Clarion Inn & Suites Russellville I-40

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Discover the long list of things to do in Russellville, Arkansas while you’re staying with us. Russellville is the largest city in, and the seat of, Pope County. We are located one hour outside of Little Rock, right along Scenic 7 Byway.

The scenic highway passes right by our front door, connecting us to the Ozark Mountains, the Ozark National Forest to the north, and the Oachita National Forest and Hot Springs National Park to the south.

Russellville is the perfect stop for comfortable lodgings if you’re looking to get out into the wilds of untouched natural beauty! It’s a quick drive from our hotel to all sorts of outdoor activities, from rock climbing, hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, and so many more things to do in Russellville, Arkansas.

For more local information and guides, our hotel offers free newspapers in the lobby throughout the week. Pick up USA Today, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette or The Courier, a local Russellville paper. For up-to-date events and attractions, stop by the front desk for recommendations or tips!


With our location at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, there are so many things to do in Russellville outdoors! The Ozark National Forest is a playground of hiking, trails, waterfalls, and over a million acres of forest. Hike Mount Magazine State Park for a sweeping view from the highest peak in Arkansas.

Visit Mount Nebo State Park in Dardanelle, a park closer to Russellville and our hotel. Mt Nebo State Park’s Sunrise and Sunset Points are perfect spots to watch the sun rise or set, with a bird’s eye view 1,350 ft in the air. For thrill-seekers, this park is one of the few places in Arkansas with a hang gliding launch point.

Just north of Russellville, guests can spend a day kayaking or canoeing at the beautiful Buffalo National River!


The Arkansas River, which flows through Russellville is an ideal spot for anglers. Whether you’re experienced or a novice, try your hand at catching the native white bass that live in the river, or bream, crappie, and large-mouthed bass, all creating the ideal environment for sport fishing.

In keeping with this favorite thing to do in Russellville, the area is host to a variety of fishing tournaments throughout the year! The Bass Tournament in spring is an annual event that draws in visitors from around the country.


Russellville’s historic downtown area spans eight blocks at the center of the city. The buildings in downtown are beautiful examples of late 19th and early 20th century architecture. Throughout the year, the city hosts a number of events and festivals to keep the downtown thriving.

The first Friday in March, June, September, and December is the Art Walk when local artists and musicians perform and display their works in downtown Russellville. During the spring and summer, the Farmer’s Market sells local produce, and the Summer Concert Series brings music to the downtown.

Check out the Russellville Downtown page for current and on-going events. No matter the time of year, there’s lots of things to do in Russellville, Arkansas.


Hotel Near Arkansas Tech University

Our hotel near Arkansas Tech University provides comfortable lodgings with access to the best amenities in town! Enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep close to Russellville's best attractions, and wake up to a delicious breakfast buffet. Take a dip in our hotel pool, print off any last minute documents in our business center, or get a quick workout in at the fitness center. We make visiting the university easy, as our hotel near Arkansas Tech University is less than half a mile north of campus.

Arkansas Tech University, or ATU, is a public university that has been educating generations in Russellville since 1909. Originally Arkansas Polytechnic College, the university now offers bachelor and graduate degrees in all areas, including the arts, humanities, sciences, technology, engineering, and more. The university is particularly a leader in STEM education, and the school is continuously adding to its STEM-focused programs.

Go Wonder Boys and Golden Suns!

In addition to academic excellence, the university’s athletics department competes in the NCAA Division II Great American Conference. The Green and Gold at Arkansas Tech are the Wonder Boys, or the Golden Suns for the women’s teams. Come out for a game during your visit to our hotel near Arkansas Tech University.

The 11,000 undergraduate students at Tech enjoy the campus’ 559 acre campus. If you’re visiting with a prospective student, book a tour through the university. Another option is to explore ATU’s online virtual tour with information about the campus, life, buildings, and academics.

For a hotel near Arkansas Tech University that is great for groups, Clarion Inn & Suites Russellville provides discounted rates on hotel blocks. Get in touch with us today to book a block of rooms!


Hotel Near Lake Dardanelle State Park

Our hotel near Lake Dardanelle State Park in the Arkansas River Valley provides reliable and recently renovated accommodations for group getaways, solo trips, and everything in between. Book a room at the Clarion Inn & Suites Russellville and combine a comfortable night’s stay with premium amenities. Start your day with a breakfast buffet, or make a trip to Cagle’s Mill, our on-site restaurant which prepares delicious and fresh Ozark staples.

Lake Dardanelle State Park is a gathering spot to the west of downtown, just 5 miles from our hotel. It’s one of the area’s best outdoor recreation spots. Use our hotel’s expansive parking for your RV or boat and then head over to the State Park’s RV camping or its many launches right on the shore. The park has a 1,861-square-foot pavilion for weigh-ins at fishing competitions and tournaments. Fishing at Lake Dardanelle is one of the best things to do in town! The state park has world-class bass fishing and all the facilities an angler needs to get out on the water.

Fun on the Water

It’s not just about fishing, of course: Lake Dardanelle is a destination for all sorts of water activities and sports. No matter what speed you’re looking for, you can find it here. Rent a kayak, go for a serene canoe around the lake’s cove, or use your speed boat for water skiing and more.

In addition to the lakefront activities, Lake Dardanelle has a number of lovely, short walking trails that will take you through the woods around the lake. The Meadowbrook Trail loops through lush woods and has very little to no elevation change, perfect for the whole family.

Our hotel near Lake Dardanelle State Park provides ample boat parking and boat chargers, so you can be prepared for a day out on the water! Looking to enjoy an ATV ride on one of the many trails at the park? Our hotel provides ATV parking for our guests.

Book our hotel near Lake Dardanelle State Park for family getaways and trips to one of Arkansas’ best lakes!


Hotel Near Ozark National Forest

Our hotel is near the Ozark National Forest! 1.2 million acres of forest is right in our backyard, where sweeping views of greenery, cascading falls, and untouched natural beauty await.

The Ozark National Forest is spread across the Ozark mountain range and includes the state’s highest peak, Mount Magazine. From soaring peaks to underground discovery: this forest is also home to Blanchard Springs Caverns, a “living” cavern where stunning stalagmites and stalactites are still changing and reshaping over time. It’s easy to go for an afternoon adventure in the woods when you’re lodging near Ozark National Forest with us.

The forest has some of the state’s very best trails. The park is covered in over 300 miles of well-maintained trails, which range from easy and accessible day hikes to the Ozark Highlands Trail, a 165-mile trail which crosses the forest in one of the most scenic hikes in the country. Walk and camp along streams, high ridges, bluffs, and of course, through the forest’s towering hardwood trees.

Discover the Forest

Head north from our hotel near the Ozark National Forest along scenic Highway 7 into the forest. Making a left in Sand Gap onto Highway 123 will take you on a winding forest trail to the area around Haw Creek Falls, Pam’s Grotto and more. For more recommendations and itineraries, just stop by the front desk during your stay!

Russellville is the closest city to this woodland and mountain escape, and our hotel near the Ozark National Forest is a great place to stay if you’re looking for comfort and convenience. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep in accommodations close to the I-40, but far enough away for a peaceful stay. Whether you’re heading further into the forest or just stopping by, you’ll enjoy our breakfast buffet, outdoor pool, and on-site restaurant!

Book a room at Clarion Inn & Suites Russellville on our website for the lowest rate and best deals on a hotel near the Ozark National Forest!


Visit our Hotel near Arkansas Nuclear One

Book your stay at our hotel near Arkansas Nuclear One, the only nuclear power plant in Arkansas. Employing 900 full time workers and more than 100 baseline contractors, Arkansas Nuclear One is often visited by employees across the country.

Originally opened in December 1974, Arkansas Nuclear One features two pressurized water reactors, the first was built during the plants original opening, with the second opening for operation 6 years later. The purpose of the plant was to deliver the people of Arkansas with affordable energy while adding to the state’s local economy.

Business Travel Made Easy

Our hotel near Arkansas Nuclear One is the ideal place for business travelers to stay during their corporate trips to the plant. Our lodging near Nuclear One Russellville, Arkansas ensures each guest will have a relaxing and comfortable stay with us, and in-room amenities like flat-screen TVs, mini-fridge’s, and a coffee/tea maker allows guests to unwind with ease. Grab a delicious complimentary breakfast each morning, or enjoy a workout in our hotel’s on-site fitness center before heading over to the plant. Our hotel features an on-site business center that gives corporate travelers a chance to get some work done before a big meeting or presentation at the nuclear plant.

To accommodate our guests working at the plant, our hotel can offer an earlier breakfast and a night-cleaning service to fit with the worker schedules during an outage. Looking to stay in our hotel near Arkansas Nuclear One for a long period? Our hotel offers special extended stay rates! Just call the hotel at 479-968-4300 to enjoy this special extended-stay offer.

Book your stay at our hotel near Arkansas Nuclear One to enjoy business travel-friendly amenities at an affordable rate!


Our Russellville hotel is the perfect place to stop during a motorcycle trip through Arkansas! With so many road trip friendly amenities available on site, in addition to our special motorcycle rate, you’re sure to enjoy a comfortable stay when you book at the Clarion Inn & Suites Russellville.

Motorcycle-Friendly Features

Our hotel offers a number of amenities designed to make your stay with us a relaxing affair. Bike groups will enjoy:

• Easy access to motorcycles

• On-site restaurant & lounge

• Bike parking right outside your door

• On-site bike wash station

• Large Swimming Pool and Patio area

• Complimentary breakfast

• Maps with suggested routes and attractions available

• Private meeting facilities