Cleveland County

Civil War history, plentiful fishing and “Walkin’ the Line”

WELCOME TO RISON  Rison’s centerpiece is the Cleveland County Courthouse, a stately building where you can study the architecture of another era. Filled with history and distinction, the courthouse is a landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Pioneer Village is a complete restoration of a south Arkansas community as it appeared in the late 1800s. Visiting the one-room log cabin with smokehouse and herb garden will take you back to the time of the early settlers. Other buildings include a Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1867, a country mercantile store which sells handmade crafts and related items, a Victorian home and a blacksmith shop complete with anvil, bellows and all the tools of the trade. All buildings are listed on the National Register.

Not far from Rison is Kingsland where you’ll visit the birthplace of the town’s native son, country music superstar, Johnny Cash.


Meandering through most of Arkansas, the Saline River is home to some of the best fishing in the state and runs the length of Cleveland County. Whether it’s bass, crappie, bluegill or catfish, you’re sure to catch your limit. If hunting, scenery, forests and the great outdoors are what you prefer, Cleveland County is the place for you to visit.




First Sunday Lunch – Monthly

Celebrate Cleveland Cty Breakfast – Early March

Cleveland County Fair – Late September

Veterans Appreciation Dinner – Late October

Cleveland County Fair – Mid-September

Highway 79-63 Junk Hunt – Early October

Rison in the Fall – Early October

Trunk or Treat – End of October

A brass ensemble warms up to play at Pioneer Village in Rison.

Christmas in the Village – Early December