Grant County

Tall pines let you know you have entered timber country

Intrepid Spanish explorer

Hernando de Soto is believed to have visited the region in about 1541. The first settlers began arriving before the Civil War. The region, later forming parts of Jefferson, Saline and Hot Spring Counties, was divided by

trees surrounding the streams and forests that provide great fishing and hunting for the sports enthusiast.

Major events include the Grant County Fair & Rodeo, held annually in September, and Timberfest, the hearty timberland festival where the finest woodsman talents in the area are showcased. The event occurs on the first weekend of October every year.

politics and patriotism during the Civil War. Following the war, local citizens developed plans to create a new county, taking land from existing counties.


In 1869, Governor Powell Clayton signed a bill into law creating the county, named after then president Ulysses S. Grant. The county seat was named after General Phillip Sheridan, another Union hero.

Today, Grant County visitors know they are

in timber county by the vast areas of pine  




At Jenkins Ferry State Park, the Confederate attack on General Steele’s Union forces is reenacted at this spot on the Saline River.

Charming rows of unique shops face historic Courthouse Square in downtown Sheridan.

Timberfest is Sheridan’s hearty festival that showcases local lumberjacking skills and performing talent.