Natural beauty, small-town friendliness and great college life is what you’ll find in Arkadelphia. Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita mountains, Arkadelphia has many opportunities for outdoor recreation including the paved Feaster and DeSoto Bluff trails, a youth sports complex and Arkadelphia Aquatic Park.
Arkadelphia is just eight miles from DeGray Lake Resort State Park, a 13,800-acre lake that offers swimming, fishing, water sports, golfing, camping facilities, wildlife and spectacular views.
There is no shortage of cultural activities, performances and athletic competitions with two universities calling Arkadelphia home. The annual Rally on the Ravine is a community festival culminating in the Battle of the Ravine football game between the two campuses. This is one of the longest-standing college football rivalries, and is unique in that it is the only game in which the visiting team walks to the opponent’s stadium.
The town has numerous dining options that include everything from seafood and Mexican to Italian cuisine and southern barbecue, and a variety of shopping options to meet everyday and special-occasion needs.
Options for visitors’ lodging include the Captain Henderson House, the university’s historic bed and breakfast, as well as other inns and hotels. Arkadelphia boasts an Amtrak station and a small regional airport operated by the city, whose close proximity allows Henderson aviation students to receive real-world flight experience.
The town is:
- 30 minutes to Hot Springs
- 1 hour to Little Rock
- 2.5 hours to Shreveport, La.
- 3 hours to Memphis, Tenn.
- 4 hours to Dallas, TX
- 6.5 hours to Oklahoma City, Okla.