The Delta Heritage Trail State Park, located
off U.S. 49
in Barton (six miles west of Helena-West Helena),
is a rails-to-trails conversion being developed in phases along the 73-mile former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way. The right-of-way winds its way from near Lexa to Cypress Bend (five miles northeast of McGehee) and the trail is located in the heart of the Arkansas Delta. There are currently 14 miles of completed trails open to hikers and bicyclists.
On April 10, the park will offer the first Bike and Kayak Tour of 2010. The tour is a wonderful opportunity to experience the Delta Heritage Trail. The bikes and kayaks will be provided. The bike ride will consist of a 10-mile ride through the native hardwoods, along beautiful farmland, and across several streams. Upon arrival in Lakeview, participants will take to their kayaks and explore Old Town Lake, an oxbow lake filled with striking cypress trees. After the kayak tour of Old Town Lake, tour participants will be transported back to the park office in Barton.
The bike and kayak tour will last approximately four hours. Reservations are required and the cost is $25 for adults and $15 for those ages 12 and under and
includes the bike, kayak, life jackets, paddles, and the shuttle.
It is suggested that those participating be in
moderate to good physical condition, bring plenty of fluids, dress for hot weather, and be comfortable around water. The photos included in today’s blog are from one of last year’s tours. To learn more contact the Delta Heritage Trail State Park at 870-572-2358 or by e-mail at DeltaHeritageTrail@arkansas.com.