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Apr 30
- THRU - May 05

Youth Art Contest Finalist Exhibit

Apr 30
- May 05
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Visitor Center
Kindergarten through 12th grade students will display their art work representing the St. Francis and Mississippi River, Crowley’s Ridge, or the Delta in the entran...

May 05
- THRU - May 07

Ozark Birders' Springtime Retreat

May 05
- May 07
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
See springtime birds in action! Activities for beginner to advanced birders are available, including guest favorites such as eagle hikes, beginning birding clinic, and ea...

May 06

Pickin' in the Park

May 06
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Frisco Depot Museum
Bring your chair, and come play or just listen to a little gospel, old-time country, and bluegrass music at the Depot. Professionals and amateurs are invited to bring ins...

May 06

Kids' Fishing Derby

May 06
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Snack Bar

Calling all kids ages 2 to 15, try your luck in Lake Bennett at our annual fishing derby! A drawing at the end of the derby will be held for some excellent prizes. Tro...


May 06

Safety Expo

May 06
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead
Lake Catherine State Park will team with sponsors and representatives from Hot Spring and Garland Counties to host a safety exposition. The event offers a relaxed setting...

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 ...

May 13

Hummingbird Special

May 13
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
The Lodge at Mount Magazine
Each year, the return of hummingbirds is eagerly awaited at Mount Magazine State Park. Marvel at these acrobatic pollinators during this family-friendly, nature-themed ce...

May 13

Herb and Plant Sale

May 13
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Drop by to see the herb garden, and pick up a few herbs and other plants for your garden or containers. Members of the 21st Century Club will be out early with plants tha...

May 13

Tourism Day

May 13
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Join us at the Welcome Center to celebrate National Tourism Week. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and includes free balloons, door prizes, refreshments, and more! The event las...

May 20

Spring Kayak Float

May 20
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch

Experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5 – 5 mile sit-on-top kayak float. No prior paddling experience is required, but you should be comfortable aroun...


May 20

Hope/Hempstead County Bluegrass Festival

May 20
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Historic Washington State Park serves as host for the Spring Hope/Hempstead County Bluegrass Festival. Sit back and enjoy a day of free performances on the courthouse law...

May 20

Pioneer Day

May 20
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Wonder House
Ever wonder how people used to cook, or what games and toys children played in early Arkansas? How about what tools were used for everyday living and how they are similar...

May 20

Spring Music in the Park

May 20
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Carnival Tent in the Campground Area
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy this relaxing, spring evening of live music! Please contact the park for more detail as the event draws near.     ...

May 20

National Kids to Parks Day

May 20
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

Come 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 27

Junior Fishing Derby

May 27
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...

May 27

Lake Charles 50th Anniversary Celebration

May 27
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Celebrate Lake Charles State Park's 50th anniversary with us! There will be food, entertainment, and special programs. Learn about the park over the years, how it has cha...

May 27
- THRU - May 29

Memorial Weekend

May 27
- May 29
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Let's remember and honor those who gave their lives protecting the freedom of our country. Bring the entire family to Queen Wilhelmina State Park for a weekend of interpr...

Jun 03

Annual Children's Fishing Derby

Jun 03
Logoly State Park, McNeil
Visitor Center
Logoly State Park is proud to announce the Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. The derby is open to children ages 5 to 15. Small children will be allowed to have an adult c...

Jun 03

Battle of Ditch Bayou Commemoration

Jun 03
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Visitor Center
Join us as we commemorate the battle that took place between Union and Confederate soldiers just south of Lake Chicot. As the last major Civil War battle in the state, wh...

Jun 03

National Trails Day

Jun 03
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Stop by the welcome center and sign up as a registered walker and walk at least one lap (6/10 mile). The walker with the most laps wins a prize! Registration begins at 8 ...

Jun 03

National Trails Day

Jun 03
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

Come celebrate and experience the fantastic hiking and biking trails of Lake Fort Smith! This day will be full of guided hikes and hiking programs which are great for ...


Jun 06

Tuesdays at 2!

Jun 06
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Parkin Archeological State Park is a great place to explore the past. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational program! Meet at the visitor center....

Jun 08

32nd Annual Fun Day

Jun 08
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow

Bring your family and friends for a day of games and contests! Sack races, pedal boat races, watermelon seed spitting, and a water balloon toss are a few of the fun ev...


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 ...

Jun 10

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Jun 10
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join us as we celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day, where we encourage everyone to bring a kid out to the park for a great experience exploring some of the trails her...

Jun 10

Storm Creek Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Storm Creek Day Use Area
Anglers ages 6-12 are invited to bring a cane fishing pole and participate in the Storm Creek Lake Fishing Derby. Tadpoles age 3-5 are also welcome. Registration starts...

Jun 10

Storm Creek Youth Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Storm Creek Day Use Area
Anglers ages 6-12 are invited to bring a cane fishing pole and participate in the Storm Creek Lake Fishing Derby. Tadpoles age 3-5 are also welcome. Registration starts...

Jun 10

National Get Outdoors Day

Jun 10
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Go outside and explore Queen Wilhelmina State Park! Not sure what to do? Take a hike, and join Park Interpreter Melissa for some fun outdoor interpretive programs and ac...

Jun 10

Annual Kid's Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Our Annual Kid's Fishing Derby is a free event for kids 15 and under. Gifts, prizes, and family fun await. Prize entry must be turned in by 10 a.m. Try to catch...

Jun 10

1st Annual Reel-em-in Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
What better way to get a kid hooked on fishing than to fish in a friendly derby? Come on out and join the fun as we fish for catfish, bass, and sunfish in Lake Fort Smith...

Jun 16
- THRU - Jun 18

Trout Days

Jun 16
- Jun 18
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Trout Days
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...

Jun 17

Junior Fishing Derby

Jun 17
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 18

Father's Day Fishing Tournament

Jun 18
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Trout Dock
This just-for-fun trout fishing tournament is designed for children and their fathers, grandfathers, or guardians. Door prizes will be given as well as certificates for a...

Jun 20

Kerry Grombacher Concert

Jun 20
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Amphitheater
Performing songwriter Kerry Grombacher will appear in a free concert at the amphitheater at Lake Catherine State Park on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017. In the spirit of trouba...

Jun 21
- THRU - Jun 23

Lake Life Day Camp

Jun 21
- Jun 23
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join us for “Lake Life” as we explore the life in and around Lake Dardanelle. We will kayak, fish, and explore the environment around the lake, and much more....

Jul 01

4th of July Weekend in the Park

Jul 01
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Join us for our annual 4th of July activities in the park, where we’ll have refreshing watermelon and homemade ice cream on this hot summer day. Many oth...

Jul 01

Owl Prowl

Jul 01
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Arboretum Trail
Peek into the darkness and discover a world filled with owls. Join a park interpreter on a guided hike along the Arkansas Arboretum Trail in search of the elusive noctur...

Jul 01

The Reading and Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Jul 01
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 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

Fun on the Fourth

Jul 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Picnic Area
Celebrate and cool off this 4th of July at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Join park interpreters for a day full of old-fashioned games for the whole family. There will b...

Jul 04

4th of July Island Festival

Jul 04
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge Island
Bring the whole family to the park and make great memories this 4th of July. Park interpreters will have a host of games and activities to help you enjoy your time at DeG...

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

Independence Day Celebration

Jul 04
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Enjoy all-American fun for the entire family! Activities are scheduled at the James A. Gaston Visitor Center. Fireworks at dark with shuttles available from park pavilion...

Jul 04

July 4th Game Day

Jul 04
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Day Use/Picnic Area
Join the park interpreters for a few hours of family-friendly outdoor games! Come ready to eat some watermelon and be ready for a water balloon battle! Even more games an...

Jul 04

42nd Annual Devil's Den Games

Jul 04
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Ball field in Camp Area E
Enjoy a fun filled family day of horseshoes, parades, and much more, all topped off with homemade ice cream! It will be a July 4th celebration your family won’t soo...

Jul 08

Third Annual Homegoods Day

Jul 08
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Main Museum

The Plantation Agriculture Museum will host the Third Annual Homegoods Day on Saturday, July 8th from 10-2 pm. Join the festivities while enjoying fresh hom...


Jul 08

Arkansas River Clean-up

Jul 08
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Lake Dardanelle State Park is providing an opportunity on National River Cleanup Day for people to come together to make a big impact. Volunteers are needed for our Annua...

Jul 08

Picnic in the Park

Jul 08
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Mammoth Spring State Park
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 08

Picnic In The Park

Jul 08
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Sandbar Picnic Area

It’s summertime and the great outdoors beckons. That’s why it makes sense to take every opportunity to relax and entertain outside. Join park interpreters ...


Jul 08

Picnic in the Park

Jul 08
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join the Devil’s Den State Park Interpreters for guided hikes this weekend to enjoy the spectacular landscape while getting in your exercise for the day! Or you cou...

Jul 12

Wild Women Wednesday

Jul 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBD

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 location. ...


Jul 12
- THRU - Jul 14

Nature’s Navigators Day Camp

Jul 12
- Jul 14
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
At Lake Dardanelle State Park, things are always in motion. Jump into action with us as we discover how people, plants, and animals navigate nature. This camp is open to ...

Jul 15

Birds of Prey

Jul 15
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
Learn some of the predatory birds that call our area home. Get a chance to feel their sharp talons or maybe hear one calling to us! Meet the park interpreter at the pavil...

Jul 15

Summer Star Party

Jul 15
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...

Jul 15

Braided Rug Workshop

Jul 15
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse

Spend the day at Historic Washington learning rug braiding techniques. Choose your own material and the project is yours to keep. All materials will be provided.  ...


Jul 22

Junior Fishing Derby

Jul 22
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...

Jul 22
- THRU - Jul 23

Inspect an Insect Weekend

Jul 22
- Jul 23
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Ninety-five percent of all living creatures are insects! Spend the weekend learning about the different types of insects in the park and have a chance to eat one! Contact...

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...


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 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 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 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
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
For over 27 years the Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park has continued to carry on the legacy of preserving the rich heritage of plantation life and cotton agricult...

Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge

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 connec...


Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
2009 Main Street, 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 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...

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 ...


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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 15

Tombstones That Tell Tales

Oct 15
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Rogers
Visitor Center

Tombstones don't just mark a burial site. According to graveyard researcher, Abby Burnett, "Epitaphs can be funny. Epitaphs can be serious. Epitaphs can be revealing. ...


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 20

Starlight Boat Tour

Oct 20
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center Picnic Tables
Join a park interpreter to explore Lake Ouachita State Park’s night sky. We will head out by boat to discover more about the twinkling world above our heads. Bring ...

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 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

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...

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 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 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 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 15

America Recycles Day

Nov 15
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Come and get trashy! Join park staff for some fun activities about trash and what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint!...

Nov 18

Casqui Foods

Nov 18
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While the ancient inhabitants of Parkin didn’t have pizza and cheeseburgers to enjoy, they had a varied and healthy diet. Bring your family and friends to experienc...

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 18

Casqui Foods

Nov 18
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While the ancient inhabitants of Parkin didn't have pizza and cheeseburgers to enjoy, they had a varied and healthy diet. Bring your family and friends to experience the ...

Nov 24

Green Friday Shopping Event

Nov 24
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center

Turn Black Friday green and join us at Davidsonville Historic State Park for an opportunity you can’t pass up. Why go to the big box stores when you can take a h...


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

Nov 24
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Instead of going shopping among huge crowds on Black Friday visit us at the museum for an alternative way to spend the day. We will have a make-and-take craft project tha...

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
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA

Go green NOT black! Forget the crowded malls and stores as you join park staff to ease into the holiday season by enjoying the great outdoors!

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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

Green Friday

Nov 24
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum

Why spend Black Friday in crowded stores and long lines when you could be making memories with your family at the museum? Enjoy a green alternative to Black Friday and...


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 02

Historic Handmade Holidays

Dec 02
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While most people think of American Indians when they think of Parkin, there was an important historical community of people who worked at the Northern Ohio Sawmill. Thei...

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 02

Historic Handmade Holidays

Dec 02
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While most people think of American Indians when they think of Parkin, there was an important historical community of people who worked at the Northern Ohio Sawmill. Thei...

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 16

Holiday Crafts Open House

Dec 16
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Start some new holiday traditions to kick-off this Christmas season. Plantation Agriculture Museum will open the grounds and building to the public for our 7th annual ope...

Dec 23

Holiday Open House

Dec 23
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Visitor Center
Join the staff of Devil’s Den State Park for light refreshments and help us decorate our park Christmas Tree by making ornaments in the style of the Civilian Conser...

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

Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation

Jan 01
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Church in the Ozark Village
The Emancipation Proclamation, originally issued on January 1st, 1863, is a powerful document that holds untold significance for our nation and our heritage. Join the par...

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 Hikes 2018

Jan 01
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide

Guided hikes on New Year’s Day are part of an annual First Day Hikes initiative in the state parks in all 50 states. Begin the new year rejuvenating and connecti...


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 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 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
- THRU - Mar 19

Celebrating Trees at Petit Jean 2018

Mar 16
- Mar 19
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
March 19 is Arbor Day in Arkansas. You are invited to enjoy park programs that celebrate our bounty and variety of trees and the natural beauty of Petit Jean State Park. ...

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 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 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...

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...

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 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 will host our 2nd annual Reel-em-in Fishing Derby on June 9th...

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...

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. ...

Aug 29
- THRU - Sep 03

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week 2018

Aug 29
- Sep 03
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide

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 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 16
- THRU - Oct 18

Senior American Special 2018

Oct 16
- Oct 18
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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 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 ...

Dec 01

Christmas Open House 2018

Dec 01
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Historic Mather Lodge Lobby
See the park’s historic Mather Lodge dressed in its Christmas finery. Enjoy family arts and crafts activities and seasonal entertainment. Santa Claus is scheduled f...