In the 1800s steamboats made Jacksonport a thriving river port. During the Civil War, the town was occupied by both Confederate and Union forces because of its crucial locale. Jacksonport became county seat in 1854, and constuction of a stately, two-story brick courthouse began in 1869. The town began to decline in the 1880s when bypassed by the railroad. The county seat was moved in 1891 to nearby Newport, and Jacksonport's stores, wharves and saloons soon vanished.
Today the park's museums, the 1872 courthouse, the nearby Mary Woods No. 2 sternwheel paddleboat, and interpretive programs share the story of this historic river port.
The park offers 20 Class A campsites with water and electric hookups including 50 amp service at all sites, a swimming beach on the White River, standard pavilion, picnic sites, playground and the Tunstall Riverwalk Trail.
Jacksonport State Park is located near Newport, Jonesboro
Length: .5 mile Time: .5 hour Difficulty: Easy
Description: This trail takes the hiker along the White River from the Mary Woods No. 2 paddleboat to the park campground. Spring and summer hiking offers breathtaking beauty of the Tunstall Riverwalk Conservation Area wildflowers. Wildlife are seen regularly and bird watching is prime making one'e hiking experience memorable.