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.
The beautiful Arkansas River winds its way through Russellville between the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains providing stunning vistas, championship fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, skiing and other recreational opportunities.
Dardanelle Lock and Dam is located south of Russellville on the Arkansas River which created Lake Dardanelle. This 35,000-acre body of water is known for its competition fishing, pleasure fishing, boating, skiing and other recreational uses and is outlined with camping areas.
Lake Dardanelle State Park and Old Post Road Park together offer boat access ramps, fishing piers with handicap accessibility, information center, 332 campsites, cabins, marina and boat repair, putt putt golf and amphitheater. Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center encompasses 10,527 square feet and houses exhibits, a multipurpose meeting room and classroom, and park staff offices.
Bona Dea Trails and Wildlife Sanctuary offers over six miles of walking and jogging trails through 186 acres of natural wildlife habitant. A physical fitness course with 18 workout stations is also available for those seeking a more vigorous workout.
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 more than 6,300 acres, provides a natural habitant for more than 150 species of birds, including migrating waterfowl. Visitors can view the wildlife from several viewing stations provided by the U.S. 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.
Russellville's 14 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-sized swimming pool, basketball court and equipped playgrounds.
Local schools participate in football, basketball, swimming, baseball, track and field, golf and volleyball. Arkansas Tech University competes in the NCAA Division II Gulf South Athletic Conference in football, basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis and baseball. Two 18-hole golf courses are located just minutes from downtown Russellville.
Recreational opportunities are available year-round throughout the Russellville area—hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, 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.