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Feb 13

Eagle Tour

Feb 13
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Feb 13
- THRU - Feb 15

Lake Ouachita 3-Day Bicycle Tour

Feb 13
- Feb 15
14015 Windsor Road, Hot Springs
Convention Center Parking, east side
This self-supported ride leaves from Hot Springs and goes to Irons Fork primitive camp on the lake on the first night and Crystal Springs camp the second night and return...

Feb 16

Eagle Tour

Feb 16
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Feb 18

Eagle Tours

Feb 18
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Feb 19
- THRU - Feb 21

Annual Outdoor Skills Weekend

Feb 19
- Feb 21
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Visitor Center
Discover how fun playing outdoors can be while sharpening your skillsets at Daisy State Park! Throughout the weekend, we will offer various workshops to help you learn ne...

Feb 21

Eagle Tours

Feb 21
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Feb 24

Wild Women Wednesday

Feb 24
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
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...

Feb 26

Eagle Tour

Feb 26
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Mar 13

Ouachita Trail Hiking Workshop

Mar 13
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Have you ever wanted to hike the Ouachita Trail or any of Arkansas's other backpacking trails? Join us as we cover advanced hiking information for those who wish to hike ...

Mar 19

Meet at the Peak

Mar 19
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Mountain Summit
Climb the mountain and then meet a park interpreter at the top for short presentations on sights, geology, wildlife, and more!...

Mar 21
- THRU - Mar 25

Arkansas Spring Break Week

Mar 21
- Mar 25
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 24

Mini Day Camp For Ages 11-13

Mar 24
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Come and try a Pinnacle Mountain Day Camp for a day. See if your child would like to spend a full week with us in one of our summer day camps. Activities will include nat...

Apr 01
- THRU - Apr 03

Ozark Mountain Bike Fest

Apr 01
- Apr 03
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Springtime in the Ozarks means it’s time to hit the bike trails. Join park staff for a fun weekend on the bike trails. There’s fun to be discovered by all age...

Apr 02

Cossatot River's Spring Festival & 5K "Headache Run"

Apr 02
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
You and your family are invited to explore and celebrate Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area during our second Cossatot River "Headache Run" 5K and Spring Festival. Th...

Apr 02

9th Annual "Cookin" With Coals" Cook-off

Apr 02
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
Ready! Set! Cook! Teams of 2-3 people will cook three dishes in Dutch ovens - one bread, one main dish, and a dessert. These dishes will be judged and then samples will b...

Apr 02

Spring Crappie Bonanza

Apr 02
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Pavilion 2
People from all over the state come to Cane Creek State Park in the spring and fall to fish Cane Creek Lake, a sport fish mecca. This year, join us as we host our first c...

Apr 06

Wild Women Wednesday

Apr 06
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Join Park Interpreter Gillian and CAMN (Central Arkansas Master Naturalists) members for a ladies hike on one of Pinnacle Mountain’s gorgeous trails. Please call f...

Apr 16

Ouachita Trail 50 Mile/50K Race

Apr 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
The Ouachita 50 is an endurance race that starts at nearby Maumelle Park and runs through Pinnacle Mountain State Park before continuing out and back on the Ouachita Nati...

Apr 23

3rd Annual RussVegas Half Marathon

Apr 23
708 West Main, Russellville
Train Depot
Benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the River Valley Circle of Friends. It's more than just a PR fast course covering 13.1 miles, it is an atmosphere with "Spirit...

Apr 23
- THRU - Apr 24

Cossatot River Weekend Adventure Tours

Apr 23
- Apr 24
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 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

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

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
- THRU - May 08

Kayak Tours

May 07
- May 08
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Enjoy guided kayak tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days and discover the wild and scenic Cossatot River. Adventures depend on the weather and river water levels. Ag...

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 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

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

Kayak Tours

May 27
- May 30
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Enjoy guided kayak tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days and discover the wild and scenic Cossatot River. Adventures depend on weather and river water levels. Ages 1...

May 28

Spring Kayak Float

May 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Explore the Little Maumelle River from one of the park's kayaks. This guided 4-1/2 mile float will provide an opportunity to see otherwise hidden sections of Pinnacle Mou...

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 03
- THRU - Jun 04

Night Hike on Cossatot River Corridor Trail

Jun 03
- Jun 04
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters on an adventurous night hike on the River Corridor Trail. Night hikes let you experience trails in a whole new way. Along the way we will stop at ...

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

Annual Chidren's Fishing Derby

Jun 04
Logoly State Park, McNeil
Day Use Area
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 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
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

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

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 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

Kayak Tours

Jun 10
- Jun 12
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Enjoy guided kayak tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and discover the wild and scenic Cossatot River. Adventures depend on weather and river water levels. Ages 12 a...

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

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 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

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

Lee County Youth Fishing Derby

Jun 11
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Ranger Pond
Anglers ages 4-12 are invited to bring a fishing pole and join us for the Lee County Youth Fishing Derby. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will stock the Ranger Pond...

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 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

Kayaking 101

Jun 18
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Boathouse
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.&...

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 18

Introduction to Kayaking Class

Jun 18
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Learn to kayak with an American Canoe Association certified instructor. No experience is necessary, but you should feel comfortable around water. Kayak, life jacket, and ...

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 19

Father's Day Fishing Tournament

Jun 19
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Trout Dock
This just-for-fun trout tournament is designed for children and their fathers, grandfathers, or guardians. You may win prizes and certificates for a variety of wacky cate...

Jun 20

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Jun 20
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Join a park interpreter for a moon-lit tour on Lake Catherine. Our stable, flat-water kayaks are easy to navigate and are incredibly relaxing. No experience is required, ...

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
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 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 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...

Jul 01
- THRU - Jul 03

Kayak Tours

Jul 01
- Jul 03
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Enjoy guided kayak tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and discover the wild and scenic Cossatot River. Adventures depend on weather and river water levels. Ages 12 a...

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 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 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

Evening Canoe Float

Jul 09
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 09

Introduction to Kayaking Class

Jul 09
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Learn to kayak with an American Canoe Association certified instructor. No experience is necessary, but you should feel comfortable around water. Kayak, life jacket, and ...

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 20

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Jul 20
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Join a park interpreter for a moon-lit tour on Lake Catherine. Our stable, flat-water kayaks are easy to navigate and are incredibly relaxing. No experience is required, ...

Aug 18

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Aug 18
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Join a park interpreter for a moon-lit tour on Lake Catherine. Our stable, flat-water kayaks are easy to navigate and are incredibly relaxing. No experience is required, ...

Aug 20

Kayaking 101

Aug 20
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pedal Boat Rental Area
Spend some time on the lake learning the basic paddling and kayaking maneuvers and then move to the Spring River after lunch. Space is limited and reservations are requir...

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...

Sep 03

Big Maumelle Canoe Float

Sep 03
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 are require...

Sep 05

Labor Day Kayak Float

Sep 05
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 are require...

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 16

Kayak and Dinner Cruise

Sep 16
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...

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

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
- THRU - Sep 18

Kayak Campout

Sep 17
- Sep 18
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Marina Boat Ramp
Join us for our popular overnight kayaking adventure. The trip includes meals and evening programs, as well as information on the history, geology, and wildlife of Lake O...

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

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 16

Full Moon Kayak Tour

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

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 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 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...

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 04

Hike in the Hills

Dec 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Challenge yourself with a guided hike to one of the seven peaks of Pinnacle Mountain State Park on this off-trail expedition. Wear sturdy shoes and bring lots of water!...

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...