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Louisiana Purchase State Park
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Louisiana Purchase State Park © Fredlyfish4 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The start of the boardwalk in Louisiana Purchase State Park, Arkansas.
Louisiana Purchase State Park © jaygannett / CC BY-SA 2.0
Louisiana Purchase State Park © jaygannett / CC BY-SA 2.0
Louisiana Purchase State Park © Brandonrush / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
monument marking beginning point of the survey of the Louisiana Purchase
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Arkansas 362
Holly Grove, Arkansas   72069
(lat:34.6455 lon:-91.0532) map location

Phone: 870-572-2352
An important place in history, this National Historic Landmark preserves the initial point from which all surveys of property acquired through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 originated. An elevated boardwalk above the surrounding headwater swamp leads to the granite monument marking the surveys starting point. Wayside exhibits tell the story of the Louisiana Purchase, which opened up the American West. Other panels interpret the lowlands and its native flora and fauna. Restroom facilities are located at the trailhead of this day-use park.
History of the Area
In 1803, the United States acquired a large territory from France known as the Louisiana Purchase. The point marking this acquisition's beginning survey is located in eastern Arkansas. In 1961, it was designated by Arkansas State Parks as an important historical site and developed into a park for public visitation.

The area features swampy headwater region of Little Cypress Creek with diverse flora and fauna species. A boardwalk leads visitors to the granite marker erected in 1926 commemorating initial land surveys.

It became part of National Historic Landmarks program on April 19, 1974 due its significance related to westward expansion.

Visitors can enjoy fishing in the park's waters, home to species like bass, bream, crappie, and catfish. Fishing is allowed with appropriate licenses and adherence to state regulations. The tranquil environment offers a serene backdrop for anglers seeking both sport and relaxation.

Louisiana Purchase State Park is

Louisiana Purchase State Park in Arkansas offers a serene picnicking area with tables surrounded by natural wetlands beauty.
1. Boardwalk Trail: A 950-foot long, wheelchair-accessible wooden boardwalk that leads to the confluence of three major geographical regions.

2. Wetlands Walkway: This is a short trail extending from the main boardwalk into wetland areas for closer observation of flora and fauna.

3. Confluence Point Path: At just under half a mile, this path takes hikers directly to where Arkansas Delta meets Crowley's Ridge and Gulf Coastal Plain.

4. Wildlife Observation Deck Route: An easy walk leading towards an elevated deck providing panoramic views over swamplands; ideal for birdwatching or wildlife spotting in general

5.Headwater Swamp Loop : Approximately one-mile loop through hardwood forests with interpretive signs about local ecology along its length.

6.Delta Viewpoint Spur : Short spur off Headwater Swamp Loop offering expansive view across delta region landscape

7.Crowley's Ridge Overlook Track : Another brief detour from primary trails showcasing unique geological features on Crowley's ridge

8.Gulf Coastal Plain Access Way - Provides access point onto larger park network while traversing diverse ecosystems representative of gulf coastal plain area

9.Interpretative Nature Trails - These are shorter paths scattered throughout park featuring informational signage detailing natural history specific to each location

10.Wildflower Meadow Paths- Seasonal routes best visited during spring when wildflowers bloom covering meadows in vibrant colors

11.Picnic Area Connector- Connects various picnic spots within Louisiana Purchase State Park making it convenient for families enjoying day out at park

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From Little Rock, Arkansas:
1. Start on I:630 E.
2. Merge onto I:40 W towards Fort Smith for about 90 miles.
3. Take exit 216B to merge onto US:63 S toward Hazen/Des Arc.

From Memphis, Tennessee:
1. Begin by getting on the I:240 Loop from N Front St and Jackson Ave.
2. Follow signs for Nashville/Little Rock/I:55 South then take Exit 8A to join Interstate Highway (I):40 West.
3. Continue straight ahead until you reach Forrest City where you will need to turn right at North Washington Street.
4. After that continue driving along AR-284 East which leads directly into Louisiana Purchase State Park.

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