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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 at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park in Scott, Ark., are Arkansas’s tallest American Indian mounds. Three mounds remain where 18 once stood surrounded by an earthen embankment eight to 10 feet in height, a portion of which is still visible today. These ancient earthworks are…

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 31st Annual Christmas and Candlelight is Dec. 2nd and Dec. 9th. 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…

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…

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In honor of Black History Month, I decided to go a different way with this week’s blog. Here in Arkansas we have so much to celebrate, yet so few of us know about our rich, colorful history.  This has bothered me for years. Some time ago I asked my grandmother why I had to search so hard to find Arkansas history- why we didn’t have all the historical markers and…

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This year join the thousands of folks who will opt to feast their eyes on Mother Nature’s cornucopia a day after feasting on Thanksgiving turkey instead of battling the madness at the malls. Green Friday is an antidote to Black Friday: the shop-til-you-drop onslaught that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Green Friday programs will be offered at many Arkansas State Parks on November 24, 2017. Visitors can participate in…

If you’re looking for some fun fall events and programs, we have you covered. We’ve hit some of the highlights, so check out some of our park interpreters’ suggestions they sent in and make your plans to come visit us. If you’re still hungry for more, browse our event calendar for full listings. And don’t forget that we offer Thanksgiving buffets at our lodge state parks. Give the park a…

Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! Minerals influence our lives in many ways that aren’t always obvious. Everything from cars to clean tap water exists because of our ability to extract and use minerals from the earth. Properties such as hardness, density, color, and luster help us to identify minerals. Some traits may indicate how certain minerals can be used, but their purposes are often more varied and significant…

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Josh Jeffers has Arkansas State Parks in the fiber of his being. The new Pinnacle Mountain State Park superintendent says having a passion for this kind of work comes naturally to him. “My mom was the facility manager at the marina at DeGray Lake Resort State Park,” says Jeffers. “So I grew up in parks and around parks and my family would always vacation in parks.” Jeffers started his career…

Lake Ouachita, Woolly Hollow, Village Creek, Logoly and Petit Jean state parks were selected as the Park of the Year (POY) for the five regions in the parks system at the recently held annual Superintendents Conference. This is a coveted honor, as it is a peer selected accolade. “The way the awards work is that each park presents their yearly report to all their peers,” said Arkansas State Parks Director…

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…

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This year join the thousands of folks who will opt to feast their eyes on Mother Nature’s cornucopia a day after feasting on Thanksgiving turkey instead of battling the madness at the malls. Green Friday is an antidote to Black Friday: the shop-til-you-drop onslaught that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Green Friday programs will be offered at many Arkansas State Parks on November 24, 2017. Visitors can participate in…

If you’re looking for some fun fall events and programs, we have you covered. We’ve hit some of the highlights, so check out some of our park interpreters’ suggestions they sent in and make your plans to come visit us. If you’re still hungry for more, browse our event calendar for full listings. And don’t forget that we offer Thanksgiving buffets at our lodge state parks. Give the park a…

Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! Minerals influence our lives in many ways that aren’t always obvious. Everything from cars to clean tap water exists because of our ability to extract and use minerals from the earth. Properties such as hardness, density, color, and luster help us to identify minerals. Some traits may indicate how certain minerals can be used, but their purposes are often more varied and significant…

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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…

Ah to see the world through a child’s eyes – such innocence, such joy, such wonder! Today, take advantage of National S’more Day and let your taste buds take you back in time. Head out to an Arkansas State Park to enjoy this ooey, gooey campfire treat just like you did when you were a kid. The traditional recipe is so simple you never need to write it down. Toast…

The best use of my park is as a classroom.  The thing I love to see are young people using their senses to enjoy this place that I have loved all these years.  My greatest hope is that through this contact that they will learn more about their world and come to care for the park.  What could be a more important goal of this special place? The first school…