Welcome to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas


Welcome to the official City of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas website. If you are a lifelong resident, looking for business opportunities, or just visiting our town we hope you will find the information you need within these pages.

Walnut Ridge has a population of close to 5000 residents and is located in the northeast quarter of Arkansas. Approximately half of an hour drive West of Jonesboro, an hour and a half drive north west of Memphis, Tennessee and a two hour drive north of the state capitol in Little Rock. Walnut Ridge is not only the largest city in Lawrence County but also the county seat.

Walnut Ridge has three major highways running through its city limits; Highway 67, Highway 63 and Highway 412. Highway 67 was named Rock and Roll Highway 67 in 2009. In the 1950’s many famous musicians played along this stretch of highway like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Lee Riley and Sonny Burgess.

Two major railways  run through the city of Walnut Ridge. Union Pacific runs north and south, Burlington Northern runs east and west. These railways intersect one mile south of our downtown area. Union Pacific runs directly through the city. In addition to these thoroughfares, we can also boast of a major airport capable of handling large air craft, the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.

Local citizens can take pride in our town’s strong rural character. Walnut Ridge has always maintained a large agricultural industry . Rice, soybeans, wheat and corn are the major crops grown in this area. Residents can enjoy the rural charm of a farming community with its winding roads and fields farmed for generations.

Our city has affordable housing, friendly people, and a great public educational system serving elementary, middle, and high schools. We are fortunate to have a four year college located nearby . Williams Baptist College is next to the airport and the industrial park. Walnut Ridge also has the luxury of being within close driving distance to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

You will find a variety of recreational activities located within our city limits. A large park with sporting fields, swimming pools, an archery range, basketball and tennis courts, fishing ponds and a vast walking track.

Along with our parks, Walnut Ridge is fortunate to be located in “the” major water fowl flyway in the United States – the Mississippi Delta Flyway. Walnut Ridge’s water fowl hunting is known nationwide. Several water fowl outfitters await sportsmen every fall. There is an abundance of rivers, lakes, creeks and streams for fishing and swimming nearby. As you can see, Walnut Ridge has a lot to offer. Come to visit. See for yourself. We would love to have you call Walnut Ridge…HOME!

WRPD Is taking applications

The Walnut Ridge Police Department is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Police Officer – Full Time.

Candidates certified through Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (CLEST) and have a minimum of 2 years of law enforcement experience will take presendence.

Candidates for the position must meet the following criteria

• be a U.S. Citizen
• 21 years of age by the date of appointment
• Diploma from a standard high school or a GED certificate
• No felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions of domestic violence
• Possess a valid driver’s license
• Be of good moral character
• Pass a thorough background investigation
• Pass a physical and psychological evaluation

Download and print the WRPD Job Application Packet

Applications can also be picked up and dropped off at Walnut Ridge City Hall, 300 W. Main St. Walnut Ridge, AR, during normal business hours. This position will continue to stay open until filled.
317 NW 4th St
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476-1547

Beatles at the Ridge Set for Sept. 15-16

The 2017 Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival is set for Sept. 15-16 in downtown Walnut Ridge. This year’s festival will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Branson’s Liverpool Legends will again headline the music festival, which is free to all to attend. They are scheduled to take the stage on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Other music performances on that Friday evening and Saturday will include: Deadwood Groove, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Jeffrey and the Pacemakers and Riverbilly.

Beatles at the Ridge also features the renowned Artists and Authors Symposium, which brings in Beatles experts and enthusiasts from across the country. Doors will open Friday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Studio, located on Main Street, and the official kickoff for the festival will be a “John Lennon” concert by Alan Bernhoft at 3:30 p.m.
Featured authors will be Bruce Spicer and Jude Southerland Kessler, both of whom have written numerous books on The Beatles and are featured speakers at the Fest for Beatles Fans in New York and Chicago. Featured artist for the symposium is Enoch Doyle Jeter, artist in residence at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

A book release party for Spizer’s “The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fan’s Perspective” will be held as part of the Friday evening activities, and Dr. Ken Womack will be featured on Saturday as he releases his new book “Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin.”

Contests, activities and a variety of vendors will round out the two-day event. A full schedule of events, including other performers, artists and authors who will be featured at the festival, can be found at beatlesattheridge.com.

There is vendor space still available at this time, but spots are filled on a first-come, first served basis. Vendor information, including rates and how to reserve a spot can also be found on the event website.

Walnut Ridge, Arkansas