Scott County was inhabited by the Caddo Indian tribe for perhaps thousands of years before our ancestors arrived. It was named in honor of Judge Andrew Scott, who was appointed to the Supreme Court of the Arkansas Territory by President Monroe in 1819. When first created in 1833, it was the 29th of Arkansas' 75 counties. It was also among the original counties when Arkansas was admitted to statehood in 1836. Scott County was created out of territory taken from the existing Crawford and Pope counties.
Waldron's average highs climb to 92 degrees in July and August and its average lows dip to 28 degrees in January. The average monthly rainfall is 4.1 inches. The annual snowfall average is 5.7 inches. Humidity hovers around 85% for the year.
Waldron is home to one elementary, one middle and one high school. These provide public education to local students.
Those seeking higher education can attend Westark College only 20 miles away. For individuals willing to travel between one hour and 90 minutes away from Waldron, there's also Arkansas Tech University, the University of Arkansas' main campus, Henderson State University, Northeastern State University and Northwest Arkansas Community College.
Mercy Hospital of Scott County is located in town and serves the vicinity's health care needs.
Waldron is home to the largest bluegrass celebrations west of the Mississippi with festivals held in mid-June and mid-October of each year. If you prefer a country club over country music, Waldron Country Club offers a 9-hole open course with paved cart trails, nominal playing fees and tournaments happening from April through October. River fanciers are in luck with the swift Fourche La Fave River flowing through the southern portion of the county, offering a spectacular float trip for those willing. The Petit Jean River winds through the northern part of the county while the Poteau River meanders through the county's southwest parts. Great bass fishing can be found on the 1,000-acre Lake Hinkle.
The beautiful Ouachita Mountains and National Forest of Scott County are alive with abundant gurgling creeks acclaimed for their beauty. These mountains are the only range in the western hemisphere which run east and west! Our national forest consists of over 600 miles of recreation trails for hiking, mountain biking, ATVs, ORVs and equestrians. Rock climbing is also available.
Don't take our word for it - come and see the charm of our community for yourself. Scott County is an increasingly popular area for retirement and is full of unspoiled nature in a safe, family-friendly environment. Hurry and drop us a line, call us or pay us a visit. You'll be glad you did!