Mississippi River State Park offers van tours as a way to explore park/wildlife

See more of the state park in a single interpretive program

From Tara Gillanders, Park Interpreter

Mississippi River State Park Having six recreation areas spread out throughout the St. Francis National Forest can make it challenging for park visitors to get the full experience of Mississippi River State Park. Most Interpretive Programs are hosted at a single location so visitors only see that one portion of the park. Van tours allow visitors to visit multiple locations throughout the park to see where history happened or look for birds and other wildlife. Mississippi River State Park will host two birding van tours and two history van tours over the next few months. Each van tour last about 3 hours and cost $8 per person. Pre-registration is recommended since space is limited. The Birding Van tours will be on Jan. 16, at 9 a.m. and Feb. 13, at 8:30 a.m. These will focus on looking for our many winter residents, raptors and possible waterfowl. Loaner binoculars and field guides will be available at each session for individuals who do not already own their own. We also have a spotting scope to help see those shy birds from a greater distance thanks to a grant from the Lee Community Foundation that was secured by the Friends of the St. Francis National Forest/Mississippi River State Park. The History van tours will focus on the various history that has occurred within and around the park as well as some of the local folklore. These tours will be on Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. and March 5, at 2 p.m. For further information, contact Mississippi River State Park at (870) 295-4040 or http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/mississippiriver/events/. Mississippi River State Park is located just four miles southeast of Marianna on Arkansas Hwy. 44.

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