LGBTQ+ Eureka Springs

by Benjamin Kerns

Mar 23, 2019

© Emma Tagg

Trends / LGBTQ

The historic Victorian town of Eureka Springs is one of the most progressive cities in the state of Arkansas. It’s reputation as a haven for the LGBTQ+ community turned it into one of the most vibrant and culturally rich small towns in America.


The tiny town is nestled in the heart of Ozark Mountains and features a wide variety of antique shops and quaint restaurants. Surrounded on all sides by easy access to the outdoors, it’s also the perfect place to get back in touch with nature. The town also boasts three Diversity Weekends a year in lieu of one annual Pride Festival. You won’t find many rainbow flags flying outside of shops, but the general consensus is they don’t need them — all of the businesses downtown are gay-friendly.


Some local dining hot spots to consider include Café Amore, home to the biggest meatballs in town, and Gaskins, where you’ll find the best steaks in town. The city also boasts more bars per capita than any other city in the state, so there’s plenty to do after nightfall. Chelsea’s Corner Café and Eureka Live are the best places to find great live music, while Henri’s Just One More boasts a relaxed vibe and great mix of clientele.


Outside the city limits you’ll want to check out the urban trail system or head over to Lake Leatherwood for water skiing and sailing. Nearby Buffalo River is a great option for kayaking, or you can opt for an afternoon of horseback riding.

Few small towns in America, and even fewer in Arkansas, offer as much old-world charm and open atmosphere as Eureka Springs.



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