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
Jacksonport State Park

The cannon was completely restored and placed back on display. Source: Park file – Mark Ballard and the Civil War Cannon, Press Release – December 27, 2001.

Parkin Archeological State Park

Two bills in 1989 authorized and funded the creation of the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s Parkin Research Station. Act 18 of 1989, approved on June 23, 1989, and Section 2 of Act 69 of 1989 was approved on November 1, 1989.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Marina opens at DeGray State Park, picnic area already open.

Moro Bay State Park

Initial land leased for the park.

Petit Jean State Park

Capt. John S. Morris, Inf.-Res assumes command of the company. (CCC Scrapbook, 1937) Capt. J. D. Petty was appointed sub-district commander. (Sam Davies Bi monthly Narrative, December 16, 1935)