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What will you wear today and why?  I know for many days it’s a simple proposition for those of us in the “uniform” world of state parks. Can you say BROWN? When we move into the “personal” realm, however, there are all kinds of things that dictate the appropriate fashion statement. As we try to interpret the cultural history at Historic Washington State Park of 19th century Washington, Arkansas, we…

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When people think of Lake Chicot State Park a lot of things come to mind, such as great fishing throughout the year, family reunions, campouts, campfires, relaxing in cozy cabins, that it’s an awesome place for birding, and a place to enjoy nature and wildlife.  Lake Chicot State Park is all of these things located right in the southeast corner of Arkansas.  The park sits on the shore of Lake…

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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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Christmas and Candlelight at Historic Washington State Park in Washington, Ark., is a delightful time to connect with our rich Arkansas history and experience Historic Washington at its finest. This year’s 30th Annual Christmas and Candlelight is Dec. 3rd and Dec. 10th. Historian Chris Adams says, “Even if you have toured the park before, you’re in for a special treat. You can tour homes and buildings that were unavailable throughout…

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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

When you think of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) boys building Devil’s Den State Park in the 1930s, you may think of the rustic style park architecture that mirrors its natural settings and beautiful stonework. But what about their way of life during this time? The Devil’s Den CCC had a mess crew of six men. These men prepared three meals a day for a group of around 200.  Apparently the…

Read More The Legacy of the CCC at Devil’s Den State Park

  Fall officially started on September 22 this year. We know that by simply looking at a calendar on our wall. But the people who lived here in Arkansas a thousand years ago didn’t have that modern convenience. Instead, their calendar was the landscape.  It’s really interesting how they did it, and without any modern tools. At Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, there are the remains of ancient earthworks that are…

Read More Unexpected Challenge at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

Imagine a group of Indians sitting quietly under the shade of a tree, wiping sweat from their brow and calculating how many more trips they must make with their baskets to complete their newest mound.  They have made countless trips already and their efforts are almost complete.  Hard work and sweat were some of the tools used recently to preserve a piece of Arkansas’ history.  Recently, the staff at Toltec…

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On December 1, 2010, Petit Jean State Park’s historic Mather Lodge closed its doors – but not forever.  The lodge closed for more than a year’s restoration, renovation and major rebuilding.  On the first of December, for the first time in nearly a half-century, the day had come again to begin construction on a modern new restaurant to adjoin the old lodge – a restaurant designed by architects to capture…

Read More The Once and Future Mather Lodge

One more time, I go over the list in my hand. Baskets of wool, mohair and cotton, check drop spindles, check koolaid for dyeing, check gallon jars for koolaid, check Hand cards, check Niddy noddy, check and on down the row. I think I’m all packed to teach the first day of the Sheep to Shawl class at the Ozark Folk Center’s Folk School. The students in the class will…

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