What's New for 2019 in the Arkansas Delta
Arkansas City trailhead, Delta Heritage State Park
The Arkansas City Trailhead of the Delta Heritage Trail State Park now includes a multi-use building designed in the style of historic rail depots, an administrative building, bathhouse facilities and an open pavilion. Site development of the trailhead also includes improved parking, picnic areas and two large tent pads for overnight camping, as well as interpretive wayside panels.
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Wilson
An updated and expanded Hampson Archeological Museum State Park opened in fall 2018. This new state of the art facility provides visitors with many opportunities for hands on experiences as well as visually stunning displays. Additionally, the museum now has spaces for much more research to be performed on the collection. Hampson Archeological Museum State Park exhibits a nationally renowned collection from the Nodena site, a 15-acre palisaded village that once thrived on the Mississippi River. Hampson Archeological Museum interprets the lifestyles of this farming-based civilization that lived there from A.D. 1400 to 1650. Artifacts and exhibits share the story of an early aboriginal population of farmers who cultivated crops and hunted native game. The community that once lived there also created its own art, religion, and political structure. A thriving trading network also played a role in their way of life. This remarkable collection owes its preservation to the late Dr. James K. Hampson and his family. The new museum is 8,580 square feet and more comfortably welcome guests to view the amazing collection of objects and interpretive exhibitions that shine light on this ancient culture.
CONTACT: 870-655-8622, [email protected], www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/hampson-archeological-museum-state-park
Jacksonport State Park Visitors Center, Jacksonport
The two-story facility, officially opened in fall 2018, features exhibit space, offices, a park store, a resource library, a pavilion, and a multi-purpose room. The focus of the unique exhibits is the town’s history, with emphasis on the steamboat and transportation industry, which made Jacksonport a thriving river port.