This rail-to-trail conversion in southeast Arkansas is being developed in phases along the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way that stretches from one mile south of Lexa (six miles west of Helena) to Rohwer, and extending via the Mississippi River levee to Arkansas City. In the northern portion, the first 21 miles of trail have been completed from Helena junction to Elaine. When finished, the trail will be one of the longest bike and pedestrian trails in the state, at 73 miles. Trailheads are at Helena junction near Lexa, Walnut Corner at the U.S. 49 overpass, Lick Creek (Ark. 85 just south of Barton), Lake View, and Elaine. The compacted, crushed rock trail leads through a shaded canopy of native hardwoods, alongside agricultural fields, and across streams. Wildlife viewing and birdwatching opportunities abound along the route.
The park visitor center is on Ark. Highway 49 in Barton. Here you will find a gift shop, trail maps, restrooms, and picnic sites. Bicycles can be rented here. Check at the visitor center for scheduled interpretive programs. If you want to stay at this trailhead, there are ten campsites [Class D (no hookups) Tent Sites].
When completed, the Delta Heritage Trail will also offer sweeping views from bridges that span the Arkansas River and the White River. Start planning your trip to this family-friendly trail and state park!