Community FAQ’s

Clinton is the county seat of Van Buren County, with an area of nearly 12 square miles. As of the 2012 census, Clinton had a population of 2,602, and Van Buren County had a population of 17,295. At an elevation of 564 feet, it is the southern entrance to the Ozark Mountains, located on shores of the Little Red River, just miles from Greers Ferry Lake.

One of the oldest communities settled by homesteading pioneers in this region of Arkansas, Clinton’s dynamic history dates to the 1870’s. It’s a gem of natural beauty with strong regional heritage hold a special attraction to both visitors and long-time residents. We invite you to take a closer look into the growing community life and business development in our area. Enjoy our historic downtown, parks & trails, local arts & crafts, antique & boutique shopping, and much more!

Families gather for sports events & festivals at Archey Park


Clinton maintains 2 public parks with lighted walking trails, music amphitheater, fishing pond, outdoor classroom & nature garden, skateboard park, soccer field, 9 baseball/softball fields, and a newly-launched Disc Golf Course.

The Archey Park Riverwalk system is pedestrian, bicycle, and pet friendly, linking both park areas to the historic downtown, with water access to the Archey Fork Nature Conservancy area. Ample parking, with many shops & restaurants are within convenient walking distance.

Other amenities include Tennis Courts, a nearby Adventure Park & Drone Course, South Fork Nature Center, the famous Natural Bridge, the 9-hole Red River Golf Club, and so much more!

Archey Fork Park Trail Map (Click for larger view)

Greers Ferry Lake

Greers Ferry Lake offers 40,000 acres of good fishing and water sports. There are several marinas, campgrounds, and boat docks available. Tributaries to the lake run through and around Clinton, providing excellent wade fishing.

Access the water from Hwy 65 on the south side of Clinton (turn on Hwy 95 E towards Choctaw Marina) or from Hwy 16 on the north side (through Shirley towards Fairfield Bay).


The Clinton community boasts a diversity of restaurants, from popular fast food chains, to fine dining, to fun & flavorful diners, café’s & bistros. You’ll never run out of delicious options!
(Click here to view Food & Restaurants directory…)


Shopping on the brain?
Browse boutiques, thrift stores, bookstores, & more, to your heart’s content!
(Click here to view Shopping directory…)


– U.S. 65 (the major connecting route on the way to Branson, MO), State Highways 9, 16, 95, and 330 all intersect in Clinton
– Clinton Municipal Airport and Holley Mountain Airpark
Jefferson Lines features a bus stop in Clinton, connecting the city to other major destinations in the state and throughout the country


2 hotels, 3 motels, campgrounds, and rental cabins (Click here to view Lodgings directory…)


Economic Development

Curious about how a little town can make great progress? Read about the efforts here! GROW →

Municipal Services

Police Protection: 7 City Officers, 9 County Officers, 3 State Officers
Fire Protection: 19 volunteer & 1 paid firefighter
Fire Insurance: Class 5th rating
Health Services: County hospital, family clinics, vision clinics, dentists, and local specialty offices including physical therapy, surgeon, chiropractor, community mental health and county health unit


Clinton School District is one of 5 K-12 school districts in the county
– Clinton Public Schools are fully accredited with the AR Department of Education
– Head Start & ABC program
– North Central Career Center Adult Education
– New state-of-the-art Van Buren County Library & Conference Center
– 5 universities and colleges are within 40 miles of Clinton


Clinton was named for DeWitt Clinton, the New York governor who built the Erie Canal. The land was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, and settlers from the East soon began to populate the area. The first Clinton post office was established in 1833. The city was incorporated for the first time in 1851.
Don’t miss a visit to the Van Buren County Historical Museum! On 3rd St, just off Main Street & Yellowjacket Lane.

City Government

Departments & Commissions →

Mayor: Richard McCormac
Recorder/Treasurer: Dena Malone
City Attorney: Chad Brown
City Council:
Tim Barnes
Gayla Bradley
Shon Hastings
Jason Lynch
Jeff Pistole
Sammy Ward

See also:

Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Association →

Clinton Area Community Calendar →

Fairfield Bay: Ozark Mountain Lake & Resort Community →

Van Buren County HUB:
Local Events & Info →

Looking for more to do in the area?

Check out the new regional travel app, Arkansas Adventures! →