Mountainburg is a sleepy little mountain town, but it’s also a beautiful little mountain town. With proximity to both Artist Point, which gives you a truly inspiring view of Saddle Canyon, and Lake Fort Smith, which gives you the opportunity to fish and boat to your heart’s delight, Mountainburg is a perfect place to find some peace, quiet, and nature. You’ll find this town and its population of 624 in the Boston Mountain section of the Ozarks.
Dumas is in the northwestern part of Desha County, just across the county from the mighty Mississippi. What makes this little delta town so amazing is its resilience. A devastating tornado struck the town in 2007, and it has cleaned up, rebuilt, and rebounded due to its amazing citizens. In Dumas, you’ll find peace, quiet, and resilience. Community of Excellence, indeed.
3. Prairie Grove
Coming in at 4,789 people, Prairie Grove is also populated by trees and history. At Prairie Grove you’ll see a historic battleground that is nationally recognized as one of the most intact Civil War battlefields in the United States. Pictured above is the historic Latta House, which you can tour at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Cannon fire is long gone from Prairie Grove, though. Today, you’ll find a peaceful little town where you can rest yourself.
Piggott is a little town all the way up in the northeastern portion of Arkansas. With a population of 3,721, in this small delta town you may just find inspiration. After all, Ernest Hemingway lived there while he worked on some of his most classic fiction. Piggott is a nice place with a peaceful demeanor, and you’ll love it.
5. Toad Suck
Okay, so Toad Suck isn’t a town. It’s an unincorporated community. That matters little, as Toad Suck is another great place to sit back and enjoy some peace and quiet. There isn’t much there, actually, except its spectacular name, merchandise featuring its spectacular name, and a great place to relax in a community so small I couldn’t even find an accurate population for it.
With a population of 953, you’re going to love little Cotter. Set near the banks of the deliriously wonderful White River, Cotter offers peace, quiet, and trout. In fact, it offers three kinds of trophy-sized trout. What better way to relax than spending an afternoon fishing? You’ll find Cotter up in Baxter County, and you’re not going to find a better small town anywhere.
Smackover’s population is 1,811, and I’m guessing every single resident loves to see their town name on their mail. They got that delightful name because the French name “Sumac Couver” didn’t seem real Arkansas to the English speaking people who settled there. This little oil town is pure Americana in culture and appearance, and it’s a great, quiet place to visit, especially if you’re interested in the history of Arkansas’s natural resources.
With a population of 4,583, the town of Ashdown prides itself on the sense of family they cultivate there. It’s a friendly little place, with tons of peace, quiet, and Southern hospitality. You’ll also find a downtown district that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Two Rivers Museum, which is a great place to step back in time with incredible exhibits.
9. Fairfield Bay
If you’re looking for peace and quiet, what could possibly be better than a community that’s popular among retirees? Fairfield Bay is located on the shores of gorgeous Greers Ferry Lake, and you won’t find a better place to while away the hours. The population of Fairfield Bay is 2,297 humans, tons of fish, and one exquisite resort called the Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Bay.
10. Lake Village
Lake Village is set near the southeastern corner of Arkansas, and though the economy there is based on agriculture, the tourism there is based on Lake Chicot, and for good reason. Every wise fisherman knows Lake Chicot is a fantastic place to fish. With a population of 2,485, this small town embodies the charm and hospitality you’d expect from an Arkansas delta town.
Huntsville calls itself “The Crossroads of the Ozarks,” and it’s a peaceful place where you can rest your weary self. Set in the idyllic and scenic Madison County, Huntsville has an adorable little downtown area that’s the perfect place to stroll around and forget about your worries.
Set in Crawford County, Dyer’s population is only 858. It would be a good place to test the theory that in small towns, everybody knows your name. It’s also near both the scenic Boston Mountains and the breathtaking state park on White Rock Mountain. Dyer is the place to go if you’re looking for peace, quiet, and an incredible outdoor experience.