You’ll begin your journey in the Gateway city of Blytheville, Arkansas. From there, you’ll travel 50 minutes northwest, passing through Missouri, on your way to Piggott, AR. The town is known for its rich agricultural heritage and Southern charm. This is where you’ll first join the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway before heading south over the next few days.

Chalk Bluff Battlefield Park and Natural Area

Chalk Bluff Battlefield and Natural Area is a captivating blend of history and nature. The now-abandoned town of Chalk Bluff was the site of several skirmishes during the Civil War in May 1863. Explore on foot to gain insight into the war’s impact on the region.  As you meander through the lush landscape, the serene White River and majestic bluffs provide a picturesque backdrop. Wildlife sightings and vibrant flora enhance the experience.

County Road 368, Piggott, AR 72454, 870-598-2667, Free


Surrounded by lush farmlands and picturesque landscapes, the rich history of Piggott is showcased in its well-preserved downtown filled with 19th-century buildings and the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum, in the family home of Pauline Pfeiffer, Ernest Hemingway’s second wife. The town began in 1873, when Dr. James A. Piggott moved from Dow, Illinois, to start his medical practice, successfully petitioning for a post office for the remote settlement. By 1882, when the railroad arrived, the town grew up around the tracks.

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center

Connect with the community where Hemingway crafted some of his most enduring works, including A Farewell to Arms, and short stories such as A Clean, Well-Lighted Place and The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio. Engaging exhibits and artifacts provide insight into Hemingway’s life, writing process, and connection to the local community. 

1021 West Cherry Street, Piggott, AR 72454, 870-598-3487, Mon-Sat 9AM-3PM, Adults $12


Originally settled in the late 19th century, Paragould’s growth (and community name) was fueled by the crossing of two railroads owned by men named Paramore and Gould. The town was soon transformed into a thriving hub of trade and commerce centered in the historic downtown, now with charming storefronts and landmarks.

Crowley’s Ridge State Park

This state park’s history traces back to the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) undertook significant efforts to develop the park on picturesque Lake Ponder. These efforts not only provided employment during the Great Depression but also laid the foundation for the park’s recreational offerings. The park’s location atop Crowley’s Ridge, resulting from windblown soil deposits over millions of years, creates a diverse habitat of rolling hills and distinct plant life. 

2092 AR-168 North, Paragould, AR 72450, 870-573-6751, Daily 8AM-5PM, Free

Lake Frierson State Park

Located on the shores of the 335-acre Lake Frierson, this park is a laid-back place to relax. Learn more about nature in the park at the Visitor Center, enjoy a picnic in the pavilion or at one of the other picnic sites with picturesque views, hike on various trails, or bring your fishing gear to drop a line. Year-round fishing includes catching bream, catfish, crappie, and bass. Fishing boats and kayaks are available to rent, and the park features several fishing piers and a boat ramp for easy access to the lake. 

7904 AR-141, Jonesboro, AR 72401, 870-932-2615, Daily 8AM-7:30PM, Free

 **From here, backtrack about 20 minutes along the Byway for your first-night accommodations.

Destination Distinctive Accommodations

The White House Inn Bed and Breakfast  611 West Court Street, Paragould, AR 72450, 870-236-4087.  Located in the historic 1892 Hays-Porter House in the Main Street District, the White House includes beautifully appointed rooms and wonderful common areas.

Destination Distinctive Dining 

Brick and Forge Brew Works/La Torcia Brick Oven Pizza  2410 Linwood Drive, Paragould, AR 72450, 870-236-4200. Enjoy freshly baked in stone hearth ovens and enjoy a pint. 

Juniper Tree Meadery  2112 AR-358 West, Paragould, AR 72450, 870-586-5858. The only winery/meadery tasting room in Northeast Arkansas. 

Batten’s Bakery LLC  1735 Paragould Plaza, Paragould, AR 72450, 870-236-7810.

Chow at One Eighteen  118 North Pruett Street, Paragould, AR 72450, 870-573-811.

Destination Distinctive Retail  

Southern Roots Boutique  112 West Main Street, Paragould, AR 72450, 870-450-9401

Amazing Things Antique Mall and Flea Market  215 East Kings Highway, Paragould, AR 72450, 870-236-8222 

Cultured Man  207 South Pruett Street, Paragould, AR, United States, 72450, 870-565-3600



Founded in 1859, Jonesboro developed as a hub for agriculture and trade, benefiting from its strategic location along major transportation routes. During the Civil War, the city witnessed pivotal battles, such as the Battle of Jonesboro, which marked a turning point in the Union’s favor. Today, the city thrives as a regional center for education, healthcare, and commerce. Downtown boasts charming boutiques, art galleries, and locally-owned eateries.

Arkansas State University Museum

Housed within the university’s campus, the museum’s extensive collection showcases the diverse aspects of Arkansas’s past and present in exhibits that explore from early settlements and Native American heritage to its development into a thriving community. Photographs, artifacts, and interactive elements provide a tangible connection to the people and events that have shaped the region. The museum also houses extensive collections of art, geology, paleontology, and agriculture, offering a comprehensive understanding of the area’s natural and cultural diversity. 

320 University Loop, Arkansas State University, AR 72467, 870-972-2074, Tue-Sat 10AM-5PM, Free

Bradbury Art Museum

Unique in northern Arkansas, the Bradbury embraces innovative and cutting-edge works, pushing the boundaries of traditional art forms. Expect to encounter artworks that provoke thought, challenge perceptions, and inspire emotions in paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, and multimedia installations. The art on display often reflects current social and cultural issues and individual expressions of creativity and imagination. As you move through the galleries, you will quickly be captivated by the thought-provoking narratives and skillful craftsmanship. The museum’s rotating exhibits ensure there is always something new to discover, fostering a sense of excitement and curiosity with each visit.

201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72404, 870-972-3687, Tue-Sat 12PM-5PM, Free

Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center

The center offers a variety of exhibits and interactive displays that provide insights into the area’s diverse flora, fauna, and geological formations. Explore the surrounding trails that offer scenic views of the ridge’s rolling hills, birds, and wildlife. Look for Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds, Woodpeckers, Wild Turkeys, and White-tailed as you amble along the walks. The center’s knowledgeable staff enriches the understanding of the local ecology and conservation efforts with hands-on activities and educational displays that showcase the importance of preserving the region’s natural resources. The center’s wildlife observation areas and outdoor pavilion provide space for relaxation and appreciation of the serene surroundings.

600 East Lawson Road, Jonesboro, AR 72404, 870-933-6787, Tue-Sat 8:30AM-4:30PM, Free

Jonesboro Murals

The Jonesboro Murals date back to 2002 when the “Imagine Downtown” project was launched. A series of murals soon emerged throughout the city as the result of a collaborative effort, with artists working together to depict different aspects of Jonesboro’s past and present. Each mural tells a story, from the city’s agricultural roots and early settlers to its educational institutions, cultural events, and community spirit. Vivid colors and intricate details provide a visually stunning experience, capturing the imagination and sparking curiosity. Throughout the tour, you’ll witness the community’s pride and connection to its roots, as expressed through the artistry and creativity on display. The murals beautify the city and serve as a visual timeline, preserving Jonesboro’s legacy for future generations.

Start at 211 Main Street, Jonesboro, AR 72404 for Wild Horses Mural, 870-919-6176

Destination Distinctive Accommodations

Intersect 311 Hotel  315 West Huntington Avenue Suite B, Jonesboro, AR 72401, 870-878-3100.  A stylish boutique property that seamlessly blends modern amenities with historic charm.

Destination Distinctive Dining

Roots Restaurant  303 South Main Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401, 870-336-1212. The Ecuadorian-Southern fusion, here, always garners rave reviews.

The Parsonage  305 South Main Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401, 870-203-6116. Brunch with a farm-to-table attitude with waffles or biscuits and gravy! Outdoor seating is available. 

Sue’s Kitchen  1708 South Caraway Road, Jonesboro, AR 72401, 870-972-6000. Great comfort food and more.

Destination Distinctive Retail

Threads Boutique  2900 East Highland Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401, 870-520-6048

Sara Howell Studio and Gallery  405 South Main Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401, 870-935-6336

Honeysuckle Arbor  4701 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72404, 870-316-0602


E. Boone Watson African American Cultural Center

This center, named in honor of a prominent local civil rights leader, is dedicated to celebrating and preserving African American heritage in vibrant exhibits showcasing the rich history, art, and culture of African Americans in the city. Engaging displays and interactive elements provide insights into their struggles, triumphs, contributions, and enduring legacy. 

1005 Logan Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401, 870-933-4626, Call for hours.


Founded in 1858, Harrisburg has evolved from its early days as a stop along the railroad into a thriving community with deep agricultural roots. History enthusiasts can visit the Poinsett County Historical Society Museum, which showcases artifacts and exhibits that highlight the region’s past. Harrisburg also played a significant role during the Civil War, and remnants of this history can be found at the nearby Village Creek State Park, where a Confederate cemetery and historical markers stand as testaments to the area’s past.

Lake Poinsett State Park

This state park’s history dates back to the mid-20th century when the Arkansas State Parks system was established to preserve and showcase the state’s natural resources. Lake Poinsett was created in the 1940s as a reservoir to aid in flood control and provide recreational opportunities for the public. The state park was officially established in 1963 to manage and maintain the lake and its surrounding area as a recreational destination. Today, Lake Poinsett State Park continues to serve as a beloved recreational area, providing visitors with opportunities to connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of the Arkansas outdoors. Whether it’s fishing in the lake, hiking the trails, or simply relaxing by the water’s edge.

5752 State Park Road, Harrisburg, AR 72432, 870-578-2064, Daily 8AM-5PM, Admission Free

 **From here, you’ll take a brief detour off the Parkway. Head East about 35 miles along routes 14 and 77 to Dyess.

Historic Dyess Colony

A visit here offers a rare glimpse into a New Deal resettlement project and the lives of those who once called it home. It is also the location of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and Museum. Strolling through the streets, you can feel the spirit of resilience and community that is a tribute to the enduring spirit of those who lived and worked here.

110 Center Drive, Dyess, AR 72330, 870-764-2274, Mon-Sat 9AM-3PM, Various tours start at Adults $10  

**From here, loop back along Arkansas routes 118 and 64 to rejoin the Parkway at Wynne.


Founded in the late 19th century, Wynne’s history is closely tied to agriculture, with cotton and rice being significant crops in the region’s early development. Delve into Wynne’s past by visiting the Cross County Museum, which showcases exhibits and artifacts highlighting the area’s heritage, including its agricultural roots and cultural contributions. Explore the nearby Village Creek State Park, offering scenic hiking trails, fishing opportunities, and a chance to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the Crowley’s Ridge region. For those interested in wildlife, the Delta Rivers Nature Center is a must-visit destination, featuring interactive exhibits and educational programs about the diverse flora and fauna of the Mississippi Delta.

Village Creek State Park

Village Creek State Park encompasses nearly 7,000 acres of beautiful forested hills and clear streams to create an environment found nowhere else in Arkansas. Features in the park include 33 miles of multi-use trails, cabins, two lakes, pavilions, picnic sites, outdoor and indoor theaters, a museum, and a visitor’s center.  Interpretive programs are available year-round.  Nature enthusiasts can explore the park’s extensive trail system, which meanders through dense forests and offers picturesque views of Crowley’s Ridge. Hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife spotting are popular pursuits. The park’s centerpiece is Lake Dunn, a 64-acre lake that beckons fishing enthusiasts with its abundant catfish, bass, and crappie. 

201 County Road 754, Wynne, AR 72396, 870-238-9406, Daily 8AM-5PM, Free

Destination Distinctive Accommodations

Cabin at Village Creek State Park  201 County Road 754, Wynne, AR 72396, 870-238-9406. Cozy quiet lodging nestled by the creek. 

Destination Distinctive Dining

Hickory House BBQ  128 US-64, Wynne, AR 72396, 870-238-4041. Family owned since 1990, stop in for some of the best BBQ and burgers in NE Arkansas. 

Daylight Donuts  1202 Falls Boulevard North, Wynne, AR 72396, 870-208-9995. Great breakfast sandwiches and the best donuts for miles.

Ribs and More  1425 South Falls Boulevard, Wynne, AR 72396, 870-587-3131.  Mouthwatering pork ribs with all the fixins’.

Destination Distinctive Retail

Cordial Cottage  133 Murray Avenue, Wynne, AR 72396, 870-238-1700 


Forrest City

Originally established as a railroad town in the late 19th century, Forrest City’s history is intertwined with its transportation and agricultural roots. The city’s agricultural legacy is evident in the surrounding farmlands that produce cotton, soybeans, rice, and other crops. For history buffs, the Colt Square Historic District features well-preserved buildings that reflect the city’s past. The city’s cultural diversity is celebrated through various community events and festivals, such as the Delta Heritage Festival, which showcases the area’s music, food, and arts.

Forrest City Murals

Walking through the city, you’ll be treated to an engaging outdoor gallery of community murals with intricate details and powerful storytelling. These captivating outdoor artworks are scattered throughout the city, transforming blank walls into vibrant canvases that tell the area’s story. Each mural is unique, capturing different aspects of the city’s heritage and identity. 

St. Francis County Museum

The St. Francis County Museum is a treasure trove of history and culture, preserving the region’s rich heritage. Located in the restored, historic Rush-Gates home, exhibits include the J.O. Rush relic collection, reconstructed doctor’s office, geology and fossils from Crowley’s Ridge, county, veterans, and African-American history. The museum also serves as the central visitors center for the Crowley’s Ridge National Scenic Byway.

603 Front Street, Forrest City, AR 72335, 870-261-1744, Tue-Fri 10AM-5PM, Free.

Destination Distinctive Dining

Delta Q & Deli  1112 North Washington Street, Forrest City, AR 72335, 870-633-1234

Destination Distinctive Retail

Chez Weenie  624 Garland Street, Forrest City, AR 72335, 870-633-8100


Enjoy a serene respite in the heart of the Delta region in this charming town, which exudes Southern hospitality and a rich cultural heritage. Explore the Lee County Museum, which delves into the town’s past, including its Civil War history, and enjoy the Mississippi River. Wander through the quaint downtown area, with historic buildings, local shops, and authentic Southern cuisine.

Mississippi River State Park

This state park is located on the river and offers various outdoor activities and stunning vistas. Hike the park’s scenic trails, meander lush forests, and scenic overlooks, looking to spot resident birds and wildlife. The park’s elevated boardwalk leads through pristine wetlands that showcase the river’s unique ecosystem. Learn about the region’s history at the visitor center, which features exhibits and displays on the river’s cultural significance and environmental conservation efforts.

2955 State Highway 44, Marianna, AR 72360, 870-295-4040, Daily 8AM-5PM, Free.

Destination Distinctive Dining 

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner  219 West Louisiana Street, Marianna, AR 72360, 870-295-38078. The oldest Black-owned restaurant in the United States.


Situated along the banks of the Mississippi, Helena exudes old-world charm and a warm sense of community. Explore the Delta Cultural Center and the Helena Museum of Phillips County, which showcase the region’s Civil War heritage and African American history.  Helena’s musical heritage comes alive at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, which attracts music lovers from far and wide. The town’s picturesque streets, historic buildings, and scenic riverfront make for delightful strolls, and nearby, you can explore the White River National Wildlife Refuge.

Helena Murals

This captivating collection of outdoor artworks adorns the town’s historic buildings and walls. Created by local and visiting artists, the murals vividly depict the region’s rich history, cultural diversity, and natural beauty. As you walk through the streets of Helena, you’ll encounter these large-scale masterpieces, each telling a unique story. The murals portray scenes from the Delta’s past, including moments from the Civil War, influential musicians like B.B. King, and the area’s agricultural heritage. The colorful and detailed paintings add vibrancy to the town’s ambiance, creating an open-air gallery that captures the essence of the Mississippi Delta’s spirit.

Delta Cultural Center

Housed in a restored depot, the center showcases exhibits, interactive displays, and captivating artifacts celebrating the region’s music, arts, and diverse communities. Explore the Delta’s influential musical legacy with exhibits on blues, gospel, and rock ‘n’ roll legends, and delve into the area’s agricultural roots with stories of the cotton industry and the labor of enslaved African Americans during the antebellum era. This is a must-visit destination for visitors seeking an immersive and inspiring journey into the heart of the Mississippi Delta’s soulful heritage.

141 Cherry Street, Helena, AR 72342, 870-338-4350, Tue-Sat 9AM-5PM, Free

Destination Distinctive Accommodations

Edwardian Inn  317 Biscoe Street, Helena, AR 72342, 870-338-9155.  This B&B features well-appointed rooms and period furnishings housed in a beautifully restored Edwardian-era building.

Destination Distinctive Dining

The Bistro Bar and Grill  213 Plaza Avenue, West Helena, AR 72390, 870-572-9707. Savor the incredible catfish and fast, courteous service.

Biscuit Row BBQ  321 Phillips St, Helena, AR 72342, 870-995-3350. One of the Byway’s best spots; the pulled pork will melt in your mouth, and the beans are the perfect combination of spicy and sweet.

Destination Distinctive Retail

Delta Dirt Distillery  430 Cherry Street, Helena, AR 72342, 870-662-5709. Family-owned, craft distillery making the best locally inspired vodka, gin, whiskey, and liqueurs around. 

Handworks  227 Cherry Street, Helena, AR 72342, 870-338-4340. This downtown boutique features a collection of things for home or gift-giving. 

Eclectic Designs by Mel  280 Richmond Hill Dr., West Helena, AR, 662-302-1222. Unique jewelry, apparel, and home decor.


Helena Museum of Phillips County

Housed in a historic building, the museum showcases a diverse collection of artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that offer insight into the area’s past. 

623 Pecan Street, Helena, AR 72342, 870-338-7790, W-F10AM-4PM, Sat 10AM-2PM, Free.

Driving Tour of Helena Historic Homes

Founded in 1820, Helena has an array of historic homes and buildings that have been preserved over the past two centuries. Antebellum, Victorian, Colonial Revival, and English Tudor homes can be found throughout the city, particularly in and around the downtown district. Stop at the Centennial Baptist Church – a National Historic Landmark for its association with Elias Camp Morris, one the most influential African American leaders and Centennial’s pastor for over forty years. St. Catherine Convent and Abbey sheltered refugee slaves while Beth El Heritage Hall has long-served as a focal point for Jews in Helena and the surrounding communities. Each of these historic homes and religious buildings provides an illuminating view of the life and heritage of the Old South.

Delta Dirt Distillery

This family-owned, craft distillery that sources ingredients from some of the richest farmland in the country. Knowledgeable staff members guide you through the production process, explaining the intricacies of distillation and the carefully selected ingredients used to create their signature vodka, gin, whiskey and other spirits. Each showcases the distinct flavors and characteristics of the region’s grains and botanicals. In addition to the tasting room and tours, the Delta Dirt Distillery might also feature a gift shop where visitors can purchase their favorite spirits to take home as souvenirs.

430 Cherry Street, Helena, AR 72342, 870-662-5709

Helena River Park and River Walk

Conclude your Delta adventure with a stop at the Helena River Park and River Walk. The park boasts breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, well-maintained walking trails and scenic vistas. The river walk allows for a leisurely stroll along the river’s edge, with benches and overlooks for enjoying the picturesque surroundings. For history enthusiasts, Helena River Park offers access to various historical landmarks and monuments that provide insights into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

Off of Cunningham Road between Downtown Helena and the Mississippi River.