Russellville is located on Highway 40/64, 77 miles from Little Rock, 84 miles from Fort Smith, 120 miles from Branson, Mo. and a six hour drive from St. Louis. There is also a one hour direct flight from St. Louis into LittleRock. Russellville has a population of almost 29,000 and has seen a 36% increase in population since 2000. The city is located in Pope County, which has over 62,547 residents, as of 2013. It is the county seat.
Russellville is located on the Arkansas River, and is used for barge traffic. The area is filled with beautiful vistas, hiking trails and waterfalls. Lake Dardanelle is a major tourist attraction and hosts up to 45 fishing tournaments each year.
Russellville is home to Arkansas Nuclear One, which is the only nuclear power plant in Arkansas. It has 2 reactors and employs 950 people.
Arkansas Technical University has a 12,000 member student body and has seen a continued increase in student body for the last 17 years. They are a Division II, NCAA school.
Russellville has a wide variety of businesses. Russellville is also in the Pine Belt, a geographic area that contains soft and hardwoods. It has many wood related industries, including International Paper, Inc. and West Fraser, a very large American/Canadian lumber company. Some of the larger employers include: Tyson's River Valley Hatchery, Hackney Ladish Inc, a pipe fitting corporation, An-Pro a company that makes animal feed proteins. St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, a major medical center for central Arkansas. Americold Refrigeration Products, a global company. United States Veteran’s Affairs outpatient clinic also has a large presence. S.T.A.R. Industries, which has work centers for individuals with disabilities. There is also Thompson Industrial Park which has Dalton King Packaging, Inc, and more. Russellville also has a wide variety of retail establishments and restaurants.
The River Valley is home to four state parks – Lake Dardanelle, Mount Nebo, Mount Magazine and Petit Jean – offering visitor centers, trail guide, marked hiking trails and swimming areas or pools.
Mount Nebo, Mount Magazine and Petit Jean – the Tri-Peaks – offer breathtaking views. Lake Dardanelle’s visitor center features an aquatic exhibit holding many species of fish native to the river as well as Piney Creek and the Illinois Bayou. Planned activities such as kayak and pontoon boat tours of the lake, fish feedings, hands-on guided activities and hikes with park guides are just a sampling of the fun and wonder to be experienced at beautiful Lake Dardanelle State Park.