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

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Parks History
9/2/1935
Petit Jean State Park

Petit Jean Mountain was chosen as a sight for a Recreational Area- one of 12 in the state that was to be funded by an approximate $125,000 loan from the Arkansas Centennial Commission. There was much argument in the commission as to why this would be chosen as a site since the park was already there. (Morrilton Democrat)

9/2/1908
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Prairie Grove Chapter met & formed “Park Association” with five trustees while “waiting for incorporation papers to come from Fayetteville”, they were all UDC or UCV (United Confederate Veterans) members, were Dr. W.B. Welch, Judge R.O. Hannah, Mrs. Marguerite Mock, Mrs. J.H. Zellner, and Mrs. Mack Parks.