Those that enjoy outdoor activities such as exploring archeological sites, hiking, boating, fishing, camping and picnicking will enjoy spending a day or two at the “Davidsonville Historic State Park” in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
What follows is a brief description of the park’s offerings and current rates.
Davidsonville Archaeological Site
Located just three inches beneath the Ozark soil Arkansas archeologists discovered what turned out to be the defunct 1815 town of Davidsonville. Since its initial uncovering countless artifacts have been recovered.
Visitors to the park can take a guided tour of the archeological site and learn about what it was like to be an early Ozark’s pioneer.
Hiking, Boating and Fishing Information
The park features four different hiking trails. Perhaps the most interesting of the four is the ¾ mile “Historic Town Site Trail” which takes visitors into the archeological site that was once the town of Davidsonville.
The ½ mile “Scott Cemetery Trail” takes visitors through the old Scott-Davidsonville Cemetery. Many of the quirky epitaphs can still be read either by the naked eye or by completing headstone rubbings.
The 1 mile “Black River Trail” is more strenuous that the aforementioned trails in that it involves hiking upland along the “Black River” and through the forest before ending at the south side of “Trapper Lake.”
Those that would like to go boating should consider the “Black River Trail” as it contains a boat launch ramp area. It is imperative to note that only trolling motorboats are allowed on the “Black River.”
The 1 mile “Trapper Lake Trail” is also fairly strenuous and leads visitors around the 12 acre man-made lake. This is an excellent trail for those that want to stop along the way and do a little fishing.
“Trapper Lake” contains a barrier free fishing pier. There are also three rivers that border and or run near the park.
Anglers can hope to catch nine species of trout, bream, crappie, catfish, alligator gar and walleye.
Visiting anglers are required to purchase a non-resident fishing license and or trout stamp if applicable. Licenses can be purchased online, by phone or in person at most marinas, resorts sporting goods stores.
Visitors can expect to pay $12.00 for a trout stamp, nothing for an alligator gar permit and anywhere from $11.00 to $22.00 for a regular fishing license. The price of the fishing license is determinate on how many days one plans on fishing in Arkansas waters.
Those wishing to learn more about the rules and regulations surrounding Arkansas fishing, boating and hunting should log onto the “Arkansas Game and Fish Commission” or call 1-800-364-4263
As of 2010 campsites with water and 50 amp electric hook-ups per evening are $22.00 in season and $16.50 off season. Campsites with water and 30 amp electric hook-ups per evening are $18.00 in season and $13.50 off season. Primitive campsites per evening are $11.00 in season and $8.25 off season. Overflow campsites per evening are $10.00 in season and $7.50 off season.
The campground offers a public shower area and dump station.
Pavilion Rental Information
The screened in pavilions can be rented per day for $65.00 in season and $45.00 off season. A clean-up deposit required and there is an additional charge for large groups.
Boat Rental Information
14 foot fishing boat rentals are $15.00 per full day and $10.00 per ½ day. Pedal boat rentals are $5.00 per day and $3.00 per ½ day. Canoes are $5.00 per hour and $3.00 per ½ hour. Canoe trips that are inclusive of haul back services are $30.00 per canoe.
Interpretive guided canoe trips that focus on the area’s history and natural habitat are $35.00 per person.
Guided Site Tour Information
Guided site trips of the Davidsonville archeological site are $6.50 per adult and $3.50 per child between the ages of 6 through 12.
The park holds several interesting workshops throughout the year like the “Dutch Oven: Chili and Cornbread” and the “Surviving in the Wilderness” workshops. A complete calendar with all workshop details is available on the park’s website.
Davidsonville Historic State park
7953 Highway 166 South
Pocahontas, AK 72455