Cotter, AR Homes and Real Estate For Sale

Are you looking for homes or real estate for sale in Cotter, Arkansas? Below are the current listings of homes for sale in Cotter from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Beaman Realty is ready to help you find your Cotter dream home. Call us today at 870.431.5252 or click on our contact form in any listing that interests you.

Homes For Sale In Cotter, Arkansas


Take a beautiful river, add a century of history and Cotter, Arkansas, ”Trout Capitol, USA,” is the place to be. The crystal clear, cold waters of the White River meander by the edge of the city that boasts a background of steamboats and a railway hub. The combination is a town that produces some of the best trout fishing in the world, especially for fly fisherman.

Located in Baxter County, Cotter offers new homes, historic buildings and business opportunities with a below-average crime rate. Like most Twin Lakes Area towns, those who purchase homes, businesses and property in Cotter enjoy below-average crime, high-speed internet access, low property taxes, low cost of living, mild four-season climate and proximity to healthcare, two-year college and big-box shopping just an easy 17-minute drive to Mountain Home.

The White River offers Cotter residents and its many visitors activities ranging from fishing, fly-fishing, canoeing, kayaking and hiking for spectacular views of river bluffs in the Ozark Mountains. The city also has historic homes that are a charming vision of eras of the past.

Cotter, Arkansas History

From 1830-1850, approximately 1,000 Cherokee Native Americans crossed the White River a short distance upriver from downtown Cotter on the Trail of Tears journey to relocation in Oklahoma.

In the early 1900s, zinc, lead and iron mining came to Baxter and Marion counties, and Cotter was the central point for shipping minerals via steam boat to central Arkansas or southern Missouri. The city was incorporated in 1905 with a mayoral form of government and was named after William Cotter, an official for the Missouri Pacific Railway System.

The Missouri Pacific Railroad bought and sold more than 1,000 lots in Cotter, mostly to railroad employees. Materials to build the town and railroad was brought in by steamboats on the White River. Once the railroad was completed, the use of steamboats on the rivers of Arkansas decreased and eventually ceased. In 1906, the first passenger train arrived, and the tourist era began.

Cotter, Arkansas attractions

  • Big Spring Park includes a two-mile walking trail following the White River upstream to the Denton Ferry site, which is a part of the Trail of Tears. Or head downstream across the walking bridge. The park contains picnic areas, swimming hole with a rope swing, playground and boat ramp
  • Anglin-Tinnon Railroad Workers' Memorial in Big Spring Park, an impressive array of displays to honor the men who worked on the White River route of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern railroads, which later became the Missouri Pacific. The memorial houses two cabooses, conductor's statue, history of the town and the names of railroaders engraved in stone.
  • R.M. Ruthven Rainbow Arch Bridge originally dedicated in 1930 and renovated in 2004, is the largest Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge known to exist today and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The reinforced-concrete rainbow arch design was patented by James Marsh in 1912. This five-arch span was a major factor in the development of transportation in north-central Arkansas.

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