Through a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas State Parks is developing Mississippi River State Park within the St. Francis National Forest in eastern Arkansas. To explore the park and national forest, travel two national scenic byways: The Great River Road and the Crowley's Ridge Parkway. Near Marianna on the north edge of the forest, the park visitor center is jointly staffed by Arkansas State Parks and U.S. Forest Service staff. It features exhibits interpreting the Mississippi River, Crowley's Ridge, and the Delta. The visitor center includes a large, multi-purpose area for hosting meetings, family reunions, and other group events. Also on the north end of Mississippi River State Park is the Beech Point Campground in the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area. Accessed from Ark. 44, this campground is situated on a wooded peninsula in the lake. The campsites offer views of the lake and are surrounded by prime wildlife and birding habitat. Two courtesy docks provide campers with additional access to this lake known for its bream and bass fishing. The campground features 17 campsites [14 Class AAA with water/electric/sewer hookups and three Class D Walk-in Tent Sites]. Each paved site includes an adjacent, extended hardened living area with picnic table, grill, lantern hanger, and tent pad. A barrier-free bathhouse is centrally located.
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