Heritage Trails in Arkansas
From the Arkansas Delta to the Ozark Mountains and every geographic region in between, Arkansas's history and heritage is deeply rooted in its landscape. History trips across the state can lead from Mississippi River bottomlands to mid-America's highest peaks or from a legacy of Deep South cotton culture to a town on the edge of the Wild West frontier.
These Heritage Trails document land and water routes along the Arkansas Trail of Tears, The Butterfield Overland Trail mail route pre-dating the Pony Express, the Southwest Trail in Arkansas and Arkansas Civil War actions that determined the fate of a nation divided. Click on the trail or trails you're interested in to find interactive maps for planning your trip. Watch for the Heritage Trail highway signage across Arkansas.
The commemoration of the Sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War continues through 2015 wtih special evdents scheduled throughtout the state. In honor of this historic occasion, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is offering a four-color brochure and patch just for motorcyclists. This project is funded in part with a $2,000 grant from the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
The brochure covers eight Civil War battles in the state that have been designated as an Arkansas Heritage Trail. These are Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, the Little Rock Campaign, the attack on Pine Bluff, the Confederate approach to Helena, the Camden Expedition, Price's Raid, and Ozark to the Battle of Fayetteville. The actual routes taken by troops are highlighted in the publication.
The first 1,000 motorcyclists to travel the eight campaigns receive a complimentary "I Rode the Civil War Trail Arkansas" patch. Participants are to send photos accompanied by a brief description to Arkansas Group Travel upon completion of all eight rides. Brochures are available here. They are also available at of the 13 Arkansas Welcome Centers located at strategic entry points into the state.
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission welcomes everyone to visit the state's many Civil War sites by participating in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Passport Program.
For more information contact Renee Robison by email or by phone at 501-682-1219 or 800-872-1259.