The Harrison hometown atmosphere offers a relaxing, family-oriented lifestyle. We take pride in the fact that our way of life intrigues people and gives them the desire to relocate in the Harrison area. Our Business Directory and Relocation Guide (17MB)will provide useful information on the Harrison area. You will discover why Harrison is included in the "100 Best Small Towns in America". Harrison, the county seat, is the largest city in Boone County with an estimated population of 13,000 and estimated county population of 34,000.
The community is as dedicated to the preservation of our history for future generations as it is in providing a bright future. An active Main Street program is at work and the downtown square has been awarded National Historic District status. The beautiful courthouse, built in 1909, still proudly serves in that capacity today. Located in a picturesque park, it is the central anchor of the square. The downtown shopping district boasts of many historical buildings dating as far back as 1876. The shopping district remains fully occupied providing community members and visitors a variety of shopping, dining and recreational opportunities.
The economy is strong and unemployment is low thanks to a diverse economy anchored by a large manufacturing base. Wood products, medical services, manufacturing, telecommunications, trucking, electronics, warehousing and tourism all play a large part in Harrison's success.
Boone County Courthouse in the spring
If you're looking for unspoiled scenic beauty, you can find it in every direction from Harrison, surrounded by the Ozark National Forest. Only an hour and a half to the south of Harrison is the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View plus the Jewel of the U.S. Forest Service, Blanchard Springs Caverns. The Folk Center features seasoned craftspeople demonstrating Arkansas pioneer skills. The Caverns, managed by the Forest Service, may be toured.
Several scenic drives wind through the Ozark National Forest, including Arkansas Highway 7, which is designated as one of the 10 most scenic drives in the United States, and is Arkansas' first National Scenic Byway.
Canoeing, fishing and other water activities abound at the Buffalo National River, 15 minutes south; the White River, 50 minutes east for trout fishing; Bull Shoals Lake, 25 minutes north; Table Rock Lake, 25 minutes north, both offer water skiing and fishing. Within an hour's drive north from Harrison is booming Branson, Missouri and Victorian Eureka Springs located to the west.
If you are looking for the best musical entertainment, quality arts, crafts, antiques and water sports of all kinds or scenic beauty that rivals any in America, Harrison, Arkansas, should be your home.