Attractions, Things to do, fun, climbing, water, hiking, ropes course, axe throwing
Batesville’s crown jewel was completed in 2017. This facility features a 25,000 sq. ft. gymnasium for athletic and community events. The indoor aquatics center features a 25 meter x 25 yard competition pool, zero depth entry children’s pool and a zero depth entry heated therapy pool. The outdoor aquatics park is sure to amaze with two, two story spiral slides, 400 meter lazy river, tanning decks and much more.
Community Center & Aquatics Park Location
Located in Stone County, approximately 2 miles off Highway 14 near Mountain View, the Blanchard Springs Caverns is one of the most spectacular and carefully developed caves found anywhere. Visitors enter a "living" cave where glistening formations like stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and flowstones are still changing. These crystalline formations are the result of minerals deposited by dripping water. Forest Service interpreters guide all tours
Blanchard Springs Location
Located just a short distance away in nearby Heber Springs, Bridal Veil Falls offers a wonderful view of a 50' waterfall. The Heber Springs Parks and Recreation Department maintains the area.
Bridal Veil Falls Location
Downtown Batesville is home to the oldest existing Main Street in Arkansas. With it's beautiful new streetscape, pocket park, historic homes, churches, antique stores, clothing boutiques, historic movie theater and one of a kind dining expereinces, Downtown Batesville is a destniation that must be visited by all.
Beautiful crag and valley just a few minutes from Batesville. There is approx. 80+ routes bloted on fantastic Arkansas sandstone. Hike, bike, camp, & climb
From Hwy 167 south of Batesville take Hwy 230 (Camp Tahkoda Road) west for about 3-4 miles and turn right at the Little Red Store. Hwy 230 becomes Locust Grove Road at this point. Drive for 3-5 miles and turn left onto Jamestown Loop. From Jamestown Loop This road will start uphill after a short distance. Once you reach the top of the hill, pass the radio tower on your right then a water tower on your left. Continue on this road about a quarter of a mile until you pass the Wildlife Management Sign on the right handed side as the road starts to go slightly down hill and turns to gravel.
Jamestown Crag Access Point
At this point there is a gravel turnout on your right, turn in here and follow the trail on the right. The trail is about 2 miles long. The "road" is washed out and very rough. If it has rained recently, expect lots of mud. You will come upon an orange gate. If the gate is closed call Kyle at 870-613-4662 for access. If the gate is open continue in. There will be two logging roads leading to the right DON'T drive down those. The road will come to a Y shortly after, veer right and continue to the parking area. Your vehicle stays here.
Welcome to Kennedy Park, located on the south side of the White River. This park is great to visit in any season, but especially during the late spring, summer and early fall months. Kennedy Park’s playground is located under a grove of trees and is perfect for the little ones on sunny, summer days. There are handicap restroom facilities and pavilions for picnicking and family reunions. Kennedy Park is unique from Riverside Park in that Kennedy Park is home to the Mark House Memorial Boat Ramp and Pavilion. After a full day at the park, exploring the dam, and sand bar, unload your boat and watch the sunset on the beautiful White River. Parking will not be an issue, so bring your boat and family and enjoy an entire day at the park or on the river. Please call the Parks and Recreation Office to reserve this pavilion located at this park at 870-698-2427.
The Lyon College Bluff Trail is a trail along a bluff that borders the north side of the campus. It was completed in 2010 and expanded in 2016. The Bluff Trails were made possible by a grant funded by the Arkansas State Highway Department and the Arkansas Recreational Trails Program.
The entrances to the trail are behind the Lyon Building on the west side of the wall for bikes and hikers and down the stairs on the east side of the Lyon Building wall for hikers and runners.
The trail is open to the public. Lyon College is not responsible for any injuries.
To report downed trees or trail damage, please contact LEAP at 870-307-7529.
- Helmets must be worn when mountain biking.
- Please help keep the trail clean by picking up trash.
- Please stay on designated trails. Please refrain from using the trail in wet or muddy conditions.
- The Bluff Trail at Lyon College is open to everyone. Disruptive visitors may be asked to leave. Closed to visitors between dusk and dawn.
- Mountain Bikers should yield to other users and wildlife.
- Trail suitable for walkers and riders of all skill levels with special features for advanced mountain bikers.
- Use trail at own risk.
- Campus Safety: 870-613-4733 and 870-307-7233.
The state-of-the art museum features several of Martin's past cars, including the No. 6 Viagra Coca-Cola 600 win car, the '90 Folgers Thunderbird, the No. 60 Win Dixie Busch car, Martin's 2005 IROC car that he used to win his record fifth championship, and the '89 Stroh's Thunderbird. Each car is a part of a display that includes hi-tech mantrons that tell the story of each piece of history.
The museum also has on display a variety of other memorabilia, including several of Martin's past race helmets and historic firesuits. There are also several personal photo books on display that chronicle Martin's early success, as well as thousands of pictures and newspaper articles that show Martins climb from local dirt track sensation to NASCAR legend.
Maxfield Park is located between Broad Street and North Central Avenue, behind Main Street. Here you will find detailed masonry featuring native stone and several objects that have been reclaimed and restored. Maxfield Park also has a play area, a stage, an overlook deck, and a sitting area. The park is situated beside Polk Bayou.
Public restrooms are also available.
The mission of the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville, Arkansas, is the acquisition and preservation of artifacts and archival materials significant to the history of Independence County, Arkansas, and the surrounding counties, making these materials available for research and providing history-based education for the public through exhibits and programs.
Polk (or Poke) Bayou feeds into the magnificent White River and is one of the Batesville area's most historically important waterways.
Aside from its prominent role in the establishment of the Batesville area, Polk Bayou has become a leading tourism draw. Polk Bayou offers visitors the chance to experience the natural beauty of the Batesville area whether it is through fishing, canoeing, kayaking or bird watching.
White Drive to White River Access Point
White River-Polk Bayou Confluence Take Out/Access
Riverside Park is a park located alongside the beautiful White River and is the most visited park in Independence County. Playgrounds, walking paths, pavilions and a large amphitheater can all be found here. This is also the home of the White River Wonderland Christmas display, the White River Water Carnival and the 4th of July Celebration.
Spring Mill located 5 miles north of Batesville, Arkansas on Highway 69. The oldest water powered mill in operation in Arkansas. Listed in National Register of Historic Places on 3/1/74.
Emerging near the Missouri border in north central Arkansas, the Spring River has been described as the state's most dependable natural stream. Mammoth Spring, flowing at over nine million gallons of 58-degree water per hour, serves as the headwaters for the river and provides plenty of fresh water throughout the year. Rafting, canoeing, and kayaking are all very popular on this frigid stream.
Located a short drive from Batesville in nearby Heber Springs the mountain and surrounding 250 acres are the property of Arkansas State University Heber Springs whose campus is located at the foot of the mountain. Sugarloaf Mountain, the restored Summit Trail and additional trails are open to the public.
Sugarloaf Mountain Directions
From Bull Shoals to Newport, the White River flows through some of the most scenic regions The Natural State has to offer. Flat-bottomed johnboats, fitted with comfy seats, are the preferred method of fishing and viewing the scenery along the river. Several record-breaking browns and rainbows have been hooked on the upper White.
Below Batesville, the White runs warmer and bass become popular targets. However, it has become a popular attraction during the summer, as its cool crisp water can be floated in small watercraft such as kayaks or canoes.
Directions to Bethesda Put In
Directions to Polk Bayou Pull Out
The famous City of Batesville Christmas light display takes over Riverside Park in Batesville from Black Friday until the New Year.
Experience a magical holiday season on the White River! Visitors will enjoy ice skating, carriage rides, and a fantastic light show!
Carriage Rides: $7 per person (2 & Under Free)
Ice Rink Entrance: $5 per person
Lights: Free (Donations Appreciated)
Riverside Park Location