Attractions

Dardanelle is located in the Arkansas River Valley tri-peaks region. With Four premier state-parks, you can look out over the Natural State from Arkansas’s highest peak at Mount Magazine State Park; take in the legends and legendary beauty of Petit Jean State Park, and revel in the majesty of Mother Nature at Mt Nebo State Park and frolic tin the fun-filled waters of Lake Dardanelle State Park. Hike, bike fish, swim and even hang glide. Our region welcomes all kinds of activities, including just kicking back in a hammock.

Lake Dardanelle

Lake Dardanelle State Park offers two areas on the lake: one in Russellville, the other is located on Hwy 22 in Dardanelle. The lake is a 34,300 acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. These two water resources combined put this area into the national spotlight as a major bass fishing tournament site. Mount Nebo rises 1350 feet up from the Arkansas River Valley floor. The state’s third highest peak is a favorite for bicyclist due to the challenging climb and scenic view. Mountain bikers love the 4.5 Bench Trail that makes a loop around the natural terrace. Native stones and logs were used by the Civilian Conservations Corps in the 1930s to build the 15 rustic cabins as well as the bridges, trails and park pavilions. There are also 34 campsites available.

Parks and Recreation.

Dardanelle is located in the Arkansas River Valley tri-peaks region.  With Four premier state-parks, you can look out over the Natural State from Arkansas’s highest peak at Mount Magazine State Park, take in the legends and legendary beauty of Petit Jean State Park, revel in the majesty of Mother nature at Mt Nebo State Park and frolic in the fun-filled waters of Lake Dardanelle State Park.  Hike, bike fish, swim and even hang glide.  Our region welcomes all kinds of activities, including just kicking back in a hammock.

Lake Dardanelle State Park offers two areas on the lake:  one in Russellville, the other is located on Hwy 22 in Dardanelle.  The lake is a 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River.  These two water resources combined put this area into the national spotlight as a major bass fishing tournament site.

Mount Nebo

Mount Nebo rises 1350 feet up from the Arkansas River Valley floor.  The state’s third highest peak is a favorite for bicyclist due to the challenging climb and scenic view.  Mountain bikers love the 4.5 Bench Trail that makes a loop around the natural terrace.  Native stones and logs were used by the Civilian Conservations Corps in the 1930s to build the 15 rustic cabins as well as the bridges, trails and park pavilions.  There are also 34 campsites available.  

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge

Located in Pope and Yell Counties, along the Arkansas River, five miles downstream from the city of Dardanelle is Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge.  The refuge is bounded by an old oxbow (a u-shaped bend in the course of a river) that was created in the early 1950s when the Army Corps of Engineers cut a channel through the bend in the river to promote navigation and flood control. Currently, 7,055 acres are under refuge management. Visit their website for permits, rules, and regulations for Hunting, fishing and hiking in the refuge.

Merritt Park

Merritt Park opened in the late 1990s on the west side of town. This is the location of Dardanelle High School and City League baseball and softball fields. Along with basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, Skateboard Park.  A nature walking trail circles two ponds stocked with small mouth bass and catfish.  This is the site for Yell County Wildlife Federations Annual Fishing Derby held in May.

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System

Built from 1963 to 1971, The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System is part of the inland waterway system originating at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and running southeast through Oklahoma and Arkansas to the Mississippi River.

Dardanelle Rock

Dardanelle Rock is a legendary rock formation that rises near the Arkansas River bank and was used as a lookout point by Native Americans and later by Confederate soldiers.

Hikers and Rock climbers enjoy the view atop the Dardanelle Rock. Arkansas Natural Heritage commission maintains the roadside park area.

There is a romantic “Legend of Dardanelle Rock” that relates the story of a Cherokee Indian chief named Dardanelle who was wounded in fierce battle with the Choctaws and while recuperating, fell in love with a beautiful maiden named Leoietta.  They made a pact.  He was to stand on Dardanelle Rock at sunset, and she would wave her shawl to him as a signal that she would run away with him and become his bride.  He waited on the rock for many hours, but for some reason, she failed to make an appearance.  He flung himself into the turbulent stream of the Arkansas River below.

Trees of Distinction

Dardanelle has been named a” Tree City” by the Arbor Day Foundation and also boasts six trees of distinction listed on the Arkansas Champion Tree list, one of which is a national record holder.  Tree City USA is a tree planting and tree care program sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation for cities and towns in the United States.

Veterans’ Memorial Riverfront Park and Front Street Gazebo

Veteran’s Memorial Riverfront Park is Located on Front Street, behind city hall, overlooking the Arkansas River.  The host site for many festivals and celebrations, including the Free State of Yell Fest, held on Mother’s Day weekend. The City’s Gazebo is a beautiful backdrop, especially the sunrise during Sunrise Service held on Easter Sunday.   The Park has a ½ mile walking trail.

Council Oaks Park and Historic Site

Council Oak Park contains a massive 400 to a 500-year-old white oak tree where the April 1820 Treaty of Council Oaks between acting Governor Robert Crittenden and Black Fox of the Cherokee Nation was signed, giving land south of the Arkansas River to the Arkansas Territory.

Dardanelle Agriculture and Post Office

An Oil on Canvas mural, Cotton Growing, Manufacture, and Export, painted in 1939 by Ludwig Mactarian is on display in the Dardanelle post office.