Magnolia is about 2.5 hours from Little Rock and is known for it's courthouse square. Highlighting the square are stately trees which give the town its name. You can also find colorful murals on buildings around the square.
Founded in 1909, Southern Arkansas University in town offers a varied calendar of events and tours of its 658-acre Agricultural and Horticultural Farm.
One of the most popular annual events is the Magnolia Blossom Festival and World's Championship Steak Cook-off which draws thousands of visitors each May.
Lake Columbia is a 3,000-acre impoundment stretching for six miles along Beech Creek about six miles northwest of Magnolia. This Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lake has three concrete boat ramps and fishing largemouth bass are the lake's main drawing card.
At nearby McNeil, Logoly State Park is an environmental-education park that is popular with school groups. Twelve miles south of town is the tiny community of Emerson which every June hosts the World's Championship Rotary Tiller Race and Purplehull Pea Festival.