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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

Craighead Forest Lake

Craighead Forest Lake is an 80-acre recreational impoundment located south of Jonesboro on Crowley's Ridge. The lake serves as the focal point of the area's largest city park, which offers fishing, hiking, playgrounds, swimming, camping, pavilions, marina and launch area.

Jonesboro, AR Recreation

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

Dumas, 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

Marianna, 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

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

Scenic Lakeshore Drive

Tour down historic Lakeshore Drive. As you travel along, you'

Lake Village, AR Scenic Drives

Crowley's Ridge National Scenic Parkway

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

Helena-West Helena, AR Scenic Views

Phillips County Museum

Directions: Downtown Historic District Built in 1891;

Helena-West Helena, AR Museums

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

Lake Village, AR Scenic Byways

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

St. Francis County Museum

Directions: From I-40, take Ark. 1 south through town to Front Street; turn one block east; located at the corner of Front & Izard Streets Located in the restored, historic Rush-Gates home; exhibits include the J.O. Rush relic collection, reconstructed doctor'

Forrest City, AR Museums

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