On the shores of the newly-restored Little Red River, just miles from Greers Ferry Lake…Clinton is a gem of natural beauty nestled in the Ozark foothills. Enjoy our historic downtown, parks & trails, local arts & crafts, antique & boutique shopping, and much more! It’s one of the best options for an extended stay along your Highway 65 Road Trip.
Hike, Bike, Float!
Explore your own wilderness adventure in our neck of the woods! Trek through countless miles of wild forests, rivers, and highland trails. Bike single-track trails, float pristine waterways, and cast your line for a record-breaking catch before pitching your tent under the starry Ozark skies.
Float the Little Red
See our Travel Guide for access points to the Bluffton Preserve, Middle Fork, and South Fork floats of the Little Red River.
Camping on the River
Park your RV in town at one of our local campgrounds, reserve a lakefront campsite at the Corps of Engineers park in Choctaw, or pitch your tent on the wilderness trail! Take your pick from some of the best camping the region has to offer.
Ozark Grinder Trail
Over 100 miles of gravel grinder trail through the heart of north-central Arkansas’s finest river country.
Check out our detailed RECREATION GUIDE for more on seasonal floats, hiking trails, fishing, & more!
From leisurely strolls along the City RiverWalk, to breathtaking river vistas of on a wilderness hike – browse some of our Top Picks for local hiking trips!
Award-winning Lake, River, & Stream fishing year-round! Click here for some of our top angling recommendations across Van Buren County.
Greers Ferry Lake
Greers Ferry Lake offers 40,000 acres of good fishing and water sports. There are several marinas, campgrounds, and boat docks available. Tributaries to the lake run through and around Clinton, providing excellent wade fishing.
Access the water from Hwy 65 on the south side of Clinton (turn on Hwy 95 E towards Choctaw Marina) or from Hwy 16 on the north side (through Shirley towards Fairfield Bay).
Clinton maintains 2 public parks with a RiverWalk recreation area, lighted walking trails, music amphitheater, fishing pond, outdoor classroom & nature garden, skateboard park, soccer field, baseball/softball fields, and a newly-launched 18-hole Disc Golf Course.
The Archey Fork Park Riverwalk system is pedestrian, bicycle, and pet friendly, linking both park areas to the historic downtown, with water access to the Archey Fork Nature Conservancy area. Ample parking, with many shops & restaurants are within convenient walking distance.
Other attractions include the famous Natural Bridge, a state-of-the-art new Library & Conference Center, an extensive historical museum, the lake trails at South Fork Nature Center, and so much more!
Highway 65 Road Trip
You’ve heard of Route 66…but have you traveled Highway 65?
Experience Something Unique
Countless small towns, legendary for their mountain hospitality, offer unique experiences of local flavors. The region radiates its past – Native American & pioneer history, rural farming heritage, the colorful flair of hippy art & music – it’s a jackpot for Instagram moments and favorite family photos.
Clinton is the ideal place to plan your journey, with ample accommodations, fuel, dining, shopping, recreation, and friendly assistance to begin your road trip.
Outdoor enthusiasts will revel in the wild beauty of the Little Red River and its tributaries and pristine Greers Ferry Lake, which rival the Buffalo River for floating and fishing. Conservation areas and growing trail systems ensure thriving wildlife and wilderness for the nature lover.