Arkansas’ Upper Delta: Forests, Riverlands, and Southern Charm
Bordered on the east by the Mississippi River, this well-rounded region offers peaceful nature and uncommon culture. Catch a giant catfish on the mighty Mississippi or float a canoe through Randolph County – there are five rivers to choose from in the Upper Delta. Go hunting and fishing at outstanding state parks like Crowley’s Ridge and Parkin Archaeological. The region’s flooded cypress swamps are a popular destination during duck hunting season.
Music, arts, and entertainment illuminate the energy in Jonesboro, the largest city and cultural focus of the flatland region. Catch a symphony or Broadway show at the Fowler Center, or join country music fans each year at the Johnny Cash Festival. Savor authentic Delta soul food and Southern comfort cuisine in Forrest City, Walnut Ridge, and Pocahontas. Nearby West Memphis lures travelers with first-rate casino gaming, greyhound racing, and the spectacular Big River Crossing bicycle/pedestrian bridge.
Hernando de Soto Bridge connecting Arkansas to Tennessee
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Scenic Tours and River Roadways
The Upper Delta’s bucolic farmlands and hardwood forests are easy and enjoyable to explore. America’s Great River Road National Scenic Byway runs through this enchanting Delta region on its 10-state route along the Mississippi River. It travels to the top of the 200’ tall Crowley’s Ridge, which soars above the flatlands below. Crowley’s Ridge Parkway is another beautiful drive that follows less-traveled roads through small towns further west in the Upper Delta region.
Native History and American Legends
Delve into history in the homeland of Ernest Hemingway and Johnny Cash. Start at Arizona State University’s campus museum for an excellent historical overview. Venture to the site of a Native American village from 1000 A.D. at Parkin Archaeological State Park. Tour the most intact Civil War battlefield in the country at Pea Ridge National Military Park. Visit Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, and see where Hemingway wrote A Farewell to Arms in Piggott.