Top things to do
Right away, you’ll discover taking time to spend a few days in Russellville is well worth it.
There is something here for the whole family. From bass fishing tournaments and state parks to historic landmarks, nature & endless recreation-all within a 45 minute drive. Water skiing, hiking, hang gliding, canoeing, boating, swimming, camping, rock climbing, and some of the best Arkansas fishing. The only trouble you’ll have is trying to find the time to take it all in. If you love the outdoors then you’ll love Russellville!
Water is just one of the many natural resources we are blessed with in Arkansas, and Russellville has it’s fair share of various water venues such as lakes, rivers, whitewater streams, clear mountain creeks, waterfalls, wetlands and more! So start planning your escape to The Natural Choice in the Natural State today. We can’t wait to see you stop by.
Strikers Bowling Alley
Dating back to Ancient Egypt and traced to Eastern Europe as early as 300 A.D., modern bowling is enjoyed by 95 million people in 90 countries. Enjoy a local game of 10-pin at Strikers Bowling Alley, 3700 West Main, Russellville. (479) 968-0877
Russellville Skate Station
Founded in 1997, Skate Station is an indoor roller rink open year round. Public Skating sessions and reservations for birthday, holiday or private parties are available. 1102 East Second St., Russellville; (479) 967-9466.
The Hourglass Escape Room
For one hour you and your team will race against the clock, solving puzzles and cracking codes in hopes to escape in time. Each room is themed and your objective can vary from finding the antidote, to searching for stolen art, or solving a murder. Do you have what it takes to escape in time? 2606 West Main St., Russellville; https://www.hgescape.com/russellville; (479) 567-1068
Find loads of excitement at this 1000’ drag strip located 11 miles south of Russellville near Centerville off Hwy. 154. www.centervilledragway.com; (479) 576-4001.
Formerly, the Lowrey Picwood 11 movie theater, UEC Theatres is your place for the best and brightest of Hollywood. Bargain movies are offered Monday nights. Special discounts and private viewings are available. 3800 West Main St., Russellville; www.uecmovies.com; (479) 968-3434.
Xtreme Paintball & Laser Tag
Awarded Best Paintball Field in Arkansas for 2022 and 2021, this indoor/outdoor facility is located seven and a half miles north of Russellville at 90 Tucker Mountain Rd, Dover. (479) 280-4009; sites.google.com/view/xtreme-paintball-and-laser-tag/home
Russellville Aquatic Center
Offering an eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool, a therapy/exercise pool, a splash pad for kids, and water programs such as aerobics, zumba, swim lessons and more. 1300 N. Phoenix Ave.; (479) 890-7946; www.russellvillearkansas.org/467/Aquatic-Center
The Garage Arcade
A retro arcade in Russellville Downtown. With those old-school games you remember from yesteryear to ones you’ve yet to discover, we bring all the memories back while forming new ones. 312 W. 2nd St, Downtown; thegaragearcade.com; (479) 219-9994
The Center for the Arts
A multi-purpose 130,000 square foot facility capable of seating 1,875 guests, The Center for the Arts hosts district events such as band and choir concerts, theatre and musical productions as well as assemblies and school related programs. The Center also hosts activities such as summer art programs and camps, performing artist series and world class entertainment bringing in top name performers and Broadway shows. 2209 South Knoxville Ave.; www.russellvillecenter.net; (479) 498-6600
Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center
A must-see spot, this unique center overlooking the lake has engaging interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art touch screen kiosks that share information on the park, the area’s water sources and rich history. An aquatic exhibit features four aquariums containing fish found area waterways. (479) 967-5516.
River Valley Arts Center
The gallery displays 40 exhibitions annually of local, regional, national and international artists. A nonprofit community organization offering summer musical theatre and summer arts camp along with art, drama, and music classes for all age groups and abilities. On-site gift shop. 1001 East B St., Russellville; www.arvartscenter.org ; (479) 968-2452.
The Potts Inn Museum is one of the best preserved stagecoach stations on the Butterfield Overland mail route between Memphis and Fort Smith. The restored antebellum home (circa 1950) houses a doll museum, house and clothing collections, antique farm equipment and historic photos. Potts Inn Museum, 25 East Ash St., Pottsville, AR. (479) 968-8369.
Arkansas River Visitor Center
The Visitor Center offers wildlife exhibits and an interpretive presentation chronicling the development of the Arkansas River. The center overlook is the perfect location to watch barges pass through the Lock and Dam below. Off of AR Hwy. 7, 1598 Lock & Dam Road, Russellville; managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (479) 968-5008.
Historic Missouri Pacific Railroad Depo
The Russellville Depot was built in 1916 and rededicated in 2004 following completion of a two-year rehabilitation project. The depot houses a visitor center, railroad museum, community room and the office of Main Street Russellville. The location and the adjacent Depot Park serve as home base for festivals and special events. (479) 967-1437.
Museum of Automobiles
Atop Petit Jean Mountain, Winthrop Rockefeller constructed a building to exhibit quality antique and vintage automobiles cars on October 18, 1964, originally with thirty-three cars on display. Exhibits include an antique gun collection, a display of Arkansas license plates, and a player piano. (501) 727-5427; www.museumofautos.com.
Petit Jean State Park
Waterfalls, lakes, mountainsides, meadows and 21 miles of hiking trails can be found at Arkansas’s first and flagship state park. Located 45 minutes southeast of Russellville. (501) 727-5441; www.petitjeanstatepark.com.
Established in 1878 as a Benedictine Monastery, the abbey serves as a college preparatory school for boys. Pick up a brochure on-site for a self-guided tour to view the dramatic stone architecture and manicured grounds on Scenic AR Hwy 22 southwest of Russellville. (479) 934-1000.
Russellville Christmas Parade
This annual parade is a local holiday tradition held on the first Thursday of December. The event attracts thousands and is believed to be the largest lit parade in Arkansas. (479) 968-1272.
Summer Concert Series
Main Street Russellville’s summer concert series features local and regional talent at Depot Park in Russellville Downtown! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs throughout the summer for a special treat. (479) 967-1437.
Pope County Fair
Nothing beats the smell of a corn dog and cotton candy at the Pope County Fair. Begun in 1941, the fair has been an annual tradition in Pope County Arkansas for over 65 years. Get up close and personal with farm animals, fun, foods and amusement rides each September. Pope County Fair Association, (479) 967-0320; www.popecountyfairarkansas.com.
Fall Festival & Chili Cook-off
A fun-filled, day-long street festival held each year on the last Saturday in October. The event, sponsored by Main Street Russellville, is held in Downtown Russellville and is centered around the Historic Missouri-Pacific Railroad Depot and Depot Park. (479) 967-1437.
Pickle Fest in Atkins
In 1945, Goldsmith Pickle Company invested $75,000 to build a pickle plant in town. Townspeople raised an additional $15,000 to build and equip the plant that became the Atkins Pickle Company. The plant sustained the local economy for more than half a century. Pickle Fest honors the pickle. Mr. Dill Pickle & Miss Sweet Pickle pageants, pickle juice drinking, pickle eating contests and more. Always held the third weekend in May.
Pope County Farmers Market
The Pope County Farmers Market services the Russellville, AR area. They offer fresh, locally-grown produce, meats, honey, and eggs; and locally-made baked goods, crafts and more. Visit them in Downtown Russellville at the Depot Park each Saturday from 8am-1pm, or Tuesday evenings from 4pm-7pm! Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Shop for a Cause at this annual holiday shopping extravaganza benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley, 600 E. 16th St., (479) 968-7819.
Join the fun as these two events bring together visitors, musicians and merchants in Historic Downtown Russellville. Shop, Dine, Discover the fun. For dates and times, visit: www.mainstreetrussellville.org or call (479) 967-1437.
Mt. Magazine State Park
For a breathtaking view atop the highest point in Arkansas, visit Mt. Magazine State Park. Reservations may be made at the park’s magnificent 60-room lodge or one of the 13 cabins. Located on Scenic Highway 309, 43 miles southwest of Russellville. www.mountmagazine.com (877) 665-6343. Mt. Nebo State Park: View sweeping views of the Arkansas River or hike/bike 14 miles of winding trails situated 1,350 feet above the River Valley. Mt. Nebo State Park is one of two Arkansas State Parks offering launch sites for hang gliding enthusiasts. Campsites and cabins available. www.mountnebo.com (479) 229-3655
Mt. Nebo State Park
View sweeping views of the Arkansas River or hike/bike 14 miles of winding trails situated 1,350 feet above the River Valley. Mt. Nebo State Park is one of two Arkansas State Parks offering launch sites for hang gliding enthusiasts. Campsites and cabins available. www.mountnebo.com (479) 229-3655.
Bona Dea Trails
If trails or biking are your style, the Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary is a must. Over 186 acres and 5.5 miles of trails and wetlands and wooded lowlands provide a perfect habitat for 200 species of birds. (479) 968-5008.
Ozark Mountains and Buffalo National River
Starting in early October and running through the middle of November, the mountain’s sights along Hwy 7 explode with vibrant fall colors spanning the rainbow. The Ozark Mountains and the Buffalo National River, the country’s first national river with 95,000 acres of public land along its corridor, are a must to see in the autumn. Hidden nearby are natural springs, caves, waterfalls, natural bridges, and box-like canyons.
Want adventure? Canoe the Big Piney Creek nestled in the heart of the Ozarks. Contact Moore Outdoors for water levels, rates, or to make reservations for a great outdoor outing on one of Arkansas’s best waterways. (479) 331-3606; www.mooreoutdoors.com.
Holla Bend Wildlife Management
Established to provide essential habitat for migratory birds in the Mississippi Flyway, this area has over 7,000 acres of agricultural fields, bottomlands, forest and open water. Home to several species of ducks, bald eagles, Canadian geese and other wildlife throughout the year. 10448 Holla Bend Rd., Dardanelle, (479) 229-4300.
Mountain Biking Ouita Coal Company & Old Post trails
Maintained by the River Valley Chapter of the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists Club, Ouita Coal Company Trail is a nine-mile, single track lollipop trail system. It’s a great stopover for riders heading south to the Ouachitas or north to the trail playgrounds in Bentonville. Old Post is a “fast, flowy trail near the banks of the Arkansas River” for any level of riding ability. Riders can make a full day of Old Post Park: eight miles of singletrack, an 18-hole professional disc golf course, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts decorate this Corp of Engineers owned park
Monument Trail at Mt. Nebo
This 25 mile Monument Trail system has something for everyone, including spectacular views, waterfalls, pine forests, winding rock gardens, and gravity – down and up.
Aficionados of this aerial activity will find launch sites at Mt. Nebo and Mt. Magazine State Parks. Even if you don’t participate—watching can be just as exciting! Call for regulations and weather conditions. Mt. Magazine State Park, 16878 Highway 309 South, Paris, (479) 963-8502; Mt. Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Highway 155, Dardanelle, (479) 229-3655. www.arkansasstateparks.com.
Russellville Country Club
Founded in 1926 by an enterprising group of 71 men. For information on green fees and membership, call the club at (479) 968-1139. 186 Country Club Plaza north of Russellville off AR Hwy. 7, Russellville. www.golfrcc.com.
A sport played much like traditional golf but with major differences. Disc golfers use flying discs, or a type of Frisbee. Russellville features two 18-hole “champion caliber” disc golf courses. The first is located 0.8 miles north of Russellville on Pleasant View Rd., and the second at 1598 Lock & Dam Road, off of AR Hwy. 7. For information, contact the Recreation and Parks Dept. at (479) 968-1272
Russellville Connected Trail System
The city of Russellville has put its best foot forward in the creation of the Russellville Connected Trail System. This coordinated effort links all of Russellville’s hiking and biking trails by a network of paths throughout the city using its existing roads, sidewalks, and a few new passages.
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