75th Anniversary of the Great River Road


Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Arkansas's Great River Road. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013, the national scenic byway transverses The Natural State's eastern border. Later this summer, be on the lookout for a series of fun contests and activities, including social media, designed around the communities and attractions that comprise Arkansas's Great River Road.

It meanders through the heartland of America. It is deep and it is shallow – with levels ranging from three to 200 feet. It is the mighty Mississippi River. It has carved its way through 10 states, creating a scenic and natural border that has beckoned people to its banks for centuries. Songs and novels are written about it; man has tried to control it and it proved tobe uncontrollable. It has played a significant part in all aspects of our country’s history.

The Great River Road and the Mississippi River Parkway Commission were established in 1938. Marked by the familiar green Pilot’s Wheel, the Great River Road runs from Minnesota to Louisiana for almost 3,000 miles. In Arkansas, 10 counties in eastern Arkansas are located along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway: Mississippi, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee, Phillips, Monroe, Arkansas, Desha, Chicot and Drew.

The Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC)is a multi-state organization created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in1938 to preserve, promote, and enhance the scenic, historic and recreational resources of the Mississippi River; to foster economic growth in the corridor;and to develop the national, scenic and historic parkway known as the Great River Road.