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Apr 30

Women's Afternoon Out!

Apr 30
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow
Ladies, trade in your stilettos for a pair of hiking boots! Woolly Hollow State Park will be hosting a Women’s Afternoon Out! Spend the afternoon hiking, doing a na...

May 06
- THRU - May 07

Resource Rendezvous

May 06
- May 07
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
This two day event begins on Friday with local schools bringing their 4th grade classes out to learn about our natural resources and conservation. Registration for the sc...

May 07

Guided Tour of Mound Lake

May 07
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Join a park interpreter at the park visitor center for an introduction to canoeing and kayaking. Following the class, explore Mound Lake which was used by the Plum Bayou ...

May 07

Birder Weekend

May 07
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join park staff and various bird enthusiasts as you discover the flying creatures that call the park their home. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birder you w...

May 07

Mother's Day Lake Cruise

May 07
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Treat your mom to a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Lake Maumelle near the base of Pinnacle Mountain. Advance payment and registration are required....

May 07

Kids' Fishing Derby

May 07
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Snack Bar
Calling all kids ages 15 and younger, 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....

May 07

Tourism Day

May 07
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, live music, refreshments, a grand pri...

May 07

Dutch Oven Brunch

May 07
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Pavilion 1
Celebrate Mother's Day weekend by bringing your mom to the park and treating her to a cast iron Dutch oven breakfast. Participants will learn how to use and care for Dutc...

May 14

International Migratory Bird Day

May 14
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas: bird migration. Since 1993, IMBD has fostered bird co...

May 14

"Pickin' In The Park"

May 14
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Depot
Bring your seat and come to play or just listen to a little gospel, old-time country, and bluegrass music at the Depot. Professionals and amateurs are invited to bring th...

May 14
- THRU - May 15

Cossatot River Weekend Adventure Tours

May 14
- May 15
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, D...

May 15

Sunset Lake Cruise

May 15
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 as...

May 21

Historic Games Day

May 21
Powhatan Historic State Park, Powhatan
Courthouse
When was the last time you played croquet, jumped a potato sack race, or played marbles? Join the staff at Powhatan Historic State Park to play these games and enjoy the ...

May 21

Historic Women’s Skills Workshop

May 21
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Girl power time! Come learn skills practiced by the past females of Parkin in this workshop tailored specifically for women. Activities will include fiber arts, fire star...

May 21

Boater Education Class

May 21
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center A/V Room
Safety on Arkansas waterways is the responsibility of all boaters. Be better prepared for your next aquatic adventure by completing a boating safety course at Lake Cather...

May 21

Basic Fishing Workshop

May 21
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters to learn to catch fish - guaranteed! We'll discover how to select tackle, identify fish, cast, tie knots, choose bait, find fish, and clean your ca...

May 27
- THRU - May 30

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27
- May 30
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Join park staff for a weekend of activities! Daily programs offered as well as the opening of the Nature Center. Call the park for details. Most programs are free....

May 28
- THRU - May 30

Memorial Day Observance

May 28
- May 30
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
Join us for a weekend filled with activities for the entire family as we remember and honor those who gave their lives protecting America's freedom. Interpretive programs...

Jun 01

Spring River Cleanup

Jun 01
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Join us on the Spring River to do a little trash pickup and have lots of fun! Park staff and volunteers will spend time canoeing a section of the river and cleaning it up...

Jun 01
- THRU - Jun 30

Great Outdoors Month

Jun 01
- Jun 30
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Petit Jean State Park’s interpretive staff offers a variety of daily activities throughout June with a special focus on the great outdoors. Enjoy guided trail hikes...

Jun 04

National Trails Day

Jun 04
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
In the United States, National Trails Day® (NTD) is the American Hiking Society's trail awareness program. Each year events are held to help promote awareness of the ...

Jun 04

Peak to Peak Poker Run

Jun 04
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Queen Wilhelmina State Park and Mount Magazine State Park are on top of Arkansas's highest mountains. In between are 90 miles of scenic highways, national forests, and be...

Jun 04

Kids Fishing Derby

Jun 04
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 how-to-fish clinics, casting contests, free snacks, and lots of prizes. Prizes w...

Jun 04

National Trails Day

Jun 04
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Stop by the welcome center and sign up as a "registered" walker on National Trails Day. Walk 1 lap (6/10 of a mile) around the lake or more. The walker with the most...

Jun 04

National Trails Day

Jun 04
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Beech Ridge Trailhead
In celebration of National Trails Day, the park is hosting a guided hike. Join a park interpreter for a nice hike along the 2-mile Beech Ridge Trail. Remember to wea...

Jun 04

National Trails Day

Jun 04
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Celebrate and enjoy Petit Jean’s 20-plus miles of trails! The day is complete with hikes and hiking programs for all ages. This event corresponds with American Hiki...

Jun 04

Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Jun 04
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Davidsonville Historic State Park's Kids Fishing Derby is held every year on Trapper Lake. This is a great opportunity to get your kids outside and give them a chance to ...

Jun 04

Hiking Stick Workshop

Jun 04
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 04

Sunset Night Hike on Harris Creek Trail

Jun 04
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters on an adventurous sunset night hike on the Harris Creek Trail.  Sunset night hikes let you experience trails in a whole new way. Along the way...

Jun 06
- THRU - Jun 08

Explorers Camp

Jun 06
- Jun 08
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
This three day, one night experience is designed to introduce kids ages 7-9 to the wonders of our natural world. Campers explore the Ozarks through a variety of experienc...

Jun 07

Boater Education Class

Jun 07
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...

Jun 07
- THRU - Jun 10

Nature Explorers Day Camp

Jun 07
- Jun 10
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
This “nature detective” camp is designed for kids ages 7-10. There will be 4 days of hikes, visiting with live animals, nature programs, and more! Advance pay...

Jun 09

Kid's Day Camp

Jun 09
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Pavilion
This fun-filled educational day camp is for kids ages 6-12. It includes programs, games, nature hikes, and more. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Snacks and craft supplie...

Jun 09

Boater Education Class

Jun 09
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...

Jun 10
- THRU - Jun 12

Free Fishing Weekend

Jun 10
- Jun 12
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend from Friday at noon until midnight Sunday without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters appl...

Jun 10
- THRU - Jun 12

27th Annual Bat-O-Rama Weekend

Jun 10
- Jun 12
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join park staff and guests for great family fun as we celebrate one of the most beneficial but misunderstood creatures in the world……BATS! Special guests wi...

Jun 11

Kid's Fishing Derby

Jun 11
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Playground
The park will host a fishing derby for kids ages 15 and under. Registration starts at 7 a.m. A limited amount of fishing poles will be available for loan. Prizes will be ...

Jun 11

Mountain Fishin’ Derby

Jun 11
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
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 11

Family Fishing Tournament

Jun 11
Lake Frierson State Park, Jonesboro
Visitor Center/Boat Ramp
Join us for the 2nd Annual Lake Frierson Family Fishing Tournament. This is a bream and crappie tournament open to teams of up to 5 anglers. Teams need at least one ...

Jun 11

Boater Education Class

Jun 11
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center A/V Room
Safety on Arkansas waterways is the responsibility of all boaters. Be better prepared for your next aquatic adventure by completing a boating safety course at Lake Cather...

Jun 11

Kids Fishing Derby

Jun 11
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Ready to catch the big one, or at least tell stories about the one that got away? It’s that time of year again, so break out the pole and your special bait and cast...

Jun 13
- THRU - Jun 17

Cub Scout Day Camp

Jun 13
- Jun 17
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Pavilion
This day camp for local Cub Scouts features guided nature hikes, swimming, archery, crafts, and much more! Contact the park interpreter for more information....

Jun 14
- THRU - Jun 16

Explorer Day Camp

Jun 14
- Jun 16
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Nature Cabin
Would you like to get your child outside more? Let us introduce them to a new level of outdoor fun and adventure. During our three day camp we will explore our state park...

Jun 14
- THRU - Jun 17

Wilderness Explorers Day Camp

Jun 14
- Jun 17
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Older children ages 11-13 will enjoy this chance to explore the wilderness at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Camp activities may include canoe/kayak floats, extensive hiki...

Jun 15

Wild Women Wednesday

Jun 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for location
Join Park Interpreter Gillian and CAMN (Central Arkansas Master Naturalists) member’s for a ladies hike on one of Pinnacle Mountain’s gorgeous trails. Please...

Jun 17
- THRU - Jun 18

Trout Days

Jun 17
- Jun 18
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
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
- THRU - Jun 19

Annual Lake Greeson Days

Jun 17
- Jun 19
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Visitor Center
Join us for Lake Greeson Days! This event will include our 27th Annual Kids Fishing Derby as well as a variety of contests, programs, and tours. There will be prizes plus...

Jun 18

Music in the Park

Jun 18
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Enjoy an evening on the lawn of the 1874 Courthouse at Historic Washington listening to live music from the past to the present. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of inc...

Jun 18

6th Annual Prospector's Gemboree

Jun 18
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro
Visitor Center
Celebrate diamond miners in Arkansas during the 6th Annual Prospectors’ Gemboree. This cornerstone park event will feature games and activities for all a...

Jun 18

Perch Jerk Classic

Jun 18
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 19

Jr. Fishing Derby

Jun 19
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 20
- THRU - Jun 22

Lake Charles Fun Fit Day Camp

Jun 20
- Jun 22
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Challenge your kids this summer with Fit Day Camp. Campers play games and do activities that help improve their physical fitness while having fun. Some activities include...

Jun 21
- THRU - Jun 23

Adventure Day Camp

Jun 21
- Jun 23
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Nature Cabin
This three day camp is designed to introduce youngsters to the wonders of the natural world. Through a variety of experiences including hiking, crafting, nature programmi...

Jun 21
- THRU - Jun 23

Adventure Day Camp

Jun 21
- Jun 23
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow
This camp will introduce boys ages 7 – 11 to the wonders of the natural world. Through a variety of experiences including hiking, camping skills, kayaking, crafting...

Jun 21
- THRU - Jun 24

4-Day Adventure Day Camp

Jun 21
- Jun 24
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Option 1: Wickes Union Bank, Option 2: Scotty's in Cove, Option 3: Visitor Center
Would you like your child to get outside more? During our 4-day camp explore the Cossatot River with hikes, adventure, close-up nature studies, and hands-on activities. ...

Jun 22
- THRU - Jun 24

Archeology Daycamp

Jun 22
- Jun 24
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Campers ages 10-14 will dig deeper into Arkansas’s past and learn that it is not what you find, but what you find out. Learn excavation and laboratory techniques an...

Jun 22
- THRU - Jun 24

Wonders of Nature Day Camp

Jun 22
- Jun 24
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join us for fun exploring the “Wonders of Nature” as we explore the natural world around us. We will take hikes, kayak, experience wildlife, and much more. Th...

Jun 22
- THRU - Jun 24

Children’s Day Camp – Ages 8-12

Jun 22
- Jun 24
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
At this camp, youngsters ages 8-12 will join the staff from Parkin Archeological State Park for three days of fun and learning. Part of the camp will happen right here at...

Jun 24
- THRU - Jun 25

Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival XX

Jun 24
- Jun 25
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Visitor Center
The Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival is one of the most popular nature-related family events in Arkansas! Enjoy hands-on, make and take crafts, nature related games, gui...

Jun 25

Sunset on the Mountain

Jun 25
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
A park interpreter will lead a hike up Pinnacle Mountain’s West Summit Trail for a special sunset viewing. This is a great hike for the whole family to get outdoors...

Jun 26

Star Gazing Cruise

Jun 26
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 pilot and guide to learn about stars, ...

Jun 27
- THRU - Jun 30

Overnight Adventure Camp

Jun 27
- Jun 30
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Option 1: Wickes Union Bank, Option 2: Scotty's in Cove, Option 3: Visitor Center
We will be hiking, fishing, swimming, learning how to build fires correctly and exploring other state parks including Daisy, Queen Wilhelmina, and Crater of Diamonds. Sp...

Jun 29
- THRU - Jul 01

Agri-Adventure Day Camp

Jun 29
- Jul 01
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Are you and your kids ready for a break? This three-day adventure camp, for children ages 8-12, will have them leap into a whole other world of exciting life on the Delt...

Jul 01
- THRU - Jul 04

4th of July Weekend Celebration on the Cossatot River

Jul 01
- Jul 04
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
TBA
Join park interpreters for a weekend of fun programming, snorkeling, kayaking on the Cossatot River, and breakfast at the Sandbar as we welcome our coming Independence Da...

Jul 01
- THRU - Jul 04

4th of July Star Spangled Weekend

Jul 01
- Jul 04
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Join us for a fun-filled Independence Day weekend! There will be a full weekend of programs and activities. Come out and celebrate with us! Contact the park for program...

Jul 02

Owl Prowl

Jul 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Kingfisher Trailhead
Peek into the darkness and discover a world filled with owls. Join a park interpreter on a guided hike along the Kingfisher Trail in search of the elusive nocturnal hunt...

Jul 02
- THRU - Jul 04

Independence Day Weekend

Jul 02
- Jul 04
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Lake Catherine State Park. Recreational activities and lake tours are scheduled plus a variety of patriotic crafts and games. Admi...

Jul 04

July 4th Island Festival

Jul 04
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge Island
Bring the whole family out to the park and make some great memories this 4th of July. Park interpreters will have a host of programs and activities lined up to help you e...

Jul 04

2nd Annual Freedom 5K Fun Run

Jul 04
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge Island
Dust off those running shoes and join us for our second annual 4th of July Freedom 5K Fun Run! Grab your family and friends to run, jog, or walk this fun, m...

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

26th Annual Devil's Den Games

Jul 04
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Softball field in Area E
Celebrate the 26th year of the Devil’s Den Games! Enjoy a fun-filled family day of horseshoes, softball, sack races...

Jul 04

Fun on the Fourth

Jul 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Picnic Area
Celebrate and cool off on this 4th of July at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Join the park interpreters for a day full of wet and wild games for the whole family. There ...

Jul 06

Wild Women Wednesday

Jul 06
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for location
Join Park Interpreter Gillian and CAMN (Central Arkansas Master Naturalists) member’s for a ladies hike on one of Pinnacle Mountain’s gorgeous trails. Please...

Jul 06
- THRU - Jul 08

Youth Day Camp – Ages 13-16

Jul 06
- Jul 08
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Teenagers a

Jul 09

Nature’s Market: Picnic in the Park

Jul 09
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
If you lived at the time of the Plum Bayou Culture the market was a bit different. Instead of worrying about money to pay for food, their worries included whether or not ...

Jul 09

Picnic In The Park

Jul 09
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
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 09

18th Annual Butterfly Count

Jul 09
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, 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 09

Picnic In The Park

Jul 09
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
It's summertime and the great outdoors beckons. Starry skies, chirping crickets, and balmy breezes are sure signs of summers arrival. That's why it makes sense to take ...

Jul 12
- THRU - Jul 14

Adventure Day Camp

Jul 12
- Jul 14
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow
This camp will introduce girls ages 7 -11 to the wonders of the natural world. Through a variety of experiences including hiking, camping skills, kayaking, crafting, natu...

Jul 13
- THRU - Jul 15

Adventure Daycamp

Jul 13
- Jul 15
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Kids ages 8-12 who enjoy energetic outdoor adventures are invited to take part in this camp. Day campers will participate in programs on animals and crafts, go canoeing, ...

Jul 13
- THRU - Jul 15

Nature Explorers Day Camp

Jul 13
- Jul 15
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join us for fun exploring the natural world around us. We will take hikes, kayak, experience wildlife, and much more. The camp is open to kids ages 8-12. Camp registratio...

Jul 16

Music in the Park

Jul 16
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Enjoy an evening on the lawn of the 1874 Courthouse at Historic Washington listening to live music from the past to the present. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of inc...

Jul 27
- THRU - Jul 29

Adventure Camp

Jul 27
- Jul 29
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
This camp will get youths ages 12-15 out in nature to explore our resources. We will learn about our surroundings and discover the wonders nature holds for us. Registrati...

Jul 30

Star Gazing Cruise

Jul 30
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 pilot and guide to learn about stars, c...

Aug 01
- THRU - Aug 06

123rd Old Soldier's Reunion

Aug 01
- Aug 06
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field Area
A week of fun starting nightly at 6 p.m. with carnival rides, games, prizes, food, bingo, and more each evening. Free access and parking. Sponsored by VFW Post 7831....

Aug 03
- THRU - Aug 05

Waking your Wild Side Day Camp

Aug 03
- Aug 05
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Our environment is a wonderful, wild world to explore. Join us for fun “waking your wild side” as we explore nature with a twist. This camp is open to kids a...

Aug 06
- THRU - Aug 07

Hooray for Herps Weekend

Aug 06
- Aug 07
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Spend this weekend at Pinnacle Mountain State Park learning about this group of very misunderstood animals. Park interpreters will be hosting hikes, crafts, games, and t...

Aug 10

Wild Women Wednesday

Aug 10
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for location
Join Park Interpreter Gillian and CAMN (Central Arkansas Master Naturalists) member’s for a ladies hike on one of Pinnacle Mountain’s gorgeous trails. Please...

Aug 20

Music in the Park

Aug 20
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Enjoy an evening on the lawn of the 1874 Courthouse at Historic Washington listening to live music from the past to the present. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of inc...

Aug 20

Cultural Celebration

Aug 20
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join us in celebrating the many aspects of our past that created the great culture in the River Valley. There will be programming and festivities all day....

Aug 20
- THRU - Aug 21

Geocaching Weekend

Aug 20
- Aug 21
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park all weekend to immerse you and your family into the world of geocaching. Learn about the Arkansas State Parks geocache tour and geocache...

Aug 28

Summertime Lake Cruise

Aug 28
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 be cruising the lake on the park’s pontoon boat to vi...

Sep 02
- THRU - Sep 05

Labor Day Weekend

Sep 02
- Sep 05
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Celebrate the official end of summer with us at Lake Charles State Park! Camping, hiking, fishing, and of course a ton of activities and programs to keep the whole family...

Sep 03

33rd Annual Antique & Classic Car Show

Sep 03
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field Area
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 09
- THRU - Sep 10

O.A.K. Camp: Time Travelers

Sep 09
- Sep 10
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
This camp is open to kids ages 8-12 and will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and continue on Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  As time passes, our interactions with natu...

Sep 10

Fall Fishing Derby

Sep 10
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Golf Course Pond #7
Fish ON! Catch your fill of fish at DeGray's annual fall fishing derby. This derby is open to all ages so kids, bring your parents, bring your grandparents and bring ...

Sep 10

17th Annual Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 10
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center Parking Lot
Summer is almost over and we need to do a little fun cleaning on Spring River! Join park staff and volunteers for this annual cleanup. Not for beginners! Canoes provided ...

Sep 10

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 10
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Visitor Center
Help protect our valuable resources with a morning of park beautification and litter removal. Check in at the visitor center to get supplies, an area to work, and a free ...

Sep 10

Bull Shoals-White River State Park Outdoor Expo

Sep 10
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Day Use Pavilion
The Outdoor Expo is fun for the whole family. There will be local vendors and instruction for hunting, fishing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities as well as interpre...

Sep 10

24th Annual Tractor & Engine Show

Sep 10
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Are you ready for some sputtering, rickety fun at the Plantation Agriculture Museum? The museum invites all pre-1960s tractor exhibitors and hit-and-miss engines, along ...

Sep 16

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Sep 16
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Join a park interpreter for a moon-lit kayak tour of Lake Catherine. Our stable, flat-water kayaks are easy to navigate and are incredibly relaxing. No experience is requ...

Sep 17

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 17
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 17

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Sep 17
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 17

Davidsonville Geocaching Scavenger Hunt

Sep 17
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center
Bring a GPS and your sense of adventure and take part in this fun scavenger hunt in the park. Sign up in teams of two and follow the clues to each coordinate in order to ...

Sep 17

Fall Equinox Celebration

Sep 17
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
This event will offer hands-on opportunities to learn about Native American culture.  Come celebrate harvest season by participating in a Native American weapons dem...

Sep 17

Migration Celebration

Sep 17
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Visitor Center
Valleys around Mount Magazine are natural corridors used for millennia by transient wildlife. Southward migration peaks in September. Birds, butterflies, even spiders hav...

Sep 17

Golf Cart Safari

Sep 17
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
The Ridges at Village Creek Clubhouse
The golf course is completely different after dark! Join the golf cart safari to discover the animals that come out when the golfers go home. Reservations are required....

Sep 17

Beginning Fishing Workshop

Sep 17
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Fishing is a great way to spend time with family and friends while enjoying the outdoors. This one day beginner’s workshop will cover basic equipment, rigging, cast...

Sep 24

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 24
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Pavilion A
Help keep Petit Jean State Park clean and litter free! Join us for a few hours of litter pickup and be rewarded with a free cookout lunch, followed by a door prize giveaw...

Sep 24

Cast Iron Cook-Off

Sep 24
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Pavilion & Visitor Center
This fall join us for a cast iron cooking competition at Daisy State Park. Whether you are a master chef with cast iron cookware or you just enjoy eating the delicious fo...

Sep 24

Fall Clean–Up & Park Beautification

Sep 24
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Visitor Center
Looking for a way to give of your time and talents? Volunteers are needed to help clean and beautify the battlefield and park grounds. Cleanup activities range from trash...

Sep 24
- THRU - Sep 30

Take a Child Outside Week

Sep 24
- 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 01

Cossatot River's Fall Clean-Up

Oct 01
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join Cossatot's staff and the Arkansas Canoe Club on the beautiful, scenic Cossatot River for a day of trash pickup along the river, access points, and roads! Bring any s...

Oct 01

Great Arkansas Cleanup!

Oct 01
Lake Fort Smith State Park, 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. Join us at the visito...

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

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 14
- THRU - Oct 16

Women Outdoors Weekend

Oct 14
- Oct 16
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Ladies, open the door to all your senses by getting away and reconnecting with nature. During this three-day, two-night adventure, we will offer sessions on basic camping...

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

6th Annual Half Marathon

Oct 15
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join us for the 6th annual half marathon along the banks of the beautiful and pristine Cossatot River. Challenge your abilities in the mountainous terrain of Cossatot Ri...

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 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 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

The Living Forest

Oct 22
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Rogers
Visitor Center
Join Mother Nature as she introduces her forest friends here at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area. Listen to each of the animal’s stories and learn what yo...

Oct 22

Woolly Holloween

Oct 22
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Swim Beach
It is time for the 4th annual Woolly Holloween! The park will offer games, free hot chocolate, storytelling, and a bonfire on the beach. Please wear your Halloween costum...

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 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

5K for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Oct 29
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center Parking Lot
Thayer Fitness and Mammoth Spring State Park will team up to raise funds for St Jude Children's Research Hospital with this fun and healthy 5K walk/run. Start time TBA. F...

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

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

Ozarks Wildlife and Landscapes Photography Workshop

Oct 29
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join nationally renowned and published photographer Mike Martin for this exciting  photography workshop. The class highlights the basics of nature and landscape phot...

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
- 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

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

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

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

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
- 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

Knot Tying and Water Purification Workshop

Nov 12
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Part of the primitive skills series, join park staff as we use hand-on activities to learn how to tie a variety of useful knots and learn about various ways to purify wat...

Nov 12
- THRU - Nov 13

Survival Skills Weekend

Nov 12
- Nov 13
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 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 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

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
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
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
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

Green Friday

Nov 25
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Are you looking for a relaxing way to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving away from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping? We’ll have s...

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

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 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
- 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 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 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 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

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

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

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 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
- 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 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 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 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

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 16

O.W.L.S.

Dec 16
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills) our new pro...

Dec 17

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Dec 17
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
Outdoor cooking is a strong tradition in state parks. Join park staff to learn the history and techniques of Dutch oven cooking. Receive a 4-quart Dutch oven and a cookb...

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 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 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...

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
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 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
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
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 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 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
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 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 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

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 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 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 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

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
- 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 20

O.W.L.S.

Jan 20
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills) our new pro...

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

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 ...

Jan 29

Winter Discovery Lake Cruise

Jan 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Come prepared to discover Lake Maumelle as it springs to life, in the middle of winter! Pinnacle Mountain State Park and its surrounding water bodies host thousands of an...

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 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...

Feb 17

O.W.L.S.

Feb 17
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills) our new pro...

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 10

O.W.L.S.

Mar 10
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills) our new pro...

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 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 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...

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 14

O.W.L.S.

Apr 14
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills) our new pro...

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...

May 12

O.W.L.S.

May 12
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills) our new pro...

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 ...

Jun 01
- THRU - Jun 30

Great Outdoors Month at Petit Jean State Park

Jun 01
- Jun 30
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA

Petit Jean State Park’s interpretive staff offers a variety of daily activities throughout June, with a special focus on the great outdoors. Enjoy guided trail h...


Jun 03

National Trails Day 2017

Jun 03
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Celebrate and enjoy Petit Jean’s 20-plus miles of trails! The day is complete with hikes and hiking programs for all ages. This event corresponds with American Hiki...

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 ...

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....

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...


Sep 30

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 30
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Pavilion A
Help keep Petit Jean State Park clean and litter free! Join us for a few hours of litter pickup and be rewarded with a free cookout lunch, followed by a door prize giveaw...

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 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...

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 ...