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Tunstall Riverwalk, Jacksonport State Park, Arkansas
Trail to historic sites in an outdoor recreation setting.
Photos by Donna Bentley
This half-mile long trail affords visitors a relaxing, educational stroll along the White River from Jacksonport State Park's campground to the site of an historic steamboat. The trail is a naturalist's paradise, hosting vibrant wildflowers and abundant wildlife. In addition to its scenic features, this trail is valued for its historic resources and natural history interpretation, which draw school groups from throughout the area.
The Tunstall River Trail provides a relaxing walk from the Jacksonport State Park campground to the Mary Woods No. 2 paddle boat (open for tours seasonally). The trail travels along the White River giving visitors views of this historic and recreational river.
Wildflowers and wildlife are in abundance as the trail passes through the Tunstall Riverwalk Conservation Area. Wildflowers are planted annually giving this unique area much color as well as attracting varieties of birds, small animals such as fox, skunk, raccoon, squirrel, possum and others.
The Tunstall Riverwalk provides a great opportunity for educational studies. A park interpreter is on staff and provides nature hikes along the trail seasonally. School groups hike the trail for natural science studies.
The park offers many other recreational and educational opportunities including museum tours through the 1872 historic Jacksonport Courthouse, boating on the White River, camping in the 20 site full hook-up campground, picnicking in the 40 site picnic area, as well as a playground and pavilion. Trail maintenance is provided by the state park.
The trail is classified as easy and provides leisurely walks on flat terrain. This trail is reasonably accessible, but not completely barrier-free. The width is 10 feet largely on mowed grass surface. Elevation is 215 feet. Other activities include bicycling, swimming, camping, picknicking, and boating.
For more information:
Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, www.arkansas.com.
Jacksonport State Park, 205 Avenue Street Newport, AR 72112
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Updated July 6, 2012