This picturesque Ozark Mountain town is a great base camp
for an Ozarks adventure. Sounds of wildlife, mountain scenery, and beautiful
color in the spring and fall are just a few reasons to come visit.
It’s centrally located a few miles south of the Buffalo
and the Tyler Bend Visitor’s Center
as well as the charming Buffalo River town of Gilbert
A few miles to the west is the Ozark National Forest and the Ozark Highlands
Trail. To the northeast is another section of the Ozark National Forest, and to
the south lies the historic shopping destination of Leslie
Marshall is situated within the elk hunting capital of
Arkansas and wild elk can often be seen grazing just outside of town. Canoeing,
kayaking, hiking, camping, stargazing, hunting, smallmouth bass fishing, and
horseback riding await outdoor lovers. It’s also a popular area with motorcycle
The annual Searcy County Fair and Rodeo is held here in
September and the annual Marshall High School Art Club Chocolate Roll Festival
in honor of Searcy County being the Chocolate Roll Capital of the World™ is
held in March.
Perhaps the most recognizable historic landmarks in town is
the Kenda Drive-In, the only year-round operating drive-in movie theater in
Arkansas. Marshall is also home to the Searcy County Library (named a “Star
Library” in 2011, one of only two systems so named in the state). Marshall also
boasts a modern airport with a 4,000-ft. lighted runway.
Marshall was named for John Marshall, who, according to
Ernie Deane’s Arkansas Place Names, was one of the most influential men in
American history. Marshall was secretary of state under President John Adams
and was appointed as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cabins, lodges, bed and breakfast inns, RV parks,
campgrounds, and farm stay accommodations are available in the region.