|Jackson County, with approximately 18,400 residents, is
in the northeastern part of Arkansas, containing about
637 square miles. Since 1892, Newport has been the county
seat. Jackson County was formed in 1829 and named for U.S.
President Andrew Jackson. Major highways are U.S. 67 and
Arkansas 37. Located in rich delta farm land, with the
exception of rolling hills in its extreme southwestern
part, Jackson County farmers raise rice, soybeans, corn,
milo, beef cattle, and catfish. Fishermen catch catfish
in the Black River, which forms the county’s northwestern
boundary, and trout in the White River, also in western
Jackson County. Hunting is popular in the Wildlife Management
Area which reaches into four counties. Come to Jacksonport
State Park in June for the Portfest Rollin' on the River
Festival, one of the top 100 festivals in the nation.