Delta - The Mississippi Delta of Arkansas

State Parks of Arkansas

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Lake Chicot State Park
Arkansas Post Museum Delta Heritage Trail
Hampson Museum State Park Herman Davis State Park
Jacksonport State Park Louisiana Purchase State Park
Parkin Archeological State Park Plantation Agriculture Museum
Prairie County Museum Toltec Mound Archeological

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This region of Arkansas is known as the "Delta" or the "Mississippi Delta". There are many interesting State Parks and Museums in this area.  You'll find:

  • Lake Chicot, Arkansas's largest natural lake which was cut off centuries ago when the Mississippi River changed course.  Fishing for crappie, bass and bream is popular, especially on the upper end of the lake during the spring and fall. Year-round fishing for catfish is great.  The lake is on the Mississippi Fly Way offering some of the best year-round birding opportunities in Arkansas.

  • The Arkansas Post Museum, has five exhibit buildings where artifacts and documents depict Arkansas's history from colonial days to the modern era.  The exhibit buildings are authentic Delta structures. Located nearby is the The Arkansas Post National Memorial.  The first permanent European settlement on the lower Mississippi River (1686) and Arkansas's first territorial capital are commemorated by the National Memorial.

  • Delta Heritage Trailrails-to-trails conversion is being developed in phases along the 73-mile former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way that runs from one mile south of Lexas (six miles west of Helena) to Cypress Bend (five miles northeast of McGehee).

  • The Hampson Museum exhibits artifacts from the Nodena site, a civilization of art, religion, political structure and trading networks developed here from A.D. 1350 to 1700.

  • The Herman Davis Museum, has one-acre park surrounding the monument to Private Herman Davis, an Arkansas farm boy and war hero.

  • Today the Jacksonport Museum, an 1869 courthouse and the nearby Mary Woods No. 2 stern wheel paddleboat, and interpretive programs share the story of this historic river port.

  • The Louisiana Purchase is a National Historic Landmark located at the junction of Lee, Monroe and Phillips counties, preserving the initial point from which all surveys of property acquired through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 initiated.

  • Parkin Archeological Museum interprets the Mississippi Period Native American village located here from A.D. 1000 to 1550 (and visited by the Hernando de Soto expedition in 1541).  Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Archeological Survey manage this National Historic Landmark.

  • The Plantation Agriculture Museum exhibits and interpretive programs interpret the history of cotton agriculture from 1836 through World War II when agricultural practices quickly became mechanized.

  • The Prairie County Museum which boasts new state-of-the art exhibits showcasing the influence of the lower White River on settlement and commerce in the region from 1831 to 1931.

  • Toltec Mound National Historic Landmark preserves and interprets Arkansas's tallest Native American mounds.  These mounds and an earthen embankment are the remains of a large ceremonial and governmental complex inhabited from A.D. 600 to 1050. 

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