Davidsonville Historic State Park - Pocahontas, AR - Arkansas State Parks



8047 Hwy. 166 South
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Welcome to Davidsonville Historic State Park
This park preserves the site of historic Davidsonville in Randolph County. Established in 1815, the town included the Arkansas Territory's first post office, courthouse, and land office. Bypassed by the Southwest Trail, an overland route from St. Louis to the border of Mexico, the town faded by the 1830s. Archeological excavations here are uncovering remarkable finds of streets, foundations, and objects that tell a fascinating story of life on the Arkansas frontier following the Louisiana Purchase. Park exhibits and interpretive tours provide information about this important frontier town. Visitors can take a tour and learn all about Arkansas frontier history. Take a virtual tour of the early 1800's town through the University of Arkansas 3D CAST website by clicking the image below. Fishing is a major activity here today. The park borders the Black River (boat launch ramp) and a 12-acre fishing lake (no launch ramp) with barrier-free fishing pier. Anglers can also choose from the nearby Spring and Eleven Point rivers. Rental fishing boats (trolling motors only), pedal boats, canoes, and kayaks are available in the park for boaters of all types to enjoy. Visitors can stay in the tent and RV campground with 34 campsites (one Class A, 23 Class B and 10 Tent Sites). Other facilities include picnic areas, two standard pavilions (screened), playgrounds, four hiking trails including a self-guided walking trail though the historic town site, and a visitor center with exhibits and a gift shop. From Pocahontas, travel two miles west on U.S. 62, then go nine miles south on Ark. 166. Or from Black Rock, take U.S. 63 to Ark. 361, then go six miles north. For more information about Arkansas State Parks historic, heritage, and cultural parks, go to: http://www.historystateparks.com/

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The campground has a total of 20 sites. Twelve of the sites have water, 50-amp electric, and sewer. Eight sites have water and 50-amp electric. The primitive tent area has 10 sites which has access to water and the bathhouse but no electric hook-ups. A modern bathhouse and sanitary dump station are in the campground. NOTE: Campers must register at the visitor center before occupying a campsite. All sites may be reserved up to one year in advance. Please call to check availability.

Fishing and Boating
The Black River and nearby Spring and Eleven Point Rivers are noted for a variety of fish. A free launch ramp on the Black River is available. Visitors are welcome to explore the many shoals and eddies along these beautiful rivers. Additionally, an earthen dam forms a 12-acre fishing lake that is stocked with catfish, bass and crappie. Visitors may rent non-motorized fishing boats or pedal boats (seasonal) at the visitor center. A barrier-free fishing pier is on the lake. (NOTE: There is no launch ramp on the lake.)

Canoe Rental Service
Canoes with life jackets and paddles may be rented at the visitor center for floating the Black River or for exploring the in-park 12-acre lake. (Note: River float rental fees include put-in and haul-back service. Please call before coming to check on river conditions and availability of rentals. 24-hour reservations are required).
Davidsonville Historic State Park is one of the largest and most popular picnic spots in the area. Visitors enjoy spreading their picnic fare on tables under the shade of the oaks along the lake. Two screened pavilions are available for reservation, for a nominal fee, for group functions or family affairs. A deposit is required. Two playgrounds are near the picnic area and the pavilions.

Visitor Center
In addition to the exhibits, the visitor center offers snacks, postcards, t-shirts, state park souvenirs, and camper registration
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