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10 of 11 Types of Arkansas Recreational Facilities--State Parks
Ivan Gillis
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Arkansas State Parks

Park name

County or counties

Year Established

Remarks

Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

Union County

1986

Museum preserving and interpreting the history of oiland bromine mining in Arkansas

Arkansas Post Museum

Arkansas County

1997

Museum dedicated to the history of Arkansas Post, Arkansas's territorial capital until 1821. Located on the grounds of the Arkansas Post National Memorial(National Park Service)

Bull Shoals-White River State Park

Baxter and Marioncounties

1955

Trout fishing destination above and below Bull Shoals Dam with over 100 campsites

Cane Creek State Park

Lincoln County

1992

Wooded lake along Bayou Bartholomew including a hiking trail and camping

Conway Cemetery State Park

Lafayette County

1986

Historical state park with no recreational services located on James Sevier Conway's (the first governor of Arkansas) former cotton plantation

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area

Howard and Polk county

1988

Class III, IV, and V whitewater rafting river listed on the National Park Service's National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Pike County

1972

World's only diamond-bearing site accessible to the public

Crowley's Ridge State Park

Greene County

1937

Park built on the homestead of Benjamin Crowley, dedicated to the culture and history of the Crowley's Ridge region. Includes many structures built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and spring-fed Lake Ponder

Daisy State Park

Pike County

1955

Park nestled within the Ouachita Mountains on Lake Greeson near the Ouachita National Forest. Popular for camping, water sports, and fishing

Davidsonville Historic State Park

Randolph County

1957

Historic state park preserving the abandoned frontier river town of Davidsonville. Interpretive tours and signs guide visitors through the historic community bypassed by the Southwest Trail in the 1820s. Fishing is available along three nearby rivers, with 49 campsites

DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Clark and Hot Springcounties

1974

Resort state park with championship rated golf course, 94 room lodge, and over 100 campsites

Delta Heritage Trail State Park

ArkansasDesha and Phillipscounties

2002

Rails to trails conversion of former railroad bed through Arkansas Delta lowlands, currently 14 miles (23 km), planned to be 73 miles (117 km)

Devil's Den State Park

Washington County

1933

Civilian Conservation Corps-built park in the Ozarkswith lake, caves, swimming pool and several trails. Includes over 100 campsites, including cabins

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park

Mississippi County

1961

Museum displaying archeological artifacts from the Nodena Site, an aboriginal village of the Nodena people dated 1400-1650 CE, and bones from the Island 35 Mastodon

Herman Davis State Park

Mississippi County

1953

Park surrounding a grave and memorial to Herman Davis, a U.S. sniper during World War I

Historic Washington State Park

Hempstead County

1973

Fifty-three buildings that preserve and interpret the architectural, cultural, and political history of a historic nineteenth century town.

Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area

BentonCarroll and Madisoncounties

1979

Large park in the Boston Mountains along Beaver Lake featuring trails, camping, and a shooting range.

Jacksonport State Park

Jackson County

1965

Park containing the 1872 Jacksonport courthouse, preserving the culture and history of a former steamboat river town

Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park

Grant County

1961

One of three battleground sites from the Camden Expedition of the Civil War. Water recreation available on the Saline River

Lake Catherine State Park

Garland and Hot Springcounties

1935

Civilian Conservation Corps park created along the lake, resulting in a well-preserved natural shoreline. Park features cabins, campsites, nature programs, marina, hiking trails, and a sand beach swimming area

Lake Charles State Park

Lawrence County

1967

Lake is maintained and stocked with fish by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; also features camping, hiking, boat ramps and an interpretative nature center

Lake Chicot State Park

Chicot County

1957

Largest oxbow lake in the United States; formerly the main channel of the Mississippi River. Park is located within a pecan grove within a bayou environment, offering 122 campsites, 14 cabins, swimming pool, boat shop/marina and interpretative visitor center.

Lake Dardanelle State Park

Pope County

1966

Two sites (Russellville and Dardanelle), including 74 campsites, boating, visitor center, and aquarium. Popular for bass fishing, including hosting many major tournaments.

Lake Fort Smith State Park

Crawford County

1967

Large lake in the Ozarks offering 30 campsites, 10 cabins, a marina, swimming pool and visitor center

Lake Frierson State Park

Greene County

1975

Reservoir built along Crowley's Ridge known for fishing. Features seven campsites, trails, boat ramp and visitor center

Lake Ouachita State Park

Garland County

1955

Built surrounding a reservoir, the park features a marina, trails, restaurant, eagle tours, and interpretative information on three historic springs in the park vicinity

Lake Poinsett State Park

Poinsett County

1963

Popular with fishing enthusiasts, the park offers 29 campsites, trails and interpretative programs

Logoly State Park

Columbia County

1974

Environmental education park containing mature oak-hickory forests, mineral springs and endangered species

Louisiana Purchase State Park

Lee CountyMonroe CountyPhillips County

1961

Boardwalk through a headwater swamp leading to a monument dedicating the point of beginning of all surveys of the Louisiana Purchase, which allowed for the westward development and expansion of the United States

Lower White River Museum State Park

Prairie County

1975

Museum dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of culture, commerce and history along the White River in Arkansas

Mammoth Spring State Park

Fulton County

1957

Park surrounding the large natural spring, offering fishing, boating and hiking, an Arkansas welcome center and museum

Marks' Mills Battleground State Park

Cleveland County

1961

Park commemorating Civil War battle, including exhibits and park area. Also a Red River CampaignNational Historic Landmark.

Millwood State Park

Little River County

1976

Forested area surrounding large lake known for bass fishing, bird watching, hiking and camping.

Mississippi River State Park

Lee CountyPhillips County

2009

Newest state park created within the St. Francis National Forest. Park currently includes campground at Bear Creek Lake and birding trail.

Moro Bay State Park

Bradley County

1972

Park at the convergence of Raymond Lake, Moro Bay, and the Ouachita River with visitor center. Popular destination for fishing, water sports, hiking trails and camping.

Mount Magazine State Park

Logan County

1983

The park contains Mossback Ridge, including the peak of Mount Magazine, Arkansas's highest point. Park also contains The Lodge at Mount Magazine, cabins, trails, and a hang gliding area.

Mount Nebo State Park

Yell County

1928

One of three mountain state parks in the Arkansas River Valley, includes historic cabins, 14 miles (23 km) of hiking trails, and popular hang-gliding launch points.

Ozark Folk Center State Park

Stone County

1973

Located near Mountain View, Arkansas, it preserves the music, culture, and traditions of the Ozark Mountains. Hosts special concerts and regular folk music performances.

Parkin Archeological State Park

Cross County

1994

 

Petit Jean State Park

Conway County

1923

Situated atop Petit Jean Mountain in the Arkansas River Valley, offers trails, creeks, and geology throughout the forested mountains

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Pulaski County

1973

Rocky Pinnacle Mountain emerges where the flat Arkansas Delta intersects the Ouachita Mountains

Plantation Agriculture Museum

Lonoke County

1985

Former general store serving a community of cotton farmers operating as a museum including over 10,000 artifacts. Grounds also contain farm machinery used on cotton plantations.

Poison Springs Battleground State Park

Ouachita County

1961

Preserves and commemorates the Battle of Poison Spring in the American Civil War, which was part of the 1864 Camden Expedition

Powhatan Historic State Park

Lawrence County

1970

Preserves a small nineteenth-century river port town on the Black River

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Washington County

1957

Preserves and commemorates the Battle of Prairie Grove in the American Civil War. Park includes a museum, gift shop, and several historic structures from the period relocated to the site around a walking trail.

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Polk County

1957

Lodge atop Rich Mountain offers 38 guest rooms and is surrounded by forested slopes with creeks, trails, and mountain vistas. Located along the Talimena Scenic Drive.

South Arkansas Arboretum

Union County

1991

Arboretum and botanical garden owned by South Arkansas Community College with plants native to the Western Gulf Coastal Plain region.

Toltec Mounds Archeological 

     

 

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