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Davidsonville Historic State Park - Day Hike Trails

Black River Trail (B-8)

Park/Rec Area: Davidsonville Historic State Park
Region: Delta
Length: 1 mile
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Moderate

Location: From Pocahontas, travel two miles west on U.S. 62, then go nine miles south on Hwy 166. Or, from Black Rock, take U.S. 63 to Hwy. 361, then go six miles north.

Description: Take a stroll along the banks of the Black River and walk into history with a look at the Philips/Reeves Cemetery. The trailhead, found in the histories town site, runs along the high bank of the Black River through the surrounding forest. It crosses a spillway stream near the river and continues up the wooded hillside, past the gate of the Phillips/Reeves Cemetery, to the dam on the south side of Trapper Lake.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 7953 Hwy. 166 South, Pocahontas, AR, 72455, (870) 892-4708 olddavidsonville@arkansas.com

Historic Townsite Trail (B-8)

Park/Rec Area: Davidsonville Historic State Park
Region: Delta
Length: 3/4 mile
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: Available at visitor center

Location: 2 miles west of Pocahontas on U.S. 62, then 9 miles south on Hwy. 166; or from U.S. 63 at Black Rock go 6 miles north on Hwy. 361

Description: Travel back in time to visit the site of the Arkansas Territory's first post office, courthouse and federal land office. Twelve wayside exhibits tell about the history and culture of historic Davidsonville.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 7953 Hwy. 166 South, Pocahontas, AR, 72455, (870) 892-4708 olddavidsonville@arkansas.com

Scott Cemetery Trail (B-8)

Park/Rec Area: Davidsonville Historic State Park
Region: Delta
Length: 1/2 mile
Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Location: From Pocahontas, travel two miles west on U.S. 62, then go nine miles south on Hwy 166. Or, from Black Rock, take U.S. 63 to Hwy. 361, then go six miles north.

Description: Enter a small gate in time that focuses on memories of times past. The Scott family owned and operated the ferry that crossed the Black River until 1927. The cemetery probably dates back to the time of Davidsonville. Headstones bearing unusual inscriptions recall Arkansas's early settlers. Other features include a profusion of wildflowers, flowering dogwoods, and large majestic oaks.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 7953 Hwy. 166 South, Pocahontas, AR, 72455, (870) 892-4708 olddavidsonville@arkansas.com

Trapper Lake Trail (B-8)

Park/Rec Area: Davidsonville Historic State Park
Region: Delta
Length: 3/4 - 1 mile
Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate

Location: From Pocahontas, travel two miles west on U.S. 62, then go nine miles south on Hwy 166. Or, from Black Rock, take U.S. 63 to Hwy. 361, then go six miles north.

Description: Trapper Lake Trail meanders around the 12-acre lake built in 1980 for fishing and wildlife viewing. From the Visitors Center, the trail leads down the hill, across Day-use 1 and across the bridge that spans the lake's feeder stream. The trail then takes the hikers varying distances from the lake's shoreline.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 7953 Hwy. 166 South, Pocahontas, AR, 72455, (870) 892-4708 olddavidsonville@arkansas.com