We have a jam-packed fall wedding season coming up, which means hundred and hundreds of out of town guests will soon be coming to The Barn and spending a little bit of time in our tiny town! We're located just outside of Dardanelle, Arkansas, which is home to fewer than 5,000 people. What our area lacks in population, it makes up for with gorgeous state parks, fun adventures, quaint shops and good food! We LOVE where we live, and despite its rural setting, this area of Arkansas is actually a great place to visit. If you're the outdoorsy type, you'll never run out of things to do in this beautiful area. If shopping and dining are more your style, you're in luck, too!
Future Barn Couples, be sure to forward this post to your guests or share the link on your wedding website so they know about the fun, exciting things to do in our neck of the woods!
Mount Nebo State Park is located just outside of Dardanelle, and it is one of the most popular places to visit in the state. There are several great hiking trails, cabins, waterfalls, a swimming pool, and two gorgeous overlooks, Sunrise Point and Sunset Point, which offer some of the most breathtaking views in the state. You may even see a few hang gliders and paragliders launching from behind the visitors' center or at Sunrise Point! Make the (curvy, steep, little-bit-scary) drive up the mountain and stay for a few hours or a few days... You won't run out of beautiful things to see!
Petit Jean State Park is located about 30 minutes from The Barn, and there are countless amazing attractions, trails and overlooks to check out on top of the mountain. A few of my personal favorites: the beautiful Mather Lodge (they also have a restaurant), the Cedar Falls Trail (long and difficult, but made worth it by the breathtaking 95 foot waterfall at the end!), the Gravesite Overlook (you can't beat the view), the Rock House Cave Trail and the Cedar Creek Trail. You can fish at the mountain's two lakes, rent a boat or canoe, and even check out The Museum of Automobiles.
Lake Dardanelle State Park is located in nearby Russellville, and it also has a lot to offer for nature enthusiasts. There's a fantastic visitors' center with several exhibits that are entertaining for adults and kids alike, kayak rentals, free boat tours, and nature programs led by park interpreters. Lake Dardanelle is also one of Arkansas' most popular spots for fishing and boating.
Dardanelle has a great downtown, with historical parks, yummy food, and some of the best live music in the state! Front Street is home to Front Street Grill, Millyn's (a beautiful gift shop with the best customer service), Latham's (a great antique shop), and Riverfront Park. Tarascos has delicious Mexican food, as well as a bar and a private room, which makes it a great place for rehearsal dinners.
Front Street Grill is THE place to see great live music and have a beer in the River Valley. Past performers at FSG include Johnny Lee, Whiskey Myers, Jake Owen and Stoney LaRue. They also have live shows during the week, as well as great food! Their Facebook page is updated regularly with concert info and food specials.
Dardanelle also has a rich Native American history, which you can learn more about at the Old Post Office (also on Front Street) or at Council Oaks Park.
Russellville is just a short drive away, and its thriving downtown makes it a wonderful place to visit! Russellville Downtown is home to several great restaurants, art galleries, and one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Some of the fantastic restaurants in downtown Russellville include Fat Daddy's Bar-B-Que (their cheesy taters are practically world famous), The Old Bank (a sports grill with a great bar that's located in a beautifully renovated downtown building), Pasta Grill (delicious Italian food, great atmosphere, tons of menu options), and Kob Jai (the best Thai food around). For a caffeine fix and some old school video games, stop by The Garage Arcade.
Downtown Russellville is full of locally owned boutiques, gift shops and art galleries. For one-of-a-kind home decor, local art and gifts, check out A Conversation Piece or Pottery Worx. For a cute outfit, go to HipSway... one of the prettiest, trendiest stores in town! There are also two great bookstores located downtown: Dog Ear Books and B Street Books.
The Centerville Dragway is located just a few minutes from The Barn, and there's a reason why it stays packed on weekends! It's home to a dirt track, fast cars, and great burgers. They're closed during the winter months, so be sure to check out their schedule before you go.
We feel really blessed that The Barn is part of such a unique, supportive, wonderful community, and we hope our guests will fall in love with what our charming little area has to offer!