Explore State Parks History

The State Parks of Arkansas have played important roles in the history of our state. Visit a park and walk where history happened. Explore a prehistoric, American Indian mound site that the Hernando de Soto expedition visited. Walk hallowed ground where Civil War battles raged. Stay overnight in Civilian Conservation Corps-era cabins that are a tribute to the conservation achievements and craftsmanship of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Tree Army during the New Deal. Tour historic Washington where Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and Sam Houston traveled before they fought for Texas independence.

Time travel through history and explore our interactive timeline below that stretches all the way back to prehistory. It is designed to reveal stories about Arkansas's heritage and help you understand how the history of Arkansas relates to your life.


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On This Day

in State
Parks History
5/23/1951
Lake Catherine State Park

News release stating that the park has to return to state management

5/23/1938
Petit Jean State Park

The first Park Superintendent was hired. His duties were to maintain picnic areas, and provide wood and garbage disposal for picnickers and campers. He also was given general supervision over the park concessionaires. (2nd Annual Arkansas State Parks Commission Report)