Clarksville - The Gem of the Arkansas River

Arkansas is one of mid-America's most beautiful travel destinations. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway or a seven-day stay, Arkansas offers perfect vacation opportunities. Its natural beauty provides an ideal setting for outdoor adventure or restful relaxation. Any vacation trip to the Natural State will surely be a magical one. So strap yourself in for a fun ride as we visit the quaint town of Clarksville - better known as the 'gem" of the Arkansas River!

The Natural State of Arkansas has so many alternatives from which to choose, you need to be an expert to know every recreational interest the destination has to offer. History and heritage, fishing and hunting, romance and spa; there's even a "wine country" to explore.

If you're planning your visit to Arkansas, you might want to consider Clarksville. Whether you are a visitor or a local looking for something
different to do there are many attractions in and around Clarksville.

Clarksville is a city located in Johnson County, Arkansas. Located near the banks of the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle, Clarksville is home to the University of the Ozarks and the Walton Fine Arts Center. With the entire northern half of the county in the Ozark National Forest, scenic beauty and outdoor opportunities abound here: canoeing, fishing, hiking and camping. Clarksville is a gateway to Ark. 21, the Ozark Highlands National Scenic Byway, which leads north through the Ozark National Forest to Eureka Springs. Every July, the city celebrates its Peach Festival, the oldest outdoor festival in the state of Arkansas.

Clarksville is 12 miles east of Arkansas Wine Country, about 44 miles north of Mount Magazine State Park, the state's newest state park and highest peak, about 60 miles from Fort Smith and about 100 miles from Little Rock. For things to do in Clarksville and for the whitetail deer enthusiast come and see Whitetail World museum which features more than 80 Boone and Crockett Whitetails. There is also an art gallery and gift shop.

Arkansas western gateway to Greers Ferry Lake is Clinton, nestled in an Ozark valley. The town offers travel accommodations, historic downtown, museum, parks and colorful festivals. Clinton was founded in 1842 by George Counts and named for New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton, noted for building the Erie Canal. Local events include the Lost Cherokee Pow Wow on Memorial Day Weekend and the National Chuckwagon Championships on Labor Day Weekend. Clinton is a member of the Arkansas Main Street program.

For places to stay in Clarksville, try Clarksville-Days Inn. Conveniently located just off I-40, Days Inn Clarksville offers the guests the quiet relaxation of small town life with the conveniences of a big city. Newly renovated rooms are spacious and comfortable, offering a choice of king, queen or standard beds, all available in smoking or nonsmoking.

Each room has a remote control television, cable including HBO and ESPN, and touch tone phones. Refrigerators and recliners are available in the king rooms upon request. There's a large outdoor pool, picnic-grill area and many full service restaurants located nearby. The Waffle Inn offers country style meals and the convenience of the drive-thru window. The Parlor Club, a country western lounge located adjacent, offers live entertainment on the weekends.

Also worth checking out is the Best Western Sherwood Motor Inn. It's located on Interstate 40, at Exit 58, in Clarksville. There's friendly, courteous service with superb accommodations. The inn offers a variety of amenities. You will enjoy the scenic Arkansas River and the Ozark Mountains.

Have a wonderful visit to Arkansas! You're going to love it there!

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