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Russellville is home to hiking, biking and walking trails, local shopping and dining opportunities, entertainment and many events. With so many options, start planning your next trip and explore everything there is to see and do in Russellville! 

Outdoor Adventure

With so much natural beauty, Russellville is the perfect place for your outdoor adventure. 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 a 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.

Plan your Visit

Whatever your adventure, Russellville has something for everyone. Start planning your visit today and see what we have to offer, or see what it is like to live in Russellville and maybe you will find your new home!


Events in Russellville
Events in Russellville

Business Assistance

Did you know Russellville offers business assistance programs? Learn more about how we can help make your business a success.

The people and opportunities in this community are what drew me to Russellville, and that is what continues to keep me here.

Megan Ayres-Moore, Park Interpreter, Lake Dardanelle State Park

Looking for Us?

708 West Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801

Phone: 479-968-2530

Russellville is a great place to visit and call home!

Live, Work & Play

Do you love the idea of walking down the main street in the morning, grabbing a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop and heading off to work only to finish your day in your kayak, taking a quick hike or bike ride? If so, Russellville is the place for you. With our increasing number of urban shops and living area, our growing cultural atmosphere, amazing schools and an increasing number of job opportunities, Russellville has something for everyone.