Jacksonport State Park

205 Avenue Street
Newport, AR 72112


In the 1800s, steamboats made Jacksonport a thriving river port. During the Civil War, Confederate and Union forces occupied the town because of its location at the confluence of the White and Black rivers. Jacksonport became the county seat in 1852, and the restored courthouse now stands as a museum. Admission is free. Facilities also include 20 Class A campsites (50 amp service), a swimming beach, pavilion, picnic sites, a playground, and the half-mile Tunstall Riverwalk. Today, exhibits in the park's 1872 courthouse and programs by park interpreters share the story of this historic river port.

Tunstall Riverwalk

Trail Type: Day Hikes Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1/2 mile
Time: 1/2 hour hiking time

This trail takes hikers along the White River from the boat launch ramp area to the park campground. Spring and summer hiking offers breathtaking beauty of the Tunstall Riverwalk Conservation Area wildflowers. Wildlife are seen regularly and bird watching is prime making one'e hiking experience memorable.

Camping- Jacksonport offers a unique camping experience. Twenty Class “A” campsites with 50/30 amp electric and water hookups are set along the banks of the White River. The campground rest room/shower facility, and one campsite are barrier-free.

Other Facilities-

A shaded picnic area within a stone’s throw of the White River offers a fun place for family and friends. Rest rooms are nearby and a pavilion is available for rent. A visitor center in the courtyard provides visitor information, grocery items, and a gift shop where visitors can find souvenirs of their trip to historic Jacksonport. A boat ramp provides access to the White River and the half-mile Tunstall Riverwalk allows visitors to leisurely walk along the banks of the White River.

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