Our unique area of the Natural State is over 82% timberland and we are blessed to be in the heart of the Ouachita National Forest which are the only mountains in the western hemisphere which run east and west! Our county has a population of approximately 11,000 and is rich in history, flavor and hospitality.
Spring and fall crowds travel from all areas to enjoy Turkey Track – the largest bluegrass festival west of the Mississippi. Civil war re-enactments take place in downtown Waldron during the 1st Saturday Trade Days and you can always catch the newest releases at Scott Theatre – the oldest working theatre in Arkansas!
Home to 3 Rivers – the Fourche LaFave, Poteau and Petit Jean, 4 public lakes – Hinkle, Square Rock, City of Waldron and Truman Baker you never have to travel far for your floating and fishing enjoyment.
Many enjoy hiking our 600+ miles of hiking trails, riding ATV’s and hunting the abundant wildlife in the Ouachita National Forest. While hunting in the Muddy Creek Wildlife Management Area which consists of approximately 150,000 acres of hunting enjoyment. Also be sure to check out Forester Park – an old Mill Town rich with history and beauty.
Much of our county lies in beautiful valleys with bubbling creeks and panoramic views of the Ouachita Mountains. Our average highs are 92 and our lows 28 with humidity of 85%. Bordered on the north by Logan and Sebastian Counties, South by Montgomery and Polk Counties, East by Yell County and West by Oklahoma we are in the center of everything!
Stay in Waldron at one of our comfortable motels and take your day trips to great tourist areas listed below or enjoy browsing our charming historic downtown district for quaint boutiques, unique pawn shops, antique stores and museums. Several State Parks are also a short drive away:
- Fort Smith (45 miles)
- Poteau, OK (45 miles)
- Hot Springs & Hot Springs National Park (82 miles)
- Fayetteville, Home of the Razorbacks (100 miles)
- Our State Capital of Little Rock (140 Miles)
- Memphis, TN (272 Miles)
- Dallas, TX (330 miles)
- Mt Magazine State Park (60 miles) Highest Point between the Rockies & the Smokie Mtns.
- Queen Wilhelmina State Park (40 miles)
- Petit Jean State Park (75 miles)
- Crater of Diamonds State Park (94.5 miles)
- Devils Den (88.5 miles)
Our public school system features new state of the art facilities and great educators. Those seeking higher education can attend the University of Arkansas -Waldron Campus downtown, located right next to the new Forester Park and across the street from the Scott County Boys and Girls Club.
If you are looking for a sleepy town atmosphere to retire to or an area to raise your kids and enjoy the best of the country life – Scott County is the place for you. Come take a look and stay awhile. You are guaranteed to have a good time!