Helena-West Helena

The River Town Full of History, Blues and Catfish by Curtis Lanning Sitting along the banks of the Mississippi River, travelers will find Helena-West Helena, a town with rich history, soulful blues music and all the catfish one can eat. Shane Williams, executive director of Main Street Helena, encourages those seeking a fresh start to…

A Musical Road Trip to the Arkansas Delta

Kimberly J. Williams, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism What do Johnny Cash, Louis Jordan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Conway Twitty, Howlin’ Wolf, Charlie Rich, and Al Green have in common? In addition to becoming musical legends in various genres, each of these trailblazers was born or lived in eastern Arkansas. The region’s roster…

Go On An Arkansas Adventure Bike Tour

Thursday marks the first day of the Arkansas Adventure Bike Tour, the weekend-long trek through the Ozarks, hosted by Velo View Bike Tours. The Arkansas Ozarks are often overlooked by tourists and cycling enthusiasts headed for the Rockies or Appalachia. But Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the most beautiful cycling setting without the…

Arkansas Backstories: Mosquitoes

“Ideal conditions are found in Arkansas for the development of some of the worst pest mosquitoes found in this country.” So wrote Stanley J. Carpenter, the Arkansas State Entomologist, in a 1941 book, The Mosquitoes of Arkansas, published by the Arkansas State Board of Health. Three-quarters of a century later, Mr. Carpenter’s assessment still rings…

Wilson, Arkansas: A Slow Revival

By Josh Conley | Photography by Averell Mondie The quintessential company town, located midway between Memphis and Missouri along Arkansas’ scenic Highway 61, was founded in the late nineteenth century, first supporting a sawmill, then once the old growth forests were harvested and the swamplands drained, a vast cotton operation dependent on tenancy and sharecropping…

Hiking in Southwest Arkansas

Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Hiking is an awe inspiring route to experience the beauty of Arkansas. The state’s climate allows the pastime year round and a chance to get off the beaten path is also attainable. Tim Ernst, a wilderness photographer and author of many guidebooks about hiking in Arkansas,…