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Northeast Arkansas: the cultural and historical attractions in northeast Arkansas are as diverse as its scenic beauty. The entire area is spotted with museums, historic sites, archaeological digs and wildlife management areas. And the Crowley's Ridge National Scenic Parkway, which slices through the entire region, offers picturesque and dramatic views.

Art/Galleries

Arkansas State University Fine Arts Gallery Offers changing exhibits of local and regional works. In Jonesboro. Call (870) 972-3050. Jonesboro Sun Art Gallery Highlights artwork by local, regional and state artists. Open to the public. In Jonesboro at 518 Carson St. Call (870) 935-5525. Paragould Mural A colorful 200-foot outdoor painting depicting early transportation in Paragould, a town that was built by the railroads.

Performing Arts

Arkansas Traveler Dinner Theater A two hour comedy with bluegrass and gospel music and the legend of the "Arkansaw Traveler." In Hardy. Call (870) 856-2244. Forum Civic Center A restored former movie theater now serving as a performing arts center. In Jonesboro. Call (870) 935-2726. Fowler Performing Arts Center A 78,700-SF performing arts center featuring a concert hall, drama stage, experimental theater, teaching gallery and grand lobby. In Jonesboro. Call (870) 910-8115. Ritz Civic Center Local or touring stage productions are offered at this renovated former movie palace. In Blytheville. Call (870) 762-1744.

Entertainment

Arkansas State University Convocation Center Popular site for concerts, basketball and other events. In Jonesboro. Call (870) 972 3870. Southland Greyhound Park One of the top greyhound racing facilities in the country. Racing is year-round. In West Memphis. Call (800) 467-6182.

Historical Sites

Chalk Bluff Battlefield Park Site of several Civil War skirmishes. Picnic tables, pavilion and walking trails. In Piggott. Holly Grove Historic District Take a driving tour of this graceful old plantation community with many fine homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In Holly Grove. Mississippi County Courthouse Constructed in 1912 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In Osceola. Parker Pioneer Homestead Displays include gristmills and a log cabin, broom shop, chapel and covered wagon. In Harrisburg. Call (870) 578 2699.

Museums

Arkansas State University Museum Includes more than 100 exhibits featuring Native American artifacts, glassware, natural history, toy and doll collections, and traveling exhibits. "Old Town Arkansas" re-creates a turn-of-the-century village. Call (870) 972-2074. Blytheville Heritage Museum Showcases Delta history, including cotton and Eaker Air Force Base. On the National Register of Historic Places. In the Kress Building in Blytheville. Call (870) 763-2525. Crittenden County Museum The renovated Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot displays railroad memorabilia, regional artifacts, paintings, sculpture, wood carvings and pottery. In Earle. Call (870) 792-7374. Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center Family home of Ernest Hemingway's second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. Includes a barn studio where Hemingway wrote portions of "A Farewell to Arms." In Piggott. Call (870) 598-3487. Marianna/Lee County Museum Exhibits include a general store, parlor, kitchen and cotton farming. Also Civil War and World War II artifacts. Call (870) 2952469. Prairie County Museum Exhibits on early Arkansas settlements, transportation routes and the river based economy based on fishing and shelling. On Main Street in Des Arc. Closed Mondays except holidays. Call (870) 256-3711. St. Francis County Museum A newly renovated Rush Gates historic home. Exhibits include geology and American Indian, African American and county history. In Forrest City. Call (870) 261-1744.

Parks and Recreation

Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge Contains Mallard Lake, where the state record largemouth bass was caught. East of Manila. Blanchard Springs Caverns Two trails wind through this spectacular living cave system near Mountain View. National Park Service also hosts wild cave tours. Call (870) 757-2211. Crowley's Ridge National Scenic Parkway Scenic byway that follows the 198 mile length of the Delta's only highlands. From Piggott to Helena, the route passes by or near five state parks, a national forest, Civil War sites, the former home of Ernest Hemingway, historic homes, museums, rich agricultural areas and the Delta Cultural Center. Call (870) 910 8080. Crowley's Ridge State Park A lake for fishing, a lake for swimming, cabins and campsites. West of Paragould. Call (870) 573-6751. Garner Visitor's Center Welcome center overlooking Greers Ferry Dam and the Little Red River. Summer tours of the dam. On state Highway 25 near Heber Springs. Call (501) 362-9067. Hampson Museum State Park Collection of prehistoric Indian artifacts dating from A.D. 1350-1700 excavated at the nearby Nodena site. Picnic sites and a playground are adjacent to the museum. At junction of U.S. Highway 61 and Lake Drive in Wilson. Jacksonport State Park and Museums Contains exhibits depicting life in Jackson County. Tour an 1880s paddle wheel passenger boat. In Jacksonport in the 1869 courthouse. Call (870) 523 2143. Lake Charles State Park Fish for bass, bream, crappie and catfish in Lake Charles, and stay at one of 93 campsites. Near Hoxie. Call (870) 878-6595. Lake Frierson State Park Another state park atop Crowley's Ridge offering fishing and featuring beautiful dogwoods each spring. About 10 miles north of Jonesboro. Call (870) 932-2615. Lake Poinsett State Park Lake covers 640 acres and holds bass, bream and catfish. The park has 30 campsites and a screened pavilion. Near Harrisburg. Call (870) 578-2064. Mammoth Spring State Park Nine million gallons of water per hour flow from Mammoth Spring. A museum housed in the 1836 Frisco Depot displays railroad memorabilia and a caboose. Call (870) 625-7364. National Fish Hatchery A real fish hatchery offering a tour with trout fishing tips. In Heber Springs, below Greers Ferry Dam. Call (501) 3623615. Old Davidsonville State Park Site of Arkansas Territory's first post office and courthouse. Includes a Davidsonville town map from 1815. Call (870) 892-4708. Ozark Folk Center State Park Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the Ozark Mountain way of life. Near Mountain View. Call (800) 264-3655. Parkin Archeological State Park American Indian site dating back to A.D. 1000 with trails and interpretive exhibits. On going excavation takes place July-October. Near Parkin and Earle. Call (870) 755-2500. Quality Gladiolus Gardens A 50-acre site in Jonesboro with a colorful array of various flowers. Walking and van tours available by appointment. Call (870) 932-4533. Village Creek State Park Five trails lead through the lush forest of Crowley's Ridge Mountains. Fish for bass, bream, catfish and crappie at two lakes. Launch ramps, boat docks, 104 campsites and 10 fully equipped cabins. Interpretive center offers exhibits of prehistoric artifacts and wildlife. Near Wynne. Call (870) 238-9406.
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