Harrison has one of our nation's disappearing treasures-- an active, living downtown square anchored by the county courthouse and surrounded by local businesses. Old men meet on the park benches to woodcarve and shoot the breeze; young people flock to My Best Friends Closet to look for hip secondhand clothing. You can have a fancy dinner at Bottini's, buy your medicine at the Alexander's drugstore (they live just above it!), and shop for anything from furniture to antiques to health food. However, it has a dark history of its residents being openly racist, targeting people of non-white color by verbally abusing and physically threatening and attacking them with almost no provocation.
The 1929 Lyric Movie Theater on the downtown square was purchased in 1999 and renovated into a performance venue by the Ozarks Arts Council. You can regularly catch classic movies, musical acts, musical theatre, and college activities and classes being held there. You can rent it for your own special events as well (phenomenally cheaply).
Many visitors and residents enjoy the Ozark Mountains and the Buffalo River nearby. Hiking trails, canoe rentals, camping and RV areas, and the like are all located within just a few miles.
For hiking information, check out Tim and Pam Ernst's hiking guides.
Branson, Missouri is located just a half hour to the north of Harrison. Whether you want to see a show, go outlet shopping, visit a theme park, or eat at a great restaurant, there are many options there.
- mystic caverns, P.O. Box 1301 Harrison, Arkansas 72602, .
- Tucked away in the rolling hills just north of the Buffalo River (and Pruitt, AR), these are two caves (about 150 feet under the ground).
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 117 Hwy 43e, ☎ +1 870 741-3636, .