Area Information


Pocahontas 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.

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.

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. In Pocahontas alone, there are over 2,000 acres of industrial sites and a 140-acre industrial park.

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, skating rink, 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.


Old Davidsonville State Park, located on the site of the historic town of Davidsonville, 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.

At 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.

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