Parks and Tourism
Mississippi River State Park
Mississippi River State Park provides quality access to the St. Francis National Forest and inspires personal connections with the River, Delta, and Crowley’s Ridge. The park is located on the southern end of Crowley’s Ridge and borders the Mississippi River. Operating under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service within the 23,000 acre St. Francis National Forest, the state park encompasses 536 acres in six recreation areas. The park offers a variety of campgrounds, bathhouse, fishing pier, boat ramp, pavilion, swim beach, hiking trails and breathtaking views of wildlife. In addition to the outdoor recreational areas, a visitor center is located in the park. It features a gift shop and exhibits that interpret the Mississippi River, Crowley’s Ridge, and the Delta. The park also offers a full calendar of events and programs for all ages. For more information contact the visitor center at 870-295-4040 or their website at http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/news/display.aspx?id=2366.
The W.G. Huxtable Pumping Plant
Marianna is proud to be the home to the world’s largest storm water pumping plant. The W.G. Huxtable Pumping Plant is located off Highway 79, seven miles from Marianna. The station offers visitors a fascinating look at natural resource management. Visitors may peer out atop the plant high above the mighty Mississippi and St. Francis Rivers and look at the flood line that marks where flood waters once rose in the catastrophic floods of the 1920’s and 30’s. The pumping station is equivalent to a six story building and is designed to withstand floods and earthquakes. Tours are conducted by request. For more information contact the plant at 870-295-9108 or visit their website at www.mum.usacc.army.mil
The Marianna-Lee County Museum
The Marianna-Lee County Museum is located on the second floor of the Community House located at 67 W. Main Street in Marianna. The museum is home to local history including Native American relics to Civil War memorabilia. Tours are given by appointment which can be scheduled by calling the Chamber of Commerce Office.
The Louisiana Purchase State Park
The Louisiana Purchase Historic Park allows visitors to stand in the exact spot that was used to survey the initial point of the Louisiana Purchase. Visitors can follow the boardwalk through the protected headwater swap until the granite marker is reached which marks the point of the survey which would become 13 states. The park is located 22 miles south of Brinkley off of U.S. Highway 49.