail and walking across the top on the Mule Trail. Getting to Sugar Loaf is part of the adventure – the 300 million-year-old-mountain is the only island mountain in Arkansas, accessible only by scenic cruise on the daily Sugar Loaf Shuttle, or by renting a kayak and paddling the 1/5 mile of open water.

Other outdoor amenities are aplenty at Fairfield Bay, which has three outdoor swimming pools with incredible mountain and lake views, and two premier 18-hole golf courses. The Tennis Center features eight championship courts, with two night courts. Other recreational opportunities include a Harris Cup certified 18-hole miniature golf course, 30 miles of biking and hiking trails (10 trails to choose), a disc golf course, bowling, shuffleboard, horseshoes, foot golf, a picnic pavilion and outdoor volleyball and basketball courts. Local historical attractions at Fairfield Bay include the enormous Indian Rock House Cave, three totem poles made by local woodworkers, the Log Cabin Museum (free admission), petroglyphs, beautiful caves and an Indian Thong Tree. The museum, built in 1850, illustrates a home and life in the Ozarks in the 1880s.

Most recent to the Bay is the addition of 90 miles of ATV/UTV trails. There are four trails with trailheads around the bay, and the bay is now offering three-hour excursions that include a new 20-acre fun park – simply call 501.884.6001 to make reservations.

The city has developed several tools to help visitors tap into their perfect adventure, including a Fairfield Bay Travel Guide (at visitfairfieldbay.com/media/request-our-travel-guide), 36-hour travel itinerary to help you live like a local and some amazing “day in the life” videos to show you around. To get more information on planning your next adventure, go to VisitFairfieldBay.com or call 501.884.4202.