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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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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

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

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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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

I almost always have music playing.  I have radios, cd players, mp3 players, and music on my computer and phone.  But when I go hiking I don’t take anything for music.  Nature has its own song. The rhythm section is filled by the frogs.  Frogs aren’t the most melodic animals, but add a beat to the song of the woods.  Cricket frogs have a clicking noise that to me sounds…

Read More Songs of the Woods

The best use of my park is as a classroom.  The thing I love to see are young people using their senses to enjoy this place that I have loved all these years.  My greatest hope is that through this contact that they will learn more about their world and come to care for the park.  What could be a more important goal of this special place? The first school…

Read More The Outdoor Classroom

“The book of nature has no beginning as it has no end.” (Jim Corbett) I am excited to tell you about the four trails we have and how our longest trail (“River Corridor”) is now completed for you to “experience the seasonal natural beauty along this wild and scenic river.” Starting with our shortest trail, “The Waterleaf Interpretive Trail.”   This trail begins at the Visitor Center and includes a section…

Read More Exploring Nature on the Trails at Cossatot River State Park