Arkansas County Loop-Great River Road
This is an official route off the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. Recreational activities such as duck hunting and fishing are abundant in Arkansas County. Many farmers leave their rice fields flooded for the wintering ducks. Timberland is flooded for duck hunting by private landowners, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunting and trapping provided a way of life for the first French settlers in 1682. Waves of prairie grasses were a good indicator of the rich abundant soil beneath, and a strong agricultural economy developed. That same rich land today has led to Arkansas County's reputation as the Rice and Duck-Hunting Capital of the World. Much of its history is captured in the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie in Stuttgart. The museum is an official Interpretive Center for the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
Directions (Click on Web Link for Map):
Depart SH 1 at St. Charles, traveling north on SH 153 through Crockett's Bluff, then west on SH 153.
Turn south off SH 153 to SH 33, then turn back west on SH 153. Contine west on SH 153, then SH 130 west to Stuttgart.
From Stuttgart, travel south and east on US 165 to rejoin the Great River Road on SH 1 at DeWitt.