The Lower Arkansas River Below Wilber Mills Dam 2 sheds the navigation project and tug traffic and flows 40 miles unimpeded through natural pristine hardwood wetlands wild and free to the Mississippi River.
It's easy to feel yourself traveling back in time to the days of early explorers native Americans having discovered a fishing paradise.
Three miles below the Wilber Mills Dam you will encounter the old Union Pacific Yancopin Railroad Bridge built in 1903 and removed from service in 1991 and donated to the state of Arkansas along with the roadbed and which is now part of the 73 mile long Arkansas Delta Heritage Trail.
The entire corridor, preserved for interim trails use under the Rail-banking provision of the National Trails System Act, runs from Lexa (six miles west of Helena) south to Cypress Bend (five miles northeast of McGehee).
Once completed, the 6 mile section between the Yancopin bridge over the Arkansas River to the Benzel railroad bridge over the White River will take you through one of the last remaining hardwood wetland forest in America, the dense bottomlands of the Trusten Holder State Game Management Area.
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