A Visitor's Guide to Searcy

Little Red River
The Little Red River tailwaters below Greer's Ferry Dam and for about 29 miles, a world-class fishery. It is known for its brown and rainbow trout. The state record and former national record brown trout was caught near Heber Springs in 1992. There are several access points, the nearest being Riverside Road, Ramsey Access and Dripping Springs Bald Knob. 

Greers Ferry Lake
Greers Ferry Lake, with its 40,000 acres of water fun, there's lots of room to ski and make waves. Sail boaters, water-skiers, house boaters, scuba divers and the party barge folks all get along because they seldom cross paths in this expanse of sparkling clear water. Fisherman will be interested to learn that Greers Ferry holds the world record for walleye and hybrid striper. RV and tent camping is available.

Barnett Lake
Lake Barnett, formerly known as White County Lake, is one of the Game & Fish Commission's most picturesque fishing spots. Rock bluffs and Largemouth bass, bluegills and redear sunfish are foremost on the minds of most anglers visiting Lake Barnett, although the lake also has healthy populations of channel catfish, crappies and warmouths.

Henry Gray / Hurricane Lake Wildlife Refuge
Some of the finest mallard duck hunting or watching is available at the Henry Gray / Hurricane Lake Wildlife Refuge with over 17,000 acres available for hunting and fishing.

National Wildlife Refugee
The new Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge has over 14,800 acres available for wintering waterfowl and about half of this acreage is available for hunting. Take your camera or binoculars and enjoy hours of bird watching.

White County Fair
Held the week after Labor Day at the White County Fair Grounds, the fair has been recognized  as one of the top 10 county fairs in the nation. The event features a parade, a carnival, rodeo and nationally recognized talent.

Holiday of Lights Festival
The Holiday of Lights Festival has been restored thanks in large part to the City of Searcy and the Searcy Regional Economic Development Corporation. This year the city parks and court square will be full of the holiday spirit. Events will include a lighted parade, an Old Fashion Christmas Celebration, Christmas Craft Fair, buggy rides in Harding University's lighted park and hot chocolate stations. 

The Living Nativity
This Christmas, come and experience the birth of Jesus at First Assembly of God in Searcy, AR. This adventure will take you back in time for you to experience first-hand the birth of our Savior. The annual Living Nativity features live animals and professionally crafted scenery to provide a memorable Christmas experience. It's estimated that over 10,000 people drive through the event each year. The nativity open the first two weeks in December. Bring your family, come early and make a night of it. Admission is free and donations are welcome. To find out more about the event visit their website at livingnativity.com.

65 Roses Tour
The 65 Roses Tour’s mission is to provide a well organized bicycle tour that promotes wellness and fun for its participants and advocacy and funding for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Freedom Fest
Freedom Fest is a great community event for you, your family, and all of your friends!  All day long, you can enjoy some type of activity for the kids, a 3 on 3 basket ball tournament, stage entertainment, food, sweets. A fireworks show ends the day. The event takes place in late May. 

Night at the Rialto
Opened in 1923 and remodeled with splashy neon lighting in the 1940’s. It is one of only a few historic theaters that maintains a daily schedule with matinees on weekends.  It’s a great place to enjoy a movie in a piece of history.

Historical Marker Program
Visit one of the six historical markers located in White County commermorating significant places and people from the War Between the States. Sites including The Course of River Oaks, Whitney Lane, Oak Grove Cemetery, West Point, Bald Knob City Hall and The Gum Springs Fire Department.

Walking History Tour 
The three mile trail features 16 historic properties, starting at teh historicBenjamin Clayton Black House at 300 Race Street. Visitors can access an interactive story map of the properties, by scanning the QR cade embedded in the signage, allowing them to take their own Walk Through History. 

Celebrate the 4th of July
You can enjoy a host of 4th of July activities around White County. The town of Floyd hosts their own 4th of July celebration complete with live music, food and fireworks. Judsonia’s annual event includes live music, events and fireworks. Pangburn marks Independence Day with parade, fun filled events and contests, live entertainment, free BBQ and fireworks.

Trick Or Treat On The Square
With the help of local businesses, candy and goodies are provided so children can safely trick-or-treat in the Downtown area. Trick-or-Treat activities, games, Costume contest and train rides are just a few of the activities available to children during the event.

Cardboard Boat Races
Heber Springs hosts their World Championship Cardboard Boat Festival in July.

Camp Wyldewood
If you’re the adventurous type, then get a group together and go rappelling off of B Rock. Located on the grounds of Camp Wyldewood, the 80 foot rock face offers up plenty of excitement. The Camp has been in operation since the 40’s and features a host of activities available for the young and young at heart.

Play at the Parks

The Parks and Recreation Department maintains nearly 240 acres for residents and visitors to enjoy. They are a great place to take your family for outdoor play. A detailed listing of available amenities is shown below.

Searcy Skate
A great family friendly environment is awaiting you at the local skate center.  They feature the latest music and a highly skilled staff.  So lace up your skates and be on the lookout for the world class inline speed skating champion who happens to own the place.

Golfing
Tee off at one of Searcy’s two golf courses.  The Course at River Oaks is open to the public and offers gently rolling terrain along the Little Red River.  The Searcy Country Club is private and offers an array of amenities. There is also a driving range in Searcy.


THE ARTS

Searcy and White County have many cultural opportunities to keep  residents and visitors busy. Harding University, Arkansas State University-Beebe, the City of Searcy and private non-profit groups, such as Main Street Searcy provide many creative outlets that promote the arts and humanities in our area. Whether you are looking for performance art, music or world renowned speakers our area has something for you.

Lecture Series
Harding University brings in world renowned lecturers as part of the American Studies Distinguished Lecture Series. Previous speakers have included: President George Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Vencente Fox, Sean Hannity, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Steve Forbes, Zig Ziglar and General Colin Powell. The lectures series is free to the public.


MUSIC AND THEATRICAL EVENTS

Get Down, Downtown Festival
The Searcy Get Down Downtown is a free, fun-filled family event featuring musicians & artists from throughout the Mid-South.  The event is centered around the historic court square and begins friday evening. A children's area is located in Spring Park on Saturday and includes inflatables, games, rides and kid friendly entertainment. the event is held the last week in September. 

Spring Sing
Spring Sing is a musical revue that allows over 1,000 Harding University students from over 20 social clubs and organizations on campus to take part in the annual production. Over 11,000 people from all over the country and all around the world come to see the production on the days before Easter Sunday each year. The venue offers a unique chance for the social clubs to compete for cash prizes to be donated to charitable organizations. 

Shakespeare Festival
Arkansas State University at Beebe also has a  theater department.  The Arkansas Shakespeare Festival was founded on the ASU-Beebe campus in 1966, the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival is one of the older continuous educational Shakespeare festivals in America. Over the years it has presented over 290 performances, mounting 41 productions of Shakespeare's plays.


MUSEUMS

Searcy Art Gallery "Black House"
300 East Race, 279-1094
Tues-Fri  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sat 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Exhibits change every 60 days and admission is free.

Stevens Art Gallery
Harding University
Searcy / 279-4426
Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Exhibits change monthly and admission is free.

Center on the Square Performance & Dinner Theater
If you love theater and great food, then pay a visit to the Center On The Square. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to the expansion and appreciation of the performing arts in the region.   
111 Arch Street, 368-0111
Runs year round, log onto www.centeronthesquare.org

Harding Summer Dinner Theater
This will be the Summer Theater's 7th year in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center and their 32nd season. They offer great food, state-of-the-art facilities and high quality productions June through July.
Harding University
Phone: 279-4580

Pioneer Village
1166 Higginson St, 580-6633
A recreated 1880’s settlement that is open daily for walking tours. Open house is hosted twice a year by the White Country Historical Society. 


LINKS

Harding Distinguished Lecture Series
www.harding.edu/ASI/events

Greers Ferry Little Red River Association
www.greersferrylake.org

Bald Knob Wildlife Refuge
www.fws.gov/Refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=43522

City of Searcy
www.Searcy.com

Center on the Square
www.centeronsquare.org


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