Escape to Nature in November
Fall is a wonderful time to explore nature in the northeast and southeast sections of The Natural State. Whether you prefer riding in a vehicle, walking through the woods or biking the byways, there’s a great opportunity to everyone to get out this month and enjoy the beauty of the region.
The Mississippi River State Park in Marianna offers a Fall Colors Van Tour on Nov. 1. Jump on board with a park interpreter and explore the Great River Road and Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byways to ohh and ahh over the splendor of autumn. The trip includes a visit to the scenic confluence of the St. Francis and Mississippi Rivers. You’ll also hear stories about the history of the area along the way, as well as numerous photo opportunities throughout the trip. Cost of the tour is $8 per person. Contact the park at 870-295-4040 for details.
Grab your bike and head to Tyronza for the 6th annual Tour duh Sunken Lands ride on Nov. 1. The event is a 52-mile cultural ride along scenic roads and historic sites. Stops in clued the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash, Whitton Farms, the set house from John Grisham’s “A Painted House,” the Rivervale Tunnel and the Marked Tree Delta Area Museum. To learn more, check out www.SunkenLands.com or phone 870-487-2909.
The Tour da’ Delta bike ride returns to Helena-West Helena on Nov. 8. The unique route takes cyclists across the Mississippi River, around a beautiful cypress filled lake, and through the rolling hills that wind through the St. Francis National Forest. Cyclists can choose from three route options: a 62 mile and a century (100 mile) route beginning at 8:30 a.m. or a 30 mile and 14 mile route beginning at 9:00 a.m. The ride is an amazing way to experience the scenic beauty of the Arkansas Delta. Log on to www.TourdaDelta.net for more information.
Head to the woods at Lake Chicot State Park in Lake Village for a Delta Woodlands Nature Hike on Nov. 22. The park interpreter guides you along the nature trail to experience the sights and sounds of nature. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the woods and remember to bring along your camera, field guide and binoculars for a complete nature experience. Phone 870-265-5480 for all the details.