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
3/29/2008
Pinnacle Mountain State Park

The new Base Trail around the west side of the mountain is dedicated. This trail makes it possible to hike all the way around the base of the mountain and connects to the Ouachita Trail

3/29/1963
Jacksonport State Park

Act 544 was passed by the legislature to create a State Park at Jacksonport in Jackson County. All the work in developing the park was done by the Jackson County Historical Society. Source: Acts of Arkansas – Act 554 – March 29, 1963

3/29/1963
Lake Poinsett State Park

Act 551 signed to create the park.