Walnut Ridge, AR (WNR)

Located in a downtown park, the Mediterranean-inspired depot was built by the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1908. The restored building houses a waiting area and chamber of commerce offices.

109 Southwest Front Street
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (2016): $286,464
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 3,345
  • Facility Ownership: City of Walnut Ridge
  • Parking Lot Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
  • Platform Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
  • Track Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad

Derrick James
Regional Contact
governmentaffairschi@amtrak.com
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Station History

The Walnut Ridge Station was built in 1908 by the Missouri Pacific Railroad and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992. Walnut Ridge was one of the first cities in Arkansas to embrace passenger rail service and to completely renovate its historic depot, adding a waiting area for Amtrak passengers and offices for the Chamber of Commerce. The station is located in a park in downtown Walnut Ridge.

The historic Missouri Pacific-Iron Mountain station was restored in 1995. It is a Mediterranean-style red brick structure. Although it is unstaffed, the station offers restrooms and a climate-controlled waiting area. The restoration was funded by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the Walnut Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce.

The earliest settlers in Walnut Ridge were Native Americans and Spanish and French explorers. However, permanent European settlers did not come to the town until 1860. Colonel Willis Miles Ponder, a Civil War veteran from Missouri, formally founded the town in 1875. The site was chosen when it was announced that the railroad would be laying tracks through the area. Ponder originally called the town “Pawpaw” because of the many pawpaw trees in the area. The city is situated at the junction of the Missouri Pacific (now Union Pacific) and the St. Louis & San Francisco (now BNSF Railway) railroads.

In 1942, the United States government opened Walnut Ridge Flying School to train World War II pilots. During the war, German POWs were held in the base. Part of the base was later turned into an airport, which has since had many visitors (including the Beatles) stop there. The town recently opened a museum dedicated to the flying school.

Today, Walnut Ridge serves as the county seat for Lawrence County. The Amtrak stop serves the larger city of Jonesboro (home of Arkansas State University), adjacent retirement communities, and Williams Baptist College. Walnut Ridge is located in the Ozarks region of Arkansas, home to many of the most beautiful lakes and streams in the country.

Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility, which is served by two daily trains.

Station Type:

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • 20 Short Term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Accessible Payphones
  • Accessible Platform

    Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.

  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Ticket Office
  • Accessible Waiting Room
  • Accessible Water Fountain
  • ATM
  • Baggage Storage

    Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.

  • Bike Boxes
  • Checked Baggage
  • Dedicated Parking
  • Elevator
  • Enclosed Waiting Area
  • Help With Luggage
  • High Platform

    A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.

  • Lockers

    Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.

  • Long-term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Lounge
  • Parking Attendant
  • Pay Phones
  • QuikTrakKiosk
  • Restrooms
  • Shipping Boxes
  • Ski Bags
  • Wheelchair Lift

    Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.

  • Wheelchairs

    For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.  

  • WiFi