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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…

Read More Arkansas State Park IMBA World Summit Bookend Rides

It took less than an hour for Dan Frederick, of Renton, Washington, and his daughter Lauren to spot a 2.03-carat white diamond on the side of a plowed furrow at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park. The Fredericks arrived at Arkansas’s diamond site at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016 and by 9 a.m. they were holding “The Lucky Diamond.”   The first time was the charm for the…

Read More Visitor Finds 2.03-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Two of the most beautiful golf courses in Arkansas are at our state parks: DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismark and Village Creek State Park in Wynne. Spending the day enjoying the lush greens and beautiful natural surroundings is an experience familiar to golfers. However, you don’t need to know the difference between a 9-iron and a pitching wedge to join in on the fun. Fling Golf is a…

Read More Fling Golf – New Way to Experience Game

If you’ve heard it once, you have probably heard it a thousand times. “Everything that’s there during the day is there at night.” Not so quick, though. A whole new world awakens as the sun goes down, and it is quite magical. Take some time to explore the nighttime world to find out that nature can be even neater at night! Not everyone lives where they can see the brilliant…

Read More Awaken Your Nocturnal Nature

The prognosis was not good for Timothy Benusic.  “The doctors told us he would live for a year,” said his father Nathan Benusic.  Timothy was born with a genetic disorder called Alagille Syndrome, which is a disorder associated with liver, heart, eye, and skeletal abnormalities. However with lots of love, care and an unqualified will to live, Timothy is now 12 years old. “It’s a miracle he’s still with us,”…

Read More Wishes Come True at Crater of Diamonds State Park