Cotter, Arkansas
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Cotter, Arkansas
 |  Area Lake Levels:  Bull Shoals Lake  |  Lake Norfork 
 
 

Cotter is in north central Arkansas on a major east-west route, U.S. Highway 412/62. Perched above the White River's banks on a cliff, the town catches the eye of travelers from a scenic overlook on Highway 412. Serving the local traffic and outlying communities are State Highways 126, 178, and 345.

The river enfolds Cotter on three sides and provides its recreational and occupational lifeblood.


Anglin-Tinnon Railroad Workers Memorial

Cotter Historic River Town

Incorporated in 1905, Cotter was established as a railroad town and quickly grew to be the largest town in north central Arkansas. In its early days, Cotter was a thriving place with stores, hotels, banks, and factories. Today, the town's economy is driven by tourism, specifically world-class trout fishing on the White River. Once bustling, there are 970 residents (2010 U.S. Census) in the peaceful river town.

Big Spring Park, a special place for Cotter residents, includes a swimming hole, boat launch, picnic area, playground, and the Anglin-Tinnon Railroad Workers' Memorial. A two-mile walking trail begins at the park and runs upstream along the White River to Denton Ferry, a part of the Trail of Tears.

One of the most memorable sites in Cotter is the R. M. Ruthven Rainbow Arch Bridge. Dedicated in 1930, the bridge spans the White River and is on the National Historic Register.

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Cotter, Arkansas
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Distance
 Atlanta
661 miles SE
 Chicago
578 miles NE
 Dallas
458 miles SW
 Memphis
208 miles SE
 New Orleans
596 miles SE
 New York
1,244 miles NE
 St. Louis
279 miles NE
 Tulsa 
222 miles W
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Interstate I-44 is about 120 miles north, and Interstate 40 is about 120 miles south.

A highly traveled north-south route nearby is US Highway 65 from Des Moines, Iowa, to Natchez, Miss., through Springfield and Branson, Mo., and Little Rock, Ark. US Highway 65 is about 35 miles west of Cotter.

A popular vacation destination itself, especially for trout fishermen, Cotter's central location in the heart of the Ozark Mountains provides easy access to the boating and water sports of area lakes as well as the entertainment opportunities of the Folk Music Capital of the nation to the south at Mountain View, Ark., and country and "oldies" music to the north at Branson, Mo.

 
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