Jacksonport State Park
Once a bustling town at the confluence of the White and Black Rivers.
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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.
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 is being built. It is a delightful walk along the river, and ther 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 Jacksport, check out this link.
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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, and the location of the new Visitor Center.
Because of the strategic location of Jackspsport 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.
In 2019 a new Visitor Center will be finished overlooking the rivers on top of the dike in front of the courthouse.
Below are Pictures of the Tunstall Riverwalk and the Campgrounds at the Park
Ramp at Trailhead
Civil War History
Walk near Trailhead
View of Courthouse from trail
Dick takes break on bench
View of White River
Wildflowers along trail
Close-up of Wilflowers
Campground from trail
Most Sites are along the River
Campground Bath on Stilts to avoid common flooding
Coal Baed Power Plant near Park is interesting
Confluence of the two rivers
Check out this 2:19 minute aerial video of the Jacksonport State Park done by Steve Bunn Construction Brainstorm.