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
3/31/1991
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area

Group from the Soviet Union floats the Cossatot River with Arkansas Canoe Club.

3/31/1933
Arkansas State Parks

President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC built the first state park facilities including Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park.