Jacksonport, Arkansas has a rich history as a steamboat landing for river traffic on the White and Black Rivers. The city sits at the convergence of the two rivers making it a very strategic point for troops on both sides of the Civil War. A few skirmishes occurred here and are reported by the historical markers.
In the 80’s my family travelled on motorcycle through this area when a ferry carried motor vehicles across the Black River. Now a bridge connects Newport to Batesville and the smaller towns that dot HWY 69 along the way.
The state park grew out of the development of the town. When the rail came through Newport, Jacksonport lost its prominence and charm, but the park attempts to reinvigorate the area. The old courthouse that was refurbished tells of the importance of the city up until just after the Civil War.
We stayed in the RV campsites. The sites were very spacious and accommodated our rig very well. Water was provided as well as 50 amp electricity. A dump station is on the way out. The bathhouses were clean, warm and well-maintained. They were elevated since the area is prone to floods. Only three others camped in the park with us.
The first night was clear and gave us a beautiful view of the Christmas Star. We enjoyed great weather for December. We brought the Slingshot so we could get around and see the countryside. Batesville and even Mountain View are within driving range. We passed through both, then headed to Heber Springs and Searcy on our tour of the area. You can check out our video on Jacksonport by clicking here.
We will return to this oasis on the river where we can enjoy more birdwatching when the weather is warmer – may even try to fish a little.