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Sep 27
- THRU - Oct 29

Farmers Market

Sep 27
- Oct 29
104 East Central, Bentonville
Downtown Square
Saturdays 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Now in its 39th year, the Bentonville Farmers Market is a producer-only market offering a wide variety of high quality local foods, produ...

Sep 27
- THRU - Sep 30

Take a Child Outside Week

Sep 27
- Sep 30
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Unplug from technology and reconnect with nature with a trip to Lake Ouachita State Park. Take your daughter kayaking or rent a boat for a father-son fishing trip. Take t...

Oct 01

Old-Fashioned Fall Fair

Oct 01
Arkansas Post Museum, Gillett
Museum Grounds
Arkansas Post Museum State Park will be the setting for an autumn celebration called “Old Fashioned Fall Fair”. Activities include face painting, carniva...

Oct 02

Fall Festival

Oct 02
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Rogers
Van Winkle Historic Site and the Visitor Center
Step back in time at the Historic Van Winkle Site for this family fun event. Witness a saw miller, flint knapper, Civil War surgeon, blacksmither, and more!  ...

Oct 06
- THRU - Oct 07

Homeschool Saw Mill Days

Oct 06
- Oct 07
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
In Parkin during the 1920s, the lumbering industry was at its peak. Homeschoolers will learn about the daily lives of children and adults who worked at the mill and lived...

Oct 08

Gardening Basics for the Fall

Oct 08
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 08

Astronomy Day

Oct 08
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Explore the sky and learn more about what you are seeing as we celebrate Astronomy Day! Join us at the visitor center at noon as members of the Arkansas Oklahoma Astronom...

Oct 08

Stargazing

Oct 08
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina Boat-Launch parking lot
Astronomy Day events continue with a star party! Explore the night sky with Arkansas/Oklahoma Astronomical Society (AOAS) members. Join us at the marina boat launch parki...

Oct 08

9th Annual Augsburg Fall Fest

Oct 08
Earl Schrock, 1380 Silex Road, Dover, AR 72837, London
Zion Lutheran Church
German Lutheran community festival featuring German food, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, all-day entertainment, petting zoo, pony rides, games, bingo, antique tractor...

Oct 11
- THRU - Oct 13

Senior American Special

Oct 11
- Oct 13
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 15

Primitive Pottery Workshop

Oct 15
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Celebrate International Archaeology day by learning an ancient skill! A wide variety of pottery types were made here at ancient Casqui from everyday bowls for drinking an...

Oct 15

5th Annual Paws on Pinnacle

Oct 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Picnic Area
Do you love celebrating and sharing time outdoors with your four-legged friend? If so, you cannot miss Pinnacle Mountain State Park's 5th Annual “Paws On Pinnacle&r...

Oct 15

Ghost Walks

Oct 15
Powhatan Historic State Park, Powhatan
Courthouse
Powhatan and Northeast Arkansas have a long, rich history, so it only makes sense that there are probably a few ghosts still wandering around. Century-old buildings, the ...

Oct 22

Campfire Cooking

Oct 22
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
No matter where you live, food is a way to make memorable, fun, camping adventures. Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area is celebrating National Food Day by demonstrati...

Oct 22

Halloween in the Park

Oct 22
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead Fire Ring
Featuring trick-or-treating in the campground, hay rides, and a marshmallow roast, Lake Catherine State Park will host a community fall festival....

Oct 22

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Workshop

Oct 22
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Outdoor cooking was part of daily life for early Arkansans. Discover the art of cooking in cast iron over a coal fire and enjoy a delicious prepared meal at the end of th...

Oct 22

Fall Fest

Oct 22
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Museum
Join us for an old time fall carnival with games, crafts, and storytelling. All activities will be inside the museum so even if it's raining we'll still be having lots of...

Oct 22

Fall Festival

Oct 22
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Campground Pavilion
The Ozarks are beautiful this time of year with gorgeous weather, colorful scenery, and trout fishing is at its peak. This one-day event will include nature programs, lak...

Oct 28

Halloween Lake Tour

Oct 28
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
The normally placid Lake Fort Smith takes on a sinister feel as we cruise its waters and tell authentic Ozarks ghost stories and folklore. Wear your costume and celebrate...

Oct 29

Trick or Treat at Village Creek State Park

Oct 29
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Camp Area A
Join Village Creek State Park and the Cross County Chamber of Commerce for the 5th annual Trick or Treat at Village Creek State Park. We will have nature-themed Halloween...

Oct 29

Haunted Night on the Battlefield

Oct 29
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Amphitheater
The night includes a self-guided tour of information booths and a historical scene around the Borden House Area. Visitors will find stations that focus on different aspec...

Oct 29

Halloween Fun at Petit Jean

Oct 29
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Rec Hall
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 29

Halloween Hayride

Oct 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
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 29
- THRU - Oct 30

Fall Foliage Weekend

Oct 29
- Oct 30
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Fall is here. It's time to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler temperatures and beautiful autumn colors of Arkansas. Catch a glimpse of nature's splendor during our Fall Fo...

Oct 30

Halloween Hayride

Oct 30
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
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
TBA
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 01

Eagle Watch Tour

Nov 01
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Marina
Lake Ouachita provides remarkable habitat for wintering bald eagles. Each year, juvenile and mature birds can be seen among the trees along the shoreline or flying high i...

Nov 05

Mushroom Mania

Nov 05
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join field mycologist, Jay Justice and other members of the Arkansas Mycological Society for a day of immersion into macrofungi, the largest members of the fifth kingdom....

Nov 05

Delicious Desserts Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 05
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Everyone likes hot dutch oven desserts on a cold fall day. Join Lake Charles staff as we cook up some traditional and a few off the wall dutch oven desserts. Reservations...

Nov 05

Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 05
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Picnic Hill Pavilion
Cooking outdoors with a cast-iron Dutch oven is a time honored state park tradition. Join us for this hands-on demonstration. We do require a minimum number of participan...

Nov 05

Eagle Tour

Nov 05
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer Winter Lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol - the Bald Eagle.  Many other spectacular birds wi...

Nov 05

Fall Foliage Lake Cruise

Nov 05
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 05
- THRU - Nov 06

Fall Foliage Weekend

Nov 05
- Nov 06
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Fall is here. It's time to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler temperatures and beautiful autumn colors of Arkansas. Catch a glimpse of nature's splendor during our Fall Fo...

Nov 11

Eagle Watch Tour

Nov 11
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Marina
Lake Ouachita provides remarkable habitat for wintering bald eagles. Each year, juvenile and mature birds can be seen among the trees along the shoreline or flying high i...

Nov 12

Cast Iron Cooking: Holiday Sweets & Treats

Nov 12
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
The upcoming holidays present an opportunity for you to show off your outdoor cooking skills. Sugar cookies, gingerbread, and other holiday favorites can all be made with...

Nov 18

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 18
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Nov 19

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Nov 19
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 Dut...

Nov 19

Gourd Workshop

Nov 19
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Gourds have been used for centuries for both artistic and practical purposes. Join the fun and learn to shape and decorate these unusual plants. Please dress appropriatel...

Nov 19

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 19
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread house

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Nov 19

Casqui Foods

Nov 19
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While the ancient inhabitants didn't have pizza and cheeseburgers to enjoy, they had a varied and healthy diet. Bring your family and friends to experience the tastes of ...

Nov 23
- THRU - Nov 27

Thanksgiving Getaway

Nov 23
- Nov 27
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Gather the family and escape to DeGray Lake Resort State Park for your Thanksgiving Getaway. Take in the views and sounds of nature at one of our campsites or treat yours...

Nov 25

Green Friday at the Museum

Nov 25
Arkansas Post Museum, Gillett
Entrance
Harken back to a simpler time, when life moved at a slower pace and families worked together to make a better life. Explore the museums exhibits that feature tools, toys,...

Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center

Do the words "Black Friday" make you cringe and fill you with dread? If so, we have the deal for you and the best part is it's free! Toss the ads, avoid the crowds, an...


Nov 25

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 25
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread house

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Moro Bay State Park, Jersey
Visitor Center

Consider celebrating the season in a relaxing way that reconnects you to what is really important. Moro Bay State Park is the perfect place to avoid the stress of the ...


Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Avoid the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, go Green at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Spend this holiday season connecting with your family and friends in the great outdoo...

Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Visitor Center
Why spend your time in crowded stores and long lines when you can spend the day at the park with your family? Enjoy a green alternative to Black Friday with hikes, progra...

Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Visitor Center
What better way to spend “Black Friday” than outside with your family, avoiding all of those suffocating crowds? Go on a hike, have a picnic in the park, or s...

Nov 25

Green Friday Hikes

Nov 25
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Join park interpreters for a peaceful alternative to "Black Friday." Guided hikes will be provided throughout the day on some of the park's most beautiful trails. This ...

Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Are you ready to take a break from the crowds this Black Friday? Join the staff here at the Plantation Agriculture Museum for Green Friday in the delta and make memories ...

Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
Avoid the stress of shopping on Black Friday; visit our state park for a pleasant outing. A crisp fall day and a hike on a well-marked trail is certainly a healthier alte...

Nov 25
- THRU - Nov 27

Green Friday Weekend

Nov 25
- Nov 27
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Visitor Center

Are you ready to take a break from the crowds this Black Friday? Bring the whole family and continue the spirit of Thanksgiving for another day. The gift of your time ...


Nov 25
- THRU - Nov 27

"Green Friday" Weekend

Nov 25
- Nov 27
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Go green for Black Friday by participating in our family friendly, nature-oriented programming at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area. Look through the park gift shop ...

Nov 25
- THRU - Nov 27

19th Annual Mountain Rendezvous

Nov 25
- Nov 27
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Ball Field Near CCC Chimney
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 26

Turkey Trot Fun 5K

Nov 26
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Administration Building
Join us for a fun way to burn away those second-helpings from your Thanksgiving Day feast! This non-timed event offers a t-shirt with registration and a chance to network...

Nov 26

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 26
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread house

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Nov 27

Fall Hayride and Campfire

Nov 27
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm campfire, stories, hot chocolate, and marshmallows. Advance pay...

Dec 02

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 02
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 02
- THRU - Dec 04

Christmas in the Park

Dec 02
- Dec 04
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Visitor Center
Come camp by a warm fire, enjoy the crisp air and decorate for a chance to win the best decorated campsite! Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Santa will be available for ph...

Dec 03

Winter at the Lake

Dec 03
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Bring the whole family to the park for this one day winter event and discover how our wonderful wildlife survive the cold winter months. During the day you will get a cha...

Dec 03

Christmas Open House

Dec 03
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Mather Lodge Fireplace Lobby
See the park’s historic Mather Lodge dressed in its Christmas finery. Enjoy family arts and crafts activities and seasonal entertainment. Contact the park for a sch...

Dec 03

Period Dance at the Latta Barn

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

Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship with music, poetry, and stories of the past; dancing is optional. You can dress 1860s or 2016, whichever you wish.&nb...


Dec 03

Sons of Confederate Veterans Tent

Dec 03
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Borden House Parking Lot
Reenactors from two area Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) camps will set up tents to highlight life during the Civil War by Borden House Parking Lot area.  The Maj...

Dec 03

Christmas Toy Ride

Dec 03
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Visitor Center
Village Creek State Park will accept toys (must be at least a $6 value) instead of the daily horse trailer fee today. The toys will be given to the local Christmas toy dr...

Dec 03

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Dec 03
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Wreaths have been used as holiday decorations for hundreds of years. Learn more about this tradition and decorate a natural wreath for your home....

Dec 03

Presentation marking the Battle of Prairie Grove

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

Everyone is invited to see the battle demonstration on the actual battlefield near the historic Borden House. The demonstration features charges and counterattacks by ...


Dec 03

30th Annual Christmas and Candlelight

Dec 03
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
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 03
- THRU - Dec 04

Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment

Dec 03
- Dec 04
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds
The park will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. The battle, fought on December 7, 1862, saw about 22,000 soldiers fighting most of the day,...

Dec 03
- THRU - Dec 04

Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment

Dec 03
- Dec 04
506 East Douglas Street, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds
The park will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. The battle, fought on December 7, 1862, saw about 22,000 soldiers fighting most of the day,...

Dec 10

Build-a-Bat House Workshop

Dec 10
Davidsonville State Park, Pocahontas
Bats are extremely important to our ecosystem and having a bat house near your own home benefits both you and the bats. Sign up for this workshop to learn more about bats...

Dec 10

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 10
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 10

Victorian Style Christmas Stocking Workshop

Dec 10
205 Avenue Street, Newport
Visitor Center
The stockings hung by the fire on Christmas Eve in the 1800s were the children's regular socks. Today, we make fancy stockings to hang on the fireplace mantle for St. Nic...

Dec 10

Christmas Open House

Dec 10
Arkansas Post Museum, Gillett
Entrance
Join the museum for its annual Christmas open house. There will be refreshments, crafts, and a Victorian Santa Clause. The museum will be decorated in its Victorian Chris...

Dec 10

Gourd Workshop

Dec 10
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
The ancient inhabitants of Casqui did not have Tupperware and silicone cooking and serving utensils! In this gourd workshop, you can learn the basics on how to prepare an...

Dec 10

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Dec 10
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join a park interpreter for a hands-on class about cooking with Arkansas's official state cooking vessel. Discover the methods and secrets of successful Dutch oven cookin...

Dec 10

30th Annual Christmas and Candlelight

Dec 10
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
You and your family will be in awe of the natural beauty that candlelit streets provide as you stroll through our historic village and decorations, music, and more set th...

Dec 16

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 16
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 17

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 17
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 17

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 17
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 17

Historic Handmade Holidays

Dec 17
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While most people think of American Indians when they think of Parkin, there was later an important historical community of people who worked here at the Northern Ohio Sa...

Dec 17

Christmas Bird Count

Dec 17
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Visitor Center
Join us at Village Creek State Park for the annual Christmas Bird Count. This count is part of a volunteer-led, nationwide data collection event that helps scientists to ...

Dec 17

Holiday Crafts Open House

Dec 17
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Start new holiday traditions to kick-off this Christmas season. Plantation Agriculture Museum will open its grounds and buildings to the public for our 6th annual Open H...

Dec 17

Caroling in the Forest

Dec 17
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Kingfisher Trailhead
We’ll meet at the Kingfisher Trail to stroll into the forest, and sing your favorite Christmas carols along a paved trail. Bring a flashlight and your best singing...

Dec 18

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 18
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread house

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 18
- THRU - Dec 24

Christmas in the Park

Dec 18
- Dec 24
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge

Do you want to relax and have fun this Christmas? We’ll have self-guided programs and activities that the whole family can enjoy. Contact the park for a detaile...


Dec 30

Holiday Hayride

Dec 30
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride. We'll have a warm camp fire, stories, hot chocolate, and marshmallows. Adv...

Dec 31

New Year's Eve

Dec 31
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Hearth Room
Come celebrate ending the year with Queen Wilhelmina State Park. We will have a lot of fun activities, games, live music and watch the ball drop!...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Big Bluff Trailhead
Start your year right with a breath of fresh air! Gather at the Big Bluff Trailhead on Powerhouse Road just beneath the Bull Shoals Dam. We will hike approximately two ho...

Jan 01

First Day Hike 2

Jan 01
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Slunger Creek Nature Trail
A simple 1/2 mile walk on our Slunger Creek Nature Trail is a great way to start a healthier new year. Keep that personal resolution and join us on this outing....

Jan 01

First Day Hikes!

Jan 01
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow

Stride into the new year with a revitalizing “First Day Hike” at Woolly Hollow State Park! Be a part of this national movement that encourages people to co...


Jan 01

First Day Hike 1

Jan 01
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead
Start the new year off with a hike to our Falls Branch Waterfall. It's a healthy way to begin the year taking care of yourself first....

Jan 01

First Day Hikes

Jan 01
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Start your year with a healthy hike on Arkansas’s highest mountain. Clear, dry, wet, or snowy Mount Magazine State Park offers over 14 miles of trails that lead to ...

Jan 01

First Day Hike 2017

Jan 01
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Start New Year’s Day on the right foot! Take a self-guided walk or join Park Interpreter Melissa for a mile hike on Lovers’ Leap Trail. After our hike join us...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Fort Smith State Park, 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 Trail...

Jan 01

First Day Hike!

Jan 01
Mount Nebo State Park, Dardanelle
Visitor Center

Join Park Interpreter Jeremiah for an exciting First Day Hike! Parks in Arkansas and all across the country participate in First Day Hikes to promote healthy lifestyle...


Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center Picnic Area

Start 2017 on the right foot (or left foot) with a hike along the trails of Lake Ouachita State Park. Take a self-...


Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Moro Bay State Park, Jersey
Visitor Center
Start your new year off right by taking part in a "First Day Hike"! Join park staff as well as many other people around Arkansas and throughout America in this national m...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
205 Avenue Street, Newport
Visitor Center

Celebrate New Year’s Day 2017, by joining with the park staff at Jacksonport State Park for a special hike along the Tunstall River Walk. What better way to kick...


Jan 01

First Day Hikes

Jan 01
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Trail
Start the new year off right! Take the 1-mile or 5-mile walking trails at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Enjoy the natural world around you and learn more about th...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Amphitheater
We are joining forces with hikers across the nation to celebrate 2017 with a “First Day Hike”! Let’s start the New Year off with a healthy lifestyle for...

Jan 07

Eagle Lake Cruises

Jan 07
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in ...

Jan 07

Eagle Lake Cruises

Jan 07
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in ...

Jan 13
- THRU - Jan 14

Eagle Awareness

Jan 13
- Jan 14
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
James A. Gaston Visitor Center
Each year approximately 100 bald eagles visit the Bull Shoals area. Visitors will enjoy festivities centered around our national symbol. Activities include lake and riv...

Jan 14

Eagle Lake Cruises

Jan 14
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in ...

Jan 14

Scout Patch Day

Jan 14
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Scouts are invited to earn their Parkin Archeological State Park History Awareness Patch. If this patch has already been earned, scouts are invited back to earn additiona...

Jan 14

Eagle Bonanza

Jan 14
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
There are few moments in nature more awe-inspiring than seeing a bald eagle in the wild. Take a boat tour for a chance to see this memorable site. Spaces are limited; sig...

Jan 14
- THRU - Jan 15

Eagle Awareness Weekend

Jan 14
- Jan 15
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Two days are devoted to our national symbol: the bald eagle. A variety of programs are planned including field trips to nearby Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge to watc...

Jan 21

Frog Watch Volunteer Training

Jan 21
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
One of the best ways to experience nature is to be outside in the evening and hear the many frogs calling in the park and St. Francis River. Frog Watch USA is an organiza...

Jan 21

Fermented Foods II Workshop

Jan 21
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Heritage Resource Center
Farming families on the Arkansas Delta came from a mosaic of backgrounds, bringing unique traditions and foods with them. Continue past traditions by creating and enjoyin...

Jan 21

Eagle Lake Cruises

Jan 21
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in ...

Jan 22

Eagle Lake Cruises

Jan 22
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in ...

Jan 22

Winter Wanderings

Jan 22
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Experience the adventure of an interpreter-guided hike to a nearby peak without a trail to mark the way. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. This hike wil...

Jan 27
- THRU - Jan 29

38th Annual Eagles Et Cetera

Jan 27
- Jan 29
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge

Join us for the 38th annual Eagles Et Cetera event where we celebrate our nation's symbol and many of its counterparts, calling to light some of today's most pressing ...


Jan 28

Eagle Lake Cruises

Jan 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in ...

Feb 10
- THRU - Feb 12

Hikes, Hearts and Hugs Weekend

Feb 10
- Feb 12
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Enjoy historic Mather Lodge on Petit Jean Mountain and be treated to a romantic weekend. Activities such as guided trail hikes are geared toward couples. Contact the park...

Feb 11

Polar Plunge

Feb 11
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Swim Beach

Help support a great cause by participating in the 6th annual Polar Plunge, hosted by Special Olympics of Arkansas. Contact the park for more details, and h...


Feb 11

Cobweb Broom Workshop

Feb 11
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Explore the world of broom-making with a traditional cobweb broom. This long-handled broom with a narrow, tapered end is perfect for sweeping high ceilings and hard-to-re...

Feb 11

Sandal Weaving Workshop

Feb 11
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
The prehistoric Arkansans performed many tasks to make their lives more comfortable. Sandal weaving likely was one of those tasks. Come learn how to make twined sandals s...

Feb 11
- THRU - Feb 12

Backyard Bird Count

Feb 11
- Feb 12
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center

This weekend is the National Backyard Bird Count. Join park interpreters for a weekend of bird programming that will help you sharpen your...


Feb 12

Sweetheart Hayride and Campfire

Feb 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Valley Rd, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
Take your sweetheart on a romantic hayride through fields and woods followed by a cozy campfire. Blankets and snuggling recommended. Advance reservations and payment requ...

Mar 03
- THRU - Mar 04

"Shakespeare in the Park" Performances and Workshops

Mar 03
- Mar 04
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
WPA Gym
Enjoy an evening performance of Shakespeare in the Park. On Friday, March 3 enjoy the famous love

Mar 04

Gourd Crafting Workshop

Mar 04
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room
Learn to create beautiful works of art from gourds, just as people on Crowley’s Ridge have done for years. This workshop will focus on the basic types of gourds, h...

Mar 04

Archeology Day at Petit Jean

Mar 04
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
March is Archeology Month in Arkansas, and you are invited to spend a day discovering the archeological treasures of Petit Jean Mountain, including the American Indian pi...

Mar 04

Arboretum Night Hike

Mar 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Arkansas Arboretum Trailhead

A whole new world emerges as nighttime falls in the forest. A park interpreter will help you explore how both human and animal senses adapt to low light levels. Please...


Mar 04
- THRU - Apr 02

Spring Break Escape

Mar 04
- Apr 02
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Grab the whole family and make your spring break escape to DeGray Lake Resort State Park! There will be plenty of programs, lake tours, and activities to keep you busy du...

Mar 05

Eagle Watch Tour

Mar 05
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Eagles are majestic birds of prey that captured the heart of our nation. Cane Creek State Park is offering a unique way to observe the bald eagles of Cane Creek Lake. Joi...

Mar 11

Yo-yo Quilt Workshop

Mar 11
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Celebrate National Quilting Month with yo-yos! This easy introduction to quilting forms a puff that can be used in quilting and other crafts. Practice on your own yo-yo m...

Mar 11

Spring Canoe Float

Mar 11
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. Wear ...

Mar 11

Packing for Hiking 101

Mar 11
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center

New to hiking or backpacking? Discovery what to pack in your backpack for safe and enjoyable hikes along Arkansas’s trails. Advance payment and registration requ...


Mar 11

Artifact and Fossil ID Day

Mar 11
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Celebrate Arkansas Archeology Month by learning about artifacts that are in your own collection! Dr. Jeff Mitchem, Parkin Station Archeologist (and other experts) will be...

Mar 11

Nature Inspired Home Decor

Mar 11
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Multi-purpose Room
In this workshop we'll let Mother Nature inspire us to make creative home décor. This time we will make owl wall hangers or table top decorations out of tree bark...

Mar 11

Gardening Basics for Spring

Mar 11
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
There are many reasons to garden. Some garden for self-sufficiency, some for health

Mar 11

Basics of Knitting

Mar 11
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
During this workshop, you will be guided through the first steps of knitting. Learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. Everything you need is provided, so come joi...

Mar 11

Bluebird Day

Mar 11
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
Learn about bluebirds and become a "bluebird landlord" by building a bluebird box. The Spring River Sportsman's Club helps sponsor the event and assists in putting the bl...

Mar 12

Spring Time Lake Cruises

Mar 12
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 up...

Mar 12

Spring Time Lake Cruises

Mar 12
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 12

Ouachita Trail Hiking Workshop

Mar 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center

Have you ever wanted to hike the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, or any of Arkansas’s other backpacking trails? In this session, we will cover advanced hikin...


Mar 13

Boater Education Class

Mar 13
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Learn about Arkansas's safe boating laws and practices in this two evening class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must h...

Mar 16

Little Wild Ones

Mar 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join us the first and third Thursday of the month for a program suited for children ages 3-7, better known as "Our Little Wild Ones!". These programs inclu...

Mar 17
- THRU - Mar 19

49th Annual Jonquil Festival

Mar 17
- Mar 19
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Create memories and celebrate a tradition at Historic Washington State Park. This three-day festival heralds the arrival of spring in Southwest Arkansas! Thousands of jon...

Mar 17
- THRU - Mar 19

Cold-Blooded Critter Weekend

Mar 17
- Mar 19
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

Join us for three days of awesome programs about turtles, frogs, and snakes! Kids’ crafts, a visit with the snakes of Reptile Mania, a spring-peeper hike, and a ...


Mar 17
- THRU - Mar 20

Celebrating Trees at Petit Jean

Mar 17
- Mar 20
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
March 20 is Arbor Day in Arkansas. You are invited to enjoy park programs that celebrate our bounty and a variety of trees and the natural beauty of Petit Jean State Park...

Mar 17
- THRU - Mar 26

Spring Break Programming

Mar 17
- Mar 26
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
TBA
Enjoy primitive camping, daily and evening programming. Learn about nature and enjoy hikes, campfire cooking workshops, and many other topics. Contact the park closer to ...

Mar 18

Spring Canoe Float

Mar 18
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. Wear ...

Mar 18

Meet at the Peak!

Mar 18
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Top of Pinnacle Mountain
Meet a park interpreter at the top of Pinnacle Mountain for short presentations on sights, geology, wildlife, and more! This is a great chance to take a breather and disc...

Mar 18

Outdoor Skills Saturday

Mar 18
Lake Frierson State Park, Jonesboro
Day Use Parking Lot

Join park staff as we set up several different demonstrations throughout the day. Learn primitive fire building, knot tying, water purifying, and more! Please contact ...


Mar 18

Dutch Oven Workshop

Mar 18
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Horse Day Use Area
Dutch oven cooking is delicious and fun to do. Join park staff and learn all you need to know to start cooking on cast-iron. Contact the front desk 

Mar 18

Spring Star Party

Mar 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...

Mar 18

Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking Workshop

Mar 18
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...

Mar 18
- THRU - Mar 26

Arkansas Spring Break

Mar 18
- 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 20
- THRU - Mar 24

Arkansas Spring Break

Mar 20
- Mar 24
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Family-friendly programs, including some evening activities, are scheduled during this week: guided hikes, nature games, park tours, and more. Contact the park for a sche...

Mar 20
- THRU - Mar 24

Spring Break

Mar 20
- Mar 24
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow

Spend your Spring Break week at Woolly Hollow State Park! Nature programming will be available throughout the week. Contact the park int...


Mar 21

Sunset Canoe Float

Mar 21
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Launch

Take off from the Big Maumelle boat launch and experience the beauty of spring on this guided evening canoe float. If you have never canoed at night before, this is yo...


Mar 23

Archeology for Everyone

Mar 23
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Spend some quality family time at Parkin during spring break learning how archeological investigations really happen. No whips or pith helmets, just trowels and a lot of ...

Mar 23

Sunset Kayak Tour

Mar 23
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...

Mar 24

Archeology for Everyone

Mar 24
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Spend some quality family time at Parkin during spring break learning how archeological investigations really happen. No whips or pith helmets, just trowels and a lot of ...

Mar 24
- THRU - Mar 26

Devil's Den Rocks

Mar 24
- Mar 26
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
It’s time to celebrate what makes this park special! Join State Geologist Angela Chandler and park staff for a fun weekend as you learn about the special features t...

Mar 25

Archeology for Everyone

Mar 25
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Spend some quality family time at Parkin during spring break learning how archeological investigations really happen. No whips or pith helmets, just trowels and a lot of ...

Mar 25

Introduction to Bird Watching

Mar 25
Logoly State Park, McNeil
Visitor Center
This workshop offers you everything you need to get started on a fabulous journey of discovery in your own backyard. The fee includes a copy of National Geographic Field ...

Mar 25

Kayaking 101

Mar 25
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.&...

Mar 25

Junior Fishing Derby

Mar 25
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...

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...


Mar 26

Eagle Watch Tour

Mar 26
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Eagles are majestic birds of prey that captured the heart of our nation. Cane Creek State Park is offering a unique way to observe the bald eagles of Cane Creek Lake. Joi...

Mar 31
- THRU - Apr 02

Ozark Mountain Bike Fest

Mar 31
- Apr 02
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Spring time in the Ozarks means it’s time to hit the bike trails. Join the park staff for a fun weekend on the two-wheel trails. There’s fun to be discovered ...

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

Spring Crappie Bonanza

Apr 01
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Visitor Center
People from all over the state come to Cane Creek State Park in the spring and fall to fish for crappie. This year, join us for our second crappie tournament on Cane Cree...

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

Coyote Challange 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 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 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

Wild Edibles Workshop

Apr 15
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Learn more about finding, identifying, and cooking items from nature’s own wild garden! We will cook a special dish or two for the class to enjoy! Contact the park ...

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 15

Nature Inspired Photography Workshop

Apr 15
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Multi-Purpose Room
Join professional photographer Nikki Morrow for this introduction to photography where you will learn basic techniques and fundamentals of photography. This class will u...

Apr 20

Sunset Kayak Tour

Apr 20
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...

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

Founders Day

Apr 22
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

Imagine life on the Arkansas frontier in the 1800s: the culture, the music, the traditions, and the sense of community. We celebrate it all this year with a historical...


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 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 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 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
- 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
- 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 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

Kayak Tours

May 27
- May 29
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
- 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 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. Try to catch the big one during this fun event. For more detail...

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 16
- THRU - Jun 17

Trout Days

Jun 16
- Jun 17
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 cooking dem...

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 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. You might win prizes and certificates for a variety of ...

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 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...

Jun 24
- THRU - Jun 27

SWAT Overnight Camp

Jun 24
- Jun 27
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Kids ages 9-13 are invited to join park interpreters as we discover Southwest Arkansas’s State Parks. We will hike, fish, swim, kayak, campfire cook, and more. Spen...

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 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 the par...

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 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 20

Sunset Kayak Tour

Jul 20
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...

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 24
- THRU - Jul 27

SWAT Overnight Camp

Jul 24
- Jul 27
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
- 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

Kayaking Workshop

Aug 12
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
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 17

Junior Fishing Derby

Aug 17
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 17

Sunset Kayak Tour

Aug 17
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...

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
- 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 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...

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 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 16

Junior Fishing Derby

Sep 16
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...

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...

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 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 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 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 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

Halloween Hayride

Oct 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
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

Mushroom Mania

Nov 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join field mycologist, Jay Justice and other members of the Arkansas Mycological Society for a day of immersion into macrofungi, the largest members of the fifth kingdom....

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 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 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
- 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 ...

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
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 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...

Sep 01

Annual Clothesline Fair Parade

Sep 01
506 East Douglas Street, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds Along HWY 62
This parade (sponsored by the Prairie Grove Chamber of Commerce) starts at the Prairie Grove Public Schools and ends at the Borden House entrance at Prairie Grove Battlef...

Dec 01
- THRU - Dec 02

Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment

Dec 01
- Dec 02
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds
The park will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. The battle, fought on December 7, 1862, saw about 22,000 soldiers fighting most of the day,...