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Hardy, Arkansas
Downtown Hardy
Downtown Hardy
Location of Hardy in Fulton County and Sharp County, Arkansas.
Location of Hardy in Fulton County and Sharp County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
Counties Sharp, Fulton
 • Total 5.31 sq mi (13.76 km2)
 • Land 5.06 sq mi (13.09 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
377 ft (115 m)
 • Total 743
 • Density 146.95/sq mi (56.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
72525, 72529, 72542
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-29920
GNIS feature ID 0049856

Hardy is a city in Sharp and Fulton counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The population was 772 at the 2010 census.


Hardy is located at 36°19′14″N 91°28′50″W / 36.32056°N 91.48056°W / 36.32056; -91.48056 (36.320553, -91.480645).

The Spring River, which begins in Mammoth Spring, flows through Hardy. The Spring River flows into the Black River, which flows into the White River, and the White River eventually empties into the Mississippi River.

U.S. Route 63 is the main highway which runs through the town. In its course through Arkansas, Route 63 runs from the Missouri state line at Mammoth Spring to connect with Interstate 55 near Gilmore.

When roads were poor and travel much more difficult, Hardy was one of two county seats of Sharp County. The other was Evening Shade. In 1963, Ash Flat was named the county seat, and Hardy and Evening Shade lost that designation.

Hardy is served by the BNSF Railway. Formerly, the railroad through Hardy was part of the Frisco (St. Louis – San Francisco Railway) which had about 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of trackage, and served Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. In 1980, the much larger Burlington Northern acquired the Frisco and integrated it into its own system.

It has several lakefront communities and subdivisions, including Woodland Hills.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.0 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13.4 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 4.63%, is water.


The warmest summers that Hardy has witnessed occurred in 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


In the early 1950s, the Horrell and Clay families both had grocery stores there. Conway Horn ran a general mercantile store. Charles Cone ran the Western Auto Store. Two places to eat were Bonnie's Cafe and Mrs. Rogers' sundries store. Arthur Snow was a pharmacist and owned a drugstore. The agent for the Frisco Railroad was Virgil L. Walker, Jr. Dink Booth was the barber. The Thomsons ran the movie theater, and Ben Dalton published a newspaper. Ottie Cate ran a poultry and ice house, and Bill Shaver had the Standard Oil service station. Tom Walker was in charge of the local bank, and Woodrow Wilson ran a Mobil service station. "Peavine" Clouse was the city marshal. "Guinea" Gray was a local painter, and Clifford Brummet had the contract to carry the mail between the post office and the arriving trains. He also had a farm near Hardy. Arthur Garner sold real estate. Dewey Dark ran the Rose Hill Resort. Doctor Miller was a local medical doctor. Leonard Johns worked at the Post Office. Two famous residents were the Wilburn Brothers Doyle and Teddy born here in 1930 and 1931.

The Discovery Channel reality television series Clash of the Ozarks is set in Hardy. The program focuses on the lives of the people in the community.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 347
1910 329 −5.2%
1920 399 21.3%
1930 508 27.3%
1940 721 41.9%
1950 599 −16.9%
1960 555 −7.3%
1970 692 24.7%
1980 643 −7.1%
1990 538 −16.3%
2000 578 7.4%
2010 772 33.6%
2020 743 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Hardy racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 680 91.52%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1 0.13%
Native American 9 1.21%
Asian 1 0.13%
Other/Mixed 33 4.44%
Hispanic or Latino 19 2.56%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 743 people, 352 households, and 181 families residing in the city.


It is served by the Highland School District, which operates Highland High School. The Highland district was formed from the 1962 consolidation of the Ash Flat School District and the Hardy School District. Due to the previous rivalry between the two districts, some members of the community were unsure whether the vote to consolidate would succeed.

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