ARKADELPHIA (AGFC) – The City of Arkadelphia has announced the grand opening
and ribbon cutting of the DeSoto Bluff Trail to be held July 30 at 10
a.m. in Arkadelphia.
Arkadelphia City Manager Jimmy Bolt said the city is excited to make the
DeSoto Bluff area more accessible to the public while celebrating our
natural resources, culture and history. "Our community has long-awaited
development of the DeSoto Bluff, and many, many individuals are to thank
for their vision and support in seeing this project to completion,"
flat, 2.5-mile trail winds through a secluded natural area, ending at
the historic DeSoto Bluff, so named due to accounts that brought Spanish
explorer Hernando de Soto to the area in search of famed gold. The
Ouachita River lazily winds along nearly 80 feet below the bluff
work for the DeSoto Bluff trail was completed with the assistance of an
$80,215 grant from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife
Observation Trails Pilot Program.
Interpretive signs have been erected along the trail to educate the
public regarding the local wildlife, culture, and history of the area.
Seven panels erected along the trail side and bluff area provide
information about the famed Hunter-Dunbar expedition and local native
American cultures, including the Caddo Indians, who once resided in the
area. This project was supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas
Humanities Council and the Department of Heritage.
Little Rock, the trail entrance is located approximately 3.8 miles from
Exit 78 on Hwy. 7 South/10th Street in Arkadelphia. Turn left at the
balloons and trail sign. Overflow parking is located across the street
from the trail entrance. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, the
public is also invited to attend a reception at the Diamond Lakes
Regional Visitors Center.
more information on the DeSoto Bluff Trail and interpretive sign
project, contact Deborah Sesser at firstname.lastname@example.org or