With so much natural beauty surrounding the Arkansas River Valley, Russellville is the perfect place for families. Whether hiking to the waterfall on Petit Jean Mountain or boating on Lake Dardanelle, an up-close and personal relationship with nature is never more than just a few steps away. 

Russellville's 23 city parks and the Hughes Community Center offer 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. The Russellville Aquatic Center has an 8 lane competition sized pool that features basketball goals and a diving board. There is a heated therapy pool where we have many classes including Aqua Aerobics! You’ll also find a splash pad and an inflatable obstacle course for kids!

Local schools participate in football, basketball, swimming, baseball, track & field, golf, and volleyball. Arkansas Tech University competes in the NCAA Division II Great American Conference in football, basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis, and baseball. Two eighteen-hole golf courses are located just minutes from downtown Russellville.

Holla Bend Natural Wildlife Refuge located to the south of Russellville is one of the state's most outstanding areas for viewing and photographing wildlife. The Refuge, containing over 6,300 acres, provides natural habitat for over 150 species of birds, including migrating waterfowl. Visitors can view the wildlife from several viewing stations provided by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. 

The Ozark National Forest has many recreational areas for hunting, fishing, camping, floating, hiking and perhaps the only bayou in the country featuring whitewater. The bustling of city streets can make anyone long for a gravel road in the mountains. In Russellville, off-road junkies are never very far from an ATV trail. An area that is primarily a horse trail, Moccasin Gap is a multiple-use trail open to off-road vehicles, mountain bikes, hikers, & high- clearance vehicles. Big Piney Ranger District can be contacted at 479-284-3150. Moccasin Gap Trails has four main ATV trails, Gap Hollow, Stave Mill Falls Loop, High Mountain Loop, & Black Oak Loop.

Recreational opportunities are available year-round throughout  the Russellville area - hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking and walking trails, water sports, youth and adult ball leagues, golf. All of which make Russellville one of the most desirable places in the State of Arkansas to live and visit.

Art Centers/ Galleries

The Center for the Arts

2209 South Knoxville Avenue | Russellville, AR 72802 | 479-498-6600

 River Valley Arts Center

1001 East B Street | Russellville, AR 72801 | 479-968-2452 

Country Clubs/Golf Courses/Ranges

Russellville Country Club

186 Country Club Plaza | Dover, AR 72837 | 479-968-1139

Health Club/Fitness Center 

Focus Fitness

2755 East Parkway Drive, Suite A | Russellville, AR 72802 | 479-219-5100 


Pope County Historical Foundation Potts Inn Museum

15 Second Street | Pottsville, AR 72858 | 479-968-8369

Paint-Your-Own Canvas/ Pottery

Pottery Worx

320 West B Street | Russellville, AR 72801 | 479-967-0882


Arkansas Valley Soccer Association

P.O. Box 205 | Russellville, AR 72811 | 479-437-9669

BMT Outdoors

3005 West Parkway Drive | Russellville, AR 72801 | 479-967-5873

RussVegas Half Marathon

P.O. Box 1846 | Russellville, AR 72811 | 479-970-4394 

State Park

Lake Dardanelle State Park

100 State Park Drive | Russellville, AR 72802 | 479-967-5516