Helena-West Helena is famous for its King Biscuit Blues Festival each October, held along Cherry Street downtown. The Delta Cultural Center preserves the history of the area and of the music that has put the Arkansas Delta on the map. Each weekday, “Sunshine” Sonny Payne broadcasts the “King Biscuit Hour,” the longest running blues program in the world, from the museum.
Pine Bluff is the largest town and the commercial hub of this region. Attractions include the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Railroad Museum and the Delta Rivers Nature Center. Operated by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, the center features wildlife native to the region, including fish, eagles, turtles and alligators.
Arkansas’s first capital city, Arkansas Post – also the first European settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley – is located in the region and is commemorated with a national historic site. Located nearby is Arkansas Post Museum State Park. History buffs will want to seek out Louisiana Purchase State Park to see the monument that marks the initial point for surveys of the 1803 land deal.
For recreation, seasonal duck hunters from across the nation flock to Stuttgart, known as the rice and duck capital of the world, and the town is the place to be on Thanksgiving weekend for its annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over the Prairie Festival, a celebration of Arkansas duck hunting.
This Delta area is also home to several oxbow lakes, including the largest oxbow lake in North America: Lake Chicot located in Lake Village. It’s also where you’ll find Lakeport Plantation, the northernmost antebellum home on the Mississippi River.
Southeast Arkansas has an arts culture all its own. Explore Milller's Mud Pottery in Dumas or James Hayes Art Glass in Pine Bluff for a look at how the area shapes its people..