Gillett, AR 72055
Settled by the French in 1686, the remote "Post de Arkansae" was the first permanent European colony in the Mississippi River Valley and played a valuable role in the long struggle between France, Spain and England for dominance of the lucrative fur trade.
Hours + Fees
The park grounds are open daily: 8:00 am to dark. The visitor center is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Map + Directions
Arkansas Post National Memorial is located in southeastern Arkansas. The entrance to the park is on Arkansas state road 169, nine miles south of Gillett, via U.S. 165 (The Great River Road), and about 17 miles northeast of Dumas, via U.S. 165.
From the North (Little Rock, AR)
From Interstate 40, turn onto Interstate 30 south. South of Little Rock, exit onto Interstate 530 and continue to Pine Bluff. When Interstate 530 ends, exit to Highway 65. Follow Highway 65 to Gould, AR and turn left onto State Road 212. When 212 ends, turn left onto Highway 165, and cross over the Arkansas River. Continue on 165 for five miles, and turn right on State Road 169. Follow 169 two miles into the park.
From the South (Lake Village, AR / Greenville, MS / Monroe, LA)
Follow Highway 65 or 165 north to Dumas, AR. In Dumas, turn right at the stoplight onto Highway 165, and continue north for about 18 miles. Turn right onto State Road 169 and follow 169 two miles into the park.
From the east (Helena, AR)
Head west on Highway 49. Turn onto State Road 1 at Marvell, and continue on 1 until De Witt. In De Witt State Road 1 merges into Highway 165. From De Witt, follow 165 about 20 miles. Turn left onto State Road 169 and follow 169 two miles into the park.