Arkansas State Parks


Arkansas's natural beauty and its history are showcased and preserved in the 52 Arkansas parks and museums of the Arkansas State Parks system, in seven National Park Service sites, in three national forests covering more than 2.9 million acres of Arkansas, plus more than 200 Arkansas camping sites and recreational areas.

Book Online a Room, Cabin or Campsite at one of Arkansas's State Parks.

Arkansas parks are scattered across the state, from its highest peaks to the shores of lakes and streams. Overnight accommodations available in recreational parks include lodges, cabins, campgrounds with modern conveniences and even rental teepees and yurts.

The Lodge at Mount Magazine State Park

Many of the recreational parks also offer restaurants, snack bars, hiking trails, pavilions, picnic areas, playgrounds and numerous interpretive programs. Some also feature marinas, swimming pools, tennis courts and boat ramps. One even features the world's only site where members of the public can search for keeper diamonds where the gems naturally occur.

Among the state's historical and cultural parks is a cultural center that preserves traditional Ozark Mountain folk music, dance, and crafts; four Civil War battlefields and a restoration town that once served as Arkansas's Confederate capital; two Native American mound sites; and a museum that tells the story of South Arkansas's oil boom.

Among the National Park Service locations in Arkansas are Hot Springs National Park and the country's first national river, the Buffalo. The Ozark, St. Francis and Ouachita national forests are filled with recreational opportunities that include camping; hiking, horse, ATV and cycling trails; fishing; hunting; scenic driving; and wildlife observation. Other federally operated leisure facilities in Arkansas include numerous U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas located on lakes and rivers and limited camping areas in three national wildlife refuges.

At left, Steel Creek Area of the Buffalo National River - from Roark Bluff.