Eureka Springs was originally called “The Magic City”. Native American legends tell of a Great Healing Spring in the Eureka Springs area. People of various indigenous cultures long visited the springs for this sacred purpose. The European Americans also believed that the springs had healing powers. After the Europeans arrived, they described the waters of the springs as having magical powers. It is a popular tourist destination for its unique character as a Victorian resort village, fantastic cuisine and eclectic shops. Within minutes of downtown are two large deep lakes, world class biking trails, ziplines, and arts and crafts galore.
The entire city is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Eureka Springs Historic District. Eureka Springs has been selected as one of America’s Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.