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
12/20/1985
Parkin Archeological State Park

Initial land acquired for the park.

12/20/1967
Withrow Springs State Park

A second Land and Water Conservation Fund grant of $113,358 provided for the construction of a 25 meter Olympic swimming pool, bath house, and concession building.

12/20/1967
Withrow Springs State Park

A second Land and Water Conservation Fund grant of $113,358 provided for the construction of a 25 meter Olympic swimming pool, bath house, and concession building.