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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…