State Park

Arkansas State Parks offer over 22,000 programs, tours and events for park visitors. While the State Parks are open year-round, some facilities close seasonally. Please check with the individual parks for details. Unless demand dictates, bathhouses are closed December-February.

Upcoming programming at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers includes a living forest event for families and a fall foliage walk for photographers. Living Forest From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, join Mother Nature as she introduces her many woodland friends. These educational messages will be uncomplicated and easy for young …
You know how when a friend who’s never been to your city before comes to visit, and you start planning itineraries, saying things like, “Oh, we have to go to…” or “You just cannot miss…” and suddenly you’re all excited about stuff you might have overlooked for years because you’ve become so accustomed to seeing it? Or …
Eagle Watch Tours are happening this month at Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine. Tours are taking place on both November 1 and November 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. There is habitat for wintering bald eagles at the park and each year via lake cruises, juvenile and mature birds can be seen …
Native Americans called the Arkansas Delta home long before Europeans “discovered” the region. Celebrate the Native American history in the area this September at two of our great Arkansas State Parks. Both special events focus on creating awareness of the significant heritage of the native residents of the area. Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin offers …
It’s a familiar story: Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Boy has to go away for work. Girl follows boy halfway around the world. Girl dies. Locals name a mountain after her. Or something like that. Many of us know some version (or three) of the story of how Petit Jean Mountain got its name. …
Some say kids and adults need to spend less time staring at their phones and more time socializing in person and enjoying the great outdoors. As a lover of technology, tech gadgets, people, and nature, I say we can have our cake and eat it too. Here are six ways to embrace technology for added …
Logoly State Park in McNeil (5 miles northeast of Magnolia) recently dedicated the park’s new 7,161-square-foot visitors center to a crowd of excited guests who, regardless of their age, became children-at-heart as soon as the exhibits opened: crawling around, sniffing scents, engaging (through glass) with the baby alligator, and watching bees make honey. I include …
July is a great time to get outdoors and have some fun! And if the kids learn something while having a great time, that’s just the icing on the cake! Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin offers a Youth Day Camp for teenagers 13-16 on July 6-8. Campers will tour Parkin and some other unique …