Geocaching Friday: Pine Bluff

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!!

I hope you all have a enjoyed a wonderful week! It’s been HOT in The Natural State, especially these last few days. The good news…there’s a cold front headed our way and the temperatures are going to be in the double digits…not triple…through the weekend!

Today’s blog is spotlighting Pine Bluff. It’s a great geocaching community. There are 131 caches within a 15-mile radius of the city center. Right now, it’s also a great place to visit for geocachers, because the GPS Adventures Arkansas Maze exhibit is on display at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas!

I’ve discussed the maze in an earlier blog. GPS Adventures Arkansas was the first exhibit endorsed by that focuses on a single state. The exhibit debuted at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover in May 2009. The display takes visitors through a 1,500-square-foot maze that explains the concept of GPS, the history of navigation, the sport of geocaching and the Arkansas State Park’s ParkCache program. In addition to the indoor maze, visitors can head to the outdoor course to find nearby caches. Nearly 20,000 visitors from throughout the country visited the exhibit during its 10-month run at AMNR. It was a huge success and a great exhibit. If you’re anywhere near Pine Bluff and haven’t seen it, I strongly suggest you visit. Even if you saw the exhibit in Smackover, you can log a new icon find during its run in Pine Bluff.

While in Pine Bluff, there are great attractions you need to visit. A must-see is the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, where you’re welcomed by a life-size animatronic statue of native son Johnny Cash. Exhibits feature costumes, memorabilia and instruments from Arkansans who became known throughout the world, including John Grisham, Ronnie Dunn, Charlie Rich, Levon Helm, K.T. Oslin, Conway Twitty and many others.

The Arkansas Railroad Museum houses a vast array of trail memorabilia, locomotives, railroad cars and railroad equipment. It’s also home to the restored steam locomotive 819, which was built in Pine Bluff in 1942. If you know someone who loves trains, you must absolutely take them to this museum! 

The Delta Rivers Nature Center features a 20,000-gallon oxbow lake aquarium filled with native fish…that’s worth the trip right there! But there’s so much more! You’ll find exhibits explaining the natural history of the Arkansas Delta, live critters (turtles, gators and snakes…OH, MY!), and a movie that takes you on a “fly-over” of the Arkansas Delta.

That’s just a few suggestions. There’s so much more you can see and do in Pine Bluff. Just don’t forget to find some great caches along the way.

Have a great weekend!!

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