Your Williams experience is enhanced by the small town charm of Walnut Ridge and other nearby cities. There is history to celebrate, whether it’s World War II, an 1880s courthouse, or the Beatles’ 1964 landing at Walnut Ridge Airport! And there is a natural beauty to enjoy across our region.
The WBU campus is located in Walnut Ridge, and it’s 10-15 minutes away from Pocahontas. Both towns are blessed with great locally owned restaurants and nationally known chains. There are interesting sites for tourists, local lodging for visitors and many fine area churches.
Walnut Ridge and the adjoining town of Hoxie have a combined population of 8,000, while Pocahontas has 6,000 residents. A number of businesses in both areas offer Williams BLUE discounts to WBU students.
These links will help you get to know your college community
For more information on our community, you can check out these chamber of commerce websites:
Jonesboro & Paragould
Williams is also an easy drive from the larger cities of Jonesboro and Paragould. Both are about 30 minutes away, offering movies and other entertainment options, plus a wide array of restaurants and shopping.
Paragould Cinema 8: This 8-screen theater in Paragould is a popular choice with Williams students due to its economical pricing and special bargain shows.
Malco Hollywood Cinema: A 16-screen theater in Jonesboro, it shows nearly all the current favorites.
Mall at Turtle Creek: Located in Jonesboro, the mall includes the anchor stores of Dillard’s, Target and JCPenney, as well as Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and many others.