Jonesboro is the largest town, with around 68,000 residents. Much of the area’s history is told through displays and exhibits at the Arkansas State University Museum on the ASU campus. Craighead Forest Park offers local recreation in the form of fishing, hiking, playgrounds, and trails, three of which lead to the Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center.
For golf enthusiasts, Village Creek State Park near Wynne is home to The Ridges at Village Creek, a world class course built into the side of Crowley's Ridge.
For fishing enthusiasts, there are great waters in which to sink a hook, including the White, Black, St. Francis and Cache Rivers and Lakes Frierson and Walcott in Greene County, as well as the lake at Craighead Forest Park. And then there's Randolph County – possibly the only county in the nation that's home to five rivers.
Sporting enthusiasts can look to West Memphis for excitement, where Southland Gaming and Racing offers greyhound racing and games of skills to patrons.
The town of Dyess is known for being the boyhood home of Johnny Cash, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Today, you can visit the refurbished home in the Arkansas Delta where The Man in Black was raised, along with the restored Dyess Colony Administration building in the community that influenced him.
Northeast Arkansas was also home to famed author Ernest Hemingway, who wrote portions of the acclaimed novel "A Farewell to Arms" in the loft of a barn in Piggott. Visit the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Home and learn about his wife, Pauline and her parents and see where "Papa" typed those legendary pages. In the Arkansas Delta village of Lepanto, visit "The Painted House" – a home featured In the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the same name, used for much of the film's shooting.
The area is crisscrossed with highways and byways. Follow the Arkansas Civil War Trail to learn more about the Little Rock Campaign, which began in Paragould. Travel Crowley's Ridge Parkway, a National Scenic Byway with most of its length along and beside the geological wonder of Crowley’s Ridge within the northeastern part of Arkansas. And make a journey through the Arkansas Delta along the Great River Road, which traverses the region from Blytheville south.