JACKSONPORT STATE PARK
In the 1800s steamboats made Jacksonport a thriving river port. During the Civil War, the town was occupied by both Confederate and Union forces because of its crucial locale. Jacksonport became county seat in 1854, and constuction of a stately, two-story brick courthouse began in 1869. The town began to decline in the 1880s when bypassed by the railroad. The county seat was moved in 1891 to nearby Newport, and Jacksonport's stores, wharves and saloons soon vanished.
Today the park's museums, the 1872 courthouse, the nearby Mary Woods No. 2 sternwheel paddleboat, and interpretive programs share the story of this historic river port.
Located in Jackson County, Arkansas, the park preserves a historic 19th-century town and port on White River. Established as a state park in 1965, it features several preserved structures including an old courthouse from 1872. The site was once bustling with steamboats until railroads took over transportation duties around late-1800s. During the Civil War era (1861-65), both Confederate and Union forces occupied this area at different times due to its strategic location.
The park offers 20 Class A campsites with water and electric hookups including 50 amp service at all sites, a swimming beach on the White River, standard pavilion, picnic sites, playground and the Tunstall Riverwalk Trail.