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A goal all park employees share—from the most behind-the-scenes support staff to the top administrators—is to help make sure you have the best experience possible. We know your free time is valuable, and we want to help you make the most of your schedule while visiting our state parks. We’d like to tell you more about one particular team of employees whose primary job function is to help you have…

Billy Lindsey has been promoted to the role of superintendent of Bull Shoals-White River State Park. Billy has been the Assistant Superintendent at Mount Magazine State Park and officially began in his new capacity this month. Billy has previously served as owner/manager of Lindsey’s Trout Fishing Resort in Heber Springs for over 38 years and is a past State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commissioner for over 28 years. He brings…

Up to 90% of the upcoming solar eclipse will be able to be seen in areas of The Natural State. Your Arkansas state parks are ready to make this amazing event even more special with programs scheduled for Monday, August 21, 2017.  Here are a few of the events that are scheduled: Devils Den State Park – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Meet at the playground area past the dam.…

Arkansas State Parks has been chosen from a field of 300,000 candidates to receive a Special Achievement Award. This comes from the internationally recognized Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) for innovative use of technology.   This specific technology combines something called a Geographic Information System (GIS) with the latest web technologies. At first glance it might sound complicated and not related to everyday use – but that couldn’t be farther…

Keys handed over to Marine Sgt. Marshall Kennedy at War Memorial Stadium Farmington resident Sgt. Marshall Kennedy lost both of his legs and sustained severe damage to his left arm while in Afghanistan in 2011. At War Memorial Stadium this Saturday, August 12th at 10 a.m., this Purple Heart recipient will receive the keys to a Ford Raptor Truck, adapted to accommodate combat-wounded veterans. “Our belief is that, given the…

Construction of Delta Heritage Trail Terminus Trailhead Begins Construction of a new trailhead facility for the southern terminus of the Delta Heritage Trail (DHT) in Arkansas City, kicked off Aug. 2, 2017. This innovative project is being developed under the national “rails to trails” initiative, whereby former railroad lines are converted to pedestrian and bicycle routes. The trail is being developed in phases by Arkansas State Parks. When completed, the trail…

Meg Matthews with Arkansas State Parks shows us how Ozark Folk Center State Park artisan Jeanette Larson goes from sheep to shawl. Watching the artisans in the craft village at Ozark State Park do their thing is like taking a ride in a time machine. There’s no app for any of this stuff. Jeanette’s specialty is fiber; she creates beautiful rugs and shawls by hand. But her involvement in weaving…

Many people are birdwatchers; the United States Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that something like 48 million Americans watch birds. Of those, only a tiny fraction have the time, money, and obsessive devotion for intense birding. Arkansas State Parks has an answer for that.  Check out our birding events and programs and birding in Arkansas state parks. And here’s a great blog about birding by one of our park interpreters.…

Arkansas State Parks offer plenty of great accommodation options for guests, ranging from luxurious lodges to cozy cabins and rustic campgrounds. But if you want to experience something new in a campground setting under the stars, a YURT (Year-round Universal Recreational Tent) may be just the thing. YURTs are perfect if you don’t have camping equipment but would still like a camping experience. There is a fire pit, grill and…

There’s something special about an amphitheater experience — the expansive sky, premium acoustics, the energy in the air. It’s no wonder amphitheater events create unforgettable memories. They’re made for that. On July 19th, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism will hold a ribbon cutting at 6:30 p.m. to commemorate the opening of the new Cameron Bluff Amphitheater at Mount Magazine State Park. Originally constructed in 1939 by the Works…

“Let’s Ride: Mountain Biking in the State Parks of Arkansas” is a mountain biking exhibit at the Arkansas Capitol on display through Labor Day on the first floor. Through a collaboration with the Secretary of State’s office and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT), the exhibit celebrates mountain biking in Arkansas state parks. Why Mountain Biking? “Part of our mission is to enhance the quality of life through…

Connecting to Nature You don’t have to spend a copious amount of time outside to realize that there are plenty of benefits to some peaceful time hiking on your favorite Arkansas State Park trail. Research has proven in recent years what many historic conservationists have been telling us for hundreds of years: Time in a natural environment is necessary for a healthy mind and body. Sometimes, however, a hike does…

  Four decades ago, Logoly State Park opened as the first of its kind in the Arkansas State Park system: one dedicated to environmental education. In 2017 that visionary mission continues and expands. Logoly’s new visitor center has officially received its Gold LEED Certification. LEED is an acronym that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is recognized worldwide as a symbol of excellence in green building and…

What is Music Roots? The Music Roots Program in Stone County provides traditional folk music instruction in local schools. Skilled musicians provide youth with classes in traditional folk instruments: guitar, banjo, autoharp, dulcimer, mandolin and fiddle. Classes are held during the school day to ensure participation. And instruments are provided for the students to use as long as they are in the Music Roots program. This program represents the very…

ASP Named in Top Ranks of Park Law Enforcement Units in the U.S. The law enforcement arm of the Arkansas State Parks has been singled out as one of the finest of its kind in the country. The Park Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) presented the President’s Award to the ASP Emergency Services Program at their recent annual conference. “We are extremely honored to be recognized on a national level,” said…

Way Out Yonder Diamond 2nd Largest Find in 2017 Ever since he was a child growing up in Arkansas, Wendell Fox has wanted to search for diamonds in The Natural State. Now retired and living in Joliet, Montana, the 70-year-old got his chance when he and his wife Jennifer visited Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park for the first time. On their second day at the park, the couple were…

“Kids to Parks Day” is a nation-wide call for parents and grandparents to engage their children in outdoor living. This is an opportunity to be nature mentors to children or grandchildren so they can experience first-hand how inspiring the natural world can be, as well as connecting them to the heart-healthy activities in Arkansas state parks. The natural world is a world of wonder, and the Arkansas state park system…

Gem found on surface in less than 10 minutes Victoria Brodski visited Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park for a special birthday celebration. The 25-year-old had known about the unique park for years and finally decided to visit after hearing about a 7.44-carat diamond found in March. Brodski and her family drove in from Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, May 6 and bought tickets to enter the diamond field at 9:00…

Arkansas’s First Governor James Conway James Sevier Conway (1796-1855), surveyor, planter, prominent and influential citizen of pioneer Arkansas, took office as Arkansas’s first governor when Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836. Dedicated to his memory, Conway Cemetery State Park preserves Governor Conway’s final resting place, the one-half acre family plot at what was once his cotton plantation, Walnut Hill. The cemetery lies…

A National Historic Landmark, the Toltec Mounds site comprises one of the largest and most impressive archeological sites in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Preserved here are Arkansas’s tallest American Indian mounds. Three mounds remain where 18 once stood surrounded by a 100-foot earthen embankment, a portion of which is still visible today at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park in Scott, Arkansas. These ancient earthworks are the remains of the…

Mountain Biking at Devil’s Den State Park Devil’s Den State Park has been a haven for mountain bikers for nearly 30 years, and this April is no exception.  This weekend (April 7-9, 2017) the park will celebrate its 29th Annual Mountain Bike Festival. Cyclists are always welcome to ride on one of the first mountain bike trails built in the state. However, the festival gives participants an opportunity to go…

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