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
9/23/2008
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park

Received the Director’s Special Commendation for 2007-2008 Outstanding Resource Management Award.

9/23/2006
Crater of Diamonds State Park

Donald and Brenda Roden, of Point, Texas, find the 6.35-carat brown Roden Diamond, the 8th-largest diamond found since the Crater of Diamonds became a state park in 1972.