BEATLES PARK features a massive sculpture in the likeness of the Abbey Road album cover. Make sure you take time to find the lyrics and song titles hidden in the hand-etched background. The Beatles Tribute recalls the 1964 visit to the Walnut Ridge Airport by the famous rockers and the park features photos and history from that day. Be sure to post your photo “Doing the Beatles Walk”
GUITAR WALK AT CAVENAUGH PARK is a 115’ long walkway in the shape of an Epiphone Casino guitar, detailed right down to the metal strings. The walk features informative tributes to rockabilly legends live Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and six others who performed in the around Walnut Ridge during the early days of rock ‘n roll.
The Guitar Walk includes an audio tour narrated by Sun Studios recording artist Sonny Burgess. The audio tour also includes snippets of music by each of the artists features along the walk.
Both sites are free of charge and you can see it all in a pleasant walk through charming Downtown Walnut Ridge.
WINGS OF HONOR WWII MUSEUM The outbreak of World War II brought big changes all across the United States. Nowhere was that more apparent than a swath of northeast Arkansas farmland that was transformed into the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School. The Wings of Honor Museum, located at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport, preserves the history of the flying school and the entire war effort. A large and impressive collection of weapons, uniforms, vehicles, posters and other war artifacts are set in fascinating displays, along a detailed history of WWII.
Admission is free
LAKE CHARLES STATE PARK & POWHATAN HISTORIC STATE PARK are located minutes from each other on Hwy 25. The 600-acre Lake Charles has great fishing, picnic areas, hiking trails, a swimming area, and a pavilion for gatherings. There’s also a nature center and gift shop, and interpretive tours are available.
Powhatan State Park sits on the banks of the Black River. A beautifully restored courthouse, built in 1888, is the centerpiece of the park. Other historical structures include the old jail, circa 1873, the Powhatan Male & Female Academy, built in the 1890s and other interesting 19th Century buildings. There’s a fascinating museum in the courthouse and park tours are available.
WILLIAMS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY is a four-year, Christian, liberal arts college located at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. WBC is a Christ-centered institution, long known for its warm and caring atmosphere and its personal attention to students. Williams offers over 25 majors, covering a wide array of career options.