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For Orion Buster, this was not a typical Friday night. “I’d probably be in my room,” said the 15-year- old. Instead, he was outside, setting up a tent, playing Frisbee and eating hamburgers hot off the grill. Welcome to the Governor’s Capital Campout – an overnight event celebrating National Great Outdoors Month.  These special events are held by State Parks agencies across the country in an effort to encourage families…

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The State Parks of Arkansas are the destination for millions of visitors, campers, hikers, cyclists, paddlers, and guests in our lodges and cabins.  We look forward to each one coming to our exceptional parks to enjoy all that is offered and to connect with the wonderful natural, historical, and cultural resources of Arkansas.  Hundreds of programs, events, and activities are scheduled across the park system to make your visit memorable…

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As summer draws near and the temperature starts to rise, people start to look for other activities to stay cool and still enjoy nature. While Cane Creek State Park boasts over 20 miles of trail, the park has another unique feature to its name. The park offers kayaking, for rent or guided. While during the day, you can only rent kayaks between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the night offers…

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Our first-time visitors often ask whether diamonds found here are worth anything. While it seems like a simple question, the answer can be complicated. Employees of Crater of Diamonds State Park are not trained to grade or appraise diamonds or other rocks and minerals. When it comes to diamonds from the Crater, our primary goals are to properly identify and register the gems. We sometimes share information about Crater diamonds…

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Who doesn’t enjoy an evening by the fire, nestled in a cabin, in the woods, near a lake? Quiet, peace. Made all the more special as you feel your muscles relax after a day of hiking, kayaking and fishing. Now put yourself in that picture. It’s easy, in Arkansas we have many places where you can have this experience and last week one more was added. Lake Fort Smith State…

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Only a few short years ago a few friends and a coworker of mine had an unusual experience while kayaking the flooded woods of Moro Bay State Park.  It was spring time and the river rose to the point where it closed the park.  This happens every couple of years at Moro Bay State Park so our facilities are built to withstand high water.  It doesn’t rise fast like it…

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