Local Atmosphere

Clarksville, AR
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Clarkville is really small but it close to Fort Smith. If you wanted you could go there to have fun.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Average Town – There's really not much to do here unless you go looking for things to do. There's a walking trail, several restaurants with several ethnicies to choose from, all the basic discount stores (Fred's, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Tree), Wal-Mart, Stage, Factory Connection, Hibbett Sports, and a decent movie theater if you're bored. You just have to go looking for things to do.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Walmart is the only decent place to shop. There should be more stores available to the students.

2 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The Town Is What You Make of It – Clarksville is a small town, but the community likes having college kids around. There is a movie theater and a bowling alley. More places to eat are needed, but its getting better (5 new places in the last 6-8 months). The surroundings are is beautiful and has lots of outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. The campus is the cultural hub for the area, so most events are just a few steps away.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Clarksville, Arkansas – Clarksville is a small town in Arkansas. I do have to say that it does not have large attractions, but it does have a peaceful college environment. If you want to take school seriously, have a helpful staff and students, and love nature, then Ozarks is for you.

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Caitlin Lambert
Waldron, AR
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Life in Clarksville, Ark. is not the liveliest. The town is no place for younger kids, teens, college students, older adults, or the elderly to have fun. Everyone has to invent their own form of entertainment, or they have to spend money on gas and an activity in another town. It’s very inconvenient for people who come to this school to not have anything to relieve the stress from classes and course work. A lot of students make it a regular tradition to go home on the weekends, due to how little there is in Clarksville.

The Student Life Office and the Campus Activities Board (CAB) organize activities to keep students engaged on campus, but people still would rather go to a different town to hang out. Clarksville does not have many nearby attractions of interest for college students, so it is hard to persuade people to stay on campus over the weekend. Due to the lack of entertainment for the residents at the University, money and joining an organization are necessities if a person doesn’t want to be bored all year. Even though there is not much to do, the education students receive is totally worth it.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The peach industry is celebrated with the annual Johnson County Peach Festival.
  2. Clarksville was home to the first blind school in Arkansas.
  3. Clarksville had the largest producing gas field in Arkansas in 1929, producing 86 million cubic feet daily with nine wells.
Notable Natives
  • Bill Doolin - Old West outlaw
  • Ralphie May - comedian
  • General Albert Pike - Old West outlaw
Points of Interest
  • Hurley's Arena
  • Mount Magazine State Park
  • Oark General Store
  • Ozark Highlands Trail
  • Panther Theatre
  • Peach Pickin' Paradise
  • Spadra Creek Nature Trail
  • Stephens Gallery
Shopping Centers
Movie Theaters
Clarksville Cinema
2424 E. Clark Rd.
(479) 754-3520
Major Sports Teams
Arkansas Travelers: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Little Rock, Ark.: : 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Springfield, Mo.: : 3 hours, 40 minutes
Did You Know?
There is always a hiking trail to walk on, a river to go canoeing, and a forest to go camping. Clarksville offers a lot of outdoor options for residents.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 9% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 73% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 18% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 13 responses

  • 23% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 15% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 62% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 11 responses

  • 27% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 18% Totally.


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