Arkansas’s Great River Road 70th Anniversary Geocaching Project

On Fridays, I’ll share some of my favorite geocaching spots throughout The Natural State. Even if you’re not a cacher, the Friday blogs will feature towns and attractions throughout the eastern section of Arkansas…perfect for a weekend trip! 

Kimberly J. Williams

Happy Friday to you all! I spent the majority of the week in Jonesboro at a conference, and each night a group of us went out caching!! We had a great time…and for one of the group, it was the first time to cache! I always enjoy seeing the “birth” of a geocacher!!

This past weekend marked two years since we “planted” the first of our Arkansas Great River Road Geocache Project. In 2008, the Great River Road National Scenic Byway turned 70. In honor of the famous route turning the Big 7-0, special geocaches were placed in all 10 states along the byway. In Arkansas, 10 counties are located along Arkansas’s portion of the Great River Road and special caches were hidden in Mississippi, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee, Phillips, Monroe, Arkansas, Desha, Chicot and Drew Counties. Each “treasure” was placed at a historically significant location along the famed route. We continued adding locations and now Arkansas features 25 caches as part of the National Great River Road 70th Anniversary Geocaching project.

The Great River Road travels alongside the Mississippi River in Arkansas for more than 350 miles. Along the route you’ll find state parks, museums, Native American sites, Civil War sites and some of the most spectacular scenery.

This spring you should make plans to find some, or ALL, of the Great River Road caches in The Natural State. The great thing is that each of the counties is also home to other caches, so it’s a good opportunity to increase your number of “finds.”

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be out doing some caching…and I hope to see some of you along the way!

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