Heber Springs is located in the heart of Arkansas, known as the Natural State. It is about 1 hour north of Little Rock, 3 hours southeast of Branson Mo., one hour south of Mountain View AR (known as the Folk Music Capital of the World) and 3 hours west of Memphis Tn. It is an extremely popular place for retirement , relaxation and relocation. The folks in Heber Springs are very friendly and outgoing, always willing to help their neighbors and visitors. Heber Springs greatest asset is Greers Ferry Lake, the Little Red River and it’s natural surroundings. Heber Springs also offers a climate that is comfortable year round. Our customers base at Ozark Country Market include foks traveling through from Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Loisianna or farther, families that love the area and have built second homes here and of course our faithful locals.
The Ozarks, also referred to as the Ozark Mountains, covers much of the south half of Missouri and an extensive portion of northwest and North central Arkansas. The region also extends westward into northeast Oklahoma and extreme southeast Kansas. Ozark mountain country has more than it’s fair share of natural beauty and a distinctly unique American culture including music, art, food and crafts. It’s people are commonsense folk who love God and country.
Some of the most scenic rivers and crystal clear lakes in America are here to enjoy in the Arkansas Ozarks. One of the Arkansas Ozarks' favorite water playgrounds is Greers Ferry Lake, located in Heber Springs and surrounding areas. The lake was formed by Greers Ferry Dam that was completed in July 1964 at a cost of approximately $46,500,000. The lake and dam were dedicated in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, his last public appearance before the fateful trip to Dallas. With 40,000 acres of lake surface to accommodate both boaters and fishermen, the fishing at the lake is superb throughout the year. Greers Ferry Lake offers great walleye fishing and excellent crappie fishing. In fact, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have stocked every game fish native to the state in the clear waters of the lake.
Trout fishing on the Little Red River offers world-class fishing trips. Trout were introduced to the Little Red in 1966, some three years after the completion of the Greers Ferry Lake project. Rainbows, browns and cutthroats are caught for some 35-river miles below the dam. Howard "Rip" Collins caught a 40-pound, four-ounce world record brown on the river in 1992...a mark that still stands. Record fish catches are a common occurrence at Greers Ferry, which abounds in game fish such as bream, channel catfish, rainbow trout, and largemouth and white bass.
A rainbow trout hatchery is in operation and furnishes the rainbow trout for stocking and fishing in the lake and below the dam in the Little Red River. Other sporting activities include boating, swimming, camping, picnicking, scuba diving, and water skiing. There is a developed nature trail winding up Sugar Loaf Mountain, an island in the lake, which affords a breathtaking view of the lake and surrounding countryside from its summit. In July our World Championship Cardboard Boat Races are a popular activity to either participate in or just come and watch. Going on for 22 years the race has attracted the attention of many magazines, newspapers, ESPN, ESPN II, Over the Edge, the Outdoor Channel, the Discovery Channel and Fox Sports Network. Boats made out of cardboard include pirate ships, stingers, cuisers, conoes and more. From mid-Novemeber until late February come see the Trumpeter swans at Magness lake. They are one of the largest of North Americas waterfowl having a wing span as long as 8 ft and weighing as much as 30 pounds. The swans live in the upper midwest but have been spending their winters at Magness lake for over a century. A beautiful site to enjoy. Travelers often stop by Ozark Country Market to pick up snacks and ask directions to the lake.
During the spring, summer and fall months all ages of folks sit downtown at the Red River Music Company and listen to free music on Saturday evenings. Check out the unique shops downtown, listen to the beautiful sound of bells coming from the bell tower at the historic Cleburne Country Courthouse, enjoy the annual lighted Christmas parade in December and so much more. Come and experience Heber Springs. You will love it here. We do!!