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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…

Arkansas has some of the finest bird watching you will find. We have several birding opportunities in Arkansas state parks. Many of our parks have bird watching checklists, and many park interpreters are avid birders who will delight in helping guide you to view some of the many the birds of Arkansas. At Bull Shoals-White River State Park, kids got a unique understanding into the life of an eagle during…

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…

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…

“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…

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…