Archey Fork Park

Clinton City Park: Main Street Park, Archey Fork Park & Riverwalk

What’s Happening THIS WEEK at the Park?
Clinton proudly hosts a large, beautifully maintained multi-purpose park & recreational area, just off the Highway near the historic downtown and business area. Great for walking, playing, exercising, family outings, or just enjoying nature! Bring the whole family and explore the area’s many features.

Fully-paved & marked three-quarter mile walking track leading from the park, under the Hwy 65 overpass, around Archey Creek Park and behind the Archey Fork Mall, and back to the Main Street Park.

  • Convenient parking & public restrooms
  • Bring the kids to the swing park & a nearby skate park for older kids
  • Basketball court, softball & baseball fields, and Disc Golf!
  • Fishing pond, fountain, and outdoor classroom with wildlife garden
  • Enjoy a relaxing retreat right next to historic downtown, with several monuments & memorials
  • Beautifully landscaped stream garden and native habitat area along the newly-restored Archey Creek
  • Pavilions, covered bridges & comfortable rest areas
  • “Three Rivers Trailhead” monument on the historic downtown square: 8-foot tall symbolic monolithic sculpture made from native stone. Created by Fayetteville artist Hank Kaminsky, it celebrates the area’s natural & cultural heritage. See it in the Main Street park!
  • Newly extended Riverwalk Trail on the north side of the walking track (part of the Archey Fork nature conservation project from the Nature Conservancy)

Archey Fork Restoration Project

June 11, 2015 (Press Release):
The Conservancy has been working with many partners including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Arkansas Canoe Club, local landowners, Arkansas Department Environmental Quality and the City of Clinton to restore a 3.2-mile stretch of the Upper Little Red River at the confluence of the South Fork and Archey Fork that was straightened and widened in the mid-1980s for flood control.
http://www.clintonark.com/archey-fork-phase-ii-restoration-complete/

October, 2013: The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas has undertaken a multi-stage stream restoration project of the Upper Little Red River area, headed by Joy DeClerk and sponsored in part by Southwestern Energy. Chamber members and interested residents visited with the team about the process and walked the areas of the stream at different stages of completion.

The conservation work is rebuilding & reinforcing the streambed to prevent erosion & mitigate flooding in the conservation area and along adjacent properties. The improved channel will allow a clear flow to Greers Ferry Lake with reduced sediment.
http://www.clintonark.com/archey-creek-restoration-update/

Falls at Bluffton Preserve
Float VBC is coming soon with a full launch this program in 2017. It is our mission to provide public kayak and canoe launches on the floatable rivers in Van Buren County and to provide the information necessary to ensure that visitors and locals alike can have a safe and enjoyable trip exploring our county and local rivers.

Float VBC is brought to you by collaborative effort of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Clinton, Van Buren County, and We Love VBC.
http://www.floatvbc.com

“Three Rivers Trailhead” Monument

Designed by Arkansas master sculpture, Hank Kaminsky, the monument is located near the head of the city’s lighted walking trail, with access to the park’s many amenities all lovingly donated and well used.

The three sided eight foot high monolithic concrete sculpture appears at a distance to be a large grey native rock with water flowing over it. Closer inspection reveals images, some clear others more subtly rendered onto the rock like surface. All images, dates and names are important elements of history and heritage chosen for inclusion by people of Van Buren County. A nearby kiosk gives details of the images from Indian maiden to atomic energy, turkeys to ticks.

Sidewalks, kiosk, stone benches and sculpture were built over a five year period with multiple funding sources, organizations and 220 volunteers. Three Rivers Trailhead is truly the creation and an expression of our community…