August 1, 2006 -- Posted at 6:40 p.m. CDT
RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR -- When you ask around about what you can do for fun in Randolph County, you'll get a handful of different answers. But the one thing most people will tell you, go play on the river.
As luck would have it, Randolph County is the only county in the state of Arkansas that is the home of five different rivers. Black River, Current River, Spring River, Eleven Point River, and Fourche River all run through the county.
"Most people think of rivers in terms of the Mississippi. They don't think that there are small rivers, you know? There are areas where you can walk knee deep in this river," said Travis Eddleman, a translator with the Old Davidsonville State Park.
"A lot of times I think they come here to get away. People say that life is a little bit slower up here in Randolph County, and that may be, but we have a lot of exciting stuff to do as well. I think they come for a change of pace. It's something different. It's out of the norm. It gives them a place where history, and recreation, and nature all come together as one," said Eddleman.
That history is very present on the banks of the Black River.
"It's changed course over several years. If you just go down it, you'll see old bridges, you'll see rumored old button factories," said Eddleman.
But if the historical side isn't for you, there are other options.
The Black River is one of the calmer rivers that run through Randolph County. There aren't any rapids but you can travel in a motor boat or you can slow it down inside a canoe.
Clifton Rickey and his family spend the summer canoeing on all of the rivers in the county.
"We enjoy all of them. We usually paddle upstream to Fouche River, and that's where we turn around at. We're going to have some races on Current River next year, we race on Eleven Point River, and then Spring River is always a nice river," said Rickey, "There are just so many things you can do. There's a lot of rivers to canoe in, they fish and do all kinds of things on the river," said Rickey.
Another one of the amazing things the river is great for is swimming.
"You don't have to worry about anyone coming down here and bothering you while you're swimming. You know, we've got out tree to jump out of and swim. It feels good... the Eleven Point always feels good in the summer," said swimmer Craig Green.
And, if you're looking for a lazy afternoon activity there's another that may be perfect: fishing. Grab you're fishing pole, cast your line, sit back and reel it in.
There are many options for a great time when you visit Randolph County. If you choose to spend your time on the river, you have a multitude of activities to choose from whether it be sight seeing, canoeing or fishing.