Now that the weather has improved, its time to get out and explore the amazing walking trails of Arkansas. We have some great ones in the Delta. Just west of Helena in Phillips County and along Highway 49 lies the the visitor center for the Delta Heritage Trail State Park. It occupies an old cotton gin. There you can find information about the park.
The Delta Heritage Trail State Park is a 21 mile hiking and biking trail that stretches from Helena junction down to Elaine. This is the completed section of what will be a future 84.5 mile long distance trail. Once completed it will stretch from one mile south of Alexa to Rohwer and extend via the Mississippi River levee to Arkansas City. Much of this trail follows the old Union Pacific railway.
Nature just envelopes you as you walk.
There are several places along the trail that hikers and bikers can gain access. It’s truly breathtaking to walk under the canopy of trees as you listen to the different birds of the delta singing their songs. Benches are also located along the trail where you can just relax while you enjoy nature. As the summer gets going though, I recommend bug spray. We are in the Delta after all.
Back at the visitor center, there are camping and picnic sites. The rangers and staff are very friendly so whether you are visiting from afar, or this is home, take some time to visit the Delta Heritage State Park.
Delta Heritage Trail State Park
5539 Highway 49 • West Helena, AR 72390