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.
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.
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.
Black River Beads
- View beautiful hand-made pottery and jewelry and
perhaps meet the artists who created them. In downtown
Imperial Dinner Theater
- High quality stage productions and dinner in an elegant atmosphere in
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:
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
Eddie Mae Herron Center Museum
- African-American heritage and cultural museum in
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.
and Inn - Built in 1833 and recently
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.
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
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
National Trail System—Benge Route of the
Native American Trail of Tears - A
Heritage Trail--The Southwest
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.
Trail - A walking trail in
Historic State Park.
Arkansas Civil War Trail - Crosses
Randolph County from Pitman's Ferry to
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)
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
Civil War River Walk Memorial Trail
- A walking trail in Black River
Overlook Park, Pocahontas.
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
Randolph County Heritage Museum.
Memorial Trail - A walking trail in
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 -
Roll Highway 67 Music Festival -
Canoe Races - July.
Days Inn and Suites
- 5-starburst hotel in East Pocahontas
Getaway - Cottages on the Eleven Point River 20-minutes
north of Pocahontas
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