Russellville, Arkansas offers things to do for the whole family. Visitors can take advantage of numerous outdoor recreational activities, including biking trails, hiking trails, golfing, fishing, water-skiing, kayaking, and hang-gliding. There are also several entertainment, shopping, and dining options in the city, as well as museums and other local attractions. For anyone who loves spending time near or on the water, there are several water venues in the area, such as rivers, lakes, whitewater streams, waterfalls, mountain creeks, and wetlands.
1.Lake Dardenelle State Park
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The Lake Dardenelle State Park is situated throughout two different areas on the lake, which is a reservoir encompassing 34,300 acres along the Arkansas River. The main park site is located in Russellville, Arkansas, where visitors fill a visitors center featuring five aquariums, a hiking trail, a boardwalk, a fishing pier, and the Sport Fishing Weigh-In Pavilion. Lake Dardenelle State Park is also one of the National Park Service certified sites along the water route of the Trail of Tears. Park interpreters are available at the park and lead lake tours and various educational and recreational programs.
100 State Park Dr, Russellville, Arkansas 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
2.Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
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The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are technically two different national forests with several difference between the two. The forests feature distinctive social, cultural, biological, geological, and topographical differences, yet all make up the overall system of National Forest. Covering 1.2 million acres, the Ozark National Forest is mostly consisting of northern Arkansas’ Ozark mountains, and is where visitors will find the state’s tallest mountain and the underground Blanchard Springs Caverns. Encompassing 22,600 acres, the St. Francis National Forest is the country’s most diverse and smallest national forest, located in eastern Arkansas. There are hiking, hunting, and fishing opportunities among others.
3.Old Post Road Recreation Area & Campground
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The Old Post Road Recreation Area and Campground is located along the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle and is a Class A Park. The campground includes showers, flush toilets, a dump station for trailers, level sites with electricity and water at each one, and visitor protection. The grounds consists of forty campsites, a boat launch, eight picnic shelters, basketball courts, tennis courts, a softball field, a soccer field, a volleyball courts, a course for disc golf, a playground, and trails for mountain biking. The recreation area is located between the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests, a good destination for nature lovers.
1061 Lock and Dam Rd, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-968-7962
4.Arkansas River Valley Arts Center
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The Arkansas River Valley Arts Center is a non-profit arts organization in the Russellville community, as well as for the surrounding Arkansas River Valley region. The mission of the arts center is to provide opportunities for the enjoyment, appreciation, participation, and education of various form of art for the public. New art exhibits are on display in the Arkansas River Valley Art Center on a monthly basis. A full program schedule of art workshops and art classes are offered at the center as well year-round for both children and adults. The arts center includes an art gallery and a theater.
1001 E B St, Russellville, AR 72801, Phone: 479-968-2452
5.Arkansas Tech University Museum
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The Arkansas Tech University Museum is home to numerous exhibits across five different exhibit galleries. The museum also consists of four secure storage areas for collections, a museum store that acts primarily as a resource center and archival supply, and a multi-use space the houses houses the research library for the museum and serves as a room for meetings and classes. The collection of the museum contains over 150,000 different items. Topic for long-term exhibits include the history of Arkansas Tech University, campus life, music programs, military pathways to careers, portraits of university presidents, and more.
1502 North El Paso Ave, Russellville, AR 72801, Phone: 479-964-0826
6.Arkansas River Visitors Center
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The Arkansas River Visitors Center can be found off of Highway 7 South along Lock & Dam Road. With a theme to the center of “Renaissance of a River,” the location of the center is the middle point of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which stretches 450 miles. Interpretive exhibits can be found inside that share stories of how the Arkansas River Valley has developed over the years to a productive, useful, and safe waterway, dating back to when the region’s Native Americans were the only occupants of the valley. There are also hands-on exhibits, wildlife exhibits, and a simulator.
1598 Lock & Dam Rd, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-968-5008
7.The Center For The Arts
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The main highlights of The Center for the Arts is its performance hall that can seat up to 1,875 people. This hall was designed specifically to support dance, music, Broadway, and orchestra. The art center also features a grand lobby complete with a glass facade, offering clear views of from outside and inside the building. The lobby provides a versatile space that is great for meetings, receptions, and gallery showings. The BlackBox theater hosts smaller theatrical and musical performances, as well as meetings and receptions. The Center for the Arts plans on offering summer camps and art programs.
2209 S. Knoxville Ave, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-498-6600
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Brown’s Catfish is a family-owned and managed restaurant in Russellville, Arkansas that, as you would expect from the name, specializes in catfish. The Southern-flavored seafood restaurant offers a buffet, but its fried catfish is certainly the star, and why many people come to the seafood joint. The eatery has been offering catfish with all of the trimmings for over twenty years in the Arkansas River Valley. There is quite a selection of food at the family-friendly Brown’s Catfish in addition to its famous catfish. The restaurant has been voted the area’s “Best of the Best” seafood restaurant.
1804 E Main St, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-968-3360
9.Old South Restaurant
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The Old South Restaurant offers delicious southern cuisine all day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant first opened back in the year 1947, and both locals and visitors alike have been dining at Old South for a Southern food fix every since. The Old South Restaurant is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the items on the menu at the restaurant were on the original menu when Old South opened over fifty years ago, such as the salad dressings and the restaurant’s famous cream soups. The style of the building is Art Modern.
1330 East Main St, Russellville, AR 72801, Phone: 479 968-3789
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10.Fat Daddy's Bar-B-Que
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The Fat Daddy's Bar-B-Que restaurant began, like almost any other venture, as just an idea. The first Fat Daddy’s location opened in London, Arkansas in August of 2006. The Russellville Fat Daddy’s Bar-B-Que opened inside of an old building within the historic downtown area of the city four years later. The core items of the barbecue menu were kept at the new location, as well as new items added, fit for any “Friday night” meal. The restaurant in Russellville features an industrial interior, along with several creative quirks. Menu options include a wide variety, ranging from salads to steaks to burritos.
104 North Denver, Russellville, AR 72801, Phone: 479-967-0420
10 Best Things to Do in Russellville, Arkansas
- Lake Dardenelle State Park, Photo: Courtesy of Phillip Holland - Fotolia.com
- Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Photo: Courtesy of Glenn - Fotolia.com
- Old Post Road Recreation Area & Campground, Photo: Courtesy of familie-eisenlohr.de - Fotolia.com
- Arkansas River Valley Arts Center, Photo: Courtesy of guruXOX - Fotolia.com
- Arkansas Tech University Museum, Photo: Arkansas Tech University Museum
- Arkansas River Visitors Center, Photo: Courtesy of srki66 - Fotolia.com
- The Center For The Arts, Photo: The Center For The Arts
- Brown's Catfish, Photo: Brown's Catfish
- Old South Restaurant, Photo: Old South Restaurant
- Fat Daddy's Bar-B-Que, Photo: Fat Daddy's Bar-B-Que
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