Historic Sites – Southeast Arkansas is rich in history, and visitors to the region will have no problem filling a schedule of visits to unique historic places and beautifully preserved spaces. The old river town of Arkansas City, once the most important stop on the Mississippi between St. Louis and Vicksburg, has several historic buildings, including the Old Opera House and the restored Desha County Courthouse with hits haunted clock tower. Other monuments to the past can be found in ante-bellum homes such as Hammock House located in Dermott or Lakeport Plantation near Lake Village. Eudora, Dermott, Arkansas City, and other small cities of the region all have their own local history museums. The Rosenwald School at Selma, the Morris Booker College in Dermott, and the John. H. Johnson homeplace in Arkansas City are of particular interest for black history buffs. A new museum in Desha County memorializes the Japanese-American internment camps at Rohwer and Jerome. The Arkansas Post State Park is also in Desha County, and Chicot County boasts a monument at a site where Charles Lindberg once flew. See individual community websites for more information about local history.
Natural Features – A visit to the Arkansas Delta would not be complete without an encounter with the mighty Mississippi River. 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, Phillips County Roads 239 and 217, Lee County Road 79, Ark. 38, Ark. 147, U.S. 70, I-55, Ark. 77, Ark. 61. Along the way, experience ancient Native American sites, de Soto, the Civil War, steamboats and Mark Twain. Brochures and maps are available at towns along the drive and at the Arkansas Welcome Centers at Bytheville, Helena and Lake Village. (Arkansas.com) Beautiful oxbow lakes like Lake Chicot and Lake Enterprise, teeming with fish and dotted with majestic cypress trees, punctuate the rich Delta farmland. Wildlife areas such as the Overflow National Wildlife Refuge are home to hundreds of thousands of waterfowl and other species of wildlife. Nearby campgrounds and parks provide hospitality to both travelers and sportsmen.