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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
- 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

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

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 - Jan 14

At Home in the Ozarks, 1974

Jun 06
- Jan 14
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
An exhibit featuring photos of native Ozarkers and "back-to-the-landers" by Jim Simmons....

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 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

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 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 14
- THRU - Jun 18

Annual Auto Show and Swap Meet

Jun 14
- Jun 18
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Museum of Automobiles
This annual antique car show is co-hosted by the Mid-America Old Time Automobile Association and the Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain. Classic and vintage aut...

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

Gourd Workshop

Jun 18
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center
Gourds have been used for centuries for a variety of purposes. Join the park interpreter and learn how to shape and decorate these unusual plants and create things like b...

Jun 19

Junior 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 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 25

27th P.A.M. Anniversary

Jun 25
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Bring your family and join the museum staff for free Dutch-oven desserts and homemade ice cream in celebration of our opening anniversary! Plantation Agriculture Museum f...

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 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 02

The Reading and Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Jul 02
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
- 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

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

The Reading and Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Jul 04
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 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

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

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

Fun on the Fourth

Jul 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Picnic Area
Celebrate and cool off this 4th of July at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Join park interpreters for a series of old-fashioned games that will bring back old memories and...

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 09

Homegoods Day

Jul 09
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Plantation Agriculture Museum invites everyone to journey back to our pioneering roots during the 2nd annual Homegoods Day. Homemakers and crafters from around Arkansas ...

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

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 11

Teacher Workshop

Jul 11
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center

Park interpreters are continually developing new and exciting educational programs for groups who visit Parkin Archeol...


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...

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 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 13

Candle Making Workshop

Aug 13
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center
Candles were a vital part of frontier life and pioneers had to make their own with the materials they had on hand. Join the park interpreter to learn the history of candl...

Aug 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

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
- 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...

Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 05

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 31
- Sep 05
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 foundation...

Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 05

59 Years of Service: Davidsonville Legacy Week

Aug 31
- Sep 05
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
TBA
The town site of Davidsonville has been preserved as a state park since 1957 when land was generously donated to the state by the Davis family. As part of the Arkansas St...

Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 05

Legacy Week

Aug 31
- Sep 05
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum

Join us in celebrating Arkansas State Parks! Activities will be held throughout the week to commemorate the history of the park and its mission. Contact the park for a...


Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 06

Legacy Week

Aug 31
- Sep 06
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
The legacy of Arkansas State Parks is to preserve our state's diverse beauty and history, so that all Arkansans and visitors may find emotional and intellectual connectio...

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 02
- THRU - Sep 07

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Sep 02
- Sep 07
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
TBA
Join Cossatot River State Park to explore our local heritage and participate in interactive programs and games to discover why Cossatot River is a special place. Explore ...

Sep 03

6th Annual Watermelon Weigh-Off

Sep 03
Historic Washington State Park, 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 03
- THRU - Sep 05

65th Annual Clothesline Fair

Sep 03
- Sep 05
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 09
- THRU - Sep 10

47th Annual Ham Fest

Sep 09
- Sep 10
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
The annual Ham Fest here at Queen Wilhelmina State Park is hog heaven for amateur radio enthusiasts. Do you need an antenna or parts for your radio? How about becomi...

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 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

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 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

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 21
- THRU - Sep 24

Annual Fall Automobile Swap Meet

Sep 21
- Sep 24
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Museum of Automobiles
This annual swap meet is hosted by the Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain. Classic and vintage automobiles from all over the region are on display. There is als...

Sep 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

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

38th Annual Ozark Memories Day

Sep 24
Earl Schrock, 1380 Silex Road, Dover, AR 72837, Dover
Grounds of Dover High School just off Highway 7N
Lion's Club Pancake breakfast 6:30-11 a.m. Parade at 10 a.m. All-day activities, children's games, musical entertainment, pre-teen, teen, and adult games, Dutch oven coo...

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 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 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

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 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

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 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
- 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...

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
- 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 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

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
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
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 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 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

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 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 ...

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

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

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

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
- 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

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 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 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

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 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 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
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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
- 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 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 ...


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...


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 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 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 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 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 21
- THRU - Sep 23

20th Annual Fall Automobile Swap Meet

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

Sep 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 ...

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 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,...