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Clarksville/Johnson County is a small yet progressive area with a population of around 30,000. It is a near perfect location in the Arkansas River Valley being on both on I-40 and Lake Dardanelle. We are bounded to the south by the Arkansas River and adjacent to the Ozark Mountains in the northern part of the county. Two popular canoeing destinations, the Mulberry River and Big Piney Creek are here as well. We are less than a two hour drive from the University of Arkansas, UCA, and UALR. The University of the Ozarks is located here in town and Arkansas Tech is just 20 miles away. We are less than 100 miles from Little Rock to the east and just 50 miles from Ft Smith to our west.
Scenic Highway #21 meanders through the county to the north and Scenic Hwy #7 is close by. The county contains thousands of acres of National Forest land and is home to the Pleasant Hill Ranger Station. The area also has a vast number of hunting and recreational activities available. The cost of living is low and the quality of life here is beyond compare!
The area has a rich history beginning with it being inhabited by the Osage Indian Tribe then later, by treaty, the Cherokee. Johnson County was formed in 1836 and it’s county seat, Clarksville, was incorporated in 1848. In 1851 a school for the deaf which is now the University of the Ozarks was founded. Both Union & Confederate troops controlled Clarksville during the Civil War at different times and both coal and later peaches were once the primary businesses in the area.