Helena is located in Phillips County
(of which it is the county seat) on the Mississippi boarder, just east of West Helena
, between Lake View and Marianna
along Highway 44 on the banks of the Mississippi River
near theSt. Francis National Forest
The economy of Helena has always been tied to the river. Cotton, soybeans and rice are the major crops produced.
Helena was incorporated in 1833 and is the second oldest city in the state. With great antique shops, picturesque Bed and Breakfast inns, many beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian mansions, the oldest continuously operating public library west of the Mississippi and wonderful churches and museums, Helena has something for everyone. There are 34 historic homes on the National Register and three historic districts including the downtown area. For fishermen and hunters, this is truly a sportsman's paradise. The closest Mississippi casino is only five minutes away.