Geocaching Friday: Desha County

On Fridays, I’ll share some of my favorite geocaching spots throughout The Natural State. Even if you’re not a cacher, the Friday blogs will feature towns and attractions throughout the eastern section of Arkansas…perfect for a weekend trip!
 
Kimberly J. Williams
 
We’ve reached the close of another week…and it’s time to get out and do some geocaching this weekend!

Some of the first geocaches I ever logged were in southeast Arkansas. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, one of my favorite caches, Shell Game, is located on U.S. 65 between Dumas and McGehee. This is a great area for caching. The caches are diverse…everything from park-and-grabs to micro magnetics to cemetery hides. That’s one of the things I love about caching in this region.

Between DumasMcGehee and Arkansas City, there are over 120 caches within a 35-mile radius. I wanted to do the entire county because I wanted to include several of the Great River Road caches that I think you would enjoy, not only for the find but also for the historical significance of the area.

Dumas is where I discovered my first “micro magnetic” cache. At first, I thought part of the container was missing…it was THAT small. But it was all there…it was just sneaky! Make sure and check out our Great River Road geocache, Mud in Your Eye, while in town. You’ll also want to go in and look at the amazing Arkansas Delta pottery at the shop where the cache is located. Another one of my favorite caches is the Disciple Cache. I searched for it at LEAST four times since 2008…and finally found it two months ago. I’ve learned a few geocaching tricks-of-the-trade since I originally tried to find it.

If you’re out caching in the area around lunchtime, swing in to Pickens and find the Great River Road cache Reach Out and Touch Someone in Pickens. And if it’s open, do NOT miss a visit to the Pickens Commissary. The food is SO good…and the dessert is just amazing!

Between Dumas and McGehee, you’ll want to check out the Shell Game cache. There’s also several great caches near Winchester and Tiller.

In McGehee, make sure and search for Delta Roots, one of our Great River Road caches. It’s located at one of my favorite shopping locations in the Delta! McGehee Cemetery and Hello McGehee are two other caches you’ll definitely want to locate.

There are two of our Great River Road geocaches located in Arkansas CityCover to Cover and Lookin’ at the Levee. Arkansas City was once a vibrant river town of nearly 10,000…until it was almost destroyed during the Flood of 1927. It is home to the beautiful Desha County Courthouse and the John H. Johnson Museum and Cultural Center. Johnson, who was born in Arkansas City, was the founder and publisher of Jet and Ebony magazines. His life story is absolutely fascinating. He was a man who refused to let obstacles stand in his way. He was often quoted as saying, “Failure is a word I don’t accept.”

I hope you take some time to geocache in Desha County. I promise you, you’ll enjoy the trip. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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