Parthenon Community Center
The Parthenon, Arkansas Community Center serves the social and economic interests of the surrounding community and visitors by maintaining meeting and event space and facilitating mutually supportive networking.
Our beautiful 5.5 acre site contains three buildings available for rent individually or in combination:
1) 30’x40’ Community Building with full kitchen, restrooms and shower.
2) A very large restored1936 Works Progress Administration Gymnasium with bleachers and restrooms.
3) A 24’x30’ covered bandstand.
Our spaces are available for event rentals such as Reunions, Weddings, Church Groups, Corporate Meetings or Conferences, Equine, Sporting or Athletic events, Motorsports Rallies and other large or small occasions. Limited onsite camping is available with building rentals. Modest rates vary by specific requirements.
Whether you are local or from 'off',
we say "Welcome! How can we help?"
Contact Ryan @ 870-446-2662 or
Plan Your Trips with Itinerary Builder
The destinations below are linked to directions maps, and expanded explantions of the destinations themselves. The travel times and distances listed below are from Parthenon Community Center. To create a map and directions from the center , to the destination (see below), copy and paste the GPS coordinates into the empty box on the mapping page and click on "get directions".
|Note that the times and distances listed in italics after the GPS coordinates are from the Panther Creek Cabin|
|Ponca Elk Education Center (in Ponca) (870) 861-2432
GPS: 36.02215, -93.36141 (9.8 miles, 17 mins)
AGFC elk education center, nationally recognized facility
Open daily 10 - 4:30 PM, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
|Boxley Valley Elk Herd (Highway 43 & 21) Web
GPS: 35.97717, -93.40219 (13.8 miles, 25 mins)
Home of Arkansas' famous elk herd, arguably the most viewable in the southern US. Mornings and evenings, fall rut exceptional.
|Lost Valley Hiking Trail (3 miles south of Ponca on 43)
GPS: 36.00297, -93.37295 (11 miles, 20 mins)
NPS The most popular hiking trail in the upper Buffalo River area. Barrier free stretch, suitable for families. Eden Falls, native american shelter, waterfall in cave, outstanding spring wildflowers.
|Smith Creek Preserve (3 mi. south of Church on 21) Web
GPS: 35.93548, -93.38612 (17.4 miles, 31 mins)
Nature Conservency, hiking trail 500 ft. descent in 1 mile. Two track road, hiking trail, very scenic spring fed creek with outstanding spring wildflower show. Popular with photographers. Remote.
|Hawksbill Craig (6 miles up Cave Mtn. road) Map
GPS: 35.88816, -93.4698 (22.2 miles, 48 mins)
Popular 3 mile round trip with 200 ft elevation change. Most photographed Arkansas Landmark. Trail can be rough, a few seasonal creeks.
|Centerpoint Trailhead (5 miles north of Ponca on 43) Map
GPS: 36.09222, -93.334693 (16.3 miles, 29 mins)
This trailhead is popular with hikers and horsemen. It is one of two ways to famous Hemmed In Hollow, the dangerous Goat Trail, Sneeds Creek Trail, and Granny Henderson's cabin. Big elevation changes, not for out of shape hikers. 1,000 ft descent. For most, this is an all day hike requiring frequent rest stops.
GPS: 36.00835, -93.18635 (5.5 miles, 11 mins)
Quaint village of 500, offering places to eat including the Boardwalk Cafe, and the Cliff House Inn (6 miles south on Highway 7). A few shops to visit featuring local artists and offering local curiosities.
GPS: 36.02236, -93.36145 (10.3 miles, 17 mins)
Quaint village of 50, home to most viewable elk population in Arkansas. Popular floating spot for Upper Buffalo River. Hub for hiking trails in the Upper Buffalo River area.
GPS: 36.64465, -93.22709 (58.2 miles, 75 mins)
Nationally famous entertainment destination on par with Nashville, TN. A popular day trip with local visitors to see national acts, and old time country entertainment.
|Eureka Springs, AR
GPS: 36.39489, -93.74231 (61.5 miles, 83 mins)
This is Arkansas' Victorian Village, built on a mountain with multiple springs and gardens city-wide. An outstanding day trip to a town with art galleries, unique shops, other attractions.