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Harrisburg, Arkansas

Harrisburg, Arkansas

Follow the green-and-white pilot wheel markers along the Great River Road in the heart of eastern Arkansas's Mississippi River Delta country. The road, designated a national scenic byway, will lead you from north to south through this rich agricultural kingdom where cotton, rice, soybeans and wheat flourish in some of Arkansas's richest soils. Crowley's Ridge Parkway, another nation scenic byway, also winds through this region, providing excellent views of the productive land from atop a geologic oddity rising from the Delta. Learn more about Crowley's Ridge.

This is the land where Europeans first crossed the Mississippi in 1541, where you can experience a taste of the civilizations they found here at the Hampson Museum State Park at Wilson and at Parkin Archeological State Park at Parkin. You can relive the early days of more recent settlement at countless museums throughout the region, including the Arkansas State University Museum at Jonesboro and the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie at Stuttgart.

Highpoints include the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Education Center at Piggott, where "papa" penned portions of "A Farewell to Arms"; the historic riverport of Helena, where the Delta Cultural Center interprets the land, the people and the music of the river country; Arkansas Post National Memorial, which preserves the site of the earliest settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley; Southland Greyhound Park, one of the largest dog tracks in the country; and Lake Chicot State Park, where fishing is exceptional and bird watching second to none. And don't miss the Louisiana Purchase State Park, where a monument marks the initial point for surveys of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Special bicentennial celebrations across the state are planned for 2003. Learn more at www.LaPurchase.org.

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Lake Poinsett State Park

Directions: From Harrisburg, travel one mile east on Ark. 14, then go three miles south on Ark. 163 to the park 640-acre lake nestled atop Crowley's Ridge in northeast Arkansas featuring bass, bream, catfish, crappie fishing; 30

Harrisburg, AR State Parks

Parker Pioneer Homestead

A living history museum consisting of 12 log buildings, as well as several other structures. The village includes: Clark's Cabin, the Loom House, the Broom Shop, the General Store, the Barn, the Blacksmith, the Way Station, the Grist Mill, the Sorghum Mill, the E. Sloan Heritage School, Roberts'

Harrisburg, AR Museums

Crowley's Ridge National Scenic Parkway

National scenic byway follows the 198-mile length of the Delta's only "highlands;"

Harrisburg, AR Scenic Byways

Things to do near Harrisburg, AR

General Robert E. Lee Monument

Directions: City Park...

Confederate Cemetery

Historic cemetery lies on the upsurge of Crowley's Ridge at the northern edge of town. Burial place of Helena resident Gen. P...

St. Francis Scenic Byway

This scenic byway, comprised of Phillips County Roads 239 and 217, along with Lee County Road 221, is located in the St. Fran...

Ditch Bayou Battlefield

Directions: Two Miles East Of The Junction The Ditch Bayou Battlefield of 1864 has changed greatly in the post-war years, ...

Crowley's Ridge Raceway

1/4-mile oval dirt track ...