State Park

Arkansas State Parks offer over 22,000 programs, tours and events for park visitors. While the State Parks are open year-round, some facilities close seasonally. Please check with the individual parks for details. Unless demand dictates, bathhouses are closed December-February.

Just because it’s January doesn’t mean we can’t grab the kids and head outdoors for some fun! The average temperature in January in Arkansas is 29.3 degrees…while that it a bit nippy, it’s not too cold to enjoy the beauty of winter in The Natural State! So grab some gloves, a scarf and your coat …
For 39 years, January at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck has been the scene of a special weekend dedicated to special bird: the American bald eagle. “Eagles Et Cetera is one of, if not the, longest running eagle conservation event in the state,” said David Armstrong, Park Interpreter at DeGray Lake Resort State …
Arkansas offers great winter weather for outdoor activities. Mild temperatures make hiking a great choice for warming up in cooler weather while also enjoying nature. The leafless trees of the season provide vantage points for sightseeing that are covered up when leaves deck the branches. Here are four good beginner trails for families that are …
The popular four-mile Caddo Bend Trail is a trail located on a peninsula in Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs. I enjoy hiking this route throughout the year as each season highlights the trail in a different distinct beauty. The route stands out as it is a loop trail and circles an entire peninsula back to …
The holiday season is upon us! It’s a great time to get out and have some fun with the entire family. On Nov. 18, head to Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin for Casqui Foods Day. Sample foods that would have been enjoyed by the ancient inhabitants of Casqui. While the ancient inhabitants of Parkin …
The Diamonds in the Fall Festival is Murfreesboro is set for October 27-28. This family friendly event is held in the town’s Courthouse Square and has craft and food vendors, games for the kids, a pumpkin pie baking contest, a chili cooking event, a costume contest and more. New this year is a bucking bull ride …
With its mild climate and variety of habitats, Arkansas is a well-known destination to watch birds. “Birding is a simple activity that anyone can do,” said Shea Lewis, a regional supervisor at Arkansas State Parks. “You can start at home with the basic bird feeder. A lot of folks are backyard birders and they keep …
Whether you’re 8 or 88, seeing the first pumpkin of the year makes you realize fall and Halloween are on the way! These two events offer pumpkins galore and all the other fun things that make fall in Arkansas amazing! Arkansas Post Museum State Park in Gillett hosts the annual Fall Fair on Oct. 7. …
What is it about the dark that can make a pleasant place take on a foreboding feel? At Lake Fort Smith State Park in Mountainburg, it’s the telling of authentic Ozarks ghost stories during a nighttime water cruise from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 28. Park interpreters will lead this haunted …
Along The Natural State’s eastern border flows a mighty river that has transformed the land and the people within its reach. It is the majestic Mississippi River, which starts as a stream in Minnesota, winding throughout America’s heartland to Louisiana, where it relinquishes its powerful waters into the Gulf of Mexico. Arkansas is a proud …