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
Crater of Diamonds State Park

Brian and Cheryl Sanderford, of Rudy, Arkansas, find a 2.30-carat brown diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

On March 26, concurrent with the 10th anniversary of the park, Governor Bill Clinton proclaimed March 26, 1988, as “Native Plant Arboretum Day” in honor of the establishment of a state native plant arboretum in Pinnacle Mountain State Park.