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MAPS AND LINKS
RANDOLPH COUNTY
HERITAGE MUSEUM

With Restaurants, Lodging,
and Links to other things
to see and do here.

What We Need: List of the museum's current needs


If you're coming from the north, follow U.S. 67 south to Pocahontas.

If you're coming from the south, follow U.S. 67 or U.S. 62 into town, continue north on U.S. 67 until you come to downtown.

Watch for the "Historic Courthouse" sign as you approach downtown,
and turn onto Everett Street. The museum is in the middle of the second block, on the right (north) side of the old county courthouse.

Alternately, when you approach downtown, watch for the state highway
90 sign and turn onto Hwy. 90 (Broadway Street) and proceed one
block to the court square. Take a right on Bettis Street, circle the old courthouse and you'll find the museum in the middle of the block just
north of the courthouse.

GPS Coordinates: 36° 15' 41.84" N • 90° 58' 11.91" W • Elevation 295 ft.

Click below for zoomable map:

 

 


Here are some other things to do in the Randolph County area...

Pocahontas and Randolph County offer several places to stay overnight and several places to eat.
See labels on the maps below for locations.

Downtown Pocahontas Shopping:
 

Ava's Alpacas

Black River Beads and Pottery

Camera Corner Studio

Cathy Burge Fine Art

Opera House Jewelry

Small Farm Fibers

Lodging is labeled in blue below. Restaurants are labeled in red. Other points of Interest are labeled in black.

 

DOWNTOWN POCAHONTAS CLOSEUP:

 



One of the most popular activities in this area is visiting historic downtown Pocahontas, one of the oldest towns in Arkansas. A seventeen block area of downtown Pocahontas is a National Historic Commercial District featuring primarily Victorian architecture dating back to 1873. This area offers unique shopping opportunities (several in the studios of local artists), exceptional regional cuisine, museums, music venues, a unique downtown woolen mill, Black River Overlook Park, antique and collectable stores, Statue of Princess Pocahontas, old train depot, a clogging and dance studio, the state’s oldest pharmacy and oldest barber shop, a veteran's memorial, and many other attractions.


 

  • Outdoor Activities:

Birding and Wildlife -This area is where the Ozark Mountains meet the Delta of the Mississippi River. We’re also in the Mississippi bird migration flyway. This is a fabulous birding area where guests are likely to see significant numbers of varieties of bird and wildlife species. In addition to observing species inhabiting or passing through here, spotting is excellent in the Arkansas Wildlife Management areas here in Randolph County—Dave Donaldson Black River WMA and Robert L. Hankins Mud Creek Upland WMA. Another excellent spot for observation is Buck Hollow Ranch, which offers wildlife photo safaris of elk, deer, wild turkey, and many other wildlife and bird species. Birding and wildlife observation is also excellent along any of Randolph County’s five navigable rivers (but we think Eleven Point is the best).

Crowley's Ridge Nature Center - Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro offers visitors the chance to experience and explore a unique piece of North America and its wildlife. Inside the center, exhibits reveal the natural forces that formed the 200-mile-long ridge and native wildlife, ranging from large game animals to small insects. In addition to self-guided exhibits and trails, Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center offers many activities and nature education programs.

Davidsonville Historic State Park - Site of the 1815 town of Davidsonville, which included Arkansas' first courthouse and land office. The town no longer exists, but there are yearly archaeological digs there.

Rolling Hills Country Club - Visitors to our county are always welcome at Rolling Hills' 18-hole golf course! (They have a great 19th hole, too.) 

The Irish Wilderness - Part of Mark Twain National Forest, the Irish Wilderness is a dense forest of oaks and hickory. The Wilderness is set aside by Congress as a natural area affected primarily by the forces of nature with little evidence of man’s works - “where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” Many outdoor enthusiasts seek out its peace and special closeness to experiencing the wonders of nature. No two individuals share the same meaning and values of the wilderness experience, but it is primitive and challenging, and recreationists must be self-reliant. The Wilderness hiking trails are great, but it's also a nice place just to drive through. If you're going to the Wilderness, a GPS unit is recommended! 

Mammoth Spring State Park - Mammoth Spring is Arkansas's largest spring and the second largest spring in the Ozark Mountains. A National Natural Landmark, the spring flows nine million gallons of water hourly.

Grand Gulf State Park - Just 11 minutes from Mammoth Spring (above), this Missouri state park is often referred to as Missouri's "Little Grand Canyon." Grand Gulf State Park offers visitors a chance to view a variety of natural wonders. From a canyon to a cave to a natural bridge -- this state park has plenty to see and much to do. The 322-acre park presents the most spectacular collapsed cave system in the Ozarks. Part of the cave's roof forms one of the largest natural bridges in the state, spanning 200 feet with an opening 75 feet high and 50 feet wide.

Other Outdoor Activities: Boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and camping along the county’s five rivers. Some of Arkansas’s best duck hunting, the state’s #1 walleye stream (Eleven Point River), deer and wild turkey hunting.

 

  • Art:

Black River Beads - View beautiful hand-made pottery and jewelry and perhaps meet the artists who created them. In downtown Pocahontas.

 

  • Entertainment:

Imperial Dinner Theater - High quality stage productions and dinner in an elegant atmosphere in Pocahontas.

Randolph Music Theater - Live bluegrass, Southern gospel, and traditional country, as well as a few modern country hits, performed in a historic old downtown building that was once Pocahontas' movie theater.

 

  • History and Heritage: Randolph County was one of the first areas in Arkansas settled by U. S. citizens both before and after the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Numerous state firsts may be found here including the sites of Arkansas’s first courthouse, first U. S. Post Office, first school, first U. S. Land Office, first river ferry, first grist mill, first Baptist church, first Methodist circuit, first Masonic Lodge, first circus performance, first national road, first court, and several others.

Eddie Mae Herron Center Museum - African-American heritage and cultural museum in Pocahontas.

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum - In the nearby town of Piggott, the museum includes a barn-studio associated with writer Ernest Hemingway and the family home of his second wife, Piggott resident Pauline Pfeiffer.

Looney Tavern and Inn - Built in 1833 and recently restored, this is Arkansas’s oldest known standing commercial structure. The old tavern is right on the Eleven Point River and open the second Saturday of each Spring, Summer, and Fall month.

Maynard Pioneer Park and Museum - Housed in an over 100-year-old cabin; filled with antiques from the 1800s; also has many pictures, newspaper clippings and historical documents making it ideal for genealogy studies for people from that area. Also on the grounds is a park with three pavilions, barbeque pits, playground equipment and 4 RV hook-ups; and a log cabin that served as both church and school. Located in the charming nearby valley village of Maynard.

Powhatan Historic State Park - Preserves an 1888 courthouse and a small nearby nineteenth-century river port town.

Randolph County Heritage Museum - Collects, preserves, and displays the history and heritage of Randolph County. An excellent museum in downtown Pocahontas.

Rice House - One of the oldest houses in Arkansas (1828) and open to the public the second Saturday of each Spring, Summer, and Fall month.

St. Paul’s Grotto - This 1936 rock grotto and garden at the 1901 St. Paul’s Catholic Church is a representation of the miracle site at Lourdes, France.

Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum - There was a major World War II airfield near Pocahontas. This museum is a tribute to the airmen of WWII, the planes they flew and the military and civilian personnel who supported their mission.

 

  • Trails:

National Trail System—Benge Route of the Native American Trail of Tears - A driving trail.

Arkansas Heritage Trail--The Southwest Trail/Natchitoches Trail/Military Road/National Road/Arkansas Road - A driving trail. Here in Randolph County, the trail follows the same route as the Benge Route of the Trail of Tears.

Scot Cemetery Trail - A walking trail in Davidsonville Historic State Park.

Civil War Trails:

The Arkansas Civil War Trail - Crosses Randolph County from Pitman's Ferry to Davidsonville.

Shaver’s March Trail - A driving trail. This is the famous march Shaver's 7th took after Shaver organized a brigade at Smithville, Arkansas. Recruits poured in from all all over this area and marched from Smithville to Pocahontas, where they established the state's only basic training camp at Camp Shaver. The trail goes from Smithville to Powhatan to Black Rock to Davidsonville to Pocahontas. MAP (of the trail, starting in Smithville and proceeding to the Camp Shaver location in Pocahontas)

Pitman’s Ferry Trail - A driving trail. The Pitman's Ferry Trail follows the same route as the Southwest Trail--Gov. Rector ordered every soldier in Arkansas to Pitman's Ferry in 1861 when Arkansas seceded from the Union.

Civil War River Walk Memorial Trail - A walking trail in Black River Overlook Park, Pocahontas.

Randolph County Quilt Trail - A walking or driving trail. Life-size reproductions of locally hand-stitched quilts, mounted on building walls around downtown Pocahontas. A map of the quilt locations is available at the Randolph County Heritage Museum.

Veterans Memorial Trail - A walking trail in downtown Pocahontas.

Rock and Roll Highway 67 - U. S. Highway 67 in Randolph, Lawrence, and Jackson counties has been officially designated as Rock and Roll Highway 67 due to the many pioneers and stars of early rock and roll who appeared at venues here. These include Elvis Presley, Johnnie Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Billy Lee Riley, Sonny Burgess and many more. Randolph County venues are marked with historical markers.

 

 

Pocahontas Founders Day Weekend - May.

Rock and Roll Highway 67 Music Festival - October.

National Canoe Races - July.

  • Lodging:

Days Inn and Suites - 5-starburst hotel in East Pocahontas

Shady River Getaway - Cottages on the Eleven Point River 20-minutes north of Pocahontas

 


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