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Birding is a weird and wonderful hobby to get into. You start out with an old beat up bird guide and a cheap pair of binoculars, figuring you would just give it a shot. Before you know it your taking vacations just to add a new species to your life list, and learning bird calls like it’s your second language. It is oddly addictive and very satisfying. Somewhere between the…

Read More Bird Nerds Part of Flock for Life

As the superintendent of Pinnacle Mountain State Park it is my responsibility to inform our team, guests and residents of the area about anything that may affect their ability to have the highest level of safety, security and service. The time has come for all the reasons above to “head for the hills.” There is a rumbling that is taking place along the slopes, around the base, within the forest,…

Read More Is Pinnacle Mountain a Volcano?

Autumn starts in 37 days! While we wait for cooler temperatures to come to The Natural State, here are the top ten ways to stay cool at Arkansas State Parks during the dog days of summer (in no particular order).   1. The Magnolia Tree at Historic Washington State Park Planted in 1836, this tree has created its own micro-climate. Walk through an opening in the huge branches and all…

Read More Top 10 Ways to Stay Cool at Arkansas State Parks

My heart is beating fast. My hands are sweaty. I’m wondering if all the chalk in the world can save me. I’ve heard about the technical climbing in the dramatic setting of Arkansas’s highest peak, Mount Magazine State Park, but one previous attempt ended in a rain out after hiking down to the crag. It’s a beautiful hike with playful streams and an incredible view. Today we are climbing “Pepsi…

Read More Video Blog: Chalk Up Buttercup, We’re Climbing at Mount Magazine

For Orion Buster, this was not a typical Friday night. “I’d probably be in my room,” said the 15-year- old. Instead, he was outside, setting up a tent, playing Frisbee and eating hamburgers hot off the grill. Welcome to the Governor’s Capital Campout – an overnight event celebrating National Great Outdoors Month.  These special events are held by State Parks agencies across the country in an effort to encourage families…

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June has brought the first wave of hot summer temperatures, which has many Arkansans heading indoors for relief.  However, Arkansas State Parks wants to remind folks that one can safely enjoy the outdoors even during the heat of the summer.  Here are some handy tips and precautions when outside in the heat:   Planning is key.  Consider the heat before you go.  Do you know how to handle an emergency…

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As summer draws near and the temperature starts to rise, people start to look for other activities to stay cool and still enjoy nature. While Cane Creek State Park boasts over 20 miles of trail, the park has another unique feature to its name. The park offers kayaking, for rent or guided. While during the day, you can only rent kayaks between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the night offers…

Read More Take a Journey to Another World

Our first-time visitors often ask whether diamonds found here are worth anything. While it seems like a simple question, the answer can be complicated. Employees of Crater of Diamonds State Park are not trained to grade or appraise diamonds or other rocks and minerals. When it comes to diamonds from the Crater, our primary goals are to properly identify and register the gems. We sometimes share information about Crater diamonds…

Read More What is a Diamond Worth?

Who doesn’t enjoy an evening by the fire, nestled in a cabin, in the woods, near a lake? Quiet, peace. Made all the more special as you feel your muscles relax after a day of hiking, kayaking and fishing. Now put yourself in that picture. It’s easy, in Arkansas we have many places where you can have this experience and last week one more was added. Lake Fort Smith State…

Read More More Fun at Lake Fort Smith State Park

After weeks of 100-degree heat  that seemed unrelenting, Arkansas received that summer break in temperature.  It happens every year, and we seem to forget about it every year, so when it arrives it comes as a surprise.  As the air turns cooler who can resist the fun of sleeping outside?  Something about cooler nights, when you can sit at a fire comfortably, makes fall a magical time.  Some can argue…

Read More Training for Fall Fun