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Mar 25
- THRU - May 05

Youth Art Contest Finalist Exhibit

Mar 25
- May 05
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Visitor Center
Kindergarten through 12th grade students will display their art work representing the St. Francis and Mississippi River, Crowley’s Ridge, or the Delta in the entran...

Mar 25
- THRU - Mar 26

Arkansas Spring Break

Mar 25
- Mar 26
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
School is out, State Parks are in. The park will offer programs and activities all week as we discover the many signs in nature that signal the coming of spring....

Mar 26

Spring Time Lake Cruise

Mar 26
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

Spring is a great season to cruise on Lake Maumelle! Many animals are arriving from the south to nest for the summer, while the rest are preparing for the long journey...


Mar 26

Spring Time Lake Cruise

Mar 26
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

Spring is a great season to cruise on Lake Maumelle! Many animals are arriving from the south to nest for the summer, while the rest are preparing for the long journey...


Apr 01

Dutch Oven Workshop

Apr 01
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Picnic Hill Pavilion
Outdoor cooking in cast iron Dutch ovens is a longstanding tradition in Arkansas State Parks. Join us for a workshop to gain hands-on experience preparing food using this...

Apr 01

Youth Fishing Derby

Apr 01
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Marina
A great time will be had by the whole family as young anglers (15 and under) participate in this annual event. Prizes and giveaways will occur throughout the derby. Bring...

Apr 01

Park Day

Apr 01
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Contribute to the future by protecting our past. Join park staff and volunteers as they work on cleanup and preservation projects throughout Washington. This is your chan...

Apr 01
- THRU - Apr 02

Feathered Flyers Weekend

Apr 01
- Apr 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA

Calling all bird brains! Programs this weekend will feature our feathered friends, including hummingbirds, raptors, waterfowl, backyard birds, and more! Contact the pa...


Apr 07
- THRU - Apr 09

Wildflower Weekend

Apr 07
- Apr 09
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Discover a host of colorful wildflowers that make Petit Jean State Park their home! Family-friendly wildflower talks, guided walks, and other programs are offered. Contac...

Apr 08

Tin Punching Workshop

Apr 08
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
From lanterns to pie safes, punched tin raised the practical to an art form. Explore historical uses and designs as you create your own work of punched tin art. Tin and p...

Apr 08

Jenkins' Ferry Clean-up

Apr 08
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park near Leola
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., state park staff and the Friends of Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park will strive to continue preserving an American Civil War site in Grant ...

Apr 08

Full Moon Kayak Tour of Bear Creek Lake

Apr 08
2955 Highway 44, Marianna
Bear Creek Swim Beach
Kayaking is a great way to experience Bear Creek Lake. The almost-full moon will rise before the sun sets, giving us the perfect setting to view wildlife along the water&...

Apr 08

Coyote Challenge Trail Run

Apr 08
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

Challenge your will. Challenge your strength. Challenge your determination.

Channel your inner coyote as you choose a distance, 5, 10, or 16K and run through...


Apr 09

Spring Time Lake Cruise

Apr 09
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

Spring is a great season to cruise on Lake Maumelle! Many animals are arriving from the south to nest for the summer, while the rest are preparing for the long journey...


Apr 14
- THRU - Apr 16

Great Escape Weekend and Easter Egg Hunt

Apr 14
- Apr 16
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Celebrate spring and the great outdoors at our Great Escape Weekend! Enjoy free nature programs and family activities. The celebration concludes with an “Easter Egg...

Apr 14
- THRU - Apr 16

Signs of Spring

Apr 14
- Apr 16
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Spend time discovering "wild edibles" with Dr. Tamara Walkingstick. There will also be hikes, crafts, and a whole lot more for one great family weekend!...

Apr 14
- THRU - Apr 16

1800s Mountain Man Rendezvous

Apr 14
- Apr 16
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Cabin

Arkansas was the edge of the American frontier in the early 1800s. Witness the rugged life of explorers and trappers as reenactors dress in traditional period attire a...


Apr 15

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Apr 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center

Learn traditional uses for common Arkansas plants during this workshop conducted by Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Mike Thennes, which will include both indoor and...


Apr 15

Flint Knapping Workshop

Apr 15
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Immerse yourself in the ancient art of flint knapping. See how American Indians in Arkansas used flint and other materials to make primitive weapons and try your hand at ...

Apr 22

Earth Day Celebration!

Apr 22
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Picnic Area

Celebrate Earth Day with programs dedicated to helping you discover how to keep Pinnacle Mountain State Park a healthy and happy place for all. Contact the park for th...


Apr 22

Save the Frogs

Apr 22
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Save the Frogs Day is a special day that calls attention to the declining number of frogs across the world. The event will feature programs on frogs that can be heard in ...

Apr 22

Scalies and Slimies

Apr 22
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
In celebration of Earth Day, come to the pavilion and learn about some of the other creatures we share our planet with! Frogs, toads, lizards, salamanders, snakes, turtle...

Apr 22
- THRU - Apr 23

Spring Fling

Apr 22
- Apr 23
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Open the door to all your senses by getting away and reconnecting with nature. During these two-day, daytime sessions, we will offer a variety of activities to enhance yo...

Apr 23

Spring Canoe Float

Apr 23
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch

Experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5 – 5 mile canoe float. No prior paddling experience is required, but you should be comfortable around water. We...


Apr 28
- THRU - Apr 30

Feathers Over Lake Chicot

Apr 28
- Apr 30
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Visitor Center
Birding and bird feeding are popular hobbies, especially during spring migration. Learn more about wild birds and what they need to survive by spending the weekend at Lak...

Apr 29

Spring Kayak Float

Apr 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch

Experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5 – 5 mile sit-on-top kayak float. No prior paddling experience is required, but you should be comfortable aroun...


Apr 29

Just Desserts Dutch Oven Workshop

Apr 29
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Visitor Center
Learn how to cook desserts outdoors with a cast iron Dutch oven just as people have been doing since this land was settled. This workshop will cover how to season, care...

Apr 29

Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking Workshop

Apr 29
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
The coals are hot and the cast iron Dutch ovens are oiled. Join this workshop and learn the techniques of cooking outside with cast iron cookware, a longtime state park t...

May 05
- THRU - May 07

Ozark Birders' Springtime Retreat

May 05
- May 07
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
See springtime birds in action! Activities for beginner to advanced birders are available, including guest favorites such as eagle hikes, beginning birding clinic, and ea...

May 06

Youth Fishing Workshop

May 06
Lake Frierson State Park, Jonesboro
Day Use Parking Lot

Bring a sack lunch and spend the day hands-on learning about the different kind of fish in Lake Frierson and how to catch them! Before lunch we learn and practice skil...


May 06

Pickin' in the Park

May 06
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Frisco Depot Museum
Bring your chair, and come play or just listen to a little gospel, old-time country, and bluegrass music at the Depot. Professionals and amateurs are invited to bring ins...

May 06

Kids' Fishing Derby

May 06
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Snack Bar

Calling all kids ages 2 to 15, try your luck in Lake Bennett at our annual fishing derby! A drawing at the end of the derby will be held for some excellent prizes. Tro...


May 06

Safety Expo

May 06
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead
Lake Catherine State Park will team with sponsors and representatives from Hot Spring and Garland Counties to host a safety exposition. The event offers a relaxed setting...

May 07

Sunset Lake Cruise

May 07
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

Experience the vibrant colors of the setting sun while cruising over the calm waters of Lake Maumelle near the base of Pinnacle Mountain. A park interpreter will serve...


May 13

Arkansas Heritage Day

May 13
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
May is Arkansas Heritage Month, and you are invited to discover the state’s rich heritage in Arkansas’s first state Park. From Native American Indian life to ...

May 13

Mother's Day Lake Cruises

May 13
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

Treat Mom to a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Lake Maumelle near the base of Pinnacle Mountain. Advance payment and registration required.

...

May 13

Hummingbird Special

May 13
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
The Lodge at Mount Magazine
Each year, the return of hummingbirds is eagerly awaited at Mount Magazine State Park. Marvel at these acrobatic pollinators during this family-friendly, nature-themed ce...

May 13

Kayak and Dinner Cruise

May 13
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Lake Dunn Boat Dock
Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour of Lake Dunn. We will have dinner on the shore of the lake and finish the night with star gazing. Space is limited, so make your reservation b...

May 13

Herb and Plant Sale

May 13
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Drop by to see the herb garden, and pick up a few herbs and other plants for your garden or containers. Members of the 21st Century Club will be out early with plants tha...

May 13

Tourism Day

May 13
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Join us at the Welcome Center to celebrate National Tourism Week. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and includes free balloons, door prizes, refreshments, and more! The event las...

May 13

Moonlight Kayaking Tour on Bull Shoals Lake

May 13
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Join a park interpreter for a relaxing moonlight kayak tour of the shores of beautiful Bull Shoals Lake. We will paddle the shores and coves near Browns Beach, looking at...

May 13
- THRU - May 14

Mother's Day Adventure Tour

May 13
- May 14
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters for a weekend overnight adventure on the pristine Cossatot River. These adventures may include: kayaking, backpacking, fishing, hiking, camping, Du...

May 14

Mother's Day Lake Cruise

May 14
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

Treat Mom to a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Lake Maumelle near the base of Pinnacle Mountain. Advance payment and registration required.

...

May 20

Pioneer Day

May 20
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Beside the Wonder House Under the Big Tent
Ever wonder how people used to cook, or what games and toys children played in early Arkansas? How about what tools were used for everyday living and how they are similar...

May 20

Spring Kayak Float

May 20
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch

Experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5 – 5 mile sit-on-top kayak float. No prior paddling experience is required, but you should be comfortable aroun...


May 20

Armed Forces Honor Day

May 20
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Join Historic Washington State Park as we honor those who serve and have served in our military. Members of the military,

May 20

Hope/Hempstead County Bluegrass Festival

May 20
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Historic Washington State Park serves as host for the Spring Hope/Hempstead County Bluegrass Festival. Sit back and enjoy a day of free performances on the courthouse law...

May 20

Pioneer Day

May 20
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Wonder House
Ever wonder how people used to cook, or what games and toys children played in early Arkansas? How about what tools were used for everyday living and how they are similar...

May 20

Spring Music in the Park

May 20
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Carnival Tent in the Campground Area
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy this relaxing, spring evening of live music! Please contact the park for more detail as the event draws near.     ...

May 20

National Kids to Parks Day

May 20
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

Come join us for National Kids to Parks Day at Lake Fort Smith State Park! Fun interactive programs and activities are scheduled throughout this day and are dedicated ...


May 20
- THRU - May 21

Kayak Tours

May 20
- May 21
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Sign up now for a guided kayak tour on the National Wild and Scenic Cossatot River.  Beginners and hobbyists alike can enjoy viewing portions of this river that can ...

May 21

Spring Canoe Float

May 21
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch

Experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5 – 5 mile float. No prior paddling experience is required, but you should be comfortable around water. Wear clo...


May 21

Spring Fling Lake Tour

May 21
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Experience the beginning of a new season along the Frog Bayou here at Lake Fort Smith. Bring a jacket as this might be a chilly experience. Reservations are suggested and...

May 26
- THRU - May 27

Kayak Tours

May 26
- May 27
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Sign up now for a guided kayak tour on the National Wild and Scenic Cossatot River. Beginners and hobbyists alike can enjoy viewing portions of this river that can only b...

May 27

Silent City Speaks

May 27
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Go inside the gates of the historic cemeteries at Historic Washington State Park to “meet” the residents at their final resting place. Tours through the cemet...

May 27

Junior Fishing Derby

May 27
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

May 27

Lake Charles 50th Anniversary Celebration

May 27
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Celebrate Lake Charles State Park's 50th anniversary with us! There will be food, entertainment, and special programs. Learn about the park over the years, how it has cha...

May 27
- THRU - May 29

Memorial Weekend

May 27
- May 29
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Let's remember and honor those who gave their lives protecting the freedom of our country. Bring the entire family to Queen Wilhelmina State Park for a weekend of interpr...

Jun 01

Law & Order on the Arkansas Border: Natural State Chautauqua

Jun 01
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Oil Field Park
Listen to lawman, Bill Tilghman tell how he worked with Judge Isaac Parker to bring in the “bad” guys and girls on the Arkansas border. Chautauqua is a first ...

Jun 02

Law & Order on the Arkansas Border: Natural State Chautauqua

Jun 02
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Oil Field Park

Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr, better known as Belle Starr, was a notorious American outlaw, who was associated with the James-Younger gang and other outlaws. Hear her t...


Jun 02
- THRU - Jun 04

Kayak Tours

Jun 02
- Jun 04
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Sign up now for a guided kayak tour on the National Wild and Scenic Cossatot River.  Beginners and hobbyists alike can enjoy viewing portions of this river that can ...

Jun 03

Law & Order on the Arkansas Border: Natural State Chautauqua

Jun 03
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Oil Field Park
Visit with American hero, Bass Reeves to hear a fascinating story about the taming of the American West! Born to slave parents in 1838 in Crawford County Arkansas, Reeves...

Jun 03

Annual Children's Fishing Derby

Jun 03
Logoly State Park, McNeil
Visitor Center
Logoly State Park is proud to announce the Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. The derby is open to children ages 5 to 15. Small children will be allowed to have an adult c...

Jun 03

Kid's Fishing Derby

Jun 03
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Environmental Education Pond

Hey kids, bring your parents down to the pond for a free fishing contest! There will be a casting contest, free snacks, and lots of prizes. Prizes will be given away t...


Jun 03

Hiking Stick Workshop

Jun 03
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Kick off the summer season with an outdoor hiking adventure in Arkansas State Parks! What better way to embark on your next hiking adventure after creating your own hikin...

Jun 03

Battle of Ditch Bayou Commemoration

Jun 03
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Visitor Center
Join us as we commemorate the battle that took place between Union and Confederate soldiers just south of Lake Chicot. As the last major Civil War battle in the state, wh...

Jun 03

National Trails Day

Jun 03
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Stop by the welcome center and sign up as a registered walker and walk at least one lap (6/10 mile). The walker with the most laps wins a prize! Registration begins at 8 ...

Jun 03

Peak to Peak

Jun 03
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Join us for our annual Peak to Peak Poker Run. Contact the park for a more detailed schedule for the poker run route....

Jun 03

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Jun 03
153 Dam Overlook Lane, Bull Shoals
Pavilion #1
This workshop explores the rich history of the cast iron Dutch oven and gives participants the opportunity to prepare recipes using this time-honored cooking method. Even...

Jun 03

National Trails Day

Jun 03
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

Come celebrate and experience the fantastic hiking and biking trails of Lake Fort Smith! This day will be full of guided hikes and hiking programs which are great for ...


Jun 03

Ornamental Gardening

Jun 03
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Ornamentals aren’t just flowers anymore. Join our park gardener for a discussion and hands-on workshop with plants that may be grown for the aesthetic value of thei...

Jun 06

Tuesdays at 2!

Jun 06
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Parkin Archeological State Park is a great place to explore the past. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational program! Meet at the visitor center....

Jun 08

32nd Annual Fun Day

Jun 08
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow

Bring your family and friends for a day of games and contests! Sack races, pedal boat races, watermelon seed spitting, and a water balloon toss are a few of the fun ev...


Jun 09
- THRU - Jun 10

Kayak Tours

Jun 09
- Jun 10
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Sign up now for a guided kayak tour on the National Wild and Scenic Cossatot River.  Beginners and hobbyists alike can enjoy viewing portions of this river that can ...

Jun 10

National Get Outdoors Day

Jun 10
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Go outside and explore Queen Wilhelmina State Park! Not sure what to do? Take a hike, and join Park Interpreter Melissa for some fun outdoor interpretive programs and ac...

Jun 10

Annual Kid's Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Our Annual Kid's Fishing Derby is a free event for kids 15 and under. Gifts, prizes, and family fun await. Prize entry must be turned in by 10 a.m. Try to catch...

Jun 10

1st Annual Reel-em-in Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
What better way to get a kid hooked on fishing than to fish in a friendly derby? Come on out and join the fun as we fish for catfish, bass, and sunfish in Lake Fort Smith...

Jun 10

Sunset Kayak Tour

Jun 10
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Join a park interpreter for this guided paddling tour on the lake. Enjoy the Delta sky being painted with sunset before your very eyes while you watch egrets, h...

Jun 10

Mountain Fishin' Derby

Jun 10
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
The Boathouse
Hook, line and sinker! See if you can catch a fish at Petit Jean State Park. This derby is open to children ages 15 and under. Parents may help, but the kids must do the ...

Jun 10

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Jun 10
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join us as we celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day, where we encourage everyone to bring a kid out to the park for a great experience exploring some of the trails her...

Jun 10

Morning Lake Cruise

Jun 10
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

Morning is the perfect time to cruise during summertime. Join a park interpreter for a relaxing cruise in the park’s pontoon boat to tour Lake Maumelle and view ...


Jun 10

Morning Lake Cruise

Jun 10
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

Morning is the perfect time to cruise during summertime. Join a park interpreter for a relaxing cruise in the park’s pontoon boat to tour Lake Maumelle and view ...


Jun 10

Storm Creek Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Storm Creek Day Use Area
Anglers ages 6-12 are invited to bring a cane fishing pole and participate in the Storm Creek Lake Fishing Derby. Tadpoles age 3-5 are also welcome. Registration starts...

Jun 10

Storm Creek Youth Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Storm Creek Day Use Area
Anglers ages 6-12 are invited to bring a cane fishing pole and participate in the Storm Creek Lake Fishing Derby. Tadpoles age 3-5 are also welcome. Registration starts...

Jun 10

Bread and Butter Workshop

Jun 10
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Sanders Kitchen
There is more than one way to experience history. Come and have bread and butter with us. Sample some historic bread and make your own butter. We will cook Sally Lunn bre...

Jun 11

Sunset Canoe Float

Jun 11
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Launch

Explore the Big Maumelle River as nighttime unfolds. Possible sights and sounds for the night include bats, coyotes, deer, owls, and beavers. No prior paddling experie...


Jun 12
- THRU - Jun 14

Art in the Park Day Camp

Jun 12
- Jun 14
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room

Sign your child up for a creative experience in the park. Kids ages 7-10 will have the chance to explore different craft and art type...


Jun 12
- THRU - Jun 15

Nature Explorers Day Camp (Ages 7 - 10)

Jun 12
- Jun 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center

This “nature detective” camp is designed for kids ages 7 – 10. There will be four whole days of hikes, visiting with live animals, nature programs, a...


Jun 16
- THRU - Jun 18

Trout Days

Jun 16
- Jun 18
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Trout Days
The White River is one of the nation’s finest trout streams. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there is something here for you! Activities include trout...

Jun 17

Perch Jerk Classic

Jun 17
Moro Bay State Park, Jersey
Visitor Center
This two person team tournament is always held the day before Father's Day. One team member must be at least 18 years of age. There is friendly competition but it is...

Jun 17

Junior Fishing Derby

Jun 17
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Golf Course Pond #7
Kids, grab your lucky fishing rod and get ready to reel in a “lunker.” This youth fishing derby takes place on Golf Course Pond #7, which will be stocked with...

Jun 17

Fly Fishing Basics

Jun 17
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Playground
Learn the basics of fly fishing from a professional river guide! The class covers everything you need to get out and start your fishing adventures. Space is limited and r...

Jun 17

7th Annual Prospectors' Gemboree and Famous Crater Diamonds Exhibition

Jun 17
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro
Visitor Center
Enjoy games and activities for all ages during our annual celebration of diamond miners in Arkansas! Pick up a complete schedule at the visitor center during the event.

Jun 17
- THRU - Jun 18

Father's Day Adventure Tour

Jun 17
- Jun 18
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters for a weekend overnight adventure on the pristine Cossatot River. These adventures may include: kayaking, backpacking, fishing, hiking, camping, Du...

Jun 17
- THRU - Jun 18

Overnight Kayaking Adventure

Jun 17
- Jun 18
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
James A. Gaston Visitor Center
Join us for an overnight kayaking adventure on Bull Shoals Lake. The trip includes meals and evening programs, as well as information on the natural history, and wildlife...

Jun 18

Father's Day Fishing Tournament

Jun 18
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Trout Dock
This just-for-fun trout fishing tournament is designed for children and their fathers, grandfathers, or guardians. Door prizes will be given as well as certificates for a...

Jun 18

Father's Day Sunset Lake Cruise

Jun 18
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

What better way to honor your father than to experience the vibrant colors of the setting sun while cruising over the calm waters of Lake Maumelle? Join a park interpr...


Jun 20

Kerry Grombacher Concert

Jun 20
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Amphitheater
Performing songwriter Kerry Grombacher will appear in a free concert at the amphitheater at Lake Catherine State Park on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017. In the spirit of trouba...

Jun 24

Kayaking Workshop

Jun 24
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Learn the basics of kayaking; safety, gear, the different kayaking strokes, and how to make a wet exit (optional) and rescue. There will be two hours of dry land and thre...

Jul 01

4th of July Weekend in the Park

Jul 01
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Join us for our annual 4th of July activities in the park, where we’ll have refreshing watermelon and homemade ice cream on this hot summer day. Many oth...

Jul 01

Owl Prowl

Jul 01
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Arboretum Trail
Peek into the darkness and discover a world filled with owls. Join a park interpreter on a guided hike along the Arkansas Arboretum Trail in search of the elusive noctur...

Jul 01

The Reading and Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Jul 01
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Hear the Declaration of Independence read as was commonly done in the 19th century at the 1874 Courthouse Visitor Center. Afterwards, sign your own “John Hancock&rd...

Jul 02

Star Gazing Cruise

Jul 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View the stars while we cruise aboard our tour boat on Lake Maumelle near Pinnacle Mountain. A park interpreter will serve as your guide to help you discover stars, cons...

Jul 02

CCC Reunion Day

Jul 02
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Put on your best 1930s style clothing and join Devil’s Den State Park staff as we honor the legacy, tradition, and hard work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC...

Jul 04

July 4th Fun and Games Day

Jul 04
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Join the park staff for an “old fashioned” celebration of our nation’s birthday! Fun, family-oriented games, contests, and other activities are offered....

Jul 04

Fun on the Fourth

Jul 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Picnic Area
Celebrate and cool off this 4th of July at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Join park interpreters for a day full of old-fashioned games for the whole family. There will b...

Jul 04

Fireworks Boat Tour

Jul 04
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
Join us as we cruise to the end of Lake Fort Smith and watch the Mountainburg fireworks display from aboard our tour boat. Reservations are suggested and can be made by c...

Jul 04

4th of July Island Festival

Jul 04
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge Island
Bring the whole family to the park and make great memories this 4th of July. Park interpreters will have a host of games and activities to help you enjoy your time at DeG...

Jul 04

Craft Day for Kids

Jul 04
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Catch a glimpse of what life was like throughout history in Parkin by creating fun crafts. Whether they make an arrowhead necklace to learn about the Mississippian Indian...

Jul 04

Independence Day Celebration

Jul 04
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Enjoy all-American fun for the entire family! Activities are scheduled at the James A. Gaston Visitor Center. Fireworks at dark with shuttles available from park pavilion...

Jul 04

July 4th Game Day

Jul 04
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Day Use/Picnic Area
Join the park interpreters for a few hours of family-friendly outdoor games! Come ready to eat some watermelon and be ready for a water balloon battle! Even more games an...

Jul 04

42nd Annual Devil's Den Games

Jul 04
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Ball field in Camp Area E
Enjoy a fun filled family day of horseshoes, parades, and much more, all topped off with homemade ice cream! It will be a July 4th celebration your family won’t soo...

Jul 08

Third Annual Homegoods Day

Jul 08
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Main Museum

The Plantation Agriculture Museum will host the Third Annual Homegoods Day on Saturday, July 8th from 10-2 pm. Join the festivities while enjoying fresh hom...


Jul 08

Evening Canoe Float

Jul 08
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Ramp
Explore the Big Maumelle River with a park interpreter on this guided canoe float. Meet at the Big Maumelle Pavilion to experience the serenity of twilight as it slowly ...

Jul 08

Arkansas River Clean-up

Jul 08
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Lake Dardanelle State Park is providing an opportunity on National River Cleanup Day for people to come together to make a big impact. Volunteers are needed for our Annua...

Jul 08

Picnic in the Park

Jul 08
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Mammoth Spring State Park
Mammoth Spring State Park is a place to have fun and be healthy. Bring your own picnic and spend some time hiking, kayaking, pedal boating, geocaching, or pick another fa...

Jul 08

Picnic In The Park

Jul 08
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Sandbar Picnic Area

It’s summertime and the great outdoors beckons. That’s why it makes sense to take every opportunity to relax and entertain outside. Join park interpreters ...


Jul 08

Picnic in the Park

Jul 08
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join the Devil’s Den State Park Interpreters for guided hikes this weekend to enjoy the spectacular landscape while getting in your exercise for the day! Or you cou...

Jul 12
- THRU - Jul 14

Nature’s Navigators Day Camp

Jul 12
- Jul 14
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
At Lake Dardanelle State Park, things are always in motion. Jump into action with us as we discover how people, plants, and animals navigate nature. This camp is open to ...

Jul 15

19th Annual Butterfly Count

Jul 15
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Wonder House
Right about peak butterfly season, Queen Wilhelmina State Park holds a butterfly count. If you would like to participate in the annual butterfly count, here is your chanc...

Jul 15

Birds of Prey

Jul 15
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
Learn some of the predatory birds that call our area home. Get a chance to feel their sharp talons or maybe hear one calling to us! Meet the park interpreter at the pavil...

Jul 15

Summer Star Party

Jul 15
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Swim Beach
Arkansas State Parks can be great places to stargaze because they are often far from urban light pollution. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have...

Jul 16

Sunset Lake Cruise

Jul 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Experience the vibrant colors of the setting sun while cruising over the calm waters of Lake Maumelle near the base of Pinnacle Mountain. A park interpreter will serve a...

Jul 22

Junior Fishing Derby

Jul 22
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Jul 22
- THRU - Jul 23

Inspect an Insect Weekend

Jul 22
- Jul 23
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Ninety-five percent of all living creatures are insects! Spend the weekend learning about the different types of insects in the park and have a chance to eat one! Contact...

Jul 23
- THRU - Jul 26

SWAT Overnight Camp

Jul 23
- Jul 26
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters as we discover Southwest Arkansas’s State Parks. We will be hiking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, campfire cooking, and more. Spend three nigh...

Jul 29

Star Gazing Cruise

Jul 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View the stars while we cruise aboard our tour boat on Lake Maumelle near Pinnacle Mountain. A park interpreter will serve as your guide to discover stars, constellations...

Aug 05

Candle Making Workshop

Aug 05
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Old Visitor Center
Candles were a vital part of frontier life and pioneers had to make their own with the materials they had on hand. Join the park interpreter to learn the history of candl...

Aug 05
- THRU - Aug 06

Hooray for Herps Weekend

Aug 05
- Aug 06
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Spend this weekend at Pinnacle Mountain State Park to discover this group of very misunderstood animals. Park interpreters will host hikes, crafts, games, and talks abou...

Aug 07
- THRU - Aug 12

124th Old Soldiers Reunion

Aug 07
- Aug 12
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field
A week of fun starting nightly at 5 p.m. with carnival rides, games, prizes, food, bingo, and more each evening. Free access and parking. Sponsored by VFW Post ...

Aug 11

Meteor Shower Mania Cruise

Aug 11
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View shooting stars from the middle of Lake Maumelle! Join a park interpreter on this guided cruise to learn about stars and constellations then watch a slice of the ann...

Aug 12

Meteor Shower Mania Cruise

Aug 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View shooting stars from the middle of Lake Maumelle! Join a park interpreter on this guided cruise to learn about stars and constellations then watch a slice of the ann...

Aug 12

American Indian Paints and Dyes Workshop

Aug 12
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Colors have always been of human interest and even though the Prehistoric Arkansans didn’t have as many textiles as we do today, color was still important. Most col...

Aug 12

Photography Contest Judging

Aug 12
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area’s theme is “A River for All Seasons.” Celebrate the beauty of the Cossatot River by entering your photos taken...


Aug 12

Black River Ramble

Aug 12
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Black River Boat Launch

Join park staff and explore the importance of rivers with a float on the Black River from Davidsonville to Powhatan. We will stop along the way for lunch and a tour of...


Aug 12

Kayaking Workshop

Aug 12
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
James A. Gaston Visitor Center
Learn the basics of kayaking; learn about safety, the gear, the different kayaking strokes and how to make a wet exit (optional) and rescue. There will be two hours of dr...

Aug 19

Cultural Celebration

Aug 19
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
History shapes the culture of an area and that is true of the River Valley as well. We will have programming and activities all day to share the history of the area. We w...

Aug 19

Junior Fishing Derby

Aug 19
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Aug 19
- THRU - Aug 20

Geocaching Weekend

Aug 19
- Aug 20
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Immerse you and your family into the world of geocaching. Learn about Arkansas State Park’s geocache tour and geocaches found right here at Pinnacle Mountain State ...

Aug 27

Summertime Lake Cruise

Aug 27
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Take a break from your busy schedule and join us for a relaxing trip on Lake Maumelle. A park interpreter will guide your cruise on the park’s pontoon boat to view ...

Aug 27

Summertime Lake Cruise

Aug 27
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Take a break from your busy schedule and join us for a relaxing trip on Lake Maumelle. A park interpreter will guide your cruise on the park’s pontoon boat to view ...

Aug 29
- THRU - Sep 04

Uncover the Legacy: Legacy Week 2017

Aug 29
- Sep 04
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center
The town site of Davidsonville has been preserved as a state park since 1957 when land was generously donated to the state by the Davis family. As part of the Arkansas St...

Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA

In 1923, Petit Jean became the first state park in Arkansas thanks to the efforts of Dr. T.W. Hardison. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) laid the foundat...


Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
For over 27 years the Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park has continued to carry on the legacy of preserving the rich heritage of plantation life and cotton agricult...

Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

The Arkansas State Parks system finds its roots all the way back to 1923. Come join us as we celebrate the lasting legacy of our State Parks as well as the rich h...


Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 04

6th Annual Legacy - Think Like a Mountain Weekend

Aug 31
- Sep 04
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA

School may be back in session, but there is still time for fun, family activities as you join park staff and special speakers to get to know the park better. Discover ...


Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 04

White River Days

Aug 31
- Sep 04
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Celebrate the history of the White River! This weekend’s events focus on the ecology and history of this beautiful area. Enjoy a multimedia presentation of the hist...

Sep 02

Big Maumelle Canoe Float

Sep 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Ramp
Paddle your way through Pinnacle’s majestic lowland river while viewing large cypress trees and a variety of wildlife. Advance payment and registration required....

Sep 02

34th Antique & Classic Car Show

Sep 02
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field
Antique and classic cars will be on display and judged by year class. Gates open at 9 a.m. and judging begins at 11 a.m. Dash plaques for the first 50 registrants. Classe...

Sep 02

7th Annual Watermelon Weigh-Off

Sep 02
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Old Washington Farmers Market
Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park and other county residents to see who has the largest watermelon in the region. The event is a sanctioned event of the Gr...

Sep 02
- THRU - Sep 04

66th Annual Clothesline Fair

Sep 02
- Sep 04
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds
At this Ozark arts & crafts exhibition, which started in 1951, explore more than 100 craft booths with vendors demonstrating and selling their wares. Living history, ...

Sep 04

Labor Day Kayak Float

Sep 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Ramp
Paddle your way through Pinnacle’s majestic lowland river while viewing large cypress trees and a variety of wildlife. Advance payment and registration required....

Sep 08

Kayak and Dinner Cruise

Sep 08
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Lake Dunn Boat Dock
Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour of Lake Dunn. We will have dinner on the shore of the lake and finish the night with star gazing. Space is limited, so reservations are requir...

Sep 09

Lee Creek Clean-up

Sep 09
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join area groups and individuals as we clean up Lee Creek. Cleaner water means a cleaner park for everyone to enjoy. Come and help!...

Sep 15
- THRU - Sep 16

29th Annual Mountain Bike Race

Sep 15
- Sep 16
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
What’s a mountain bike race without the trails at Devil’s Den State Park? Come and ride in the race or just enjoy watching all the levels of riders compete....

Sep 16

Arrowhead Wire Wrapping Workshop

Sep 16
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Have you ever wanted to make an arrowhead into a necklace? Now is your chance. Learn how to make silver wire wrapped arrowhead necklaces. For a more rugged look, we will ...

Sep 16

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Celebrate the beauty of the Natural State by joining volunteers all over Arkansas, in cleaning up our green spaces. Place your mark at Pinnacle Mountain State Park by hel...

Sep 16

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Sep 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Learn traditional uses for some common Arkansas plants during this workshop conducted by Mike Thennes which will include both indoor and outdoor sessions. Advance paymen...

Sep 16

Kayaking 101

Sep 16
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Marina
Spend some time on the lake learning the basic paddling and kayaking maneuvers and then move to the Spring River after lunch. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets provided.&...

Sep 21
- THRU - Sep 23

20th Annual Fall Automobile Swap Meet

Sep 21
- Sep 23
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain
This annual swap meet is hosted by the Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain. Classic and vintage automobiles from all over the region are on display. There is als...

Sep 23

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 23
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
The Great Arkansas Cleanup is a state-wide community improvement effort aimed at removing trash and debris from our parks, roadsides, and waterways. Help keep Lake Fort S...

Sep 23

Junior Fishing Derby

Sep 23
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Oct 07

Gardening Basics for the Fall

Oct 07
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Just because winter is almost here, doesn’t mean you must put your gardening tools away. Some of your favorite plants come from a healthy fall/winter garden. Join o...

Oct 07

Cossatot River Fall Clean-Up

Oct 07
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Please join the staff at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area and members of the Arkansas Canoe Club for a Great Arkansas Cleanup event. A clean, beautiful park is some...

Oct 07

Hankie Sachet Workshop

Oct 07
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Heritage Resource Center
Sachets have been used for thousands of years for a variety of reasons, including insect repellent and to induce sleep. Join us in making a modern version filled with aro...

Oct 08

Fall Canoe Float

Oct 08
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Enjoy the crisp cool air of fall on this canoeing journey through Pinnacle Mountain’s lowlands. If we are lucky, we will see the start of fall’s colors on th...

Oct 09

Columbus Day Lake Tour

Oct 09
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Are you looking for a relaxing and entertaining way to spend your Columbus Day vacation? How about a trip to Pinnacle Mountain State Park for a relaxing afternoon boat r...

Oct 10
- THRU - Oct 12

Senior American Special

Oct 10
- Oct 12
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Experience the scenic beauty of Petit Jean State Park while enjoying the hospitality of the friendly park staff! Join us for free guided walks, talks, demonstrations, and...

Oct 13

Camper's Reunion Chili Cook-off

Oct 13
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Pavilion
This fall join us for a cooking competition at Daisy State Park. Whether you are a master chef or you just enjoy eating delicious food, this is an event you won’t w...

Oct 14

Ghost of Davidsonville Fall Festival

Oct 14
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Davidsonville Historic State Park
There's a chill in the air, color in the trees, pumpkins abound and what's that? Do you hear the whispering of ghosts down at Davidsonville State Park? Gather u...

Oct 14

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Oct 14
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Pavilion #1
This workshop explores the rich history of the cast iron Dutch oven and gives participants the opportunity to prepare recipes using this time-honored cooking method. Work...

Oct 14

5th Annual Fall Fest

Oct 14
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Visitor Center
Help us celebrate the coming of fall! Design a costume and join in the “walk around” trick or treating and lots more during this weekend of family fun....

Oct 15

Fall Canoe Float

Oct 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Enjoy the crisp cool air of fall on this canoeing journey through Pinnacle Mountain’s lowlands. If we are lucky, we will see the start of fall’s colors on th...

Oct 15

Tombstones That Tell Tales

Oct 15
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Rogers
Visitor Center

Tombstones don't just mark a burial site. According to graveyard researcher, Abby Burnett, "Epitaphs can be funny. Epitaphs can be serious. Epitaphs can be revealing. ...


Oct 17

Geocaching 101

Oct 17
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Frisco Depot Museum
Have you ever wondered how to get started with geocaching? Well, here's your chance to learn the basics of this fun and engaging hobby! Space is limited and reservations ...

Oct 21

Prehistoric Duck Decoy Workshop

Oct 21
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Waterfowl were an important protein source for the ancient people of this area. Duck decoys made of cattail leaves have been found at various archeological sites. Come to...

Oct 21

Halloween in the Park

Oct 21
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead Fire Ring
Join the friends and staff of Lake Catherine State Park as we host a community fall festival. Featuring trick-or-treating in the campground, hay rides, a hot dog and mars...

Oct 27

Haunted Waters Lake Tour

Oct 27
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
The calm waters of Lake Fort Smith take on an ominous feel as we cruise the water at nightfall and tell authentic Ozarks ghost stories and folklore. Costumes are welcome....

Oct 28

Halloween Fun at Petit Jean

Oct 28
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Rec Hall Unless Otherwise Noted
Celebrate the “spooky season” on Petit Jean Mountain! Family-friendly, nature-focused activities are provided. Costumes are welcome. Contact the park for a sc...

Oct 28

Haunted Waters Lake Tour

Oct 28
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
The calm waters of Lake Fort Smith take on an ominous feel as we cruise the water at nightfall and tell authentic Ozarks ghost stories and folklore. Costumes are welcome....

Oct 28

Halloween in the Park

Oct 28
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Park Wide
Come join us for our 10th annual Halloween in the Park! Festivities include trick or treating throughout the campground for children 12 and under and a haunted...

Oct 28

Autumn Celebration

Oct 28
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Campground Pavilion
The Ozarks are beautiful this time of year with gorgeous weather, colorful scenery, and superb trout fishing. Join a park interpreter for nature programs, lake and river ...

Oct 28

Halloween Hayride

Oct 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
Experience a different kind of Halloween as we enjoy a fun filled evening hayride complete with a roaring campfire and treats! Perhaps we’ll roast some ghost (mars...

Oct 28

The peRSeverance Run 5K

Oct 28
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Pavilion
Join us for a major fund raising event designed to raise awareness about water safety and drowning prevention. This event is sponsored by Ryan’s Call Foundation an...

Oct 28

Devil's Den Haunted Trail Walk

Oct 28
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Relive a haunted Devil’s Den story as you make your way down the trail. There is a small fee for this haunted trail walk. Register at the visitor center. Light refr...

Oct 29

Halloween Hayride

Oct 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
Experience a different kind of Halloween as we enjoy a fun filled evening hayride complete with a roaring campfire and treats! Perhaps we’ll roast some ghost (mars...

Oct 31

Halloween Hayride

Oct 31
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
Experience a different kind of Halloween as we enjoy a fun filled evening hayride complete with a roaring campfire and treats! Perhaps we’ll roast some ghost (mars...

Nov 04

Fall Foliage Lake Cruise

Nov 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Experience the beauty of a tree rainbow along the shores of nearby Lake Maumelle. Join a park interpreter for a guided tour of these amazing colors. Don’t forget yo...

Nov 04

Cast Iron Round Mini Servers Workshop

Nov 04
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join park interpreters for a fun day of cooking with cast iron. Learn the history and techniques and receive a cast iron round mini server. We will make entrees, and dess...

Nov 04

Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 04
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Have you ever wondered how to use a cast iron Dutch oven? Join us for a Dutch oven demonstration to learn how to care for, and cook in a Dutch oven. Registration is requi...

Nov 04

Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 04
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Picnic Hill Pavilion
Outdoor cooking in cast iron Dutch ovens is a longstanding tradition in Arkansas State Parks. Join us for a workshop to gain hands-on experience preparing food using this...

Nov 11

Dutch Oven Workshop: Veterans Day Celebration

Nov 11
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center Fire Place

Pioneers relied heavily on Dutch ovens when they were traveling west to settle the frontier. Learn how to use and care for Dutch ovens as...


Nov 11
- THRU - Nov 12

Survival Skills Weekend

Nov 11
- Nov 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Start or add to your knowledge of surviving in the great outdoors. This weekend will be filled with survivor skills workshops such as map and compass, fire starting, she...

Nov 15

America Recycles Day

Nov 15
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Come and get trashy! Join park staff for some fun activities about trash and what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint!...

Nov 18

Casqui Foods

Nov 18
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While the ancient inhabitants of Parkin didn’t have pizza and cheeseburgers to enjoy, they had a varied and healthy diet. Bring your family and friends to experienc...

Nov 18

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Nov 18
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Ever noticed that all food tastes better around a fire? Here is your chance to learn to cook tasty meals in the great outdoors and discover the secrets of successful cas...

Nov 18

Fall Star Party

Nov 18
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Swim Beach
Arkansas State Parks can be great places to stargaze because they are often far from urban light pollution. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have...

Nov 24

Green Friday Programming

Nov 24
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center

Go green before Black Friday by participating in our family friendly, nature-oriented programming at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area. Enjoy participating in a c...


Nov 24

Green Friday Shopping Event

Nov 24
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center

Turn Black Friday green and join us at Davidsonville Historic State Park for an opportunity you can’t pass up. Why go to the big box stores when you can take a h...


Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

Crowded stores, short tempers, and congested traffic…sounds lovely, right? Avoid the headaches of Black Friday and instead create enjoyable memories by spending...


Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park

Avoid the crowds, enjoy the Thanksgiving Holidays, and visit Lake Catherine State Park instead of a shopping mall! We've got a beautiful waterfall, over five miles of ...


Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Instead of going shopping among huge crowds on Black Friday visit us at the museum for an alternative way to spend the day. We will have a make-and-take craft project tha...

Nov 24

Green Friday Initiative

Nov 24
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
TBA

Does black Friday make you feel blue? If so, it’s time to go green at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park! The Green Friday initiative invites you to skip the c...


Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA

Go green NOT black! Forget the crowded malls and stores as you join park staff to ease into the holiday season by enjoying the great outdoors!

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Nov 24
- THRU - Nov 26

20th Annual Mountain Rendezvous

Nov 24
- Nov 26
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Historic CCC Field
Experience a primitive camp, as well as some of the survival skills used by Arkansas pioneers. Watch a variety of demonstrations including muzzleloading rifles, tomahawk ...

Nov 25

Turkey Trot Fun 5K

Nov 25
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Come join us for our Turkey Trot 5K. This is a fun run; no time limit or first place medals. Meet at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m.; run begins at 9 a.m. In order to gua...

Dec 02

Christmas Open House 2017

Dec 02
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Mather Lodge Lobby
See historic Mather Lodge dressed in its Christmas finery. Enjoy family arts and crafts activities and seasonal entertainment. Contact the park for a schedule. ...

Dec 02

Historic Handmade Holidays

Dec 02
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While most people think of American Indians when they think of Parkin, there was an important historical community of people who worked at the Northern Ohio Sawmill. Thei...

Dec 02

31st Annual Christmas and Candlelight

Dec 02
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
You and your family will be in awe of the natural beauty that candlelit streets provide as you stroll through our historic village. Decorations, music, and more set the m...

Dec 02

Christmas Open House

Dec 02
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

It’s Christmastime at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park—antebellum Ozark Christmastime, t...


Dec 03

Christmas Open House

Dec 03
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

It’s Christmastime at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park—antebellum Ozark Christmastime, t...


Dec 09

Mississippian Basket Weaving

Dec 09
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Archeologists have been lucky enough to find examples of basketry from the Mississippian time period and have learned to create replica baskets. Spend the day with a park...

Dec 16

"Hands-On" Candle Making Workshop

Dec 16
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Candle Shop
Join us at  Historic Washington State Park’s Candle Shop and be part of a hands-on experience making candles and learning the history of candle making. No...

Dec 16

Holiday Crafts Open House

Dec 16
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Start some new holiday traditions to kick-off this Christmas season. Plantation Agriculture Museum will open the grounds and building to the public for our 7th annual ope...

Dec 23

Holiday Open House

Dec 23
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Visitor Center
Join the staff of Devil’s Den State Park for light refreshments and help us decorate our park Christmas Tree by making ornaments in the style of the Civilian Conser...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

Did your New Year's resolutions include a commitment to lead a more active lifestyle this year? Start the year right by joining us for a trek on the Ozark Highlands Tr...