The beauty of the Ozark Mountains spreads in all directions from Harrison, Arkansas. You are surrounded by pristine wilderness and a myriad of area attractions and ways to have fun. Here in town, birding enthusiasts and nature lovers can visit Baker Prairie, a remnant of tall grass prairie set aside as an Arkansas Natural Area. Five plant species live in this natural area; it is also home to animal species of special concern. Baker Prairie is growing in popularity as a bird sanctuary.
Crooked Creek, long a popular small mouth bass stream, forms Lake Harrison just blocks from our historic downtown. It's a relaxing spot for strolling and picnicking, and the setting for Harrison's festivals.
Buffalo National River
Just minutes from Harrison are some of the most pristine natural wonders of the entire Ozark Mountain region. The majestic Buffalo National River is 15 miles south of town. It's popular playground for canoeing, camping and fishing.
Harrison accommodates your explorations with a wide choice of lodging facilities and places to eat. There are daytime recreational pleasures such as golfing and tennis. Evening enjoyments include dramatic productions at The Lyric Theater, bowling, movie-going, baseball and softball competition at our busy sports complex.
The famous White River is 50 minutes east of Harrison and it offers world class trout fishing. North of Harrison is beautiful Bull Shoals Lake, with great fishing for bass and other game fish species, plus plenty of wide open space for water sports.
Diamond City, Arkansas
Less than an hour west of Harrison is Eureka Springs, "American Victorian Village". Only 35 miles north of Harrison is booming Branson, Missouri with the largest number of music theaters in America. An hour and a half to the south of Harrison is the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View. Our highway connections to these spots are some of the prettiest routes around - Scenic Highway 7, 65, 62, and 412 - wonderful for enjoying brilliant fall colors and the lush greens, wildflowers, redbuds and dogwoods of spring and summer. We invite you to visit Harrison - where "the Ozarks are all around you".
Several scenic drives wind through the Ozarks including Arkansas Highway 7, which is designated as one of the 10 most scenic drives in the U.S. and is Arkansas' first National Scenic Byway. Drive north from Harrison and visit Diamond City, located on Bull Shoals Lake. Diamond City offers great fishing and recreational opportunities. The Lead Hill Boat Dock and Marina is located in a beautiful cove and surrounded by a full service campground. Boat and ski equipment rental is available.
South of Harrison on Highway 7 is Jasper, the county seat of Newton County. A picturesque community located on the Little Buffalo River, Jasper is surrounded by the most spectacular area of the Ozarks. Located near the Buffalo National River and the Ozarks National Forest, Jasper provides plenty of outdoor activities including canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing and hunting. Jasper is the "Elk Capital of Arkansas" and that designation is celebrated at the Buffalo River Elk Festival each year. Great restaurants and quaint shops make Jasper a real treat.