About one mile south of Marshall, on the west side of US-65, is a roadside park, the Devil's Backbone Mountain Overlook, which offers one of the best views that can be found anywhere in Arkansas. It was an early November morning when I last passed this way and I stopped for several minutes to drink in the grandeur of it all. The valley was cloaked in autumn colors and a morning fog was still clinging like gause along the course of the Buffalo River in the distance below.
According to the map, the view overlooks the small community of Canaan and beyond to the Boston Mountains, a part of the Ozark Mountain Range. Canaan was the land of promise in the Bible - a land flowing with milk and honey. From this vantage point it is easy to see why early settlers may have named it that.
Searcy County, with a population of 8,261 as of the 2000 census, was formed December 13, 1838 from a portion of Madison County and named for Richard Searcy, a judge in the Arkansas Territory. The city of Searcy, Arkansas, some 70 miles outside of the county, shares the name despite having never been part of Searcy County.
Located in the Ozark Mountains of north/central Arkansas, Searcy County contains several small towns inculding Marshall (the county seat), Gilbert, Leslie, Pindall and St. Joe. Even smaller Searcy County communities, with picturesque names, include Morning Star, Evening Star, Lone Pine, Magic Springs and Snowball.
The most notable feature of the county is that it contains the mid-section of the Buffalo National River, one of the most scenic recreational areas in the central United States, offering opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers of all types. See my Buffalo River National Park page to learn more.
Searcy County is an alcohol prohibition or dry county but you can still get high on nature here.
Searcy County, Arkansas