Harrison is Home to Art and Culture
If you want mostly art and culture, then you'll really enjoy your trip to this Ozark Mountain town. The Gallery, located just north of the square, has a large show room where you'll find original and limited prints, pots and sculptures. The Gallery isn't just a place for displaying art, but also for teaching it during the week with classes ranging from beginning to advance.
You'll enjoy a trip to the Lyrie Theater also located in the historic downtown. This theater first opened in 1926 as a movie theater, but currently is used for theatrical productions, concerts, classic movies and fine arts programs.
If your interested in fishing, the Bear Creek Sprints Trout Farm and Gift Shop does offer fishing by appointment only, but you can try your luck at catching Rainbow Trout. You can use your own equipment or the Farm will let you use theirs free. Try your luck and if you don't catch anything you don't pay anything. If trout isn't your thing, you can always head to Erwin's Fish Farm and try your luck at catching catfish. This man made pond is about 1/2 an acre and is handicapped accessible.
One of the main attractions at Harrison is the Hurricane River Cave. This cave is unique in many ways, but unlike other caves, the items found when creating the cave have been left as they were. You'll see numerous skeletons with the skeleton of a saber-toothed cat, bear, and a complete Indian skeleton. You'll find the cave grounds as spectacular as the inside of the cave. The entrance is at the base of a towering bluff that includes a waterfall. Guided tours of the cave are about 45 minutes long and you'll cover only about a quarter of a mile.
A new addition to Hurricane River Cave is a wild caving tour of the east passage. Here you'll take a boat ride underground before climbing on of the most beautiful cave passages in the Ozarks. This tour leads to some very small areas that will include crawls.
One of the most beautiful attractions in Harrison is Buffalo National River. The river is one of the few remaining free flowing, unpolluted rivers. Many visitors choose to explore the Buffalo National River area by driving the winding roads that take them through historical locations, restaurants, small shops and many other hidden treasures only found in the Ozarks. Among those hidden treasures is the Boxley Valley that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Homes in this area remain in the traditional patters of the 19th century. You'll also find a large waterfall reaching over 175 feet in the area.
Ponca Elk Education Center will be along the route through the Buffalo National River. Here you'll see an Elk herd of about 450 making their home along the river. You may get a chance to see other wildlife like the Arkansas black bear, a bobcat, mink, raccoon or deer while driving along, so keep your eyes open.
Harrison also knows how to entertain its guests with a variety of shops including antiques, gift shops, cafes, boutiques and a number of clothing stores. Restaurants are easily located throughout the community and visitors won't have any difficulty locating a cuisine of their choice.
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