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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…

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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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Now that spring is upon us, it’s a perfect time for a field trip. Unfortunately, some schools have lacked the travel funds needed to provide this special experience for their students and teachers. Now those schools can receive up to $1,000 specifically for that purpose thanks to the Arkansas State Parks Field Trip Grant Program. The grants focus on a classroom visiting the park during the school year. Money for…

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While in southern Arkansas for a baseball tournament, 14-year-old Kalel Langford, of Centerton, Arkansas, fulfilled a longtime dream of visiting Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. Kalel and his parents arrived at Arkansas’s diamond site on the afternoon of Saturday, March 11. By the end of the day, he had registered the 7th-largest diamond found at the Arkansas State Park since 1972. Kalel was walking near the East…

Read More Teen Finds 7.44-Carat Diamond at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park

It’s no secret that students love spring break. How can a week away from school be anything but good? However, adults also need a break from their weekly routines and spring break is a great time to do it. Unfortunately, grownups have become too good at making excuses not to take time off. Lack of time and money are the top two reasons that are offered up as immovable blockades…

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  White Oak Lake State Park in Bluff City, Ark., is hosting the Seventh Annual French Colonial Day free event Saturday, March 4, 2017. Discover our rich history by meeting reenactors representing French and other European colonials, giving insight into life in the Camden area during the 1780s. Background In 1783, a French trader named Fabre settled on a bluff above the Ouachita River and called the settlement Ecore Fabre…

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Many people come to Crowley’s Ridge State Park to reminisce. Visitors frequently share stories of their delightful memories: kicking up their heels on the dance floor of the CCC Pavilion, leaping from the high dive into the cool water of Lake Ponder, or feasting on barbecue from the community grill in the picnic area. These folks tell of a time that seemed simpler, free of the technologies that seem to…

Read More Crowley’s Ridge State Park: A High-Tech Marvel Built by the CCC

What better way to show your sweetheart how much you love them than to snuggle up in front of a fire inside a cozy cabin. Or perhaps watch a sunset from the perfect location? These are just two of the ways that Arkansas State Parks can help make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. Arkansas State Parks have planned events that will make your valentine swoon! Also, state parks provide…

Read More Make this Valentine’s Day Special at an Arkansas State Park

What will you wear today and why?  I know for many days it’s a simple proposition for those of us in the “uniform” world of state parks. Can you say BROWN? When we move into the “personal” realm, however, there are all kinds of things that dictate the appropriate fashion statement. As we try to interpret the cultural history at Historic Washington State Park of 19th century Washington, Arkansas, we…

Read More What’s it Like to be Scarlett?

When people think of Lake Chicot State Park a lot of things come to mind, such as great fishing throughout the year, family reunions, campouts, campfires, relaxing in cozy cabins, that it’s an awesome place for birding, and a place to enjoy nature and wildlife.  Lake Chicot State Park is all of these things located right in the southeast corner of Arkansas.  The park sits on the shore of Lake…

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Trey and Darlene Cathey of Hot Springs, Ark., stayed in one of Moro Bay State Park’s cabins this weekend and have quite the fish tale. The couple rented a boat from the park to see the scenic waterways of Moro Bay, the Ouachita River, and Raymond Lake on Sunday Morning. While boating down Raymond Lake, Trey Cathey was startled by a flash of silver and something hitting his leg.  To…

Read More Couple ‘Catches’ 15 Pound Fish Without Pole

Whether you’re looking to hike a trail, journey through a moment of Arkansas’s history, muddy up the tires on your mountain bike, or just get away for the weekend, there is an Arkansas State Park waiting for you. There are 52 diverse parks scattered throughout this beautiful state so no matter where you find yourself in Arkansas, you’re sure to be near at least one Arkansas State Park. If you’re…

Read More 5 State Parks Off the Beaten Path

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…

Read More What is a Park Interpreter?

Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike at an Arkansas State Park. Free, guided hikes will be offered on January 1st at 33 parks throughout the state. Arkansas State Parks are doing this in conjunction with a national First Day Hike initiative sponsored by the National Association of State Park Directors. “America’s State Parks provide havens for young and old alike to explore the beauty and serenity…

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Top 10 Ideas for Winter Fun in Arkansas State Parks If you’re looking for ways to come out of hibernation this winter, we have plenty of fun things to do. Here are 10 ideas we rounded up from our Arkansas State Parks team: Hiking Winter is a wonderful time to hike. You don’t have to worry about snakes, chiggers, ticks, and sweltering heat. The views go on for miles, which…

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After nearly a year of searching the field at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park as a team, two regular visitors discovered this year’s third-largest diamond found at the park. Jack Pearadin, of Murfreesboro, Ark., and Doug Nelsen, of Winneconne, Wis., found a 1.73-carat diamond on Sunday, December 11. According to park interpreter Betty Coors, Pearadin first saw the diamond while in the mining process of washing gravel. “He says…

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If you’re looking for the perfect gifts, even for that hard to buy for person on your list, we have you covered. The Ozark Holidays Craft Show is Dec. 9-10, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Ozark Folk Center State Park. This is an opportunity to buy heirloom quality gifts from the person who made them right here in Arkansas. If you’ve been to Ozark Folk Center, you…

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Christmas and Candlelight at Historic Washington State Park in Washington, Ark., is a delightful time to connect with our rich Arkansas history and experience Historic Washington at its finest. This year’s 30th Annual Christmas and Candlelight is Dec. 3rd and Dec. 10th. Historian Chris Adams says, “Even if you have toured the park before, you’re in for a special treat. You can tour homes and buildings that were unavailable throughout…

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Nov. 25 is Green Friday, an alternative to the crowds by choosing to #OptOutside and get outdoors. While Arkansas State Parks has been offering Green Friday events for about seven years now, our friends at REI began their #OptOutside campaign last year. The response has been incredible. “More than 1.8 million (That number is nearly 4 million as of this post) people are planning to #OptOutside with us on Black…

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It is hiking season in Arkansas and that brings some unique and beautiful opportunities. The leaves are changing, along with the temperatures. These cooler days can make for some great fall hiking. With this in mind, here are a few tips to help everyone have safe and fun adventures. Layer Up Fall mornings can be very cool, but as the day progresses temperatures rise. If you grab a big parka…

Read More 5 Fall Hiking Tips

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