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
4/25/2004
Crater of Diamonds State Park

Colorado resident Ray Baptista finds a 3.10-carat brown diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

4/25/1998
Mount Magazine State Park

Richard Davies, Executive Director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, and Greg Butts, Director of Arkansas State Parks, signed the special use permit making Mount Magazine an official Arkansas State Park.

4/25/1976
DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Park is dedicated, Governor David Pryor in attendance.

4/25/1864
Marks' Mills State Park

The Action at Marks’ Mills took place on April 25, 1864, when Confederate troops ambushed a Union supply train, capturing all the wagons and artillery and most of the troops. Confederate soldiers were accused of massacring African Americans at this battle.