How to go to Ponca from Charleston

How to go to Ponca from Charleston

Ponca is an unincorporated community in Newton County, Arkansas, United States. Ponca is located on Arkansas Highway 43, 10 miles (16 km) west of Jasper. Ponca has a post office with ZIP code 72670.

If you’re planning this same drive and want to know all about it – how long it is, how long it takes, and where to stop along the way – read on. By the end of this post, you’ll know everything about the drive between Charleston and Ponca.

How far is Ponca from Charleston?

As the crow flies, it’s roughly 63 miles between Charleston and Ponca. Luckily, we can’t skip over all the good stuff and have to drive – that means seeing some of the sights and countryside between these two points.

For driving, it is roughly 102 miles or 164 km between Charleston and Ponca. This may vary slightly depending on your start and end points.

Charleston to Ponca drive hours

In terms of travel time by car, the 102 miles drive from Charleston to Ponca takes 2 hours 23 minutes. Again, your final drive time depends on where you start in Charleston and end in Ponca.

As 102 miles is roughly one tank of gas, you may or may not need to stop for gas along the way; there are plenty of options along these major roads.

Charleston to Ponca road trip

Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Charleston to Ponca, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Ponca, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what we are perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Ponca, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what we are perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 2 hours 23 minutes on the road


Start at Charleston.

Drive for about 2.4 hours and arrive in Ponca

Charleston to Ponca airports and flights

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Fort Smith Regional Airport (FSM)

Arrival airport: Boone County Airport (HRO)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 32 minutes

Getting to your destination: 42 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from FSM to HRO and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 11 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Charleston to Ponca including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 3 hours 25 minutes

Flying non-stop from Charleston to Ponca

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Charleston and Ponca. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight time from Charleston, Arkansas to Ponca, Arkansas is under avarage conditions.

Our flight time calculator assumes an average flight speed for a commercial airliner of 500 mph, which is equivalent to 805 km/hr or 434 knots.

Actual flight times may vary depending on aircraft type, cruise speed, routing, weather conditions, passenger load, and other factors.