Earlier this year, Rex Nelson published a “Natural State Bucket List” of things every Arkansan should do at least once. While he included a few things from Southeast Arkansas, it was certainly not exclusive to our neck of the woods. So, here is a Southeast Arkansas Bucket List, things unique to Southeast Arkansas, that I think everyone should do at least once:
— Hike (and try not to get lost) at Seven Devils.
— Kayak in the moonlight at Cane Creek in Star City.
— Eat one of Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales.
— Run (or walk) in the Mississippi River Marathon over the Mississippi River Bridge.
— Catch a trophy bass at Pendleton in Dumas.
— Watch a rodeo at Crossett.
— Slide down the levee on cardboard at Arkansas City.
— Watch the sun rise from a duck blind on a cold winter morning at Cut Off.
— Visit the World War II Japanese-American Internment Museum at McGehee.
— Visit Lake Village where Charles Lindbergh took his first night flight.
— Watch politicians gorge themselves on tomatoes in the tomato eating contest at the Pink Tomato Festival in Warren.
— Watch the wintering bald eagles at Cane Creek in Star City.
— Eat catfish and watermelon while listening to the Cummins Prison Band in a pecan grove at the Grady Fish Fry.
— Hike the trails at Choctaw Island in Arkansas City.
— Watch snow geese take flight from a bean field in the Delta.
— Go birding at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge.
— Watch the Little Red Wagon Parade at Christmastime in Hamburg.
— Sit under a Magnolia tree, listen to the blues and watch the fireworks over Lake Chicot on Independence Day.
— Dive into Weevil Pond at UAM in February at the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge.
— Visit the Japanese-American relocation centers at Rowher and Jerome.
— Tour the Drew County Historical Museum after the Monticello Christmas Parade.
— Watch the sun set behind the sharecropper shack during cotton harvest season at Pickens.
— Tour the Allen House in Monticello.