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Fordyce, Arkansas

Fordyce, Arkansas

Timber. Oil. Deer Hunting. Bass fishing.

These are words commonly used when people talk about the Timberlands of Arkansas. It's a region with rich natural resources that was discovered by pioneers from the eastern United States in the early 1800s.

Cities such as El Dorado, Camden and Pine Bluff Arkansas were built when these newcomers, who were impressed with the regions dense woods of pine and cypress, decided to settle. In the 1920s, belief in their homeland paid off handsomely when oil was discovered in the El Dorado area.

The abundant natural resources of the Timberlands are still attracting people today. Each year, thousands of sportsmen descend upon Southern Arkansas to hunt deer in what is considered the best deer hunting region in the state. They also come in search of the lunker bass that reside in the area's legendary lakes and rivers.

Other visitors enjoy the legacy of those pioneers by visiting sites ranging from 1800s log cabins and restored Victorian homes to local museums and colorful murals that tell the history of this land.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Marks' Mills Cemetery Park

Directions: 1/4 mile north of Ark. 8 Features an intact section of the Camden-Pine Bluff Road, where one of Union General Frederick Steele's foraging parties was ambushed and decimated by Confederates under General James Fagan on April 25, 1864. The Union suffered 1,500 casualties;

Fordyce, AR Cemeteries

Charlotte Street Historic District

Historic Victorian downtown homes, library, museum, art gallery; reserved tour or self-guided tours

Fordyce, AR Historic Districts

Marks' Mills Battlefield State Park

Directions: Junction Ark. 8 East The site of an April 25, 1864 fight in which Confederate Calvary ambushed and captured a Union supply train along with the brigade of Federal troops guarding it, forcing General Frederick Steele to abandon Camden and return to Little Rock due to a lack of supplies;

Fordyce, AR State Parks

Fordyce Mural

Displays history of the town and its football heritage; Fordyce is the birthplace of the late Coach Paul "Bear"

Fordyce, AR Murals

Dallas County Museum

Features the history of Dallas County

Fordyce, AR Museums

Things to do near Fordyce, AR

Harbor Oaks Golf Club

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 4 days...

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum

Traces history from 1830 to present housed in a carefully restored Union Station depot; guided tours on request ...

South Arkansas Arts Center

Two visual arts galleries, ballet studio and classrooms for art education. Traveling exhibits...

Arkansas Railroad Museum

Restored steam locomotive 819, a 4-8-4 built in Pine Bluff in 1942. Railroad memorabilia from various Arkansas railroads on d...