Recent and ongoing investment

Thanks to a $20 million matching grant from the Walton Foundation and federal funds, the Delta Heritage Trail is expected to be finished over the next 5 years.
When the rail-to-trail project is complete, it will be an astounding 84.5-miles long. To date, there are 44.4 miles of trail completed. The completed northern corridor is 20.6 miles from Lexa to Elaine. The completed southern corridor is 23.8 miles from Watson to Arkansas City, including 14.4 miles of shared-use roadway on the Mississippi River Mainline Levee. Eventually, the trail will cross the White and Arkansas rivers.

There are currently eight trailheads at Lexa, Barton, Lick Creek, Lake View, Elaine, Watson, Rohwer, and Arkansas City. Trailhead restrooms are available at Barton, Elaine, and Arkansas City.
The Arkansas City Trailhead includes a multi-use building designed in the style of historic rail depots that houses administrative functions, bathhouse facilities, and an open pavilion. Visitors can also enjoy picnic areas, a water fountain, a bicycle repair station, two oversized tent pads for camping visitors, and a large group charcoal grill. Interpretative elements provide information on the DHT, background about the town’s history, and local recreational offerings.

The trail is being built in phases by Arkansas State Parks. When completed, the rails to trails portion will stretch from six miles west of Helena to Rohwer. From there, the trail will extend via the Mississippi River Levee to Arkansas City.

You can print the map to the complete Delta Heritage Trail by clicking the link below.

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World War II Japanese-American Internment Camp & Museum

George Takei visits Japanese-American Internment Museum in McGehee, Arkansas
George Takei on one of several visits to the Internment Museum in McGehee, Arkansas
At the former Rohwer Japanese-American Internment Camp in Desha County, memorials and tombstones are among the few visible remains of the World War II internment camp.


Infrastructure & Recreational Investments

Yellow Bend Port on the Mississippi River

The Port lies at the convergence of three of North America’s major rivers: the White, the Arkansas and the Mississippi and contains a $3.9 million port and industrial park.

Located directly on the Mississippi just south of Arkansas City, Yellow Bend Port is a slack-water harbor that is easily accessible through a 250-foot-wide entrance to a 350 x 810 foot turning basin. It is convenient to 1-40 and 1-30 and 1-20 in. In addition to port facilities, Yellow Bend has large tracts of land zoned for industrial use.

Quality of Life

Area Recreation

Just twenty miles south is Lake Chicot State Park and Chicot County Park, both located on Lake Chicot, a large natural Oxbow Lake formed by the changing channel of the Mississippi River. Fishing is a popular sport not only on Lake Chicot but also on the Mississippi River, the Arkansas River, and the White River.

Camping is available at both the county and the state parks. There are many private campgrounds in the area.

Hunting and fishing are both popular sports. The lakes and streams provide a wide variety of game fish, particularly bass. In season, hunters bag deer, ducks, turkey, squirrel, quail, rabbits, doves, wild hogs and raccoons. The majority of hunters hunt on private leases.  Ten miles east on Hwy 4 at Arkansas City is the location of Choctaw Island Wildlife Refuge maintained by Arkansas Game and Fish. Coming soon, Delta Heritage Trail State Park Southern Terminus will be located at Arkansas City.  Ride your bicycle atop the levee to Rohwer where the path is a Rails to Trails program.  Arkansas State Parks

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Regulations are published in two additions each year and are available at sporting goods stores. Residency is sixty days. Licenses include residents, non-residents, non-resident trip, archery, hunting dogs, deer tag, turkey tag and duck stamps.