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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…

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…

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…

  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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…