POCAHONTAS, ARKANSAS is a beautiful, productive, friendly city located in the only county in Arkansas that can boast of having five rivers. Come visit and experience the amazing HUNTING and FISHING opportunities on our five area clean, natural, and scenic rivers: Eleven Point River, Spring River, Current River, Black River, and Fourche River. Pocahontas, Arkansas is within an accessible commute of several quality institutions of higher education. Black River Technical College is located in town, Williams Baptist College is 13 miles away in Walnut Ridge, Crowley's Ridge College is in Paragould, and Arkansas State University is only 42 miles away in Jonesboro, AR. Located in north central Arkansas, the city of Pocahontas is only four hours St. Louis, MO and about two hours west of Memphis, TN.
The Randolph County Industrial Development Corporation and the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce are committed to a continuing evolution of diverse economies and a high quality of life. The Pocahontas, AR area is well served by the federal and state highway system, and Pocahontas Municipal Airport, which has a 4,000 -foot lighted runway that allows instrument landing and high-intensity approach. Single and twin engine charter services are also available.
If you are thinking about relocating to the Pocahontas area, you will be pleased to discover that local industry has plenty of incentives to offer to your potential business. There are over 2,000 acres of industrial sites and a 260-acre industrial park right here in town!
Average construction costs are extremely low and Arkansas offers one of the lowest per capita tax burdens in the nation.
Community Facilities include a hospital, 5 ball fields, 68 Churches, Country Club with golf, 5 Tennis Courts, bowling and parks.
Five different rivers in Randolph County are perfect for fishing and canoeing. Abundant deer, wild turkey and other game in Randolph County make it a hunter's paradise.
Pocahontas is home to three parks that allow easy access to the area's natural resources: Riverfront Park, with camping, hiking and boat launch options; Black River Overlook, home of the historic "Century Wall"; and Alexander Park, with its hiking paths and picnicking.
Pocahontas, AR is the county seat with a population over 6,500. The other residents of Randolph County live in the rural areas and local communities- Maynard, Biggers, Reyno, Ravenden Springs, O'Kean, Warm Springs in north central Arkansas! The population of Randolph County, AR totals is nearly 18,000 persons.
Randolph County, AR encompasses the rolling hills of the "Gateway to the Ozarks "to the west and rich, flat farmland of the Delta to the east. Five rivers flow through the county providing access to excellent fishing, hunting, and canoeing. Soybeans, rice, corn, and other grains are the principle crops in the Delta region, while cattle and horse ranching dominates the hill country. This entire area is a fishing and hunting "Sportsman's Paradise!"
The poultry industry is an integral and vital part of the area economy, with the introduction of the new PECO Foods, Inc. plant in Pocahontas, AR. Peco is the 8th largest poultry producer in the USA and is a fully integrated poultry grower, producer, and marketer. The Peco plant in Pocahontas, Arkansas covers 272,000 square feet and is situated on 200 industrial acres. The Peco plant in Pocahontas employs over 1400 workers, and adds more than $100 million to the economy of northeast Arkansas!
Old Davidsonville State Park, located on the site of the historic town of Davidsonville, is about ten miles from Pocahontas, AR and attempts to preserve the man-made remnants and the natural surroundings of Arkansas' oldest town. Just above the confluence of the Eleven Point and Spring Rivers with the Black River, Old Davidsonville offers excellent fishing and boating opportunities. Several nature trails have also been constructed through the park.
Lake Charles State Park is highlighted by the 645-acre Lake Charles. Fighting bass, bream and catfish stocked in the lake provide plenty of good fishing. Swimming and picnic areas are available, along with over 90 campsites around the lake. Lake Charles State Park is only minutes away from the Five Rivers of Randolph County and a 14,000-acre game and fish management area. Other interpretive services and facilities at this park include guided hikes, nature talks, demonstrations and movies.
Crowley's Ridge State Park is named for a soldier of the War of 1812 who began one of the first settlements in this part of the state and defines the boundaries of a unique geological formation. Standing 200 feet at times over the Delta plains, Crowley's Ridge is the result of a strange pattern of erosion that only left its narrow arc of hills. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933, Crowley's Ridge State Park is a great place to go camping, picnicking or hiking. Combining spring-fed lakes, shaded picnic and camping areas, and dogwood--laced trails, the western slopes of this park provide a serene environment.
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas' largest spring, releases nine million gallons of water every hour from beneath the ground. After it pools in a l0-acre lake, this water enters into Spring River, which then flows toward Pocahontas. The spring's history has been well preserved at the park. An 1886 Frisco depot and a Frisco caboose, along with the traces of an old mill and an early hydroelectric plant, still stand as reminders. The park provides interpretive resources, picnicking facilities, hiking trails, a ball field and a playground.
Powhatan Courthouse State Park, included in the National Register of Historic Places, focuses on the history of Powhatan through its preservation of the town's earliest remnants. A jail, the Ficklin-Imboden cabin and a telephone exchange building all stand with the courthouse itself as reminders of Powhatan's progression from the time it was first settled into the 1870s. Points of interest include an ornate pristine ceiling in the courthouse and official Lawrence County records dating from as far back as 1813.
Maynard Pioneer Museum and Park - In 1979 an old pioneer log cabin just outside of Maynard was about to be razed. Just before it was demolished, the citizens of Maynard united with a common vision that would protect this vital piece of regional heritage for generations to come. To make this dream come true, the cabin was dismantled one log at a time. Each log was numbered and everything was transported to a new site in Maynard where the cabin was reconstructed and the Maynard Pioneer Museum and Park was officially begun. Today, the cabin remains as the central attraction of the museum. It has been carefully filled with authentic items meant to replicate the furnishings that would have been found in a 19th century cabin.