About Pope County
Welcome to Pope County, one of the most beautiful counties in the State of Arkansas, with the Ozark National Forest to the north, Lake Dardanelle to the south and Mount Nebo towering magnificently in the distance.
Pope County is the 13th largest county in the State of Arkansas, with a population of 61,754 . It is located in Northwest Arkansas, midway between Little Rock and Fort Smith. The Arkansas River serves as its south boundary and the Ozark National Forest is included in its northern boundary. The county covers 828 square miles, making it the 14th largest county in the state by square miles.
The incorporated cities and towns situated in the county are Atkins, Dover, Hector, London, Pottsville and Russellville.
Our people are proud, hard-working and family-oriented residents who provide a ready source of labor for many industrial and farming operations.
Transportation is available for area industries and businesses with the fertile river valley lying parallel to the Arkansas River, Interstate 40 and the Union Pacific Railroad which traverse through the county east to west. Ten "Fortune 500" companies have facilities in Pope County, including Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Dow Chemical, International Paper and Tyson Foods. Other major industries include Arkansas Nuclear One, Goody's Distribution Center, ConAgra Foods, Bibler Lumber Company and Zero Mountain, Inc. The diversification of these industries provides a great asset - a quality labor force built around a strong nucleus of skilled laborers, technicians and administrative personnel.
School districts are located in Atkins, Dover, Hector, Pottsville and Russellville. These excellent school systems offer quality education for grades K through 12.
Arkansas Tech University, a fully-accredited four-year college is
located in Russellville and offers an outstanding higher education
program with over 70 degree programs.
Medical facilities are equipped to provide necessary treatment for all healthcare needs, and various churches provide the spiritual needs of area residents.
The Ozark National Forest has many recreational areas for hunting, fishing, camping, floating, hiking and perhaps the only bayou in the country featuring whitewater.
Holla Bend Natural Wildlife Refuge located to the south of Russellville is one of the state's most outstanding areas for viewing and photographing wildlife, especially eagles and waterfowl and offers a significant wintering population of Canadian geese.
The county has two state parks, Lake Dardanelle State Park and Ouita
Park; and the Corps of Engineers maintains Sweeden
Island Park located south of Atkins and the U.S.
Forest Service maintains Long Pool and Bayou
Bluff Parks, both of which are situated in the
Ozark National Forest in Pope County.
Dardanelle Lock and Dam is located south of Russellville on the Arkansas River which created Lake Dardanelle. This 35,000 acre body of water is known for its competition fishing, pleasure fishing, boating, skiing and other recreational uses and is outlined with camping areas. A popular new visitor center opened June 13, 2003. It features an impressive aquarium, live bees, a turtle touch table, and a lot of interesting information. Visitor hours are 8 - 5 Sunday through Thursday and 8 - 8 Friday and Saturday until Labor Day. For more information call (479) 967-5516.
Recreational opportunities are available year-round throughout the
county - hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, walking trails,
water sports, youth and adult ball leagues, golf, all or which make
Pope County one of the most desirable places in the State of Arkansas
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