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Top 8 Things To Do In White County, Arkansas

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Located in central Arkansas, White County includes the communities of Bradford, Bald Knob, Judsonia, Pangburn, Rose Bud, Romance, Beebe and Searcy, the county seat. Nearly 80,000 people live and work in the county, which includes both suburban and rural landscapes. Centrally located, it’s easy to explore most of the state with a short drive, but you may be surprised at how much there is to see and do. Here are our picks for the top 8 things to do in White County.

Fishing

The Little Red River tops most local anglers’ lists of best places to go fishing, but White County has a lot of fishing hot spots. Some of our favorite sites include:

Lake Barnett
White River
Henry Gray Hurricane Lake – Bald Knob
Bald Knob Lake
Beebe Community Pond
Searcy City Lake

Black House Searcy White County Arkansas

Museums

Learning should never end and regularly visiting museums is a great way to practice being a lifelong learner. White County has several museums that will pique the interests of the young and the old.

The Black House Art Gallery – Searcy
MoPac Rail Museum – Bald Knob
Pioneer Village – Searcy
Museum of Biblical Archaeology – Searcy (Harding University)

Local Colleges

The colleges and universities in White County are for more than just college students. The beautiful campuses offer events and activities for the community at large, provide a safe place to go for a walk to experience lifelong learning opportunities, and they offer a variety of programs and services to children and families.

Harding University
Arkansas State University – Beebe
Arkansas State University – Searcy

Judsonia Bridge, White County, Arkansas

Photo courtesy of Al Fowler.

Historic Sites

White County has a rich history, and historic properties are located throughout the county. The history is diverse, and efforts have been taken to preserve some of the most beautiful and exciting sites. A few of our favorites include:

Judsonia Bridge
Smyrna Church – Center Hill
White County Courthouse – Searcy
Strawberry Sheds – Bald Knob
Rialto Theater – Searcy
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial – Judsonia
Pattie Cobb Hall – Searcy (Harding University)
Spring Park – Searcy

Photo courtesy of Do Drop In.

Flea Markets

Although some really great flea markets exist throughout the county, Beebe is considered the flea market capital of White County. With over 10 brick-and-mortar flea markets and antique shops, there is always some treasure to be found or stroll through the outdoor Beebe flea market held every Saturday at 2204 W Dewitt Henry Drive.

Do Drop In – Beebe
Little Bit of This and That – Beebe
The Junk House – Beebe
Apple Tree Flea Market – Beebe
The Bee’s Knees – Searcy
Freeway Emporium – Searcy
Thackerland – Judsonia

Mural in downtown Searcy, White County, Arkansas

Photo courtesy of Al Fowler.

Murals

Local artist Jason White is well known for his mural work in White County and throughout the state. Several of White’s murals are located in downtown Searcy. White also served a role in getting the Art Alley started.

Festivals

Strawberry Homefest – Bald Knob (and don’t forget to grab a famous strawberry shortcake at the Bulldog Restaurant!)
Get Down Downtown – Searcy
World Championship Chocolate Gravy Cookoff
Fallin’ Blackbird Festival – Beebe

Photo courtesy of Harding University.

Live Performances

Something magical happens when the house lights dim, and the stage lights come up. Viewers are instantly transported into the world of the performers, and for a few hours, you can forget about the real world and fully immerse yourself in song and dance.

Ulrey Performing Arts Studio – Harding University
Center on the Square – Searcy
Searcy High School Drama
ASU Beebe Theatre Department
Searcy Citizen Park Concert Series
The Studio – Bald Knob

Do you have a favorite spot in White County that we’ve overlooked? Leave us a comment so we can add it to our list!

 

Cover photo courtesy of Al Fowler.

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and virtual assistant while raising her young son. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas. Julie loves adventure. Not necessarily "scare-your-pants-off" adventure but the kind where you seek out new and exciting things. New foods, new places, new experiences. On her blog, Seek Adventures, Julie shares about the outdoor and travel adventures of her family as they camp and standup paddleboard across the South. You can also learn more about her writing on her site Seek Adventures Media.

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