The City of Heber Springs, with a population of 7,165, is the county seat of Cleburne County. The city provides an impressive quality of life for its citizens with numerous amenities. Our location and amenities make Heber Springs not only a great vacation spot but also a great place to call home. Heber Springs is beautifully located in the Ozark Mountain foothills of north-central Arkansas. The mountains serve as a stunningly scenic backdrop for fishing, boating, golfing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing and shopping in our historic downtown. You can be on the lake or river in 15 minutes from almost any point in Heber Springs or Cleburne County. There are more than 15 festivals and special events taking place throughout the year including the nationally recognized World Championship Cardboard Boat Races, named event of the year in 2015 and 2016 by the Arkansas Festival and Events Association. This exceptional quality of life enjoyed by Heber Springs residents is enhanced by a low crime rate, small town convenience with larger city amenities close by in Little Rock and Conway, an exceptional school system, a two-year Arkansas State University campus and a full-service Baptist Health Medical Center.
Find your dream home
When it is your turn to relocate, work or play, Heber Springs is your destination. Whatever your preference, this is the place: river or lake view; acreage, city or country, wooded or mountain; Living is Easy in Heber Springs!
The area is not only beautiful but compared to many other parts of the country, it is surprisingly affordable. According to Cooperative Arkansas Realtors MLS, the average sales price of a single family home in Cleburne County in 2016 was $195,000 with a median price of $160,000. Over 65 or disabled? Check with the Cleburne County Tax Assessor (501-362-8147) regarding the homestead tax credit and the possibility of capping the tax cost at the previous year’s value.
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The winters are mild, autumn is a panorama of color, springtime is early with lovely dogwoods, azaleas and blooming red bud trees and summer with its long, lazy days perfect for swimming, boating, fishing and nature walks. The pace is relaxed and peaceful.
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The industries in the Heber Springs area foster job opportunities which are an integral part of successful economic development in the community. Our industries range from Aromatique, Inc., the global leader in home fragrance products to Saint Jean Industries, a manufacturer of parts for Chrysler and Tesla. We are very proud that these companies chose Heber Springs as their base of operation and of the products they manufacture in our community.
Whether you are a full-time resident, spending your vacation on the lake or river, or just enjoying a day of shopping in our historic downtown, the “good life” is evident in Heber Springs. The city of Heber Springs has been awarded the “Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year” almost every year for the past two decades. In 2016, our community logged 304,418.5 volunteer hours to win the award once again. It is easy to make new friends and get involved in our community with any number of clubs and organizations in the area. A variety of churches in the area offer numerous opportunities for individuals to worship in an environment of their choosing where they will find warm, welcoming and compassionate people.
Fun and adventure
Year round outdoor recreation is a way of life in Heber Springs. We hike and bike on our trail system, kayak and canoe on our river, fish and play on our lake. Greers Ferry Lake, one of the cleanest lakes in North America, offers 40,000 acres of crystal clear waters with an undisturbed shoreline of 343 miles. Greers Ferry Lake is a fisherman’s paradise stocked with every game fish native to Arkansas and is the home of the record catches of a 22 lb. 12 oz. walleye and a 27 lb. 5 oz. hybrid striped bass. The Little Red River is ideal for kayaking and is the site of the record catch 40 pound, four ounce brown trout.
The lake area contains 15 federally-maintained parks, three national recreational trails, swimming areas, and numerous boat launching sites. Over 1100 campsites are maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Several privately owned campgrounds and cabins are available, as well as a wide selection of hotel and resort accommodations. There are eight marinas on the lake that provide boat, scuba gear, water toy and wave runner rentals for fun filled, adventurous days on the lake. Wide open stretches of the lake make it ideal for sailing and water sports.
Photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
A series of popular festivals and events are hosted annually in Heber Springs including Springfest, Fireworks Extravaganza, The World Championship Cardboard Boat Race, the Ozark Trail Festival, the Downtown Scarecrow Stroll, Christmas Open House and the annual lighting of the Courthouse Square and Christmas Parade. A complete list of festivals and events can be found on our events calendar.
Fireworks Extravaganza on Sandy Beach, photo courtesy of James Jackson
Important Contact Information
Real estate and property tax is 3.9% inside the city limits and 3.45 outside of the city limits based on mil levy of 20% of assess value. Assessed value X 20% X .0389 = annual tax due
Sales tax rate
Arkansas State 6.500%
Cleburne County 1.625%
Heber Springs 1.000%
Arkansas law requires anyone applying for initial Arkansas driver license to show proof of legal “presence” in the United States. Acceptable documents include a Social Security card, a valid U.S. Naturalization and Immigration photo card, a birth certificate, a U. S. Visa, or a military/military dependent ID card. At least one of these documents must be presented to a Department representative at any local Revenue Office before any initial driver license can be issued.
A new resident must obtain an Arkansas driver license at a local Revenue Office within thirty (30) days after arrival. No driver license examination is required if the applicant surrenders a valid license from another state, or surrenders one that is not expired more than 31 days. Arkansas issues a four-year license.
Office of Driver Services, P.O. Box 1272, Little Rock, AR 72203 (501) 682-7055
Local Revenue Office, North 2nd Street, Heber Springs, AR 7254 (501) 362-2469
To register to vote in the Cleburne County, Heber Springs area, call the County Clerk’s Office at 501- 362-4620, or stop by the courthouse downtown.
All new residents must register their motor vehicles within thirty (30) days of establishing residence in Arkansas, according to Arkansas law. Proof of personal property assessment (through your county residence), proof that no personal property taxes are due and proof of the proper kind and amount of liability insurance must be presented at the time of registration to obtain a vehicle tag.
Local Revenue Office, North 2nd Street, Heber Springs, AR 7254 (501) 362-2469
Office of Motor Vehicles, P.O. Box 1272, Little Rock, AR 72203 (501) 682-4692
Aging Program-Senior Citizens 501-362-2413
Assessor’s Office 501-362-8147
Cooperative Extension Service 501-362-2524
County Circuit Clerk Office 501-362-8149
County Clerk’s Office 501-362-4620
County Health Dept. 501-362-7581
County Judge 501-362-8141
County Library 501-362-2477
County Surveyor 501-362-3653
County Treasurer’s Office 501-362-8124
Emergency Services Office 501-362-2911
Mental Health 501-362-7595
Municipal Court Clerk 501-362-6585
Sheriff’s Office 501-362-8143
Social Security (Cleburne Co.) 501-268-5305
Social Services 501-362-3298
Tax Collector 501-362-8145
Veterans Affairs 501-362-6211
City of Heber Springs
Clerk Treasurer 362-8445
Fire Chief’s Office 362-5523
Fire Dept to Report Fires 362-7555
Hearing Impaired-TTY 362-7817
Housing Authority 362-6108
Mayor’s Office 362-3635
Planning & Zoning Office 362-8303
Police Dept. 362-8291
Police Chief 362-3661
Sanitation Dept. 362-3635
Street Dept. 362-5710
Waste Water Treat. Plant 362-3375
Water Works 362-3422
Council Meeting 3rd Thursday of every month at City Hall in the Council Room at 6:00 PM.
Forestry Commission 362-2463
Highway Maintenance 362-3494
Human Services Dept. 362-3298
Revenue Office 362-2469
Secretary of State 1-800-482-1127
V.A. Benefits Depart. 1-800-482-5434
Corps of Engineers Damsite & Gatehouse 501-362-5233
Greers Ferry Powerplant 501- 362-3214
Lake & River Info 501-362-5150
Visitor Center 501-362-9067
Internal Revenue 1-800-829-1040
National Fish Hatchery 501-362-3615
Post Office(Heber Springs) 501-362-2493
Social Security Admin.1-800-772-1213
VA Regional Office 1-800-827-1000
Other Important Phone Numbers
American Red Cross 501-268-2691
AR Volunteer Lawyers1-800-999-2853
AR Hwy & Transp. Dept. – (road conditions) 501-569-2374 www.ahtd.state.ar.us
Arkansas Parks & Tourism www.arkansas.com 1-800-482-8999
Attorney General 1-800-482-8982
Better Business Bureau 1-800-482-8448
Consumer Protection 1-800-482-8982
Emergency Services Office 911
IRS Forms 1-800-424-3676
Public Service Comm. 1-800-482-1164
Small Business Admin. 501-324-5871
Toll Free Directory Assist 1-800-555-1212
Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs 501-887-3000
Northstar EMS 501-362-2794
State Employment Agencies
Employment Security Div. -Searcy 501-268-8601
Heber Springs Municipal Airport 501-362-3294
Longest runway–4,000 feet, Paved surface, lighted, NDB approach
Single and twin engine planes available. Nearest Commercial Service Little Rock–60 miles
Entergy Corp. 800-368-3749
First Electric Coop 501-362-3166
CenterPoint Energy-Arkla 800-992-7552
Mountain Top Water 501-362-5803
Tumbling Shoals 501-362-8510
Water Works 501-362-3422
Ferrellgas – 501-362-3373
Pinnacle Propane – 888-490-8896
Waste Disposal & Recycling
Sanitation Department – 501-362-3635
Waste Connections of Arkansas 501-362-2666
Suddenlink Media – 501–362-3413
Internet Service Providers
Suddenlink Media – 362-3413
A T & T DSL 800-SBC-Yahoo
If you are 16 years or older, a fishing license is required to take or attempt to take game fish, turtles or frogs in Arkansas, unless you are fishing in a licensed “put and take pay lake.” The license must be carried with you. You may not possess a license that belongs to someone else or one that has been altered, backdated or counterfeited. If you are a nonresident, you may not possess a resident license. If you guide, aid or assist someone else in fishing for hire, you must have a guide license. You can buy many licenses over the counter at sporting goods stores, hunting and fishing supplies stores, some discount chains, boat docks or directly from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s regional or Little Rock offices. Call 1-800-364-4263 to order and pay by credit card or go to www.agfc.gov. For replacement of a lost license, call (501)223-6349.
Call 1-800-ASK-FISH for a recorded message about fishing conditions. A touch tone phone is necessary. Locally, you may call any of the marinas or river trout docks for fishing conditions