This geographic region runs along the entire east side of the state, bordering the Mississippi River. Agriculture, along with agribusiness, is the predominant industry in the Delta, with hundreds of thousands of acres of cotton, rice, soybeans and wheat grown each year.
Crowley’s Ridge Parkway, a National Scenic Byway, runs from the very northeast corner of the state at Piggott through Paragould, Jonesboro, Marianna and Helena. Another National Scenic Byway, the Great River Road, begins in Blytheville and winds down through Osceola, Helena, DeWitt and Lake Village before ending in Eudora at the very southeast corner of the state.
Jonesboro is the largest town in the Delta, with more than 55,000 residents. Much of the area’s history is told through displays and exhibits at the Arkansas State University Museum on the ASU campus. Another popular place is Helena/West Helena, famous for its Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival, presented by the Sonny Boy Blues Society each October.
Duck hunters from across the nation flock to Stuttgart during the fall and winter months, and the little town is definitely the place to be on Thanksgiving weekend for the annual World Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings over the Prairie Festival. The festival includes a duck gumbo cook-off, a beauty pageant, and an arts-and-crafts fair.
Arkansas’s first capital city, Arkansas Post, also the first European settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley, is located in the region. History buffs will want to seek out the Louisiana Purchase monument that marks the initial point for surveys of the 1803 deal.
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