Campus and Area Overview
Arkansas Tech University is a primarily undergraduate teaching institution of approximately seven thousand students; More information on the campus can be found on various pages within the Arkansas Tech University web site. The campus is located on the northern edge of the city of Russellville, just south of Interstate 40.
Russellville has a population of 21,000 people, and is located about one hour driving distance from Fort Smith to the west, one hour from Hot Springs to the south, one hour from Little Rock to the east, and about two hours from Branson, Missouri to the north. That puts Russellville and Arkansas Tech in the middle of everything, and in the middle of nowhere! The city is large enough to have good shopping, restaurants, and movie theaters, but not so large as to have traffic snarls or other problems that are characteristic of larger cities. Russellville sits in the beautiful Arkansas River valley at the site of the dam for Lake Dardanelle, a 34,000 acre reservoir with excellent fishing for panfish, catfish, and largemouth bass.
Major fishing tournaments are frequently held on the lake because of the accommodations and the excellent bass fishing. The lake is usually rated the best bass fishing lake in the state. Accommodations include several hotels and several parks. Lake Dardanelle State Park borders the western edge of the city, and the Corp of Engineer's Old Post Road Park borders the southern edge of the city. There are several other Corp of Engineer camp grounds and facilities located on the lake and on the river.
Mountain parks within 45 minutes of Russellville include Mt. Nebo, Mt. Magazine, and Petit Jean Mountain State Parks. Together these mountain parks and Lake Dardanelle make up the Tripeaks-River Valley tourist destination center. Hang gliding is a favorite sport on Mt. Nebo, and there is an annual butterfly festival at Mt. Magazine, the highest point in Arkansas. Wildlife viewing is also a favorite past-time at the parks, and at Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge which is located on the Arkansas River, just downstream of Russellville.
Hiking and camping opportunities abound. Hiking trails are associated with all of the mountain parks, and the Ouachita National Forest, the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, and the Corp of Engineer lands provide camping opportunities that range from camping in well established campgrounds with all the comforts of home, to getting totally away from it all and camping in remote wilderness areas. Similarly, hiking trails consists of everything from well-groomed day-hike trails that the entire family can enjoy in an afternoon, to the 180 mile long Ozark Highland hiking trail and horseback trails that take days to complete.
Streams emptying into Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River drain the Ouachita Mountains to the south and the Ozark mountains to the north. These clear mountain streams provide excellent fishing for smallmouth bass, and many of them provide excellent white water canoeing during the spring and fall of the year. Two of the best whitewater streams in Arkansas, Big Piney Creek and Illinois Bayou, are located just north of town. There are several other great canoeing streams in the area including the nationally renowned and the first national scenic river in the U.S., the beautiful Buffalo River. During the winter months the Ouachita National Forest, the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, Corp of Engineer lands, and Arkansas Game and Fish management areas provide excellent hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, rabbit, and waterfowl.
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