Chalk Bluff Park in Arkansas is a Civil War battlefield park in the far northeastern part of the state.
This park is not as well-known as other areas of the state but it holds a lot of history.
The town of Chalk Bluff, now long gone, was the site of several skirmishes during the Civil War, the most significant of which was the May 1-2, 1863 action as General John S. Marmaduke retreated from an unsuccessful raid into Missouri. source
Why is it called Chalk Bluff?
Well, every name has an origin somewhere. Even Rooster Poot. Yes, Arkansas is full of weird town names.
So, where did the name Chalk Bluff come from? Chalk Bluff got it’s name because of the white clay in the area that looks like Chalk.
What happened to the town of Chalk Bluff, Arkansas?
Towns live and die by the availability of jobs and access. Chalk Bluff managed to survive the Civil War but, in 1882, the railroad crossed the river two miles south of Chalk Bluff. This created a new town (St. Francis) and Chalk Bluff slowly dwindled away.
Amenities at Chalk Bluff Park
If you want to soak in the history and scenery at Chalk Bluff, you’ll find that the state of Arkansas has made it easy for you!
There are trails, restrooms, picnic tables and handicapped access here at the park.
Chalk Bluff Battlefield Park location
County Road 368
St. Francis, AR 72454