You will find a wealth of information here on planning your visit to the Russellville, Arkansas area. Our visitor information staff would also be glad to answer your questions or send you a packet of information. If you plan to retire or move to the Russellville area, request a relocation packet.
Also, check the online Business Directory listings for lodging and dining options. View the Community Calendar to find fun things to do while visiting the River Valley. We would be delighted to visit with you by phone or via e-mail. Of course, you can always come by in person to pick up maps and browse our Visitor Information Center at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce at 708 West Main Street.
With so much natural beauty surrounding us, Russellville is the perfect place to visit. In addition to the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle, this part of the Natural State is known for the three mountain peaks located here- Mount Nebo, Petit Jean Mountain, and Mount Magazine. You are only a few steps away from an up-close and personal experience with nature, whether hiking to the waterfall on Petit Jean Mountain or boating on Lake Dardanelle.
The Arkansas River winds its way through Russellville between the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains providing stunning vistas and many recreational opportunities. There is abundant wildlife to enjoy and some of the best bass fishing in the state. Even non anglers enjoy the aquarium and other features of the Visitor’s Center at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Just south of Russellville, the Dardanelle Lock and Dam is located on the Arkansas River. This dam allowed Lake Dardanelle to be created. This 35,000 acre lake is known for competition and pleasure fishing, boating, skiing and more.
Lake Dardanelle State Park and Old Post Road Park together offer boat access ramps, fishing piers with handicap accessibility, 332 campsites, cabins, marina and boat repair, and putt-putt golf. Bona Dea Trails and Wildlife Sanctuary offers over six miles of walking and jogging trails through 186 acres of natural wildlife habitat. Holla Bend Natural Wildlife Refuge located to the south of Russellville is one of the state's most popular areas for viewing and photographing wildlife. With over 6,300 acres, Holla Bend Refuge provides natural habitat for over 150 species of birds, including migratory waterfowl. The Ozark National Forest to our north has many recreational areas for camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and floating. There is also, what is perhaps the only bayou in the country that features whitewater. Russellville's fourteen city parks and the Hughes Community Center offer numerous activities such as lighted tennis courts, lighted baseball and softball fields, a new soccer complex, an Olympic-size swimming pool, basketball court, and equipped playgrounds. There are also three golf courses located in the area. As you can see, recreational opportunities are available year-round.
We have RV facilities, cabins, and 18 hotels with over 1100 rooms available to accommodate you. Located halfway between Fort Smith and Little Rock, we are minutes from just about everything you would want to do.
As the hub city for shopping and dining in the Arkansas River Valley, Russellville serves over 150,000 residents. As a result, we have many services and amenities unique to a community our size. There is shopping for everyone with a variety of specialty shops, boutiques, and shopping malls to explore. With a wide range of stores from national retailers, antique shops, to one of a kind merchants, shoppers will find their heart’s desire.
Hungry? We have a large selection of dining opportunities to please a variety of tastes.With selections including Italian, Mexican, Chinese, steak, seafood, barbecue, and southern cooking, anyone can find the perfect place to eat out in Russellville. With a large variety of restaurants you can have a satisfying casual meal on up to a gourmet treat. From brand name eateries to mom and pop diners, Russellville has something for everyone.
If you are looking for a little culture or just some old-fashioned family entertainment, you are at the right place. There are a number of events and festivals throughout the year. Activities from concerts, sporting events, dances, antique car shows to fishing tournaments. These events give residents a chance to mingle with their neighbors while having a great time in their own community.