Searcy County Towns/Communities
Located at the base of Devil’s Backbone Mountain, the county seat has a population of 1313. Marshall serves as a center for most visitor services including, food, lodging, camping supplies, medical services, ground & air transportation and if needed, emergency services. Marshall is also the home of one of the most spectacular views in Mid-America located one mile south on US 65 at the Backbone Mountain Overlook. Marshall is the home of one of only 3 drive-in movies in the state of Arkansas.
Leslie is the home of the Ozark Heritage Arts Center and the annual Leslie Homecoming. The town of Leslie was once a booming railroad town with the world’s largest barrel factory. (The H.D. Williams Cooperage Works even shipped oak wine barrels to France.) Today Leslie has settled into being a neat little mountain town full of surprises for the visitors. These include antique shopping, an old world bakery, and a 400 seat performing arts theatre.
Silver Hill—Gilbert Area
The 6 miles of highway (US 65 & AR 333) that crosses the Buffalo National River can take days to travel if you see and do everything. This area is complete with river outfitters, restaurants, cabins, canoes and mountain bikes to rent. Be sure and visit the Tyler Bend Visitor Center on the Buffalo National River at Silver Hill.
Caves, carvings and canoes are just some of the attractions to be found in the rolling hills of northern Searcy County. Enjoy your scenic drive past dairies and farm land in this pastoral section of Searcy County. At the turn of the century, St. Joe was the center of an active lead and zinc mining boom. Hurricane mine, below the Hurricane River Cave, sold in 1897 to New York investors for $25,000.
Snowball—Witts Springs — Richland Valley
Searcy County’s Wild West offers rugged mountains, waterfalls, and a wilderness environment. There is some spectacular scenery in this area including Point Peter, Falling Water Creek, and Twin Falls on Richland Creek. There are herds of Elk in this area so be sure and bring your camera. You can camp or picnic at Richland Creek Campground or the Ozark National Forest.