While You’re in the Pine Bluff Area ...

Where to Go

Where to Shop

Where to Eat

Pictured above and left, DELTA RIVERS NATURE CENTER is the first of eight nature centers built in Arkansas by the state’s Game and Fish Commission. The visitor center, modeled on a waterfowl hunting lodge, is situated on 130 acres of bottomland between Lake Langhofer and Black Dog Bayou. Inside, visitors will discover a 20,000-gallon aquarium that replicates the underwater environment of an oxbow lake with a diverse population of native fish. Other exhibits include preserved specimens of birds, mammals and reptiles; displays that tell the history of The Delta, the changing characteristics of our rivers and the importance of our wetlands. There are also exhibits for hunting and fishing. Children love climbing onboard a vintage “biplane” and flying over various areas of The Delta as they learn about the wildlife and habitat.

Outdoors, visitors can observe feeding of fish, alligators and birds, including eagles; explore the fora and fauna of Jefferson County on four trails, ranging in length from an easy, quarter-mile paved walking trail to the three-quarter-mile primitive trail designed for hiking enthusiasts. All the trails offer splendid opportunities to see beautiful wildflowers (no picking, please) and various forms of wildlife at work and play in their natural habitat.

Admission is free. A gift shop allows visitors to take home mementos of their visit. The nature center is located at 1400 Black Dog Road, just off Martha Mitchell Expressway in Pine Bluff. For more information call 870.534.0011 or visit their official website.

Where to Overnight

Take a look at a mode of transportation that never leaves the ground. The ARKANSAS RAILROAD MUSEUM, permanent home of steam engine 819, a 4-8-4 Northern-type locomotive that was the last built at the Pine Bluff yard. Along with the 1909 Baldwin-built 336, both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and both are housed at the Arkansas Railroad Museum. The collection includes several rare diesel locomotives, a complete steam wrecker train, cabooses, a snow plow and other examples from the railroad era of yesteryear.

Also housed in the vast structure are collections of railroad memorabilia and a working scale-model railroad layout.

If you happen to be in Pine Bluff on the second Saturday of April, you’ll want to see Railroadiana, Arkansas’ largest show and sale of railroad memorabilia, model trains, track and accessories ranging from N to G scale. Hobbyists come from all over the region to combine their modular rail sections and operate the complete layout before your eyes.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00AM until 2:00PM. (Hours may be curtailed during extreme outdoor temperatures.) Call ahead for special guided tours. Location is 1700 Port Road, just off U.S. Highway 65B. Phone 870.535.8819 or visit the official website.

For a healthful way to spend an afternoon enjoying magnificent lake views, visit the scenic LAKE SARACEN WALKING TRAIL that follows along the shoreline of Lake Saracen. The trailhead is located just east of the pavilions at Saracen Landing. Keep track of your mileage using mile markers placed along the trail. Less experienced walking enthusiasts will appreciate the benches placed conveniently along the trail. The trail is a recent winner of the Arkansas Governor’s Fitness Award.

Saracen Landing is one

of the newest public-use facilities in Pine Bluff, and

is part of the the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department. The centerpiece of the

park is a pavilion complex which is home to the Farmers Market. The pavilion may be

reserved for private events by calling the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department.

Saracen Landing is located at 200 Lake Saracen Drive in Pine Bluff, just off Martha Mitchell Expressway, across from the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Enclosed shopping mall

Open Daily 10:00AM-9:00PM; Sunday 12:00-6:00PM

2901 Pines Mall Drive • 870.794.7100

Full-line department store anchors The Pines

Open Daily 10:00AM-9:00PM; Sunday 12:00-6:00PM

2901 Pines Mall Drive • 870.535-0433

Full-line department store anchors The Pines

Open Daily 10:00AM-9:00PM; Sunday 12:00-6:00PM

2901 Pines Mall Drive • 870.534.6931

Apparel and accessories for men and women

Open Daily 10:00AM-Closing Varies; Sunday 1:00-6:00PM

2713 E Harding Ave • 870.536.7252

Big Box Home Improvement

Open Daily 7:00AM-9:00PM; Sunday 8:00-7:00PM

2906A E Harding Ave • 870.850.7702

Office Supplies

Open M-F 9:00AM-9:00PM; Sat. 10:00AM-8:00PM; Sun. 12:00-6:00PM

2910 E Harding Ave • 870.534.7600

Big Box discount store with groceries

Open 24 hours/7 days except Christmas

5501 S Olive St • 870.534.7054

These retail outlets are a short, convenient drive from Pine Bluff Regional Airport.

If you’re not in the mood for the mouthwatering home-style fare offered at Grider Field Restaurant inside the airport terminal building, there are many chain restaurants scattered across the city that will meet your needs for a quick and easy meal. But for a real taste of local flavor, we recommend any of these one-of-a-kind Pine Bluff restaurants within quick driving distance of the airport.

Prime rib at Colonial Steakhouse

The Pines Mall

Colonial Steak House • 111 W 8th Ave • 870.536.3488

One of Pine Bluff’s oldest and most popular restaurants, this is the place to get a steak that seems to melt in your mouth. The veggies and desserts ain’t bad, either.

Indigo Blue Coffeehouse • 212 W Barraque St • 870.718.5330

New and comfortably Old-World stylish, this is more than just coffee house. It’s a deli, an art gallery and a library. Inviting sofas and club chairs ensure your comfort for as long as you care to hang out.

Chef Lee • 502 Mallard Loop • 870.850.0256

There really is a Chef Lee and he’s been cooking in Pine Bluff for years. Now he has his own hibachi buffet restaurant with a large selection of freshly prepared Chinese foods.

Leon’s Catfish and Shrimp • 18 Chapel Village • 870.879.3150

A Pine Bluff institution, this place has offered catfish, shrimp and hospitality for decades. It’s on the far side of town from the airport, but definitely worth the few minutes’ drive.

Simplee’s Barbecue • 700 E Harding Ave • 870.850.7474

Anyone who knows barbecue knows you find the greatest BBQ in the least pretentious of places. Simplee’s is no exception. But step inside and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The best BBQ you’ll find on the east side of town!

Unique Cakes by Margaret • 214 W Barraque • 870.592.0328

Miss Margaret got her start baking and selling beautiful cakes in an old place on Main Street. She's just moved into a charming new/old shop and has added  deli-style breakfast and lunch to her menu, along with burgers.

• New Cloud Nine® bedding

• On the House® hot breakfast

• Complimentary USA Today M-F

• Complimentary Coffee & Tea 24 hours

• Complimentary high-speed internet

• Free local calls and voice mail

• Meeting room for up to 80 people

• 24-hour business center

• Indoor pool and fitness center

• On-site guest laundry

• 32" flat-screen TV with cable/HBO

• Microwave and fridge

• In-suite coffee maker, hair dryer

• In-suite iron and ironing board

511 Mallard Loop (I-530 Exit 43) • 870.850.7488


• Complimentary breakfasts

   Full, buffet and continental

• Complimentary morning newspaper

• Complimentary high-speed internet

• Wifi free for IHG® Rewards Members

• Meeting room

• Business center

• Outdoor pool

• Fitness center

• On-site guest laundry

• Flat-screen TV with cable/satellite

• Microwave and mini-fridge

• In-room coffee maker and tea maker

• Hair dryer & bath amenities

• In-room iron and ironing board

2903 Pines Mall Drive • 870.534.1810


Pine Bluff offers a variety of lodging options. We recommend these properties for the high standards that you expect to find at nationally branded hotels and suites and for their convenient access from the airport.


★★★★★“Jimmy and Daniel took great care of my airplane while I stored it at PBF for a week. I couldn't have asked for a better overall experience. I also hear that the food at the restaurant is excellent, but didn't have a chance to try it.”

– C. Montgomery, June 22, 2016