Driving Tour of Historic Homes
Clifton, Greening and Washington Streets: See the Art Deco county courthouse, McCollum-Chidester House Museum built in 1847 and more than 20 other homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the Clifton-Greening Street Historic District.
McCollum-Chidester House Museum
926 Washington St.: Open for tours Wednesday-Saturday,
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
100 Block of Maul Rd. off Pearl St. and Madison Ave.: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it encompasses 20 acres and 683 graves. It is the burial site of many of Camden’s leading citizens, as well as Confederate soldiers who died near Camden at the Battle of Poison Springs and the Battle of Marks’ Mills.
Poison Springs Battleground
Hwy. 76. W.: Marks the area where Confederate soldiers captured a Union supply train in 1864 during the Union’s Red River Campaign. Hiking trail and picnic sites. Re-enactment second weekend of March.
Hwy. 76 W.: Marks the area where Confederate soldiers captured a Union supply train in 1864 during the Union’s Red River Campaign. Hiking trail and picnic sites. Re-enactment second weekend of March.
Sandy Beach Park
Off Van Buren Street: Located on the Ouachita River, amenities include a boat ramp, small sandy beaches, fishing areas, picnic areas, playground, barbecue grills, gazebo, amphitheater, basketball courts, walking trail and overlook.
Washington Street Historic District
314 Adams SW: Residential area listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
White Oak Lake State Park
563 Ark. 387 (Bluff City): Centerpiece is White Oak Lake, a favorite fishing spot. Abundant wildlife, walking and biking trails, and campsites.
Felsenthal national Wildlife refuge
Eight Miles West of Crossett: Named for a small community at its southwest corner, this 65,000-acre refuge provides recreation and environmental education to the public. It contains an abundance of water resources dominated by the Ouachita and Saline Rivers and the Felsenthal Pool.
Old Crossett Company House
Ark. 133T: A shotgun mill house built in 1910.
El Dorado Conference Center
311 South West Ave.: Multi-purpose facility with banquet seating for up to 1,000 people, theatre seating for up to 2,500 people. Includes 12,000-square-foot Murphy Convention Hall with an expansive, decorative concourse ideal for vendors and receptions.
El Dorado-Union County
2409 Champagnolle Rd.: Softball and baseball fields, two large pavilions, playground and RV hookups.
Historic El Dorado Square
Beautifully restored 1920s and 30s businesses, ornate county courthouse and 70 National Register of Historic Places structures.
117 E. Cedar: This art deco theatre built in the 1920s is a landmark part of the historic downtown district of El Dorado. Restored in the late 1980s, it is now one of the coolest places to catch some of the greatest live performances in the South, soon becoming an anchor of the new Arts and Entertainment District.
South Arkansas Arboretum
Mount Holly Road: Part of the Arkansas State Parks System, this 12-acre wooded site features native plants, flowers and trees offering paved walking trails, rental pavilion and gazebo, restrooms and parking.
South Arkansas Arts Center
110 E. 5th St.: Two visual arts galleries, permanent and temporary exhibits, a ballet studio, classrooms for art education and workshops on various subjects, plus a 207-seat auditorium for live productions and special events, including the El Dorado Film Festival.
Dallas County Museum
221 Main St.: Exhibits on forestry; pottery; communications; railroad history; geology; archeology, including a dinosaur skull, as well as a dinosaur tooth and bone; and medicine in the Dr. T.E. Rhine exhibit (runner-up for National Doctor of the Year in 1949).
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Includes Main Street Antique Mall; Fordyce Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, showcasing local artists’ works and serving specialty coffee drinks; Presbyterian Church Peace Park; and Nutt-Trussell building, now the Bill Mays Annex to the Dallas County Museum, home of the Dallas County Sports Hall of Fame and the Dallas County Hall of Honor.
Marks’ Mills Cemetery
Ark. 95: Burials dating from 1843 include prominent South Arkansas pioneer families. Site of initial interment of Union dead from Battle of Marks’ Mills, part of the Red River Campaign.
The Bear and the Bugs
221 Main St.: A very special permanent exhibit commemorating the life and legacy of local native Paul Bear Bryant in the Bill Mays Annex of the Dallas County Museum. Also included in the annex will be an illustrious history of Fordyce Redbug sports. Fordyce and Dallas County have the largest number of inductees in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Ashley County Museum
302 N. Cherry St.: The county seat features the Ashley County Museum, a charming town square and Old Veterans Memorial. Enjoy the world-famous Armadillo Festival in the spring with its karaoke contest, armadillo pageant, arts and crafts, and live entertainment.
Calhoun County Annual Rodeo
Held the second weekend in April, the rodeo has been a popular Calhoun County attraction for years. Top Arkansas Rodeo Association and International Professional Rodeo Association competition is featured.
Calhoun County museum
115 S. Second St.: Housed on the second level of the Calhoun County Library, the Calhoun County Museum showcases a variety of artifacts from the military, domestic and agricultural history of Calhoun County. It is open to visitors during the library’s regular hours, noon-5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Calhoun County Park/Hampton
Cooks Lake Rd.: Natural area including picnic facilities, a softball complex and riding arena; home to annual rodeo.
Hampton Historic Courthouse
309 W. Main St.: Boasting native sons Harry Thomason, TV producer of “Designing Women” and “Evening Shade” fame, and Charles B. Pierce of “Legend of Boggy Creek” fame. Visit the historic courthouse on the square featured in “Evening Shade.”
Suzanne’s Fruit Farm
77 Peach Ct.: For a nostalgic country experience, a day at Suzanne’s Fruit Farm is packed with old-fashioned fun for the entire family. Pick your own tree-and-vine-ripened fruit during the season and experience The Barn for a walk through history with various photos and memorabilia. Take in the country air from the front porch swing or rocking chairs. Their Fall Fun in the Country event brings more than 25 rides and attractions including a train, corn maze, nature trail, photo opportunities and more.
3857 Ark. 203: Natural area with pristine forest and plant life, natural springs, hiking trails and picnic pavilion.
Calhoun Community School
211 W. Main St.: Oldest remaining four-room schoolhouse in Arkansas. The Calhoun community holds their annual garden show there the first Saturday in April.
The historic downtown is anchored by the 100-year-old courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Great shopping and dining on the town square.
1260 County Rd. 53: This 3,000-acre fishing lake is divided into four zones, including a small area off-limits to unauthorized visitors. Fishing is allowed on the rest of the lake, and the western half is open for boating and water sports. Largemouth bass is the lake’s main draw. Crappie, channel catfish, bluegills and red-ear sunfish are also plentiful.
Murals in Downtown Magnolia
211 W. Main St.: Murals are painted on many of the buildings. These murals depict the rich history of the town. The Movie Magic mural is signed by Charlton Heston in his role as Moses in the “Ten Commandments.”
Southern Arkansas University Brinson Art Building
100 E. University: Award-winning art gallery houses works by national and international artists, faculty and students.
Off the Square: Located just off downtown, the beautiful garden landscape is planted with many different species of plants. This is a must-see for every Master Gardener.
Logoly State Park
County Rd. 47 off U.S. 79: Area has been attracting visitors for more than 100 years. Come spend the day at this 368-acre park camping, hiking, bird watching and learning about nature.
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
3853 Smackover Hwy.: State museum in Smackover tells the story of the 1920s oil boom in South Arkansas and the oil and brine industry past, present, future. Now also telling the history of the timber industry.
Between El Dorado and Smackover: A 600-foot-wide and 100-foot-deep crater created in 1922 by a natural gas explosion.
Smackover Ghost Tours
10 Pershing Hwy.: For a night of thrills and fun, take a haunted tour.
Bradley County Park
383 Bradley 220: Forty-acre Warren Park features a lake, picnic grounds, pavilions, and basketball and tennis courts.
Bradley County Historical Museum
200 W. Ash St.: Located in the circa 1850 Dr. John Wilson Martin House, is the oldest structure in Bradley County. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open by appointment.
Bradley County Veterans’ Museum
210 N. Main St.: There are more than 1,400 photos of veterans from Bradley County that are grouped by the wars dating back to World War I. The museum is housed in a renovated facility built in 1922 that served as the first Bradley County American Legion Hut. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m., Sunday.
City Park Locomotive
383 Bradley 220: Engine 123 of the Southern Lumber Company, a 104-year-old steam locomotive, is on display in the City Park.
Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County
207 N. Main St.: Works to strengthen the community through three main areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
Moro Bay State Park
6071 Hwy. 600 (Jersey): One of the county’s most popular spots for fishing and water sports. Includes campsites, picnic area, store, marina, pavilion, interpretive programs and the Moro Bay Ferry exhibit. Five fully equipped cabins featuring two bedrooms, two baths and a kitchen. The park is located 29 miles southwest of Warren on U.S. 63.
It is the last major undammed stream in the entire Ouachita Mountain drainage, offering excellent fishing, scenery and backcountry floating. The Saline remains relatively unspoiled by man and creates an illusion of wilderness along much of its length. Dense forests line the river banks. Visitors may be treated to the sight of deer, mink, otters, beaver, muskrats and a variety of bird species.
Warren Prairie Natural Area
Located in Bradley and Drew counties in the South Central Plains of southern Arkansas containing 2,170 acres. The natural area is a mosaic of salt slick barrens, saline barrens, Delta post oak flatwoods, mound woodlands, saline marsh, pine woodlands and bottomland hardwood forest communities. WPNA supports over three-fourths of the Henslow’s Sparrows that are known to winter in Arkansas. Other wintering and migrating sparrows include Savannah, Song and White-crowned. This site also supports a large population of Brown-headed Nuthatches. Black-and-white and Yellow-throated Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-headed Woodpecker, Wood Duck and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker are just a few of the species found here.
Warren Shooting Sports Complex
323 Bradley 38 Road: Combination trap and skeet range in Arkansas’ South.
916 Bradley Rd. 7 S.: Dirt track racing Saturday nights, April-September, featuring factory, mini stock, hobby stock, sport mod, outlaw street stock and more. Heat racing starts at 7 p.m.