state parks

There are so many ways to explore the state of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program now offers another one with its Arkansas National Register Passport Program, which encourages tourism to Arkansas properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Of the more than 2,500 National Register properties in Arkansas, 26 are highlighted in the …
Winter might not be the ideal season to splash around in Arkansas’s many beautiful lakes and rivers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy The Natural State during the brief cold snap separating fall from spring. One of the best ways to experience the outdoors during winter is on foot, and the reasons for this …
Native Arkansan Mike Martin, who has been an avid nature and wildlife photographer for more than 20 years, will present a program on bald eagles at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10 at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers. Martin particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing birds in flight.  As a devoted outdoorsman most of his …
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine. “The idea of celebrating the 60 years is really to attract attention to all three of the parks that were brought on at the same time, Daisy, Bull Shoals and Ouachita,” said Lee Howard, park superintendent at Lake Ouachita State Park. …
The annual Ozark Seed Swap is set for May 23 in the Administration Building at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. The free event takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is cosponsored by OFC, ROOST, and the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. Got Whippoorwills, Razorbacks, Red Rippers, Pencil Cob, …
If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m a big fan of Loco Ropes, a treetop ropes course adventure, located at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. The crazy fun comes in challenging yourself on three ropes courses containing more than 30 obstacles, a 300-foot-long zip line, a 30-foot climbing wall and …
Roses and chocolates seem to epitomize the Valentine’s Day celebration, but there are plenty of other ways to show your significant other that you care. Arkansas State Parks offer some wonderful ways to celebrate. Visit historic Mather Lodge on Petit Jean Mountain and be treated to a romantic weekend during Hikes, Hearts and Hugs set …
First Day Hikes have become popular at Arkansas State Parks as part of an annual initiative in all 50 states. The free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day are designed to help people rejuvenate and connect with the outdoors through a healthy activity. You can participate in the fun on Thursday, Jan. 1 at Petit …