The Des Arc Walking Trail is a 10 foot wide paved trail with park benches and lit with antique lamps. It is .82 miles to the end and back in length. It stretches from 5th Street and curves around behind the Prairie County Courthouse, along the Riverfront, and ends at Erwin Street right before Dondie's White River Princess. This trail was recently rehabilitated. See the Project Page for more information.
Parks & Recreation
Des Arc Walking Trail
Tom Roe Memorial Park
Located at the end of Main Street overlooking the White River, the Tom Roe Memorial Park provides beautiful views as well as river access for boats and fishing. There are covered pavilions for outdoor picnics and gatherings with plenty of space for children to play.
This park provides a fenced-in playground with equipment for children and a large covered pavilion for family gatherings, picnics, and birthday parties. Restrooms are also available within the playground area. This pavilion is available to reserve for parties. For more information, call City Hall at (870) 256-4316.
Lower White River Museum State Park
The Lower White River Museum State Park (LWRM) contains information, photographs, and exhibits that explain and interpret the history of settlements on the banks and surrounding areas of the lower White River where Des Arc is located. The museum also includes a research room where visitors may search through materials such as cemetery records and old newspapers and research their family history and genealogy. Park staff provides special events and workshops throughout the year.
The museum includes a replica of a late 1800’s dogtrot cabin with a wood shingles roof. It consists of two rooms with the kitchen and wood cook stove in one room and the living and sleeping quarters with a wood burning fireplace in the other. The two rooms are separated by an open breezeway called the dogtrot. All buildings in the museum may be toured with assistance from the museum staff. The museum is located at 2009 Main St. in Des Arc. For more information, contact them at (870) 256-3711 or visit their Website.
Des Arc Public Library
Located inside the former Presbyterian Church building at 504 Main Street, the Des Arc Public Library is part of the Prairie County Library System.
The Des Arc Parks & Recreation Board regulates and oversees many activities for youth in the area including baseball and softball, run by the Des Arc Baseball/Softball Association as well as football and basketball, run by PeeWee Sports.
Hunting & Fishing
There are great hunting opportunities around the Des Arc/White River area including the White River Game Management area, Cache River Refuge, Black Swamp, and Wattensaw Game Management Area, which are only minutes from downtown Des Arc. Game such as deer, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, duck, and geese are in these areas.
Lake Des Arc, White River, Cache River, and Bayou Des Arc provide ample opportunities for the fishing enthusiast. The Riverfront Park, located at the end of Main Street in Des Arc, provides a public boat ramp to provide access to the White River. Park amenities also include a playground, picnic spaces, pavilion, and a paved walking trail. Common fish in this area are bass, trout, crappie, and catfish.
Lodging & Camping
Travel Inn - Hazen
Located off I-40 at Exit 193 in Hazen, Arkansas, Travel Inn provides views of Mammoth Pond.
1306 E Mammoth St.
1 (870) 255-3563
Super 8 by Wyndham - Hazen
Super 8 by Wyndham is conveniently located on Highway 63 North, midway between Little Rock and Memphis with easy access to I-40.
3301 Highway 63 North
1 (870) 390-4730
H & G RV Park
H & G RV Park is a locally owned RV Park located just one mile south of Interstate 40 in Hazen, Arkansas. Our quiet RV lot sits by the Wattensaw Wildlife Refuge and offers 50 amp hookups that can be converted to 30 amps with a pigtail adapter, water, sewer, and a comfortable atmosphere.
1720 Hwy 63 N
1 (870) 589-3039
Lake Des Arc offers basic campsites, as well as those with electrical hookups, on Des Arc Lake, a 320-acre public fishing lake. For more information, one may call (877) 734-4581, or visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website. Maps are available online.
Wattensaw Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is owned and operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and is located in Prairie County, Arkansas. Wattensaw WMA is located approximately 11 miles south of Des Arc.t.