Explore Delta Heritage Trail State Park

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The Delta Heritage Trail offers amazing views of the surrounding Arkansas Delta
The Delta Heritage Trail offers amazing views of the surrounding Arkansas Delta

There are currently 44.4 completed miles of trail. This includes a 20.6-mile compacted crush gravel section between Lexa and Elaine, a 14.4-mile shared-use roadway on the Mississippi River levee between Rohwer and Arkansas City, and another 9.4-mile compacted crush gravel section between Rohwer and Watson. Portions of this project are former railroad lines that are converted to bike/pedestrian routes.  The compacted, crushed rock trail leads visitors through a variety of natural settings. From the shaded canopy of native hardwoods to the vast open skies alongside agricultural fields, guests can enjoy the diverse robust beauty of the Arkansas Delta. Ultimately, this trail will be 84.5 miles when completed and will be one of the longest dedicated pedestrian and bicycle routes in Arkansas.

To learn more, visit Delta Heritage Trail State Park.

A great thing to do this month with the kids is to explore the Delta Heritage Trail State Park near Helena-West Helena. The park offers a great way to see the natural beauty of the Arkansas Delta, whether you’re biking, hiking or just looking for a leisurely stroll. Recently, the park was the focus an historic announcement by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Walton Family Foundation. A $20 million matching grant from the Walton Family Foundation will complete the 84.5-mile biking and pedestrian trail from Lexa to Arkansas City.

Get outside with the entire family on the Delta Heritage Trail State Park
Get outside with the entire family on the Delta Heritage Trail State Park

One of the best ways to see and explore the Delta Heritage Trail State park is through the Pedal & Paddle Tour. It’s a bike ride from Barton to Lakeview (about 12 miles one way), then kayaking on Old Town Lake, and then a bike ride back to Barton. You can contact the park directly to plan an excursion.

At the park’s visitor center, located at the Barton trailhead, you’ll find 24-hour access restrooms (no showers), five primitive campsites with tent pads, picnic tables, standing grills, and a community water spigot. The visitor center also has a gift shop. Bikes are available to rent and interpretive programming is offered.

Explore Arkansas's Lower Delta on the Delta Heritage Trail
Explore Arkansas's Lower Delta on the Delta Heritage Trail
Delta Heritage Trail State Park's Peddle and Paddle Tour
Delta Heritage Trail State Park's Peddle and Paddle Tour