Welcome to Marion County, Arkansas! Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Marion County is home to one incorporated town and four incorporated cities, including Yellville, the countyseat. Among the beautiful wonders of Marion County are the White River, Buffalo River, Crooked Creek, the Little North Fork of White River, and Bull Shoals Lake and Dam. Protected areas of the county include Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Ozark National Forest, the Buffalo National River and four Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Abundant with rugged terrains, numerous hiking trails, waterways, plenty of outdoor adventures, wildlife galore and a very neighborly population, Marion County is ready for you to call it home sweet home.
Please see some of the area attractions in the links below!
Fred Berry Conservation Education Center on Crooked Creek:
The Fred Berry Conservation Education Center on Crooked Creek is one of only four Arkansas Game and Fish Conservation Education Centers. There are 421 acres dedicated to the center, and it lies in a 2.75-mile bend of Crooked Creek just above Kelley's access. The center opened on June 17,2005. The education building, pavilion, creek, trails, and acres of varied Ozark habitat offer plenty of indoor and outdoor learning areas. The Conservation Centers' summer programs and events feature educational conservation and outdoor recreation instruction for kids and families.
Crooked Creek runs throughout north Arkansas and provides a convenient destination for Kayaking, Canoeing, and all-around fun with the family. Crooked Creek has no drops or rapids that pose notable threats to paddlers and boats, making it great for all ages. The banks of the creek are lined with Elm, Willow, Pecan, and Oak trees. These trees make it an especially remarkable paddling destination in mid-to-late fall when the seasonal colors are in full bloom.
Buffalo National River:
The Buffalo River was the first river in the United States to be designated as a National River. It is 153 miles long, and the lower 135 miles are managed by the National Park Service.Because of its length, it provides many contrasting experiences, from quiet swimming holes to rapids for the experienced kayakers. While floating, you are surrounded by the enormous bluffs that make this river unique.
Some Suggested Hiking Trails:
One factor that contributes to the Ozarks' reputation as "The Natural State" is the number of hiking trails available to the public. The Ozarks have beautiful trails year-round.The Ozark National Forest is made up of 1.2 million acres nestled in the Ozark mountains. Inside this National Forest, you can hike various sites, one popular hike is Mount Magazine, the tallest mountain in Arkansas. Blanchard Springs Caverns, a living underground cave, is a very family-oriented destination alsolocated in the area. The link above provides some additional favorite hiking spots in the Ozarks.
James A. Gaston Visitor Center:
If you are wanting to learn morea bout this area, the visitor center provides a space for environmentaleducation learning and features information on the river, dam and lake, andtheir histories. When you walk in, you are in the lobby filled with astate-of-the-art interpretive display along with a gift shop, an educational Theater, and exhibit hall. All of this is inside the beautiful 1,720-square-foot area right beside the Bull Shoals Dam.
Area School Links:
Yellville-Summit Public Schools:
Flippin Public Schools:
Bruno-Pyatt Public Schools: