The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches’ original, main campus is located on 568-acres on the White River near Batesville in Independence County. Established in 1977, the Batesville campus along the White River became the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Boys Ranches headquarters. Our first two residents, siblings, moved in during construction of the first cottage, which was dedicated on October 10, 1977.
What started as one mobile home for boys has expanded into a campus with four cottages, a multi-purpose gym/event center, an administrative building, a barn and pastures, and facilities available for rent for weddings and conferences.
We also provide rental facilities at great rates to the community. All proceeds from rentals directly benefit the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Rental facilities include a lodge for up to 40 guests, a chapel and bridal suite, and an event center. We regularly host weddings, conferences, retreats, and reunions on our campus. Contact us for more information about renting Batesville campus facilities.
And of course, there’s lots of land for children to explore on bikes, ride horses, fish, and work with Hereford cattle and other livestock.
If you’re considering donating to the Ranch, volunteering at the Ranch, or renting our facilities, why not schedule a tour of our grounds?
DeGray Lake Campus
The DeGray Lake campus of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is located on a former US Corps of Engineers campgrounds near Amity, Arkansas. It is a beautiful campus that offers lodging and event space to guests. Contact us about renting DeGray Lake Campus facilities for conferences, retreats, or weddings.
Batesville: Headquarters/ Main Campus
100 Saint Vincent Place
Batesville, AR 72503
Please follow this address to use GPS:
1398 Earnheart Rd Batesville AR, 72501
Entering Batesville from the south on Highway 167
Cross the White River on a four-lane highway. At the third stop light, the intersection of St. Louis St. (Hwy 167) and Harrison Street, turn left on Harrison. There is a Walgreen’s, Subway, auto parts store, and First Community Bank at this intersection. Proceed down Harrison. At the four-way stop at Central Avenue, turn right. Go through one stop light, cross RR tracks, and at the Dollar General store, turn left on Hwy 106. Stay on Hwy 106 spur. Drive about 8 miles to the community of Bethesda. You’ll see a green Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch sign. Turn left onto Earnheart Road. Continue for about three miles. Turn right on St. Vincent Place. The administrative office is the building in the middle.
Batesville from the north on Highway 167
About a mile before you enter Batesville, turn right at the stop light onto Hwy 25 (White Dr.). If you’re coming from the EAST on Hwy 25, you will also cross this intersection. Take White Dr. to the stop sign at Hwy 69/North Central Ave. Turn left onto N. Central Avenue. Turn right onto Hwy 106 and stay straight to go onto Bethesda lane or AR 106 Spur. Turn left on Earnheart Rd. for about 3 miles. There’s a green highway sign that says Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch at that intersection. Turn right on St. Vincent Place. The administrative office building is in the middle.
Lake Degray: South Arkansas Campus
35 Youth Ranch Loop
Amity, AR 71921
From Little Rock (West on I-30)
Take exit I30 at Social Hill. Stay on Highway 84 through Bismark. Go through Point Cedar continue to follow Highway 84 to the intersection with Highway 346 (approximately 17 miles). Turn left onto 346 and follow signs 2.2 miles to Cox Creek turnoff. Turn left on road that will lead to Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Inc. campus.
From Hot Springs (South on Highway 7)
Take Highway 7 south to Bismark. Turn right onto Highway 84. Go through Point Cedar, continuing to follow Highway 84 to its intersection with Highway 346. Turn left onto Highway 346 and follow signs 2.2 miles to Cox Creek turnoff. Turn left on road that will lead to campus.
From Arkadelphia or Mena (West on Highway 8)
Take Highway 8 and travel 25 miles to Amity. On the square in Amity, turn right on Highway 84, traveling north. Take Highway 84 to its intersection with Highway 346 (5 miles). Turn right on Highway 346 and follow signs 2.2 miles to Cox Creek turnoff. Turn left on road that will lead to campus. Turn left on road that will lead to campus.