Discover South Arkansas: Immerse yourself in history while taking in the sights and sounds of south Arkansas
There’s a reason you’ve been hearing about south Arkansas now more than ever—it may have something to do with El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District, which turns 1 this month and has brought a recent arts-and-culture renaissance to the region. However, El Dorado and the surrounding towns have always been home to rich history, culture, and tradition. If you haven’t paid Columbia, Dallas, Ouachita, and Union counties a visit, now is the time to consider doing so.
A tour of south Arkansas might look something like this: Start in Camden, once a bustling colonial port town. Learn about its role in the Civil War at historical sites Fort Lookout and Fort Southerland. From there, head south on Highway 79 for an afternoon of shopping, Spudnuts, and mural-spotting in Magnolia, home of the annual eponymous Magnolia Blossom Festival. Next, you’ll of course make a stop in El Dorado, the heart of south Arkansas, which offers a bevy of restaurants and shops to explore around Union Square….