Enjoy your stay at Jacksonport State Park by attending a few of our scheduled activities.  Discover the many wonderfully diverse qualities of Jacksonport by bringing your family, friends and yourself to any of our programs.  The activities listed below are free or have a fee if stated.  So visit with the park interpreters to experience your park, my park, our park.


Circa 1889

Wednesday, August 27

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.         CELEBRATE LEGACY WEEK – GRANDMOTHER’S TRUNK

Mary, dressed as a frontier woman, talks about traveling to southwest Arkansas from North Carolina in 1855. She will display and discuss the items that she brought with her from North Carolina, what they mean to her, and how she uses those items in her home. Meeting place: Jacksonport Courthouse

Admission: Free

 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.             A RIVER LEGACY – CONFLUENCE CONNECTION

Join a park interpreter and take a hike to the confluence of the White and Black rivers. Learn how these rivers have shaped Jacksonport’s legacy and will continue to shape its future. Meeting place: Campground

Admission: Free

 Thursday, August 28

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.         THE FOODS OF OUR FATHERS – A LEGACY WEEK PROGRAM

Explorers, Pioneers, and Native Americans that settled in this area of the White River found a place rich in natural resources including wild game, native fruits, and edible plants. Join a park interpreter to discover the richness that was found in the area and helped the settlers survive until their first crops came in. Meeting place: The Picnic Area

Admission: Free

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.             THE TUNSTALL BOWIE KNIFE

Learn about the Tunstall Bowie Knife and discover why it is named after Jacksonport founder Thomas Todd Tunstall. Also see up close pictures of the knife, hear the story of where this infamous knife has been, and the long road it took back to Jackson County. Meeting place: Campground

Admission: Free


The Great Seal of Arkansas – circa 1876                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Kirby Smith – Circa 1865

Friday, August 29

10 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Preserving the Legacy – Special Collections Tour
Discover the unique history behind Jacksonport State Park’s collection and the legacy of preservation that continues today. Learn the history of the park’s collection, experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the park’s Collection Management Facility, and view a demonstration of how the park cares for its treasures. Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $3 adults, $1 children ages 6-12, under 6 free


2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The Nature of Jacksonport
Discover an appreciation of the nature around us. No telling what you might find right behind the next tree. Birds, bugs, butterflies, and plants of all kinds. What did early residents find here that can still be found here? Meeting place: Tunstall Trailhead
Admission: Free


5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Special Legacy Tour of Jacksonport Courthouse
Come out to Jacksonport and enjoy a special guided tour of the 1872 courthouse and museum. In the tour, you will have the opportunity to see exhibits dedicated to the area before the courthouse, what a 1870s county clerk’s office looked like, learn what cutting edge technology looked like in 1900, and hear about the many uses of the courthouse after the county seat moved to Newport. Meeting place: Jacksonport Courthouse
Admission: Free


Saturday, August 30

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Nature Jeopardy
Here is a chance for you and your family to be in the “hot seat!” Bring your whole family to this fun game and challenge your brain on every aspect of the nature of Arkansas. Meet a park interpreter at the campground for an hour of fun and intriguing brainstorming. Meeting place: Campground
Admission: Free


8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Owl Prowl
Meet a park interpreter in the campground for an evening hike down the Tunstall Riverwalk to see if we can call up any of these magnificent hunters. Part of this hike is in the dark, so closed-toe shoes are required and a flashlight is suggested. Meeting place: Campground
Admission: Free