Our Harrison hometown atmosphere offers simple, relaxing, family oriented living. We take pride in the fact that our way of life intrigues people and gives them the desire to locate in the Harrison area. You will discover why Harrison is included in the "100 Best Small Towns in America". Harrison, the county seat, is the largest city in Boone County with a 2010 estimated population of just under 13,000 and estimated county population of 36,000.
What a location! Harrison is located in the northwest portion of Arkansas, 29 miles south of the Missouri border, in the middle of picturesque Ozark vacation land situated on U.S. 62-412 and U.S. 65 highways. Little Rock, the state capitol of Arkansas is located 134 miles south.
The community is as dedicated to the preservation of our history for future generations as it is toward growing a vibrant future. An active downtown program is at work and the downtown square has been awarded National Historic District status. It is a fine example of an old-fashioned town square. The beautiful courthouse, built in 1909, still proudly serves in that capacity today. Located in a picturesque park, it is the central anchor of the square.
The downtown shopping district boasts many historic buildings dating as far back as 1876. The shopping district remains fully occupied providing community members and visitors a variety of shopping, dining and recreational opportunities. For those looking for a day trip, Harrison is a short 20 minute drive from the Branson Landing.
Harrison's economy is strong and the unemployment is low thanks to the diverse segments of business that are anchored by a large manufacturing community. Wood products, medical services, manufacturing, telecommunications, trucking, electronics, warehousing and tourism all play a large part in Harrison's success.
If you're looking for unspoiled scenic beauty, you can find it in every direction from Harrison. Just 15 minutes to the south and southwest are the Boston Mountains of the Ozark region. Only an hour and a half to the south of Harrison is the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View plus the Jewel of the U.S. Forest Service, Blanchard Springs Caverns. The Folk Center features seasoned craftspeople demonstrating Arkansas pioneer skills. The Caverns, managed by the Forest Service, are a wonderful tour.
Several scenic drives wind through the Boston Mountains, including Arkansas Highway 7, which is designated as one of the 10 most scenic drives in the United States, and is the Arkansas's first National Scenic Byway. Drives in other directions offer outstanding scenery as well, along with pure, fresh air and views of each season's finery.
Canoeing, fishing and other water activities abound at the Buffalo National River, 15 minutes south; the White River, 50 minutes east for trout fishing ; Bull Shoals Lake, 25 minutes north; Table Rock Lake, 25 minutes north, offer water skiing and fishing. Within a half hour drive north from Harrison is booming Branson, Missouri and Victorian Eureka Springs is located an hour to the west.
The Climate is moderate with four distinct seasons and favors outdoor activities. Each season is special; from flowering springtime, through summer fun and colorful autumn to exciting winter which offers both sunshine and snowfall. The average winter temperature is 45 degrees, and the average summer temperature is 92 degrees. Precipitation is usually well distributed throughout the year. One or more snowfalls occur each winter, but the snow cover usually only remains for a few days. Elevation is 1,359 above sea level.
Many activities are available in the area. Boone County has two country clubs with golf courses. Five major lakes (Bull Shoals, Norfork, Table Rock, Beaver and Taneycomo) and three major rivers (White River, Buffalo National River and Kings River) are close by for fishing, boating and other water sports.
City parks provide tennis and basketball courts, picnic facilities, a walking trail, fishing, playground equipment and a municipal pool. The CFB Sports Complex hosts annual sports tournaments, and the large multipurpose Youth Center is a facility for groups and organizations of all types and ages.
Also in Harrison, birding enthusiasts and nature lovers can visit a remnant of tall grass prairie set aside as an Arkansas Natural Area, Baker Prairie. Five Arkansas plant species live in this natural area which is home to animal species of special concern. Baker Prairie is growing in popularity as a bird sanctuary.
Clubs and Organizations
There are many diverse civic, service and social clubs and organizations available in the area. Kiwanis, Harrison Lions Club, Rotary Club, Business and Professional Women, Junior Auxiliary of Harrison, Newcomers Club, League of Women Voters, Senior Center, and Garden Clubs are available as well as Veteran and Fraternal Organizations.
The Ozark Arts Council is a non-profit organization to promote and encourage the arts in Harrison. The O.A.C. is made up seven arts-related organizations: The Buffalo River Concert Association, The Harrison Art League, The North Central Arkansas College Pioneer Players, The Theatre Company, The Twentieth Century Club and the Woman's Book Club.
The Lyric Theater on the Harrison downtown square, is owned by the O.A.C. and has been renovated for live performances. Plays, concerts, youth events and community activities take place in the theater. Year-round schedules of weekly events are planned.
The economy in Harrison is strong and unemployment is low. The real estate market is vibrant! Low real estate taxes attract many people to Harrison and the cost and availability of nice homes and land is abundant. A lovely area just waiting for you.
While rocking chair retirement may be great for some, an increasing number of retirees would rather enjoy their golden years in a environment that fosters activity and fun. No place on earth offers as many prospects for seniors to enjoy myriad activities, employment opportunities, a moderate cost of living, a low crime rate, scenic beauty, and a climate that enjoys all four seasons.
Harrison, named as "one of the best small towns in America" by Norm Crampton, is one of the fastest growing areas in the country for retirees. With a population of just under 13,000, Harrison offers a sense of community; a small town with homespun family values that appeals to many who grew up during a simpler time.
Harrison Overview is a short promotional video introducing the Ozark Mountain town of Harrison, Arkansas.
The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas assists senior adults discover a world of activity and support. This organization helps in making senior years fulfilling, productive and easier.
Each spring a crowd of more than 250 seniors converge on Harrison to participate in the Northwest Arkansas (AAA NW Arkansas) Senior Games track and field, pool tournament, and archery. Other events include: walks, dashes and runs, shot put, discus, running jump, javelin, dominoes, horse shoes, checkers, daisy air gun, basketball, football throw and many other events.
Boone County Senior Center
Web site: www.aaanwar.org
The Boone County Senior Center offers socialization opportunities and a wide variety of things to do. Some of the activities offered are outings, games, exercise room, library, TV/DVD player, pool tables, educational programs, and computer classes. The Center also provides transportation, congregate meals, home delivered meals, information and assistance.
North Arkansas Regional Medical Center
Web site: www.narmc.com
Excellent health care from North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is available. A fully certified medical facility provides a wide range of services. There is a 24-hour emergency service with physician, staff ambulances with ambulance sub stations located in surrounding communities. There are a wide variety of physicians in the area to treat almost any medical need.