Nature & Science
The Post's Natural History
Located at the northern edge of the Gulf coastal plain, the Arkansas Post's native growth ranges from prairie grasses and lowland hardwood forests to wetland marshes near the bayous and river. Over the three centuries of history at Arkansas Post, the area has been greatly changed by both natural forces and human intervention. Flooding, erosion, and a natural change in the river's course have altered the site of the historic town and forts, as have attempts to improve navigation and control of the river with dams and levees.
It remains a place of great beauty, with deer, turkey, alligator, raccoon, and migratory and resident birds, particularly bald eagles and waterfowl in the winter months.
Did You Know?
During the 18th century, Bear's Oil was a valuable trade commodity at Arkansas Post. A French trader claimed that "one sometimes draws more than 240 litres of oil from one bear".