Scenic Drive: Crowley's Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway

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Enjoy the beauty of the Upper Delta along Crowley's Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway
Enjoy the beauty of the Upper Delta along Crowley's Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway

Arkansas’s Upper Delta region is where the Ozarks meet Crowley’s Ridge and the flatlands of the Delta. Crowley's Ridge, a geographical anomaly, divides the eastern part of Arkansas, running from the boothill of Missouri to Helena in the Lower Delta. The ridge varies in height, from 250 to 500 feet above sea level. Crowley's Ridge was originally an island between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. When these rivers shifted their courses, Crowley's Ridge was left behind as a long, low, hilly formation.

geological map of Arkansas including Crowley's Ridge
geological map of Arkansas including Crowley's Ridge

Crowley’s Ridge Parkway is Arkansas’s first national scenic byway. It became an Arkansas Scenic Byway in 1997 and received the national designation in 1998. The byway rambles through eight counties in eastern Arkansas. Along the way, museums, state parks and historic sites offer an opportunity to get out and stretch your legs.

Crowley's Ridge State Park
Crowley's Ridge State Park

April is a great time to explore Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway, as the landscape embraces the warmer temperatures of spring and becomes awash in color, from the trees to the wildflowers.

Village Creek State Park is located along Crowley's Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway
Village Creek State Park is located along Crowley's Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway

Take some time this month to enjoy the beauty of Arkansas's Upper Delta.

April is a wonderful time to explore Crowley's Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway
April is a wonderful time to explore Crowley's Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway
Wildlife abounds along Crowley's Ridge
Wildlife abounds along Crowley's Ridge