Get Your Free Guide CRUISE THROUGH THE LAND OF LEGENDS WITH A PLAYLIST THAT'S PERFECTLY TUNED TO THE REGION

Cleveland County Courthouse, Rison
Grant County Museum, Sheridan
Saracen Casino Resort, Pine Bluff
Cane Creek State Park, Star City

About
LAND OF LEGENDS

Land of Legends is our name, but YOUR adventures shape us. Create your own legendary experience kayaking the longest bayou in the world, hiking or biking our nature trails or by simply exploring our special places. With an abundance of ways to enjoy the great outdoors, there’s never been a better time to head to southeast Arkansas for sun and fun. Add in history, arts & culture and casino gaming, our region may become your new happy place.

Attractions

White Hall Museum

Every object in this small but thoughtful museum has a story to tell. The collection includes military artifacts from the Civil War through WWII, from cannonballs all the way to rocket-propelled grenades. There’s a whole room full of rifles and bayonets on display from every side of WWII. Even the original G.I. Joe is hiding among the exhibits. Take the time to ask the curator a few questions. You’ll be glad you did.
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Saracen Landing All-Inclusive Playground

This thoughtfully designed playground provides a safe place where children of all abilities can play together. The play equipment is mostly sensory to offer visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive experiences. See, feel, discover and play together!
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Carl A. Redus Jr. Aquatics Center

This indoor water wonderland boasts an expansive competition pool and indoor leisure pool area — complete with a two-story waterslide, water cannon and pool playground! Kids can play water volleyball or basketball and jump from the diving boards, and adults can relax in the therapy pool area. Catch a water aerobics or aqua Zumba class in the center’s exercise and water sports area. Then, grab a snack in the concessions area and pick up a souvenir in the gift shop. The pool patio is a great place to soak up some sun and relax after a day of swimming. Entry for nonmembers is only $5.
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Pine Bluff Architectural Driving Tour

Explore National Historic Sites in Pine Bluff from the comfort of your own vehicle! See beautiful homes and other buildings representing various architectural style, including Pine Bluff’s Historic District, Trinity Episcopal Church and more. One highlight is the Jefferson County Courthouse, easily recognizable by its golden roof and finials.
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James Hayes Art Glass Company

The workshop of renowned glass artist James Hayes is a must-see when you’re in the area. A small gift shop is packed with eclectic glass art pieces. Browse pendants, vases and whatever else Hayes has imagined from his home base, offering up a different selection every day. Visitors can walk right up to the “hot shop” — literally in Hayes’ backyard in Pine Bluff — and likely see the maestro or one of his apprentices at work.
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Arkansas Railroad Museum

A former rail yard and production facility for the 350- ton 819 steam engine, the Arkansas Railroad Museum is massive! A dozen or more fully restored train cars are housed inside, and, unlike most museums, visitors are encouraged to climb in and explore. Engines, cabooses, snow plows, passenger cars — there is more to see in this place than you can comprehend in a single visit, and trains are just the beginning. The knowledgeable volunteer staff is standing by to keep you on track and explain how people and technology collaborated to make it all work.
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Grant County Museum

The view from outside barely hints at the sheer volume of history contained in this little Sheridan museum. Artifacts preserved here capture how life and technology have changed since the 19th century. There are classrooms and barbershops, typewriters and telephones, and all sorts of examples of daily life through the decades. Military history is a big part of the collection, which includes restored vehicles, weapons and equipment from all sides of WWII.
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Sissy's Log Cabin

Now one of the most famous jewelry shops in the South, the original Sissy’s Log Cabin was an actual log cabin in Pine Bluff. Sissy Jones opened her first store in the cabin she rented for $50 a month. Today, a larger store sits in the original spot, and it’s filled with elegant estate pieces and countless jewelry display cases. Known for down-home friendliness, Sissy’s offers high-end jewelry at reasonable prices, as well as custom jewelry made in the store.
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Cleveland County Community Theater

The Cleveland County Community Theater hosts a variety of events throughout the year from youth performances, dinner theaters, holiday productions and the Cleveland County Ole Time Jamboree, a variety show full of musical and comedy numbers.
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Johnny Cash Driving Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Johnny Cash in his native Cleveland County on a tour of four unique stops with significance to the music legend. Locations include Cash’s birthplace, the family reunion site, the town of Kingsland and Rison Stadium. An audio narration by Rosanne Cash is also available for each of these stops.
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Saracen Landing

Located on the 500-acre lake, Saracen Landing is a popular destination for bank fishing. It has some of the best views of the lake and is a fun stop for the entire family. Visit during one of the special events or concerts held throughout the year at the covered pavilion or simply enjoy beautiful sunsets over the lake. The pavilion is also available for rent for private parties, weddings, reunions and over events.
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Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame

The Natural State is home to plenty of famous sons and daughters. From musicians like Levon Helm, Al Green and Tracy Lawrence to television and film stars including Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Van Dyke and Billy Bob Thornton, this free exhibit inside the Pine Bluff Convention Center pays tribute to numerous personalities. Make a stop to see costumes, musical instruments and memorabilia from native stars.
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Pioneer Village

Explore everyday life in the late 19th century at the Pioneer Village in Rison. On the grounds of this open-air museum there’s a post office, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, homes, farming equipment and a whole lot more. Outside of seasonal events, self-guided tours of the building exteriors are available. During events, however, the village comes to life, and all the buildings are opened up for viewing. Make plans to catch an open house to see all this attraction has to offer.
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Saracen Casino Resort

If you’re looking for excitement, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the Saracen Casino, located 40 minutes from Little Rock. Home to an 80,000 square-foot gaming area complete with over 1,800 slot machines, 40 table games, and a dedicated poker room. Take a break from the action in one of our four on-site restaurants, with choices including our award-winning steakhouse, sports bar, and lavish buffet offering everything from Cajun to Asian cuisines. Add monthly special events and giveaways to the mix and you’ll see why it’s always a good time to be at Saracen.
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Crenshaw Springs Water Park

Featuring slides, diving boards, a water-based rock wall and its own version of a lazy river, this waterpark in White Hall is the perfect way to spend a sunny summer day. Little ones will enjoy the Turtle Tot Spot splash pad, and moms and dads can set up a homebase in one of the rentable cabanas. Opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend.
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Marks' Mills Battleground State Park

The most lopsided victory of any American Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River took place near John H. Marks mill in what is now Southeast Cleveland County, near New Edinburg. On April 25, 1864, as a Union wagon train slowly made its way to Pine Bluff through virtually impassible mud, Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith assembled an attack force of several thousand men intercepted the wagon train at Marks’ Mill. Nearly all Union survivors were captured and essentially brought an end to the Union’s Red River Campaign. Visit for interpretive exhibits and reenactments.
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UAPB Museum & Cultural Center

Located on the campus of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, the UAPB Museum & Cultural Center is a trip through more than a century of campus and local history. Each chapter of the school’s long history is brought to life through the L.A. Davis Historical Collection. View sports and band uniforms, everyday artifacts and more to see how life, particularly college life, in the Arkansas Delta has changed over time.
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Martha Beall Mitchell House & Museum

A stunning example of late 19th-century architecture, this famous home was once the residence of Martha Mitchell, an outspoken, insider critic of the Nixon administration and Watergate whistleblower with maybe too many stories to tell. Today, you can visit her childhood Pine Bluff home to see memorabilia of her life and the period. You can also visit Bellwood Cemetery where she was laid to rest with a large arrangement featuring a banner that read, “Martha was Right.”
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Grant County B-17 Memorial Park

In 1943, nine U.S. airmen lost their lives when a B-17 Flying Fortress crashed and exploded in Sheridan on its way to Florida, killing all on board. The Grant County B-17 Memorial Park honors those airmen, as well as veterans from the area going back to WWI, through outdoor exhibits. Most prominent is a full-size replica of the B-17 that crashed, its many guns manned by mannequins giving a clear sense of how the imposing “Flying Fortress” got its name.
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Delta Rhythm & Bayous: Freedom & Blues Exhibition

Come see the African American Ingenuity that sparked the Blues from Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Greenville, Mississippi. Examine the racial and social forces that shaped the Blues. With visual arts, photographs, records, musical instruments and of course the music, you will experience the incredible narrative that has long been ignored.
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ARTx3 Campus

The ARTx3 Campus is the convergence of art, creativity and community with a diverse schedule of programs for the entire family. The campus consists of The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, the original museum with three exhibition galleries, youth activity space and the Catherine M. Bellamy Theater. The ARTSpace on Main and ART WORKS on Main round out the campus. These facilities are a supplement to ASC and include a retail gallery, black box theater, outdoor event and garden area, workshop for classes and more.
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Grider Field

Pine Bluff Regional Airport (aka Grider Field) began its life in 1941 as the Pine Bluff School of Aviation, an 850- acre facility used as a U.S. Army Flight Training School. In less than four years of military operation, the school kept a fleet of 275 aircraft and graduated 9,000 pilots. Today, the field’s history is on display in a small museum within the airport. Whether you’re flying or not, lunch is worth the trip for some of the best soul food in the area.
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Murals on Main

Pine Bluff is known as the “City of Murals,” and it’s easy to see why. Historic murals tell the story of the city’s long past, from its native origins through industrialization and beyond. Make the rounds downtown to see art and history painted right on the walls.
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Outdoors

Lake Langhofer

At more than 10,000 acres, this backwater reservoir of the Arkansas River is big and brimming with fish — bass, crappie, bream, catfish and more. Troll for lunkers on 96 miles of shoreline, or if you prefer, fish straight from the bank. This pristinely wild Delta habitat in Jefferson County is equally popular with birds and birdwatchers alike.
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Hall Creek Barrens Natural Area

Hall Creek Barrens Natural Area, located in the Coastal Plain, consists of a mosaic of salt slicks, saline barrens, mound woodlands, pine-hardwood flatwoods, Delta post oak flatwoods, and bottomland hardwood forest communities. Specific types of hunting are allowed on the Hall Creek Barrens Natural Area WMA.
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Delta Rivers Nature Center

This truly immersive Arkansas nature experience has everything you need for a day of learning and exploring The Natural State. It’s a museum, aquarium, laboratory, hiking trail, birdwatching facility and environmental education facility all rolled into one. Plus, admission is free. Archery enthusiasts should brace themselves for the immersive 3D archery range next door, with artificial targets as big as bears! Forest trails offer ample opportunities to see Arkansas wildlife in its natural habitat, like the birds of prey exhibit, with close-up views of bald eagles, hawks and owls.
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Cane Creek State Park

Bordering Bayou Bartholomew, this popular park gives access to Cane Creek Lake — an angler’s paradise where flatwater kayaking is a must. Follow the park’s kayak trail through water lilies and submerged cypress trees. Wander the natural terrain (and suspension bridges) for a scenic hike or bike ride. Then make a night of it with a lakeside campout.
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Tar Camp Park

Near Pool 5 Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River, Tar Camp Park is known for its beauty and first-class fishing. Tar Camp Campground offers more than 50 sites, most with electric and water hookups. Each campsite has a movable lamp post and grill, as well as campfire rings and picnic tables. Two large group picnic shelters that can each accommodate up to 60 people each can be reserved for day use. A rock-climbing wall and basketball court provide additional recreation opportunities.
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Rising Star Campground

Located on the Arkansas River by Pool 3 Lock and Dam, the park is in a forested area along the riverfront, close to the rolling fields of cotton farms. The campground is popular among anglers with excellent catfish fishing in the tail-waters of Joe Hardin Lock and Dam as well as Emmitt Sanders Lock and Dam at the upstream end of Pool 3. Anglers also often catch bass, crappie and bream. Red fox are frequently seen in the park and numerous species of waterfowl live in the water along the shores. Hunting is available in nearby forests and duck hunting is popular along the waterways. Whether camping, fishing, boating or just relaxing in the sun, this area provides something for everyone.
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Harbor Oaks Golf Club

Tee up for an unforgettable round at Harbor Oaks, an 18-hole public course with five sets of tees ranging from 5,182 to 7,006 yards. Reopened in 2023, this challenging par 72 is known for scenic water features and a ferocious back nine. A popular destination for players far and wide, the course is open.
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Pine Bluff Regional Park

The whole family (pets included) will enjoy a day at this quiet yet action-packed park in Pine Bluff. Six boat ramps offer fast access to Lake Langhofer and the Arkansas River for summer boating or year-round fishing. On land, there’s RV camping, pier fishing, a bird sanctuary, even a public golf course. Short on time? Grab some grub and pop over for a picnic!
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Byrd Lake Natural Area

Byrd Lake Natural area is a diverse array of habitats. A wide range of species can be seen year-round from paved trails that wind through upland and bottomland forests. A spur off of the loop leads to an overlook of Byrd Lake.
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Bayou Bartholomew

The longest bayou in the world starts just outside Pine Bluff and continues south all the way to Louisiana. Explore it by water to see basking turtles, wintering waterfowl and migratory songbirds among the cypress and tupelo trees. Or explore by land on the William G. Layher Nature Trail, a completely wooded path featuring willow trees and a Great Blue Heron nesting site.
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Kingsland Prairie Natural Park

Kingsland Prairie Natural Area, located in the Coastal Plain, consists of a mosaic of salt slicks, saline barrens, mound woodlands, pine savanna, and bottomland hardwood forest communities. Specific types of hunting are allowed on the Kingsland Prairie Natural Area WMA.
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Bayou Meto

The Arkansas Delta is known for unbelievable hunting, and it doesn’t get better than the George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area. The bayou is nearly 34,000 acres of prime duck hunting territory, making it a popular destination for waterfowl enthusiasts.
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Lake Saracen

For fun on the water, this scenic spot in Pine Bluff is a natural choice. Anglers can find largemouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish. Sit and relax by the water or explore the Lake Saracen Walking Trail, meandering along the shoreline by bike or on foot. Along the trail, the Brump Bayou Fishing Pier is the perfect spot for wildlife watching or casting a line.
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Saline River

The last major undammed stream in the entire Ouachita Mountain drainage, the Saline River is scenic with clear water for fishing, swimming and floating by canoe, kayak or tube. Dense forests line the river banks and offer countless wildlife watching opportunities.
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White Hall City Park

Looking for a last-minute family outing? Spend some time outside at this charming spot found right in the middle of town. The park features a mostly shaded walking path, baseball fields, a skateboard park, two tennis courts and multiple playground areas. Covered pavilions and picnic tables with grills make it easy to enjoy an outdoor meal together.
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Arkansas River

White Bluff is the natural geographic boundary where the Western Gulf Coastal Plain and Mississippi Delta meet. Visitors can spend their time at Pine Bluff like the pioneers did or they are welcome to partake of more modern conveniences. Parks along the river provide boat launching ramps, drinking water, camping areas, picnic sites and other facilities for the convenience of all. Boat launching into Pool 4 is available at Ste. Marie Park located on the northeast side of Pine Bluff on the Pine Bluff Harbor. Anglers can fish for bass, crappie, catfish and bream from boats or the riverbanks.
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Events

Jan Dec

Live@5

ARTx3 Campus

Held the first Friday of every month on the ARTx3 Campus, this concert series features jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Complimentary beer, wine and beverages are included at this adults-only event. Admission for non-members is only $10, and tickets are available at the door.

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Jan Dec

Catfish Friday Blues & Soul Night

Pine Bluff

Enjoy live music and fried catfish on the fourth Friday of every month at the UAPB Incubator, located on Main Street in Pine Bluff. Entry is free. Catfish dinners are available for purchase and worth every penny. Held in the same venue as the Freedom & Blues Exhibit, this party is easy to find and open to everyone.

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Jan Dec

Blues by Budweiser

Hosted by The Port City Blues Society, the Blues by Budweiser series, presented by MK Distributors, comes to the stage the first Saturday night of the month. Come out to hear a variety of local and regional performers, like the Tina Cossey Band, Fonky Donkey, and Dirty Red and the Soul Shakers.

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Sep

Lincoln County Fair

Star City

Life is better with thrill rides and food on a stick. There’s something for everyone at this charming, annual county fair.

Sep

Smoke on the Water

Pine Bluff

With $50,000 up for grabs, this is one of the most competitive barbecue cook-offs around. Make the trip to Pine Bluff for worldclass food and live music along the Arkansas River waterfront.

Sep

Tour de Bluff

Pine Bluff

Get ready to ride, vibe and socialize at the annual Tour de Bluff event, with multiple cycling routes and competitions for adults and kids alike. Register in advance to secure your spot!

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Sep Oct

Southeast Arkansas District Livestock Show & Carnival

Pine Bluff

If this is your first rodeo, you won’t believe how much fun it is! Everyone comes out to Hestand Stadium for livestock, cowboys, carnival rides and a parade.

Oct

Founders Day Festival

White Hall

This annual local shindig starts with a pancake breakfast followed by a parade. Stick around for music, dancing, games, tons of food and more!

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Oct

Rison in the Fall

Rison

Outdoor concerts are the reason for the season at this annual festival in Rison. Everyone comes out for music, food and easygoing fun.

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Oct

Timberfest

Sheridan

Get ready for professional lumberjacks competing live with chainsaws, axes and more at this high-energy annual event in the Sheridan Courthouse Square — plus concessions, craft booths and a parade!

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Oct

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Homecoming

Pine Bluff

Join in the festivities and cheer on the Golden Lions during the annual weeklong homecoming celebration. Expect tailgating, barbecue, fun runs, golf tournaments and, of course, football.

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Oct

Wetlands & Wildlife Festival

Pine Bluff

Get wild at the Delta Rivers Nature Center at this festival dedicated to wildlife conservation. Enjoy vendors, hunting demonstrations, games, music and food trucks.

Nov Dec

Christmas in the Village

Rison

Christmas in the Village is a holiday extravaganza at the Pioneer Village in Rison. Attractions include Breakfast with Santa, holiday games, contests, vendors and more. Check the County Calendar for dates and information.

Nov Dec

Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends

Pine Bluff

Make the season more magical with a trip to see the holiday lights in Pine Bluff. Starting in mid-November, more than 200 light exhibitions are on display and free to see.

Mar

Arkansas Homesteading Conference

Rison

Celebrate self-sufficient and sustainable living at this informative annual conference held every Spring at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Rison.

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Apr

Pioneer Crafts Festival

Rison

Wear your best pioneer fashions to this old-time festival at the Pioneer Village, featuring craft demonstrations, live music, a beard contest, food, vendors and more.

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May

Operation Skyhook

Pine Bluff

Join Black Pilots of America at Pine Bluff Regional Airport for this high-flying tradition with pilot competitions, free airplane rides for kids and uplifting family fun.

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May

Jazz on the Lake

Pine Bluff

There’s music in the air (and on the water) every Thursday in May at Saracen Landing in Pine Bluff. Bring your lawn chairs and be moved by great jazz and beautiful views of Saracen Lake. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Entry is free and open to the public.

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REGION RESOURCES

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