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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…

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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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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…

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Whether you’re in town for the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) World Summit, passing through Northwest Arkansas (NWA), or an Arkansan looking for an adventure, Devil’s Den State Park and Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area mountain biking trails are must-rides. Meg Matthews with Arkansas State Parks gives you a look into Arkansas mountain biking in her video blog. Devil’s Den is considered the birthplace of mountain biking in Arkansas. Check out…

Read More Beyond Mountain Biking in NWA

The popularity of mountain biking has exploded in Arkansas. With mild fall temperatures and beautiful autumn color, now is the time to get on your bike and ride. Meg Matthews found out you might get more than you bargained for in her video blog!

Read More Video Blog: Mountain Biking…Squirrel!

Long before the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) named its first Epic trail in Arkansas, before there were mountain biking advocacy groups in the state, before there were fat tire bikes, full-suspension bikes, carbon bikes, etc., there were mountain bike trails at Devil’s Den State Park in Northwest Arkansas. In the late 1980s, park staff started the first mountain bike festival in the state. This was a time when surrounding…

Read More A Sacred Place – The Fossil Flats Mountain Bike Trail

We know a little something about mountain biking. Arkansas State Parks has been involved in mountain biking since the 1980s. In fact, Devil’s Den State Park is considered the birthplace of mountain biking in Arkansas. We have 23 mountain bike trails in 12 state parks with more in the works. Four races in the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series take place in the two parks hosting the bookend rides, Devil’s…

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