Upper Delta

The Upper Arkansas Delta is bordered by the Mississippi River. It was once home to American icons Ernest Hemingway and Johnny Cash and still packs plenty of culture. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy golf courses, river fishing and Greyhound racing and gaming. Craighead Forest Park offers outdoor recreation and Jonesboro has dining and shopping galore.

Upper Delta
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One-of-a-kind attractions, activities and events in Arkansas's Upper Delta that you won't find anywhere else on Earth.
1. Thought to have once been an island between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, Crowley's Ridge is covered with rich, fertile soil and hardwood forest. The ridge offers a state park campground and nature center for visitors.
2. In addition to being one of the largest greyhound racing facilities in the world, Southland Park Gaming and Racing is a popular destination for electronic gaming and simulcast racing.
3. Randolph County is a haven for fishing and floating, with five great rivers passing through the area. The Black, Current, Spring, Fourche and Eleven Point Rivers all offer top-notch canoeing and kayaking as well as plenty of opportunities to hook trout, bass, bream and crappie.
4. Parkin Archeological State Park sits along the St. Francis River and marks the site of a former American Indian village that thrived from around 1,000 to 1,600 A.D. It is widely believed that Hernando DeSoto’s expedition visited the village in 1541.
5. The Dyess Colony was an agricultural resettlement community created by the New Deal. Ray Cash moved his family there in 1935, where the family’s experiences inspired J.R. “Johnny” Cash to begin writing music.
6. Built in 1828, the Rice-Upshaw House is the oldest standing private dwelling in Arkansas. It was possibly once used as a store by settler Reuben Rice and his family until the 1840s when it was expanded to serve as a home.

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