Crossett is more than just a great place to do business. We are also an excellent place to live and raise a family. Crossett is the perfect size to offer the small time values and friendly people that make you feel welcome the moment you arrive, while still being located close enough to larger cities to have all sorts of opportunities available within just a few hours drive.
Designated as a Critical Access Hospital in 2004, Ashley County Medical Center has 25 licensed acute care beds, plus an 8-bed geriatric psychiatric unit, and is reimbursed by both Medicare and Medicaid based on allowable cost of operations. In addition to hospital operations, Ashley County Medical Center also operates a home health agency, a health and wellness center, a provider-based rural health clinic, and physician practices in Obstetrics, Family Practice, General Surgery, Oncology-Hematology. ACMC is also home to a Geriatric Psychiatric Unit, an Outpatient Psychiatric Program (IOP), a Wound Care Clinic and a Sleep Clinic. The hospital administration is aggressively pursuing a search for specialists to expand the services available in the community. ACMC is active throughout Ashley County is sponsoring health fairs, educational programs, and other activities to promote the health of the citizens of Ashley County, Arkansas.
The Crossett healthcare community also includes several dental clinics, a physical therapy clinic, an eye care center, licensed massage therapists, chiropractic and acupuncture therapy. Crossett is currently served by two residential nursing facilities and an assisted-living facility.
Community and Recreation
Crossett is an ideal place for outdoor recreation with many hunting, fishing, boating and camping areas located just minutes from town. Annually, tourists are drawn from across the region to enjoy the natural resources of the area and to take part in many local competitions, such as the Buddy Bass Tournament, sponsored by the Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce and the Crossett PRCA Rodeo.
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge is located just seven miles west of Crossett and incorporates part of the Ouachita River. Last year, the Visitor's Center recorded over 500,000 guests to the Refuge. Sitting inside the Refuge is the Crossett Harbor and RV Park. This park's amenities include 119 campsites, picnic tables, boat launch and bathhouses. The Park Manager is on-duty 24 hours per day. RV pads are equipped with water and electricity hook-ups.
The Ouachita and Saline Rivers feed Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, a 65,000 acre hardwood forest. This natural basin has been home to civilization since the Caddo Indians first occupied the area some 5,000 years ago. Hunting and fishing is permitted during season. Other areas of interest to an outdoorsman, within an easy drive of Crossett, include:
Lake Chicot State Park
Overflow National Wildlife Refuge
Crossett is home to a state-of-the-art Sports Complex, which currently has five baseball/softball fields and six soccer fields. More fields are under construction. Over the past two years, Crossett has hosted several Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Baseball tournaments, drawing more than 2,000 visitors from surrounding states at each tournament. The municipal swimming pool and six tennis courts off more variety to Crossett's recreational activities.
The Prairie Country Club, located just north of town, offers a 9-hole, Par 36 golf course.
The Crossett Riding Club hosts the Crossett PRCA Rodeo each August. In the past, this PRCA event was produced by rodeo legend Jim Shoulders and has seen stars such as eight-time PRCA World Champion Bull Rider Don Gay and World Champion Bull Rider Lane Frost compete. Recently celebrating 60 years, the Crossett PRCA rodeo is a huge draw for the town each summer. In addition, Cap Gates Arena serves as the location for barrel runs, trail rides and other equine events throughout the year.
The Crossett City Park offers covered picnic areas, playground equipment and a walking trail around Lucas Pond. Fishing is allowed in Lucas Pond from the piers. Crossett Centennial Park, located on Main Street, showcases the history of our unique town and serves as a location for weddings, festivals and political rallies.
The Crossett Municipal Auditorium, which seats 1,009, hosts numerous concerts, symphonies and other performances throughout the year.
Wiggins' Cabin and the Company House offer visitors a peek into area history. The original cabin was constructed using virgin cypress trees beside Bayou Bartholomew in the 1830's. In August 1978, the cabin was carefully moved, intact, to a new location next to the Crossett City Park. Tragically, the original cabin burned a few years ago; however, thanks to some hard-working volunteers a replica of the original cabin has been built. The "new" Wiggins' Cabin officially opened October 2006 at the Annual Wiggins Cabin Festival. Many of the outbuildings from the original cabin are still standing. The Company House, painted Crossett Gray, is a refurbished shotgun house from the early days when Crossett was a company-owned town. Both the Company House and Wiggins' Cabin are maintained by the Crossett Historical Society. Each October, the Wiggins' Cabin Festival draws visitors to the area for arts and crafts demonstrations and competitions, as well as, an old-fashioned barbecue.