The Ridge, The River, The Romance of the Delta
In his book Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain described Helena as occupying “one of the prettiest situations on the Mississippi”. Nearly 150 years after Mark Twain shared this observation, the city continues to offer a unique brand of Delta charm. Helena boasts a rich blues heritage and is home to the world-famous King Biscuit Blues Festival, which in 2013 featured headliner Greg Allman, and King Biscuit Time, the longest running blues radio show in the country. King Biscuit Time has served as both the inspiration and launching point for hundreds of musicians over the years. There is no better place to experience the full American music story than the Delta, and Helena, as a historic port city, has long been a crossroads for artists from all backgrounds.
Rest assured that Helena is more than a one note trip. Featuring the July 4, 1863, Battle of Helena, Helena’s many Civil War sites provide insight into the dynamics of a Southern city that spent most of the war under Union occupation. Recently opened sites include Fort Curtis, a replica earthworks fort, and Freedom Park, the first location in Arkansas designated as an Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site. Helena is also the resting place of Confederate General Patrick Cleburne, known as “The Stonewall Jackson of the West”. Finally, the city features the best Mississippi River public access point of its kind along a 300-mile stretch of the river, and is the only downtown on the river between Memphis and Vicksburg. If you want to experience the Lower Mississippi River, whether in boat or from our boardwalk overlook, this is the place to do it.