Scratch the surface of the Mississippi Delta’s rich and tumultuous history at the museums and cultural sites of this city surrounded by lakes and wildlife reserves.
Eudora is a fascinating destination in Arkansas, offering insight into the state’s early history. The small city sits close to the Mississippi River in Arkansas’ southeastern corner, where the state borders with Louisiana and Mississippi. Spend your time in Eudora at its historic homes and museums and delight in some of the best catfish fishing opportunities in the United States.
Start at Dr. A.G. Anderson House, a wood-framed house erected in 1901 by African-American laborers. Today it serves as a visitor center where you can pick up information about local and regional attractions.
Pass by the mid-19th century First Baptist Church of Eudora, believed to one of the area’s earliest African-American churches. Examine regional artifacts at the Rubye and Henry Connerly Museum, set in an old grocery store. At the J. Austin White Cultural Center, browse the work of the town’s artists and watch performances by local musicians and theater groups.
Consider renting a car during your time in this area as several attractions lie within a short drive of Eudora’ center. Less than 10 minutes’ drive to the east is Grand Lake, recognized as one of the finest lakes for catfish fishing in both Arkansas and the country. About 30 minutes north by car is Lake Chicot, a great location to bird watch, boat and camp.
Be sure to drive along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. This scenic route follows the Mississippi River for some 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) and crosses 10 states. Along the section closest to Eudora you’ll find Civil War remnants, Native American sites and references to author Mark Twain’s time as a steamboat driver.
Go to the Overflow National Wildlife Refuge, a wetland complex and haven for large flocks of waterfowl, in nearby Parkland. Across the river is the Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a day spotting alligators, deer, raccoons and waterfowl, among other wildlife.
The closest airport to Eudora is Little Rock’s Bill and Hilary Clinton National Airport. From here you can rent a car and begin your exploration of the Mississippi River Delta.