Interstate 530: explore the Arkansas Delta wetlands
Discover the Interstate 530 State Scenic Byway — gorgeous wildflowers, rolling woodlands, waterfowl, wading birds and more! This scenic byway roughly follows Bayou Bartholomew crossing the stream several times from its origins in the rolling woodlands of the West Gulf Coastal Plain until it descends into the flatlands of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, or Delta.
Approximately the southern two-thirds of the route travels a wetlands corridor once designated for preservation as a greenbelt. Though I-530 and urban development now encroach on the corridor, waterfowl and wading birds can still be observed in the bayou backwaters, ponds and borrow pits from which fill was taken to build the roadway. Young bald cypresses planted as part of a reforestation effort can also be seen. Plan a trip on one of Arkansas’s finest scenic driving routes.
Route: 15 miles
Interstate 530 between Ark. Arkansas State Highway 256 northwest of in White Hall (34.286373, -92.118848) and its end at U.S. Highway 65 in southern Pine Bluff (34.199523, -91.963380).
Things To Know:
Bayou Bartholomew is considered the longest bayou in the world. Named an Arkansas Water Trail in 2016 by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, paddlers can access the bayou along the I-530 scenic route in Pine Bluff, at the Dr. Curtis Merrell Access Point. More information on the water trail is available on our blog: https://www.arkansas.com/blog/post/bayou-bartholomew-water-trail-dedication-set-for-april-30/. Maps are available from the AGFC: https://www.agfc.com/en/explore-outdoors/wildlife-viewing/water-trails/.
Area Attractions, Lodging & Dining:
listed from north to south:
Regional Tourism Associations:
Arkansas's Land of Legends Travel Association