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Only in Arkansas: DeSoto Bluff Trail

Down a path near the Pizza Hut and old Car-Mart in Arkadelphia, if you take a mile walk off 10th Street your view opens up to the DeSoto Bluff.
ARKADELPHIA, AR -- The City of Arkadelphia carved out an official trail to get a look at the DeSoto Bluffs overlooking the valley and the Ouchita River.

For years it's only been accessible to those that knew exactly where it was and by taking a hike through the woods. Now they've made into a scenic tour through some of the beauty of the Natural State that you'll find only in Arkansas.

Down a path near the Pizza Hut and old Car-Mart in Arkadelphia, if you take a mile walk off 10th Street, your view opens up to the DeSoto Bluff.

"It's just a natural beautiful sight here," remarked Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation Director Mike Volz.

This Summer the City of Arkadelphia officially opened the park to the public by paving the path for the DeSoto Bluff Trail. The trail was dedicated in July.

"[The project] was full funding through the Arkansas Game and Fish for the trail and the fencing and full funding through the Arkansas Humanities Council for the interpretive signs," Volz explained.

The Bluff is named after Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer who led an expedition into the southern U.S. and was among the first Europeans to set foot in what is now Arkansas.

"[I] stumbled upon this, and I think it's really great that other people get to enjoy this scene just because it's more accessible from the road," Austin Padgett said.

Visitors like Henderson State student Padgett can enjoy the site believed to be explored during President Thomas Jefferson's "Grand Expedition of Discovery."

"Nothing with quite this kind of view," Padgett added.

The trail was built using grants from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

"[You] realize the natural beauty of Arkansas," Volz smiled looking out over the Bluff. "It's just a real unique place for Arkansas."

And for the rest of the country for that matter.

If you want to go, the short trail is located on North 10th street in Arkadelphia.
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