There was a civil war battle here in January 1863. the battlesite is a short drive from the main area of the park. There is a short trail leading to the location of the artillery battery and the remains of the trenches. The Union "Brown Water Navy" played a big role in the battle, too.
Inside the park is the area of the American Township established here in 1805. The town flourished until the 1860s when a combination of a loss of importance as a port and damage from the civil war caused the inhabitants to abandon the town. Today, there are no remains of the town just a grid of sidewalks and signs showing how the town was layed out and a cistern.
Okay, I am not sure why this pond is there. I don't think it was there when they built the original posts, and I don't think you can swim or fish in it. I do like the water though and it is relaxing, and pretty.
There are trails through the American Townsite (which also leads along the river); the civil war battle sites; and a nature trail. The first two are paved and are wheelchair accessible. The nature trail is not paved.
Equipment: You can buy water and soda in a machine onsite.
Fishing on the Arkansas River is popular too. You can also fish from the banks of the river inside the park. Please note that anyone 16 or older needs an Arkansas Fishing License.