South Arkansas Facts:
- County: Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Columbia, Desha, Drew, Hempstead, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Ouachita, Union
- Coverage Area (Total): 10,842.17 sq. miles
- Population: 278,930
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Arkansas – Bearden, Calion, Camden, El Dorado, Emerson, Hampton, Junction City, Louann, Macedonia, Magnolia, McNeil, Mt Holly, Norphlet, Smackover, Stephens, Strong, Urbana, Village; Louisiana – Junction City
South Arkansas lies within the southern-most portions of the Arkansas Gulf Coastal Plains and the Delta regions. It typically encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state.
In the 1920s, South Arkansas received nationwide attention with the discovery of oil in Smackover. Referred to as "Smackover Field," this oil field ranked 1st in the country during a great oil boom at the time. In 1938, discovery of oil in Magnolia also proved prosperous as it greatly assisted in fueling the war effort during the early part of World War II as the largest producing oil field (in volume) in the nation.
South Arkansas maintains a variety of attractions including: