Buckingham is a charming little neighborhood that runs along the shoreline of Lake Ann. The homes in Buckingham are large and well set back from the road but are still far from the shoreline. Buckingham lies on the main body of Lake Ann. Across from Buckingham lies one of the lake’s fingers, so that by looking out from the backyard of any of the houses along Buckingham Drive you get the impression of looking out over quite a large body of water.
The large, attractive homes are multi-level in the back and one level in front, due to the descending slope down to the water. From the road, you can see between homes, through the tall attractive trees, down to the lake. While the yards feature a lot of hardscaping, there are plenty of tall, mature trees throughout the neighborhood to make you feel like you are walking along a lakeside forest.
While there are not many paths down to the water from the road in Buckingham, there are some makeshift paths in some of the wooded areas. Walking along the lake or swimming in it during the summer months can make a charming diversion from your usual walk.
On one side of Buckingham, Lake Ann Offers a lovely change from the typical walk. Walking down the streets of Buckingham is more pleasant because of the delightful breezes coming from the lake, as well as the attractive views of the lake that you can see between the houses. While there is no sidewalk, the streets are wide and not too heavily traveled, so neighborhood walking in Buckingham is very nice.
If you would like to get closer to Lake Ann, there are a few makeshift paths through the woods down to the shoreline, or, if you are a dedicated hiker, you can travel a little while through the woods down to the shoreline. There isn't much room to walk along the lake, since the forest goes right down to the waterline, but you may be able to wade or go for a swim.
On the other side of Buckingham, there is a dry creek bed or valley that stretches along the forest. This creek bed offers a rare escape from the constant forest, while still being protected by the trees during cold Arkansas winters.
While this beautiful lakeside area is more populated than other areas around Bella Vista, it is still more forest than houses. Water attracts all kinds of wildlife that is otherwise difficult to find. Migrating birds use the lake and can be spotted from the shoreline or even possibly from the road.
The forest is dense and can be even denser very near the water, so if you want to hike to enjoy the wildlife you may have a challenge on your hands. There are some makeshift trails from Buckingham Drive down to the lake, but they are not many and are not maintained.
To make the most of the views from the lake, and have the best chance of seeing interesting wildlife, you can take a canoe or other small watercraft out onto Lake Ann. This can be a pleasant, cool change from the usual walk, and your dog will appreciate a new experience.