A new $10 million-plus resort planned in the heart of this Ozark mountain tourist mecca promises to create a new playground in the backyard of burgeoning Northwest Arkansas and a regional draw for mountain bikers, motorcyclists, foodies and sightseers.

According to a press release from the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, Pine Mountain is a redevelopment of the Pine Mountain Village, Pine Mountain Jamboree, and about 40 acres of adjoining forested hills. It will incorporate two farm-to-table restaurants, a fast-casual cafe, 15-plus cabins, boutique shopping, a 200-person event center, outdoor event space and a mountain adventure center to rewrite the script for Ozark mountain destinations.

Fifteen cabins are initially planned and will have bike-in-bike-out access to three miles of hiking/biking trails on the property, with connectors to area trails, surface roads and Downtown Eureka Springs.

The destination promises to create more than 100 hospitality jobs in the community.

Stacy Hurst, Cabinet Secretary for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, calls the Pine Mountain project a significant development in the state’s tourism infrastructure. “Pine  Mountain in Eureka Springs has the potential to drive tourism in the area to a new level,” she said. “This project will utilize the incredible natural and cultural resources of the area and present them to today’s traveler in a way that’s very attractive. The redevelopment and enhancement of Pine Mountain will have a very positive impact on Arkansas’s tourism economy.”

More From Kicker 102.5