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 has been declared a landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


PIONEER VILLAGE is a complete restoration of a south Arkansas community during the late 1800’s and turn of the century. You will be carried back in time to the period of the early settlers with a visit to the one-room log cabin with smokehouse and herb garden. 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.

KINGSLAND is nearby, and here is where you’ll visit the birthplace of the town’s native son, country music superstar, Johnny Cash.


THE  SALINE RIVER  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.



Poultry Show - Early March

Bluegrass Crafts Festival - Early March

Junior Livestock Show - Late March

Summer Showdown Rodeo - Late August

Cleveland County Fair - Mid-September

Holiday Fair - Early December

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