The Governor Mike Huckabee Delta River Nature Center is located in 130 acres of a bottomland forest, surrounded by the Black Dog Bayou and the Lake Langhofer. The nature center offers more than two miles of trails through the forest, making them well worth the chance to see geese, ducks, snakes, rabbits or even deer quietly grazing. Keep your eyes and ears open for signs of wildlife and don’t forget your binoculars and camera!
This is the main trail that is paved and easy access. You will start this trail walking through the wildflower prairie. This open area hosts a lot of native wildflowers and grasses and represents what is known as the Grand Prairie of Arkansas. Tallgrass prairies thrived in the Delta before land was cleared for rice production in the early 20th century. You will be able to see flowers blooming from early spring to late summer, and many insects and birds feeding from these plants.
Shortly after the wildflower prairie you will enter to a bottomland hardwood forest. This type of forest is found along the edge of the Mississippi River Delta, and is subject to frequent flooding. You will be able to spot a tall cottonwood tree among the oaks, sycamores, and sweetgum trees. You also can appreciate the wetland areas formed by the bayou and lakes.
This loop is paved. You will explore more of the bottomland hardwood forest along of the Black Dog Lake. Look for the robins and other song birds grazing the floor of the forest.
This is a short primitive trail is not paved. This trail will take you through the amazing bottomland forest
This is a primitive trail and is not paved. For the enthusiastic explores, you will discover the home of many wildlife. Keep your eyes and ears open, you never know what you will encounter.