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Total mileage / average drive time:
127 miles – 2 hours, 37 minutes
Arkansas has made quite a reputation for itself. It’s an oasis people visit to disconnect from their digital lives and reconnect with friends, family and the beauty of nature, in an effort to center and recharge. Arkansas has never disappointed even the most captious travelers with two imposing mountain ranges, 9,000 miles of lakes where the fish always seem hungry, 250 hiking trails that collectively stretch more than 1,500 miles and 2.9 million acres of forest just waiting to be explored.
Nestled on the banks of the horseshoe-shaped Lake Chicot, a 20-mile long abandoned channel of the Mississippi, Lake Village is an appropriate name for our first stop in the heart of the state’s Delta Region. Don’t let the size of this quaint riverside village fool you, it has more charm and allure within its borders than many metropolitan cities and far more attractions than you would think possible for its size. The beautiful Lake Chicot is the largest natural lake in the state and water lovers dream. Toss in a line and you just might catch crappie, bass, bluegill or catfish, any of which will grill up nicely for dinner later or head out on your boat, jet-skis or canoe and take a scenic tour. Lake Chicot State Park offers a slew of aquatic fun as well as a museum containing many exhibits on area history, natural resources and Civil War and Mississippi River levee self-guided tours. Nearby you’ll find the Chicot County Museum, housed in the old 1910 infirmary, containing a WWII exhibition room and several rooms depicting antique hospital equipment and some history on the Italians who settled near Sunnyside Plantation.
82.4 miles – 1 hour, 50 minutes
Let’s hit the trail to our next location, Pine Bluff. Take 144 to US-278 W/ US-65N. Keep right at the folk and follow signs to merge onto US-63 N. This leg of the trip clocks in around two hours. Pine Bluff lies near the border where the lush, rolling woodlands of the West Gulf Coastal Plain meets the flat and largely agricultural area of the Delta making for a breathtaking view of the two contrasting geographical regions that comprise the state. Another beautiful riverside city, Pine Bluff also has the distinction of lying along several historic trails, including four approaches on the city in October of 1863 Attack on Pine Bluff and the water route of the Trail of Tears. These two passages and many others are part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System, which is sure to thrill history, and Civil War buffs alike.
44.3 miles – 46 minutes
Let’s move on to our last stop, Little Rock. Make your way back to US-65N, keeping left at the fork, follow signs to merge onto I-530N. Continue onto US-167N, merging onto I-30E. The last leg of our trip should take you about an hour. Little Rock began as a tiny dot on the map, staking its claim close to the Arkansas River. Today, Little Rock is a place that hustles and bustles while still maintaining the beauty of its humble beginnings. One of the main focal points of the area is the Clinton Presidential Center and Park, where you can find a complete replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. In historic MacArthur Park, you’ll find the Arkansas Arts Center, the leading cultural institution in Arkansas. With several exhibitions, art classes, library and a museum, it’s a fantastic place to wander around for the day and immerse yourself in the best this center has to offer.
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