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Get the latest news about the state parks in Arkansas. Information and updates from our 52 state parks are featured here, along with fun stories and upcoming park events. These are official Arkansas news releases that the state parks staff publish regularly to keep natives and potential visitor informed. For more Arkansas information, stories and vacation ideas, sign up for the Arkansas State Parks e-newsletter. Get Arkansas news you can use and start planning your next state park vacation!

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Arkansas State Parks Opens New Davidsonville Visitor Center

05/17/2016

Frontier history and modern day activities merge at Davidsonville Historic State Park to create a unique experience for all. On Friday, May 20, 2016, a new visitor center will be welcomed as the latest addition to this one-of-a-kind Arkansas state park. ... Read More »

Woman finds 1.80-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

04/30/2016

A birthday trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park paid off for St. Louis, Missouri resident Gail Hudson. Hudson and her friend Pat Warmack have known about the Crater of Diamonds for years, and they visited the park for the first time this month. Hudson said, “Her birthday is in March, and mine is in April, so we decided that we needed to do something.” They determined that a visit to Arkansas’s diamond site would be the perfect way to celebrate. She found a 1.80-carat diamond in five minutes. ... Read More »

Mike Wilson Named Arkansas State Parks Region 4 Supervisor

03/11/2016

Mike Wilson, a 25-year veteran of Arkansas State Parks, has been named Region 4 Supervisor for Arkansas State Parks, according to Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann. ... Read More »

Ozark Highlands Radio Launches January 8, 2016

01/07/2016

Ozark Highlands Radio, a new syndicated, hour-long program, will make its debut on Jan. 8, 2016. In addition to the music, “Feature Host” segments take listeners on a musical journey with historians, authors and personalities who explore the people, stories and history of the Ozark region. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Celebrates New Year with First Day Hikes on January 1, 2016

12/16/2015

Arkansas State Parks will host free, guided hikes in our state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2016 at a state park close to home. ... Read More »

Grady Spann Named Next Director of Arkansas State Parks

12/11/2015

Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, today announced Grady Spann as the next director for Arkansas State Parks. ... Read More »

Public is Invited to Join Governor Asa Hutchinson on a Five-mile Bicycle Ride on the Delta Heritage Trail on Sunday, October 11

10/6/2015

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson invites bicycle enthusiasts to join him and experience the beauty of the Delta Heritage Trail State Park near Helena-West Helena on Sunday, October 11. ... Read More »

Lake Ouachita State Park's Campground Area "B" to Reopen September 4

09/02/2015

Just in time for Labor Day Weekend, the renovation of nine campsites that will form Campground Area “B” at Lake Ouachita State Park is nearing completion. This popular camping area will include many lakeside sites and feature Class AAA campsites with 30 amp and 50 amp service and sewer hookups. The sites will be available for occupancy beginning September 4 at 3 p.m. Reservations can be made online at ArkansasStateParks.com or by calling Lake Ouachita State Park at 501-767-9366. ... Read More »

Bear Creek Trail to Close Temporarily Beginning August 17th

8/3/2015

Improvements to this Dirt Bike, Mountain Bike, ATV, and Hiking Trail Will Include a New Trailhead Parking Area at Daisy State Park and a Re-routed Section from the Trailhead to Kirby Landing ... Read More »

Park Visitor from Colorado Finds 8.52-carat White Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

06/26/2015

An 8.52-carat white diamond was found Wednesday (June 24) by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park, according to park officials. Clear white and icicle shaped, this gem is the fifth largest diamond found by a park visitor since the state park was established at Arkansas’s diamond site in 1972. Twenty minutes into her search, she found the diamond in a couple scoops she had dug from a small mound of dirt. ... Read More »

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge Reopens July 1 After $9.6M Renovation

06/11/2015

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge on 2,681-foot Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest peak, will reopen on July 1, 2015, following a $9.6 million renovation. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Joins Nationwide Celebration of "Kids to Parks Day" May 16

05/07/2015

The State Parks of Arkansas will be joining local and national parks across America in the annual national celebration of “Kids to Parks Day” on Saturday, May 16. This will be fifth anniversary of this nationwide day of outdoor play held a week before the official start of summer vacations. ... Read More »

Park Visitor From Arkansas Finds 3.69-carat White, Teardrop-shaped Diamond Yesterday (April 23) at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

04/24/2015

Susie Clark of Evening Shade (Sharp County), Arkansas, first visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas’s diamond site, 33 years ago with her mother and grandmother from Germany. A return visit with her husband over the past week was highlighted on Clark’s last day of diamond hunting yesterday (Thursday, April 23) by a beautiful, 3.69-carat white diamond that she found near the South Washing Pavilion of the park’s 37 ½-acre search field. ... Read More »

Park Visitor from Louisiana Finds 2.01-carat Yellow Diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park

02/05/2015

Dean Filppula, an offshore steward from Shreveport, Louisiana, became aware of Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park about a year ago when searching online for places to search for gems. On Tuesday, he found a yellow, 2.01-carat diamond at the park. According to Park Interpreter Waymon Cox, the sparkling, light yellow stone is wedge-shaped and about the size of an English pea. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Celebrate the Start of a New Year With Guided First Day Hikes on January 1, 2015

12/19/2014

Join an Arkansas State Parks interpreter for a free guided trail hike on January 1 and kick-start your New Year’s resolution to keep in shape and lead a healthy lifestyle. On New Year’s Day, 33 of Arkansas’s 52 state parks will offer a total of 55 guided hikes. This is Arkansas’s part of a nationwide initiative by America’s 50 state park systems to showcase these special “close to home” places and invite families to celebrate the New Year with guided outdoor adventures. ... Read More »

Dedication of the Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail at Woolly Hollow State Park Slated for June 7 at 11 a.m.

05/28/2014

The dedication of the Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail, a new 9.2-mile mountain bike and hiking trail at Woolly Hollow State Park, is slated for Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with Arkansas’s celebration of the 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America’s largest trail celebration. ... Read More »

Arkansan Finds 6.19-carat White Diamond Yesterday at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

04/16/2014

Arkansan finds 6.19-carat white diamond yesterday at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park ... Read More »

Arkansas National Guard Training Exercise to Be Held on the Summit of Pinnacle Mountain This Saturday Morning

04/03/2014

The Arkansas National Guard will conduct a training exercise near the summit of 1,011-foot Pinnacle Mountain at Pinnacle Mountain State Park this Saturday, April 5, from approximately 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ... Read More »

Visitor From Louisiana Finds 2.89-carat White Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

03/12/2014

While his family searched in the Crater of Diamonds State Park's 37 ½-acre search area, Kalenda, who lives in Maurepas, Louisiana, unearthed a 2.89-carat white diamond at Arkansas's diamond site. ... Read More »

Enjoy a First Day Hike in an Arkansas State Park on January 1, 2014

12/20/2013

State parks around Arkansas will join America's State Parks' nationwide invitation to enjoy First Day Hikes on January 1. Guided hikes will be offered in many state park on New Years Day. ... Read More »

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