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Jul 25
- THRU - Jul 26

History Happened Here Day Camp

Jul 25
- Jul 26
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room

Sign your child up for an adventure through history! This session is for children ages 7-10 and will help them learn about the histo...


Jul 25
- THRU - Jul 27

SWAT Overnight Camp

Jul 25
- Jul 27
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters as we discover Southwest Arkansas’s State Parks. We will hike, fish, swim, kayak, cook over a campfire, and more. Spend three nights and four...

Jul 25
- THRU - Jul 27

SWAT Overnight Camp

Jul 25
- Jul 27
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Kids ages 9-13 are invited to join park interpreters as we discover Southwest Arkansas’s State Parks. We will hike, fish, swim, kayak, campfire cook, and more. Spen...

Jul 25
- THRU - Jul 27

"Bug Buddies" Day Camp

Jul 25
- Jul 27
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Visitor Center
This summer day camp is for kids ages 5-9. We will get your child excited about nature with a variety of hands-on activities including bug-related arts and crafts, hiking...

Jul 26

Wild Women Wednesday

Jul 26
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for loc...


Jul 26
- THRU - Jul 28

Adventure Camp

Jul 26
- Jul 28
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
This camp is 9a.m. to 4p.m. each day, Wednesday through Friday and is designed to get ages 12-15 out in nature to explore our resources. They will explore the lake and it...

Jul 29

Star Gazing Cruise

Jul 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View the stars while we cruise aboard our tour boat on Lake Maumelle near Pinnacle Mountain. A park interpreter will serve as your guide to discover stars, constellations...

Aug 02

Wild Women Wednesday

Aug 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for loc...


Aug 02
- THRU - Aug 04

Eyes on the Sky Day Camp

Aug 02
- Aug 04
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Lake Dardanelle State Park is shaped by the forces in the sky. Discover just how vital wind, water, and the sun are as we turn our eyes to the sky.  This camp is ope...

Aug 05
- THRU - Aug 06

Hooray for Herps Weekend

Aug 05
- Aug 06
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Spend this weekend at Pinnacle Mountain State Park to discover this group of very misunderstood animals. Park interpreters will host hikes, crafts, games, and talks abou...

Aug 07
- THRU - Aug 12

124th Old Soldiers Reunion

Aug 07
- Aug 12
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field
A week of fun starting nightly at 5 p.m. with carnival rides, games, prizes, food, bingo, and more each evening. Free access and parking. Sponsored by VFW Post ...

Aug 11

Meteor Shower Mania Cruise

Aug 11
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View shooting stars from the middle of Lake Maumelle! Join a park interpreter on this guided cruise to learn about stars and constellations then watch a slice of the ann...

Aug 12

Meteor Shower Mania Cruise

Aug 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View shooting stars from the middle of Lake Maumelle! Join a park interpreter on this guided cruise to learn about stars and constellations then watch a slice of the ann...

Aug 12

Photography Contest Judging

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

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area’s theme is “A River for All Seasons.” Celebrate the beauty of the Cossatot River by entering your photos taken...


Aug 12

Black River Ramble

Aug 12
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Black River Boat Launch

Join park staff and explore the importance of rivers with a float on the Black River from Davidsonville to Powhatan. We will stop along the way for lunch and a tour of...


Aug 19

Cultural Celebration

Aug 19
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
History shapes the culture of an area and that is true of the River Valley as well. We will have programming and activities all day to share the history of the area. We w...

Aug 19

Junior Fishing Derby

Aug 19
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Aug 19
- THRU - Aug 20

Geocaching Weekend

Aug 19
- Aug 20
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Immerse you and your family into the world of geocaching. Learn about Arkansas State Park’s geocache tour and geocaches found right here at Pinnacle Mountain State ...

Aug 27

Summertime Lake Cruise

Aug 27
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Take a break from your busy schedule and join us for a relaxing trip on Lake Maumelle. A park interpreter will guide your cruise on the park’s pontoon boat to view ...

Aug 27

Summertime Lake Cruise

Aug 27
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Take a break from your busy schedule and join us for a relaxing trip on Lake Maumelle. A park interpreter will guide your cruise on the park’s pontoon boat to view ...

Aug 29
- THRU - Sep 04

Uncover the Legacy: Legacy Week 2017

Aug 29
- Sep 04
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center
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 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA

In 1923, Petit Jean became the first state park in Arkansas thanks to the efforts of Dr. T.W. Hardison. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) laid the foundat...


Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

The Arkansas State Parks system finds its roots all the way back to 1923. Come join us as we celebrate the lasting legacy of our State Parks as well as the rich h...


Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 04

6th Annual Legacy - Think Like a Mountain Weekend

Aug 31
- Sep 04
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA

School may be back in session, but there is still time for fun, family activities as you join park staff and special speakers to get to know the park better. Discover ...


Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 04

White River Days

Aug 31
- Sep 04
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Celebrate the history of the White River! This weekend’s events focus on the ecology and history of this beautiful area. Enjoy a multimedia presentation of the hist...

Sep 02

Big Maumelle Canoe Float

Sep 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Ramp
Paddle your way through Pinnacle’s majestic lowland river while viewing large cypress trees and a variety of wildlife. Advance payment and registration required....

Sep 02

34th Antique & Classic Car Show

Sep 02
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field
Antique and classic cars will be on display and judged by year class. Gates open at 9 a.m. and judging begins at 11 a.m. Dash plaques for the first 50 registrants. Classe...

Sep 02

7th Annual Watermelon Weigh-Off

Sep 02
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Old Washington Farmers Market
Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park and other county residents to see who has the largest watermelon in the region. The event is a sanctioned event of the Gr...

Sep 04

Labor Day Kayak Float

Sep 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Ramp
Paddle your way through Pinnacle’s majestic lowland river while viewing large cypress trees and a variety of wildlife. Advance payment and registration required....

Sep 08

Kayak and Dinner Cruise

Sep 08
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Lake Dunn Boat Dock
Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour of Lake Dunn. We will have dinner on the shore of the lake and finish the night with star gazing. Space is limited, so reservations are requir...

Sep 09

Lee Creek Clean-up

Sep 09
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join area groups and individuals as we clean up Lee Creek. Cleaner water means a cleaner park for everyone to enjoy. Come and help!...

Sep 09

Fly Tying Workshop

Sep 09
Withrow Springs State Park, Huntsville
Pavilion

Join Park Volunteer Sallyann Brown at the Keith Ham Pavilion for a workshop on the different types of flies and how to tie your own for fly fishing. All materials will...


Sep 09

Star Party

Sep 09
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join amateur astronomers at the visitor center for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena. As twilight settles in, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Soci...

Sep 15
- THRU - Sep 16

29th Annual Mountain Bike Race

Sep 15
- Sep 16
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
What’s a mountain bike race without the trails at Devil’s Den State Park? Come and ride in the race or just enjoy watching all the levels of riders compete....

Sep 16

Lake Greeson Cleanup

Sep 16
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Self Creek Boat Ramp & Bear Creek Cycle Trailhead
Join us for the annual cleanup event on Lake Greeson. This year we will be working to clean up the shoreline and the Bear Creek Cycle Trail. Life jackets, gloves, trash b...

Sep 16

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Celebrate the beauty of the Natural State by joining volunteers all over Arkansas, in cleaning up our green spaces. Place your mark at Pinnacle Mountain State Park by hel...

Sep 16

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Sep 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Learn traditional uses for some common Arkansas plants during this workshop conducted by Mike Thennes which will include both indoor and outdoor sessions. Advance paymen...

Sep 16

Kayaking 101

Sep 16
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Marina
Spend some time on the lake learning the basic paddling and kayaking maneuvers and then move to the Spring River after lunch. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets provided.&...

Sep 22
- THRU - Sep 24

Men's Adventure Weekend

Sep 22
- Sep 24
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Men join a park interpreter at one of the premier trout fishing destinations in the country for a weekend full of outdoor adventure at Bull Shoals White River State Park....

Sep 23

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 23
P.O. Box 4, 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. Help keep Lake Fort S...

Sep 23

Junior Fishing Derby

Sep 23
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Sep 24
- THRU - Sep 30

Take a Child Outside

Sep 24
- Sep 30
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Queen Wilhelmina State Park is inviting the public to take part in connecting children to the natural world as part of a growing nationwide effort geared toward getting y...

Sep 30

National Public Lands Day

Sep 30
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center

Join Lake Dardanelle State Park as they host National Public Lands Day. This event brings together thousands of volunteers to improve and restore the lands and facilit...


Sep 30

Fall Fishing Derby

Sep 30
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Golf Course Pond #7 (Across From Horse Stables)
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 ...

Oct 06
- THRU - Oct 08

Woman's Outdoor Weekend

Oct 06
- Oct 08
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Ladies open the door to all of your senses by getting away and reconnecting with nature. During this 3-day, 2-night adventure, we will offer sessions on basic camping, n...

Oct 07

Gardening Basics for the Fall

Oct 07
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Just because winter is almost here, doesn’t mean you must put your gardening tools away. Some of your favorite plants come from a healthy fall/winter garden. Join o...

Oct 07

Cossatot River Fall Clean-Up

Oct 07
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Please join the staff at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area and members of the Arkansas Canoe Club for a Great Arkansas Cleanup event. A clean, beautiful park is some...

Oct 08

Fall Canoe Float

Oct 08
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Enjoy the crisp cool air of fall on this canoeing journey through Pinnacle Mountain’s lowlands. If we are lucky, we will see the start of fall’s colors on th...

Oct 09

Columbus Day Lake Tour

Oct 09
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Are you looking for a relaxing and entertaining way to spend your Columbus Day vacation? How about a trip to Pinnacle Mountain State Park for a relaxing afternoon boat r...

Oct 10
- THRU - Oct 12

Senior American Special

Oct 10
- Oct 12
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Experience the scenic beauty of Petit Jean State Park while enjoying the hospitality of the friendly park staff! Join us for free guided walks, talks, demonstrations, and...

Oct 13

Camper's Reunion Chili Cook-off

Oct 13
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Pavilion
This fall join us for a cooking competition at Daisy State Park. Whether you are a master chef or you just enjoy eating delicious food, this is an event you won’t w...

Oct 13
- THRU - Oct 15

Women Outdoors Weekend

Oct 13
- Oct 15
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
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, hiking...

Oct 14

Ghost of Davidsonville Fall Festival

Oct 14
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Davidsonville Historic State Park
There's a chill in the air, color in the trees, pumpkins abound and what's that? Do you hear the whispering of ghosts down at Davidsonville State Park? Gather u...

Oct 14

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Oct 14
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Pavilion #1
This workshop explores the rich history of the cast iron Dutch oven and gives participants the opportunity to prepare recipes using this time-honored cooking method. Work...

Oct 14

5th Annual Fall Fest

Oct 14
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Visitor Center
Help us celebrate the coming of fall! Design a costume and join in the “walk around” trick or treating and lots more during this weekend of family fun....

Oct 14

Fall Festival

Oct 14
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Amphitheater
Join Queen Wilhelmina State Park for our annual wagon rides. Rides will start every hour on the hour. After the wagon ride, join us by the fire for storytelling, hot choc...

Oct 15

Fall Canoe Float

Oct 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Enjoy the crisp cool air of fall on this canoeing journey through Pinnacle Mountain’s lowlands. If we are lucky, we will see the start of fall’s colors on th...

Oct 17

Geocaching 101

Oct 17
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Frisco Depot Museum
Have you ever wondered how to get started with geocaching? Well, here's your chance to learn the basics of this fun and engaging hobby! Space is limited and reservations ...

Oct 21

Prehistoric Duck Decoy Workshop

Oct 21
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Waterfowl were an important protein source for the ancient people of this area. Duck decoys made of cattail leaves have been found at various archeological sites. Come to...

Oct 21

Halloween in the Park

Oct 21
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead Fire Ring
Join the friends and staff of Lake Catherine State Park as we host a community fall festival. Featuring trick-or-treating in the campground, hay rides, a hot dog and mars...

Oct 21

Beginner’s Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Oct 21
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Heritage Resource Center
If you have never cooked in a cast iron Dutch oven this workshop is for you. Learn how to care for cast iron cookware, how to control temperatures and spend some hands-on...

Oct 21

Prehistoric Duck Decoy Workshop

Oct 21
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Waterfowl were an important protein source for the ancient people of this area. Duck decoys made of cattail leaves have been found at various archeological sites. Come to...

Oct 21

Canoe Races

Oct 21
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
Join in on this family-friendly and informal race day at the lake. Within the day there are several sub-events which include a long-distance race, sprint race, beach ball...

Oct 27

Haunted Waters Lake Tour

Oct 27
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
The calm waters of Lake Fort Smith take on an ominous feel as we cruise the water at nightfall and tell authentic Ozarks ghost stories and folklore. Costumes are welcome....

Oct 28

Halloween Fun at Petit Jean

Oct 28
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Rec Hall Unless Otherwise Noted
Celebrate the “spooky season” on Petit Jean Mountain! Family-friendly, nature-focused activities are provided. Costumes are welcome. Contact the park for a sc...

Oct 28

Haunted Waters Lake Tour

Oct 28
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
The calm waters of Lake Fort Smith take on an ominous feel as we cruise the water at nightfall and tell authentic Ozarks ghost stories and folklore. Costumes are welcome....

Oct 28

Halloween in the Park

Oct 28
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Park Wide
Come join us for our 10th annual Halloween in the Park! Festivities include trick or treating throughout the campground for children 12 and under and a haunted...

Oct 28

Autumn Celebration

Oct 28
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Campground Pavilion
The Ozarks are beautiful this time of year with gorgeous weather, colorful scenery, and superb trout fishing. Join a park interpreter for nature programs, lake and river ...

Oct 28

Halloween Hayride

Oct 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
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 28

The peRSeverance Run 5K

Oct 28
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Pavilion
Join us for a major fund raising event designed to raise awareness about water safety and drowning prevention. This event is sponsored by Ryan’s Call Foundation an...

Oct 28

Devil's Den Haunted Trail Walk

Oct 28
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Relive a haunted Devil’s Den story as you make your way down the trail. There is a small fee for this haunted trail walk. Register at the visitor center. Light refr...

Oct 28

Autumn in Arkansas

Oct 28
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Come celebrate the changing seasons as we explore what makes this time of year special. There will be programs and activities throughout the day....

Oct 28

Star Party

Oct 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join amateur astronomers at the visitor center for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena. As twilight settles in, the Cen...

Oct 29

Halloween Hayride

Oct 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
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
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
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 03

Eagle Tour

Nov 03
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 American Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular b...

Nov 04

Fall Foliage Lake Cruise

Nov 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Experience the beauty of a tree rainbow along the shores of nearby Lake Maumelle. Join a park interpreter for a guided tour of these amazing colors. Don’t forget yo...

Nov 04

Cast Iron Round Mini Servers Workshop

Nov 04
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join park interpreters for a fun day of cooking with cast iron. Learn the history and techniques and receive a cast iron round mini server. We will make entrees, and dess...

Nov 04

Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 04
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Have you ever wondered how to use a cast iron Dutch oven? Join us for a Dutch oven demonstration to learn how to care for, and cook in a Dutch oven. Registration is requi...

Nov 04

Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 04
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Picnic Hill Pavilion
Outdoor cooking in cast iron Dutch ovens is a longstanding tradition in Arkansas State Parks. Join us for a workshop to gain hands-on experience preparing food using this...

Nov 11

Dutch Oven Workshop: Veterans Day Celebration

Nov 11
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center Fire Place

Pioneers relied heavily on Dutch ovens when they were traveling west to settle the frontier. Learn how to use and care for Dutch ovens as...


Nov 11

Fall Star Party

Nov 11
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Snack Bar Parking Lot
Bring your family and friends to star gaze at Woolly  Hollow State Park! Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have telescopes available for you ...

Nov 11
- THRU - Nov 12

Survival Skills Weekend

Nov 11
- Nov 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Start or add to your knowledge of surviving in the great outdoors. This weekend will be filled with survivor skills workshops such as map and compass, fire starting, she...

Nov 18

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Nov 18
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Ever noticed that all food tastes better around a fire? Here is your chance to learn to cook tasty meals in the great outdoors and discover the secrets of successful cas...

Nov 18

Fall Star Party

Nov 18
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Swim Beach
Arkansas State Parks can be great places to stargaze because they are often far from urban light pollution. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have...

Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

Crowded stores, short tempers, and congested traffic…sounds lovely, right? Avoid the headaches of Black Friday and instead create enjoyable memories by spending...


Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park

Avoid the crowds, enjoy the Thanksgiving Holidays, and visit Lake Catherine State Park instead of a shopping mall! We've got a beautiful waterfall, over five miles of ...


Nov 24

Green Friday Initiative

Nov 24
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
TBA

Does black Friday make you feel blue? If so, it’s time to go green at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park! The Green Friday initiative invites you to skip the c...


Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Visitor Center
What better to spend “Black Friday” than outside with your family? Avoid all of those suffocating crowds by going on a hike, having a picnic in the&...

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 ...

Nov 25

Turkey Trot Fun 5K

Nov 25
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Come join us for our Turkey Trot 5K. This is a fun run; no time limit or first place medals. Meet at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m.; run begins at 9 a.m. In order to gua...

Dec 02

Christmas Open House

Dec 02
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

It’s Christmastime at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park—antebellum Ozark Christmastime, t...


Dec 02

Winter at the Lake

Dec 02
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Bring the whole family to the park for this one day winter event. There will be programs, crafts, and more throughout the day. Call for details....

Dec 03

Christmas Open House

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

It’s Christmastime at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park—antebellum Ozark Christmastime, t...


Dec 08

O.W.L.S.

Dec 08
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). This progr...

Dec 16

"Hands-On" Candle Making Workshop

Dec 16
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Candle Shop
Join us at  Historic Washington State Park’s Candle Shop and be part of a hands-on experience making candles and learning the history of candle making. No...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
P.O. Box 4, 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 Tr...


Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Amphitheater

Start off the new year with a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. First Day Hikes will be taking place in parks across the nation, so this is the perfect opportuni...


Jan 01

First Day Hike 2018

Jan 01
3877 Highway 88 West, 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, joi...


Jan 01

First Day Highpoint Hike

Jan 01
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Lodge Lobby
Start your year off with a healthy hike to Arkansas’s highest point. This guided walk through winter woods is a good way to explore Mount Magazine....

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Battlefield Trailhead

Begin your new year surrounded by the beautiful, historic scenery of Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park! We will take a one-mile walk bac...


Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Battlefield Trailhead

Begin your new year surrounded by the beautiful, historic scenery of Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park! We'll take a one-mile walk back ...


Jan 01

125-Mile Challenge

Jan 01
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Battlefield Trailhead

Union General Herron's men completed a forced-march of 125 miles in three days to get to the Battle of Prairie Grove on Decemeber 7th, 1862. If they can complete this ...


Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center Picnic Tables
Start 2018 on the right foot (or left foot) with a hike along the trails of Lake Ouachita State Park. Take a self-guided walk or join us for guided hikes of various lengt...

Jan 13

Eagle Watch Lake Tour

Jan 13
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
Embrace your inner birder and join us for this afternoon cruise. While on the lake we’ll be on the lookout for the eagles who make this lake their home. It may be c...

Jan 13
- THRU - Jan 14

Eagle Awareness Weekend

Jan 13
- Jan 14
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join us for a weekend honoring our nation’s symbol; the mighty eagle. We will focus on these winged predators and offer eagle watch lake tours to hopefully get a gl...

Jan 13
- THRU - Jan 14

Eagle Awareness Weekend 2018

Jan 13
- Jan 14
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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 14

Eagle Watch Lake Tour

Jan 14
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
Embrace your inner birder and join us for this afternoon cruise. While on the lake we’ll be on the lookout for the eagles who make this lake their home. It may be c...

Jan 19

O.W.L.S.

Jan 19
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). This progr...

Jan 26
- THRU - Jan 28

39th Annual Eagles Et Cetera

Jan 26
- Jan 28
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge

Join us for the 39th annual Eagles Et Cetera event where we will celebrate our nation's symbol and many of its counterparts, calling to light some of today's most pres...


Feb 16

O.W.L.S.

Feb 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). This progr...

Feb 17
- THRU - Feb 18

Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb 17
- Feb 18
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Embrace your inner birder! Join a park interpreter for a stroll around the park as we identify and count the many birds of the area. Our observations will help bird resea...

Mar 03

Archeology Day at Petit Jean 2018

Mar 03
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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 09
- THRU - Mar 11

Cold-Blooded Critter Weekend

Mar 09
- Mar 11
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders, oh my! Come for a weekend of exploring the world of these cold-blooded critters of Lake Fort Smith State Park....

Mar 16

O.W.L.S.

Mar 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). This progr...

Mar 19
- THRU - Mar 23

Arkansas Spring Break 2018

Mar 19
- Mar 23
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
Family-friendly programs, including some evening activities, are scheduled during this week: guided hikes, nature games, park tours, and more. Contact the park for a sche...

Mar 20
- THRU - Mar 24

Spring Break

Mar 20
- Mar 24
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Looking for family-friendly spring break fun? Enjoy hands-on activities each day at 2 p.m. as you explore the past and make memories for the future. Contact the park for ...

Mar 21

State Park Explorer Day Camp

Mar 21
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park's history is nestled in the rich landscape of the Ozark Plateau. Kids ages 7-12 are invited to explore and discover what makes this S...

Mar 23

Firing Up the 'Ol Dutch Oven

Mar 23
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Demonstration Area (West of Polly Crews Overlook)
Ever wanted to fire up a cast iron Dutch oven and do some pioneer-fashion cooking? Here’s your chance! Join us for an afternoon of fireside cooking as we prepare so...

Mar 23

Pioneer Craft Day Camp

Mar 23
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Kids ages 8-12 are invited to experience pioneer life through hands-on pioneer "craft" activities. This camp will focus on the skills common to the Ozark Frontier, such a...

Mar 30
- THRU - Apr 01

Great Escape Weekend & Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Mar 30
- Apr 01
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
Celebrate spring and the great outdoors at our Great Escape Weekend! Enjoy free nature programs and family activities. The celebration concludes with an “Easter Egg...

Apr 02

Boater Education Class

Apr 02
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Lakeview Room
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 ha...

Apr 03

Boater Education Class

Apr 03
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Lakeview Room
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 ha...

Apr 06
- THRU - Apr 08

Wildflower Weekend 2018

Apr 06
- Apr 08
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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 07

Coyote Challenge Trail Run

Apr 07
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Challenge your will. Challenge your strength. Challenge your determination. Channel your inner coyote as you choose a distance of 5, 10, or 16K and run through the B...

Apr 13

O.W.L.S.

Apr 13
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). This progr...

Apr 21

Founders Day

Apr 21
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

Imagine life on the Arkansas frontier in the 1800s: the culture, the music, the traditions, and the sense of community. Join a park interpreter as we reveal some ...


Apr 22

Spring Fling Lake Tour

Apr 22
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Experience the beginning of a new season along the Frog Bayou here at Lake Fort Smith. Bring a jacket as this might be a chilly experience. Reservations are suggested and...

Apr 28

Wonders of Water Workshop

Apr 28
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Lakeview Room
We will offer a fun day of water resource programming for girl scouts to earn a Wonders of Water patch from Lake Dardanelle State Park. Registration for the workshop will...

Apr 29

Spring Fling Lake Tour

Apr 29
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Experience the beginning of a new season along the Frog Bayou here at Lake Fort Smith. Bring a jacket as this might be a chilly experience. Reservations are suggested and...

May 11

O.W.L.S.

May 11
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). This progr...

May 12

Arkansas Heritage Day at Petit Jean 2018

May 12
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
May is Arkansas Heritage Month, and you are invited to discover the state’s rich heritage in Arkansas’s first state park. From Native American Indian life to ...

May 19

Kids to Parks Day

May 19
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
Celebrate Kids to Parks Day, the national day of play created by the National Park Trust, at a state park. Join us for kid-friendly programming. Contact the park for more...

May 19

National Kids to Park Day

May 19
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

Join us for National Kids to Parks Day at Lake Fort Smith State Park! Fun, interactive programs and activities are scheduled throughout this day and are dedicated...


May 19

National Kids to Parks Day

May 19
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center

Bring the whole family to Lake Dardanelle State Park to celebrate National Kids to Parks Day. Park staff will offer a full schedule of programs and activities througho...


Jun 02

National Trails Day at Petit Jean 2018

Jun 02
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide

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 H...


Jun 02

Hiking Stick Workshop

Jun 02
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 02

War Eagle Appreciation Day

Jun 02
Withrow Springs State Park, Huntsville
Keith Ham Pavilion
Join park staff and community organizations as we celebrate the beauty and importance of the War Eagle Creek during the Annual War Eagle Appreciation Day. To celebrate th...

Jun 02
- THRU - Jun 10

National Boating and Fishing Week

Jun 02
- Jun 10
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
National Fishing and Boating Week is a national celebration of fishing and boating, highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing qualit...

Jun 04

Boater Education Class

Jun 04
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Lakeview Room
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 ha...

Jun 05

Boater Education Class

Jun 05
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Lakeview Room
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 ha...

Jun 09

Mountain Fishin' Derby 2018

Jun 09
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 09

2nd Annual Reel-em-in Fishing Derby

Jun 09
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
What better way to get a kid hooked on fishing than to fish in a friendly derby?! Lake Fort Smith State Park is hosting our 2nd annual Reel-em-in Fishing Derby on June 9t...

Jun 10

Summer Breeze Lake Tour

Jun 10
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
Enjoy the calming summer breeze aboard our tour boat as we cruise the emerald waters of Lake Fort Smith. This is a weather dependent event and subject to cancellation. Re...

Jun 12

Pioneer Life Day Camp

Jun 12
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Kids ages 8-12 will participate in activities designed to introduce them to the skills and history of pioneers on the Ozark frontier. Our campers will be immersed in pion...

Jun 14

Pioneer Life Day Camp

Jun 14
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum

Kids ages 8-12 will participate in activities designed to introduce them to the skills and history of pioneers on the Oza...


Jun 16

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jun 16
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. Th...

Jun 17

Summer Breeze Lake Tour

Jun 17
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Enjoy the calming summer breeze aboard our tour boat as we cruise the emerald waters of Lake Fort Smith. This is a weather dependent event and subject to cancellation. Re...

Jun 20
- THRU - Jun 22

Nature Encounters Day Camp

Jun 20
- Jun 22
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join us for “Nature Encounters” as we explore nature throughout Lake Dardanelle State Park. We will hike, kayak, fish, and much more. The camp is open to kids...

Jun 21

Civil War Day Camp

Jun 21
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Kids ages 7-12 are invited to experience the Civil War through hands-on games, activities, and demonstrations! Featured themes will focus on soldier camp life, black powd...

Jun 23

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jun 23
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
 Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. This is wea...

Jun 24

Summer Breeze Lake Tour

Jun 24
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Enjoy the calming summer breeze aboard our tour boat as we cruise the emerald waters of Lake Fort Smith. This is a weather dependent event and subject to cancellation. Re...

Jun 25

Wetlands Discovery One Day Camp

Jun 25
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join us for a thrilling day of discovery on the water! We take our kayaks out on the lake to observe aquatic birds and animals and use our dip nets to find and observe ma...

Jun 30

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jun 30
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. This is...

Jul 01

Kayak Adventure

Jul 01
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Kayaking is a great way to experience the sights of Lake Fort Smith and a fun way to exercise. Whether you are a beginner or have a bit more experience, this kayak tour i...

Jul 04

July 4th Games Day

Jul 04
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Day Use/Picnic Area
Lake Fort Smith State Park is a wonderful place to make memories with your family and friends. Join the park interpreters for a few hours of family-friendly outdoor games...

Jul 04

July 4th Fun and Games Day 2018

Jul 04
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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 07

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jul 07
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. Th...

Jul 14

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jul 14
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. Th...

Jul 14

20th Annual Butterfly Count

Jul 14
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Amphitheater
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 16

Wetlands Discovery Day Camp

Jul 16
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join us for a thrilling day of discovery on the water! We take our kayaks out on the lake to observe aquatic birds and animals and use our dip nets to find and observe ma...

Jul 19

Civil War Day Camp

Jul 19
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Kids ages 7-12 are invited to experience the Civil War through hands-on games, activities, and demonstrations! Featured themes will focus on soldier camp life, black powd...

Jul 19

Civil War Day Camp

Jul 19
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Kids ages 7-12 are invited to experience the Civil War through hands-on games, activities, and demonstrations! Featured themes will focus on soldier camp life, black powd...

Jul 21

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jul 21
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. Th...

Jul 22

Summer Breeze Lake Tour

Jul 22
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Enjoy the calming summer breeze aboard our tour boat as we cruise the emerald waters of Lake Fort Smith. This is a weather dependent event and subject to cancellation. Re...

Jul 28

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jul 28
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. Th...

Aug 04

Kayak Adventure

Aug 04
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Kayaking is a great way to experience the sights of Lake Fort Smith and a fun way to exercise. Whether you are a beginner or have a bit more experience, this kayak tour i...

Aug 29
- THRU - Sep 03

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 29
- Sep 03
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

The Arkansas State Parks system finds its roots all the way back to 1923. Join us as we celebrate the lasting legacy of our State Parks as well as the rich histor...


Sep 22

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 22
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. Help keep Lake Fort S...

Sep 29

Great Arkansas Cleanup 2018

Sep 29
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 20

Canoe Races

Oct 20
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join in on this family-friendly and informal race day at the lake. Within the day there are several sub-events which include a long-distance race, sprint race, beach ball...

Oct 27

Fall Fun Festival at Petit Jean State Park 2018

Oct 27
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Celebrate the autumn season on Petit Jean Mountain! Family-friendly, festival fun and nature-focused activities are provided. Costumes are welcome; dress up as your favor...

Nov 23

Green Friday

Nov 23
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

Crowded stores, short tempers, and congested traffic…sounds lovely, right? Avoid the headaches of Black Friday and instead create enjoyable memories by spending...


Nov 23
- THRU - Nov 25

21st Annual Petit Jean Mountain Rendezvous

Nov 23
- Nov 25
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 ...