Experience the outdoors

The Natural State is one of the best family vacation spots in the US because of our renown state and national parks with many free activities, like camping, fishing, birding and searching for waterfalls. We also have so many unique parks where you’ll have a one-of-a-time experience, like digging for diamonds or bathing in hot springs. 

With 52 state parks, Arkansas shares your love for the outdoors. There are plenty of fun and free vacation spots for your next trip, whether you are looking to vacation with your family, friends, or embark on a solo adventure. In our parks, you can hike, backpack or ride your bike across our state park trails. You can explore the lakes and rivers of Arkansas by swimming, kayaking, canoeing, or enjoying watersports. 
Arkansas has seven national parks that are a perfect for your next destination, no matter if you are a vacationer, historian, or nature enthusiast. Each park offers its own uniquely significant recreation and attractions to explore. You can rediscover the past by visiting Pea Ridge or Central High, learn about an Arkansas native and U.S. president at the Bill Clinton Birthplace Home, or camp at Hot Springs Park or the Buffalo River. 

Arkansas parks systems truly have something for any vacationer, whether it’s your first-time visit, or a weekend trip. Plan your next trip in Arkansas for a low-budget vacation with a lot of excitement. 


State Parks of Arkansas

Use the map to explore the parks in each region.


Photographer shoots the sunset overlooking Pinnacle Valley

Central Arkansas hosts some of the most popular state parks, including Pinnacle Mountain and Petit Jean State Park. 


Mountain Biker rides through a tunnel the Monument Trails at Hobbs State Park

The mountains of Northwest Arkansas make the parks in the region a great spot for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring. In this corner of the state, you'll find the highest point in Arkansas at Mount Magazine State Park as well as the Hobbs, our largest state park. 

Lower Delta

Cyclists cruises on the shaded gravel bike trail in Delta Heritage State Park

The plains of the Delta offer a unique view of the state, with trails that run along rice fields to views of the Mississippi River. 

North Central

A fisherman casts his line downstream of the dam at Mammoth Spring State Park

You'll find three parks in North Central Arkansas, each offering vastly different experiences. Ozark Folk Center is a state park like no other, with regular concerts, folk festivals, and a craft village. Meanwhile, you'll find world-class trout fishing at Bull Shoals and one of the world’s largest springs at Mammoth Springs


Falls Creek Falls cascading off a creekside at Lake Catherine State Park

Southwest Arkansas boosts of some of the most incredible lakes and waterways in the state, including many state parks in the regions. 

Upper Delta

Indian artifacts on display at the Park Archeological State Park museum

The Upper Delta is nestled in the north east corner of the state, just across the Mississippi River from Memphis. Here, you'll find cultural sites including Parkin Archeological State Park, Jacksonport State Park, and Powhatan Historical State Park