Marble Falls, Arkansas: Dogpatch U.S.A. (Closed)
- Hwy. 7
- Closed in 1993. Property sold in 2014. New owner has plans to reopen the park.
Theme park (1968-1993) inspired by The L'il Abner characters created by Al Capp. Simulated the backwoods look and spirit of the original comic strip with L'il Abner and Daisy Mae. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Dogpatch U.S.A.
I travel Hwy. 7 often. I live in Harrison and my family lives in Clarksville. Over the past several months, there has been quite a lot of activity at the old Dogpatch, U.S.A. location. There is a lot of cleaning up and renovating of all of the existing structures and property. So, what's up with this? Reopening?[Sara Collins, 01/02/2006]
We've had a few recent reports of construction dust and noise emanating from Dogpatch, though it seems unlikely it will re-emerge as the classic tourist attraction.
New owner has started major clean-up of the property. They have heavy equipment clearing all the brush and trees that have grown up, and now is easily viewed from the road. The rumor is that they are going to open the building to craft shops and reopen the trout hatchery. The buildings above the park have been bought by another group and they have reopened the restaurant, convention center, motel, and concert area. It's a popular motorcyclists gathering place for riders traveling senic Hwy 7.[Irk, 09/05/2005]
A group of us stopped by what remains of Dogpatch USA between Harrison, AR and Jasper, AR in September 2004. The "No Trespassing" signs are now gone. There is a Souvenir Realty sign up as the property is for sale -- $5 million dollars in case anyone is interested. It was creepy fun to go through the property. The locals tell us that many people go through the property daily and no one is harassed for doing so. We met 3 other people going through the property while we were there. It will be interesting to see if it sells and what someone does with the place.[AK Majors, 12/15/2004]
The owner of the property where Dogpatch USA sits is attempting a sale on eBay this week. The Arkansas theme park, designed around Al Capp's Lil' Abner comic strip characters, closed in 1993.... [10/20/2002] Complete News Story