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
Lake Ouachita State Park

Four new cabins opened replacing the old A-Frame cabins built in the 1970's

Mount Magazine State Park

Mark Stump launched his hang glider from Mount Magazine and flew 178 miles to Bolivar, Missouri setting a distance record for hang gliders in Arkansas.

Arkansas State Parks

Amendment 75 goes into effect putting Arkansas State Parks in the forever business.

Lower White River Museum State Park

Management of the museum transferred to the Museum Services Division of ADPT (ACT 832 of 1979) – July 1, 1979

Lake Ouachita State Park

Initial land acquired for the park. Leased from the US Army Corp of Engineers.

Petit Jean State Park

40 acres adjacent to the park is considered for condemnation by the state parks commission. It is to be needed for the control of the lake. (Morrilton Democrat)