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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 3, 2014

    I am majorly into anything Historical...so when I saw this park on the map and only a few miles of the beaten path...WE had to go!!!! Hey, what's another hour right?

    It is FREE!!!! it opens at 6am by Electronic Gate and closes at 10pm..why would you be in the SWAMP after dark...Not me anyway!!! There is NO one there and there is No printed literature so read about it before you go and print some information to read to your party.
    There are signs along the wooden boardwalk that winds throughout the park to the Monument.
    I enjoyed it but I highly recommend take OFF...spray yourself really well with OFF and then spray it in the car and make sure the windows are closed...MOSQUITO HEAVEN !!!!
    Be ware of the SNAKES also!!!

    ENJOY !!!!

    A little history about the park:
    This National Historic Landmark at the junction of Lee, Monroe and Phillips counties preserves the initial point from which all surveys of the property acquired through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 initiated. That year, President Thomas Jefferson purchased the vast territory of Louisiana from France for $15 million. The unmapped wilderness of approximately 900,000 square miles doubled the size of the fledgling nation and helped shape the destiny of the United States.
    To see the granite monument that marks the site of the initial point, you'll walk along an elevated boardwalk above the headwater swamp in which the monument is located. The L'Anguille Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Marianna placed the marker at the initial point in 1926 following the discovery by two surveyors, in 1921, of the gum trees that were marked by the initial surveyors back in 1815. That discovery focused attention on the site located at the junction of Lee, Monroe and Phillips counties in a headwater swamp in the Little Cypress Creek watershed that had gone unheralded for more than a century. The Arkansas General Assembly passed legislation in 1961 designating the area an Arkansas state park.

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    $50,000 reward for locating this bird! 4 more images

    by VA_Dave Updated Jan 22, 2009

    We had a great trip searching for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker in the cypress swamps near Brinkley, AR on January 18-19, 2009. Even though we did not claim the $50,000 prize for locating the elusive IBW, we did see eagles, pileated and downy woodpeckers, sapsuckers, otters, beautiful cypress trees, beaver signs, etc. Our guide was great and it was not too cold for canoeing.

    Our guide was Chuck Volner who grew up on the on the local bayous and provides excellent guided canoe tours for $150/day or canoe rental for $50/day including transport of the canoe to and from the bayou.

    Here is some more information from Cornell U. about searching for the IBW.

    Here are some videos I took.

    Enjoy!

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    by VA_Dave Updated Jan 22, 2009

    One of the best Mexican restaurants I have ever been to. Nice decor, and very inexpensive. The attentive staff seems to be all Mexican.

    Favorite Dish: We like their shrimp dish so much we came back the next night for it.

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