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Arkansas - Mississippi Delta Region

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 national scenic byway, also winds through this region, providing excellent views of the productive land from atop a geologic oddity rising from the Delta. This is the land where Europeans first crossed the Mississippi in 1541, where you can experience a taste of the civilizations they found here by visiting 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 European 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 where a monument marks the initial point for surveys of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.

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Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum

Museum and study center to provide educational and cultural experiences for school groups and the general public. Programs and experiences are focused on historic house and grounds, a world-class mineral collection, and a Native American artifact collection. Tour includes: - 1930'

Piggott, AR Museums

Cache River National Wildlife Refuge

Small game, waterfowl and big game hunting; fishing, wildlife observation, photography. Habitat includes 33,000 acres of bottomland forest and associated sloughs and oxbow lakes, 4,300 acres of croplands and 7,500

Augusta, AR Wildlife Refuges

Great River Road National Scenic Byway

The Great River Road, Arkansas's portion of the Mississippi River Parkway, runs for 363 miles paralleling the Mississippi River in Eastern Arkansas. This scenic highway is composed of these highways: Ark. 82, U.S. 65, Ark. 4, Ark. 1, U.S. 165, Ark. 316, Ark. 318, Ark. 20, Ark. 44

Dewitt, AR Scenic Byways

Village Creek State Park

Please see Wynne, Arkansas for complete description.

Forrest City, AR State Parks

Southland Greyhound Park

Credit Cards Accepted: American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, Visa Directions: Located where I-55 meets I-40 at Exit 279-A Live Greyhound racing and simulcast Greyhound & Thoroughbred racing; Instant Racing Machines; Open year-round;

West Memphis, AR Parks

Crowley's Ridge National Scenic Parkway

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

Paragould, AR Scenic Views

Rector Mural

Painted by local artist Sandy Midkiff, the mural is an Americana representation of the town's landmarks and its role as a farming community; prints are available for sale at the Rector Community Center US 49

Rector, AR Murals

George Ray's Wildcat Hot Rod Dragstrip

Directions: U.S. 412 east to Ark. 135, turn south for one-fourth mile, then east

Paragould, AR Race Tracks

Museum of Chicot County

Housed in the old 1910 Lake Village Infirmary;

Lake Village, AR Museums

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. Francis National Forest between the cities of Marianna and Helena/West Helena. This winding route is located atop Crowley's Ridge for more than 21

Marianna, AR Scenic Byways

Great River Road National Scenic Byway

The Great River Road, Arkansas's portion of the Mississippi River Parkway, runs for 363 miles paralleling the Mississippi River in Eastern Arkansas. This scenic highway is composed of these highways: Ark. 82, U.S. 65, Ark. 4, Ark. 1, U.S. 165, Ark. 316, Ark. 318, Ark. 20, Ark. 44

Dermott, AR Scenic Byways

Village Creek State Park

Credit Cards Accepted: American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, Visa Food Service/Picnic Area Available # of Units/Rooms: 10 On Lake/River Name of Lake/River: Lake Austell Recreation Directions: Exit #242 off I-40 at Forrest City; follow signs to park -- 13 miles north

Wynne, AR State Parks

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