Jacksonport State Park

Once a bustling town at the confluence of the White and Black Rivers.

Check out the slide shows, pictures, videos, and information below.

This quaint town, once a bustling river community in the early 1800's, sits at the confluence of the White and Black Rivers. Its location was excellent for steamboat commerce to develop in the 1850's and was ideal for stationing troops of both Confederate and Union during the Civil War. Since there has been much flooding in this area plus a devastating tornado, all that remains of the town now is the restored courthouse built in 1872 that serves as a museum of the colorful history of this important site. When the railroad built its tracks in nearby Newport, the importance of Jacksonport declined.

In 2019 a new visitor center opened with a museum to tell the story of Jacksonport and its part in the Civil War. This is a must see while you are visiting the park.

If you wish to camp, there is an excellent campgrounds with many of the sites right on the river. There is an easy trail from the campgrounds to the launch area where a new Visitor Center sits. It is a delightful walk along the river, and there is a field filled with wildflowers and benches along the way to sit and rest or just enjoy the serenity of this park. If you prefer to stay in a motel while visiting the area, there are several choices in the cities of Newport or Batesville, which are close to this park.

Check out more detail on the Arkansas State Parks website.

 

For more detailed information about Jacksonport, check out this link.

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Jacksonport Courthouse

The courthouse was the center of the life in early Jacksonport.  The 12 pictures on the slide deck show the courthouse, some displays inside and outside of it.

Because of the strategic location of Jacksonport on the confluence of these two rivers, both the Confederate and Union forces occupied this town as headquarters for troops. If you are interested in the Civil War period, check out Civil War.org site.

Entrance Sign
Entrance Sign

This is the sign at the entrance to historic Jacksport. Dick studies the attractive sign.

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Front of the courthouse
Front of the courthouse

The courthouse has the 1800's look and has had to be restored a couple of times due to floods and tornadoes.

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Surrender At Jacksport
Surrender At Jacksport

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Entrance Sign
Entrance Sign

This is the sign at the entrance to historic Jacksport. Dick studies the attractive sign.

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Below are Pictures of the Tunstall Riverwalk and the Campgrounds at the Park

Trailhead at Campgrounds

Trailhead near Visitor Center

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Civil War History

Walk near Trailhead

View of Courthouse from trail

Dick takes break on bench

View of White River

Wildflowers

Wildflowers along trail

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Close-up of Wilflowers

Campground from trail

Our Campsite

Most Sites are along the River

Campground Bath on Stilts to avoid common flooding

Coal Baed Power Plant near Park is interesting

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New Visitor Center

In 2019 a new Visitor Center was finished overlooking the rivers on top of the dike in front of the courthouse, This 19th century structure contrasts beautifully with  the new 21st century modern glass and steel center. The visitor center houses a museum with artifacts from the period of the steamboat days that made Jacksonport so important. Also, housed in the center are a gift shop, resource library, and a conference center. There is an open patio in the rear that is a great place for weddings and other events.

 

Visitor Center
Visitor Center

Finished in 2019 this is a great addition to the park.

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Front of visitor center
Front of visitor center

This two story 10,000 square-foot building is all glass and metal.

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More History Displays
More History Displays

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Visitor Center
Visitor Center

Finished in 2019 this is a great addition to the park.

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New Visitor Center

New Visitor Center

Court House Courtroom

Court House Courtroom

Confluence of the two rivers

Confluence of the two rivers

Check out this 4 minute video from Arkie Travels