Bordering one of the longest rivers in the world, Arkansas’s newest state park is a life-changing trip for hiking and camping enthusiasts alike.
With more than 100-miles of trails, Mississippi River State Park is a hidden gem. For nearly a century, thousands of visitors have sought out the dramatic riverways, spellbinding wildlife, and delicate ecosystems on display along this 2,320-mile river. Discover an important part of American history, including early 16th-century exploration, transportation during the civil war and a massive boon to power during the 20th century while making unforgettable memories with family and friends.
Through a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas State Parks is developing Mississippi River State Park within the St. Francis National Forest in eastern Arkansas. Arkansas’s newest state park, Mississippi River State Park, will eventually encompass 536 acres.
The Great River Road winds through Mississippi River State Park and the St. Francis National Forest. This national scenic byway follows the Mississippi River for nearly 3,000 miles from its headwaters in the north woods of Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico traveling through 10 states bordering the river. You can follow this road of discovery through diverse histories, cultures and landscapes.
Bear Creek Lake is accessible from Mississippi River State Park. This 625-acre lake was constructed atop Crowley’s Ridge in 1938. Lying within the northern end of the St. Francis National Forest, this USDA Forest Service lake has more than 15 miles or shoreline. Anglers enjoy the lake fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, and catfish. Wildlife watching opportunities include white-tail deer, squirrel, raccoon, rabbit, wild turkey, and a wide variety of other birds. Two national scenic byways, the Great River Road and the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway, pass over the lake’s dam.
Beaver Pond Swamp is a part of the natural diversity to experience in the St. Francis National Forest. See this natural setting near where the St. Francis River flows into the Mississippi River.
Beech Point Campground at Mississippi River State Park features 17 campsites on a peninsula in beautiful Bear Creek Lake. Each campsite offers a lake view. Two courtesy docks provide campers with additional access to the 625-acre lake.
Tent pads are featured on campsites offering full hookups in the Beech Point Campground at Mississippi River State Park. In addition, tent camping enthusiasts can choose from three Walk-in Tent Sites without hookups.
Bear Creek Lake is a peaceful setting to enjoy the seasonal beauty of Crowley’s Ridge. The unique hardwood forest atop Crowley’s Ridge is prime wildlife and birding habitat. The campsite rental fee is $32 per night. For details on the campground, visit: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/news/for-media/display.aspx?id=1593. Nearby are a swim beach, hiking trail, fishing pier, boat ramp, and several picnic areas.