Our visit to Parkin Archeological State Park and a hike on the Trail of Tears

Sunday 6/2/13.… Finally a good weather day!! The sun was shinning with only a few clouds in the sky. And it wasn’t real hot and humid and the bugs were at a min. NICE!!

So of course after breakfast we took Jack for about a 1.5 mile walk and spent some time training in a empty part of the park. He’s such a good boy and he is doing an outstanding job ignoring things like squirrels and deer.

After his walk we kicked back for a while and then jumped in the Jeep and headed out towards the Parkin Archeological State Park. The brochure stated that they opened at noon on Sundays.

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After pulling into the parking lot we walked up to the door at 12:15 and it was locked. WHAT?? Then Diane noticed a sign by the door saying they open at 1 on Sundays!!?? WHAT!!??

At the same time we noticed someone mopping the floor inside and he headed our way. I was expecting a ,,, we open at 1,, but along with that statement we got a ,,, but come on in!!

We told him we didn’t mind waiting but he suggested that we come on in and watch the 15 min. video about the park while the floors dried. GREAT IDEA!!

There is so much to write about to describe what the park is about that there is no way I could do it so I will give you this link to click on if your interested in learning more.

http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parkinarcheological/

But in short it is a 17 acre park on the St. Francis River and was occupied by Native Americans from A.D. 1000 to 1550. It was surrounded by a moat and a log palisade wall for protection.

They had some very fine Archeological finds inside the visitor center and a area that you could try on a few replica items from back in the day.

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And outside there was a 1 mile self guided trail. Unfortunately due to careless digging by looters and a sawmill that was in operation in the area until 1945 who’s sawdust and other items things filled a good part of the moat you really had to use your imagination to even begin to visualize what it might have been. To bad it wasn’t turned into a State Park long before.

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It was still interesting and the two people working at the visitor center were very knowledgeable and seemed honestly interested in what they were talking about.

After Parkin State Park we headed home for some lunch and to get ready for a afternoon hike on part of the Old Military Road Trail ( Trail of Tears). It’s a 2.5 mile trail and there is a section that is considered the most dramatic remaining portion of the Trail of Tears.

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Following the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828, long-held desires for the lands of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw and Seminole Indians came to fruition with the federal Indian Removal Act of 1830. This act allowed the forcible removal of the five tribes to new lands in the Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma). All five tribes passed through Arkansas, and many of the territory’s most prominent figures made substantial fortunes from removal.

The military built this trail for the sole purpose of moving the Indians on along it.

Here is a link that will give you a lot more information.

http://www.arkansasheritagetrails.com/Tears/

The trail was considered moderate and it was a little muddy because of all the rain we have been having. But it wasn’t horrible.

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The trail was mainly in heavily wooded areas and what do you find in the woods??,,,,,,  Tics!! Once we got home from the hike I found 1 on me and Diane had 2. Now that freaked her out LOL…. She has no problem dealing with tics on Jack but she sure doesn’t like them on herself. I told her to get used to it. I’m sure with the hiking we do she will be seeing a bunch more.

I think we feel pretty good about our stop here at Village Creek State Park. I think if the weather had been better and we stayed a couple more days we might have rented a paddle boat and hike a couple more trails but that’s ok.

But today was our last day here. Tomorrow morning we will pack up and head to Memphis Tenn.

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2 Responses to Our visit to Parkin Archeological State Park and a hike on the Trail of Tears

  1. Glad you are starting to get good weather. Not sure which way you are heading but the Natchez Trace Park Way is going to be east of you it is a nice 444 mile road that goes from Natchez Mississippi to Nashville Tn. It is a nice 45 mph road that goes through some nice country and has quaint little towns all along it. It also runs fairly close to Red Bay Al. So if you decide to go see the Tiffin factory you could catch some of it.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      Thanks for the tip. We in fact are headed to the Tiffin plant and then now that you mention it I think traveling the Natchez Trace Park Way would be a great thing to do. We did a good chunk of it on a scooter ride but not the whole thing.

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