Southwest Trail in Arkansas

Follow the Southwest Trail on one of Arkansas's best American history tours through some of the most popular historical vacation spots in the state.

The Southwest Trail is a general term for the network of routes connecting the St.Louis/St. Genevieve are of Missouri and the Red River Valley of Texas. In Arkansas, what had been little more than a footpath before Arkansas became a territory in 1819 became a major emigration route in the 1820s. More than four-fifths of Arkansas's population by the 1830s had entered the territory along the Southwest Trail. The road was improved by the U.S. Army during Andrew Jackson’s presidency. The section north of the Arkansas River saw its use decline during the late nineteenth century, but the route south of there was still in use for decades afterwards.

THE SOUTHWEST TRAIL ROUTE THROUGH ARKANSAS
Start at Missouri border follow Hwy 166 to Maynard then Hwy 328 to Attica then Hwy 251 to Hwy 115 through Pocahontas to US 62 to Imboden then Hwy 115 through Smithville to Jesup then Hwy 117 to Strawberry then Hwy 25 to Walnut Grove then Walnut Grove Road to Hwy 233.

Next is two possible routes:

  1. Hwy 233 to Sulphur Rock then Hwy 69 to Batesville then US 167 to Southside
  2. Hwy 233 to Newark then Hwy 122 to Hwy 14 through Oil Trough to Southside

US 167 to Pleasant Plains then Hwy 157 to Sunnydale then Hwy 124 to Hwy 305 to Hwy 16 to Letona Road to Mount Pisgah Road to Morris School Road to Hwy 36 to Center Hill then Hwy 305 to Floyd then El Paso Road to Hwy 5 through El Paso to Hwy 89 then Tates Mill Road to Batesville Pike Road through Gibson to Remount Road to Hwy 176 to Hwy 365 through North Little Rock then US 70 through Little Rock to Hwy 5 through Bryant and Benton to US 70 then Hwy 229 to US 67 then Old Military Road to Rockport then Hwy 84 to Social Hill then Old Military Road to US 67 to Caddo Valley then Old Military Road to Hwy 8 then Mt Olive road to Hollywood then Hwy 26 to Antoine then Hwy 29 to Hwy 19 to Hwy 29 through Blevins to Hwy 32 then US 278 to Washington then Hwy 195 to Fulton then US 67 through Mandeville to Rondo Road through Rondo to US 82 through Texarkana.

Start planning your American history tours through some of the most popular historical vacation spots in Arkansas today!

Museum of Native American History Fort Smith National Historic Site Rogers Historical Museum Blue Spring Heritage Center Lake Dardanelle State Park Phillips County Museum Delta Cultural Center Marlsgate Plantation Lonoke County Museum Jacksonville Military History Museum Mount Nebo State Park Old State House Museum National Cemetery MacArthur Museum of Military History Scott Plantation Settlement Confederate Cemetery Image Map Museum of Native American History Pea Ridge National Military Park Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park The Headquarters House Arkansas Air Museum Ozark Military Museum National Cemetery Lake Dardanelle State Park Mount Nebo State Park Chalk Bluff Battlefield Park Crowley’s Ridge State Park Overlook Park Davidsonville Historic State Park Thomas Tunstall Family Graves Jacksonport State Park Old Independence Regional Museum Bell’s Route Segment Confederate Cemetery Phillips County Museum Jacksonville Military History Museum Lonoke County Museum Marlsgate Plantation Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum Old State House Museum Arkansas Railroad Museum Grant County Museum/Heritage Village Civil War Red River Campaign State Parks National Cemetery Scott Plantation Settlement MacArthur Museum of Military History Visitors Center and Museum Oakland Cemetery Nevada County Depot Museum Historic Washington State Park White Oak Lake State Park McCollum-Chidester House Prairie Grove Campaign Pea Ridge Campaign Little Rock Campaign Attack on Pine Bluff Confederate Approaches to Helena Camden Expedition Price's Raid Cabell's Route to Fayetteville Maynard Pioneer Museum & Park Overlook Park Ozark Folk Center Old State House Museum Lonoke County Museum Davidsonville Historic State Park Historic Washington State Park Jacksonville Military History Museum Jacksonport State Park Old Independence Regional Museum Thomas Tunstall Family Graves Maynard Pioneer Museum & Park Bell’s Route Segment Confederate Cemetery Phillips County Museum Pea Ridge National Military Park Rogers Historical Museum Delta Cultural Center Lake Dardanelle State Park Mount Nebo State Park Lonoke County Museum Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum Fort Smith National Historic Site North Shore Riverwalk Jacksonville Military History Museum MacArthur Museum of Military History Marlsgate Plantation Old State House Museum National Cemetery Scott Plantation Settlement Blue Spring Heritage Center National Cemetery The Headquarters House Ozark Military Museum Arkansas Air Museum Rogers Historical Museum