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!

News Releases

10/21/2014
Outdoor Recreation Grants Advisory Committee scheduled to meet Oct. 28-30

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10/14/2014
Outdoor Recreation Grants Advisory Committee scheduled to meet Oct. 28-30

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05/28/2014
Dedication of the Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail at Woolly Hollow State Park Slated for June 7 at 11 a.m.

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.

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04/16/2014
Arkansan Finds 6.19-carat White Diamond Yesterday at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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

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04/03/2014
Arkansas National Guard Training Exercise to Be Held on the Summit of Pinnacle Mountain This Saturday Morning

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.

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03/12/2014
Visitor From Louisiana Finds 2.89-carat White Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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.

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12/20/2013
Enjoy a First Day Hike in an Arkansas State Park on January 1, 2014

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.

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10/20/2013
Fourteen-year-old Girl from Oklahoma Finds 3.85-carat Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

Fourteen-year-old girl from Oklahoma City finds 3.85-carat canary diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park yesterday.

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10/15/2013
News Media Notice: Outdoor Recreation Grants Advisory Committee meeting October 29-31

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09/29/2013
Visitor from San Antonio, Texas, Finds 2.13-carat Champagne Brown Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

Clay Jarvis of San Antonio, Texas, has been fascinated by diamonds since he was boy, when at age 10 he visited a diamond cutting facility in Amsterdam, Holland. Jarvis found a 2.13-carat champagne brown diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park yesterday.

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09/16/2013
National Dutch Oven Gathering Slated for October 18-20 at DeGray Lake Resort State Park

DeGray Lake Resort State Park will be bustling with hundreds of Dutch oven enthusiasts from around the U.S. when the National Dutch Oven Gathering is held in the park October 18-20.

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08/10/2013
Twelve-year-old boy from North Carolina finds 5.16-carat diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

Twelve-year-old boy from North Carolina finds 5.16-carat diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park.

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07/30/2013
Visitor From Missouri Finds His First Diamond, a Shiny 2.05-carat Brown Gem, at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

Steve Vehige, a carpenter from Flint Hill, Missouri, was on his fourth trip to visit the Arkansas diamond site, the Crater of Diamonds State Park, when he started his diamond collection with a beautiful 2.05-carat, marble-shaped brown diamond. He immediately knew that he wanted to name his lovely diamond about the color of sweet tea for his home town and for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ first song, “Flint Hill Special,” featured on their 1957 first album, “Foggy Mountain Jamboree.”

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7/11/2013
John Morrow Named Park Superintendent for Ozark Folk Center State Park

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7/11/2013
Samuel Adams Named Park Superintendent for Delta Heritage Trail State Park

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7/11/2013
Joe Buckley Named Park Superintendent for Petit Jean State Park

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7/11/2013
Steve Wilson Named Park Superintendent for Woolly Hollow State Park

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7/11/2013
Ralph Donnangelo Named Park Superintendent For Lake Fort Smith State Park

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07/07/2013
Visitor from Kentucky finds a 2.95-carat champagne brown diamond at the Crater of Diamonds on July 4th, a gem he named the Patriot Diamond

Visitor from Kentucky finds a 2.95-carat champagne brown diamond at the Crater of Diamonds on July 4th, a gem he named the Patriot Diamond.

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07/02/2013
A Taste for Adventure Coffee Comes to Arkansas State Parks

According to State Parks Director Greg Butts, Arkansas State Parks is now featuring premium Rwandan coffee, roasted locally by Westrock Coffee in North Little Rock, at all park restaurants and for in-room coffee service for overnight guests in lodge rooms and cabins. The coffee is also available for purchase in some state park gift shops.

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5/29/2013
Enjoy an Arkansas State Park Trail this Saturday and Join the Nationwide Celebration of National Trails Day 2013

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5/7/2013
Dedication of Mississippi River State Park and Grand Opening Of the Park Visitor Center Slated for May 16 at 11:00 a.m.

Mississippi River State Park is Being Developed by Arkansas State Parks In Phases at Several Locations Within the St. Francis National Forest Through a Special Use Permit From the U.S. Forest Service

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4/8/2013
Visitor Finds 2.10-Carat Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

The diamond is the traditional birthstone for those who were born in the month of April. How perfect that Andrea Murphy of Gentry, Arkansas, found a 2.10-carat brown diamond yesterday while she and her family visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park this week to celebrate her birthday.

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3/8/2013
The Trails for Life Grants Advisory Committee

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3/8/2013
Umbrella Rig Workshop

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3/7/2013
New cabins open at Lake Fort Smith State Park

Construction of 10 cabins at Lake Fort Smith State Park is complete and the cabins are now available to rent, according to State Parks Director Greg Butts. Funded by Amendment 75, Arkansas 1/8-cent conservation tax, these one-story cabins include both one-bedroom and two-bedroom designs reminiscent of the 1930s WPA style.

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3/8/2013
Trails of Life Grants Advisory Committee

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3/1/2013
The Trails for Life Grants Advisory Committee

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12/20/2012
America's State Parks Celebrate the Start of a New Year With First Day Hikes on January 1, 2013

First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The initiative targeted the first of January—the start of a new year—to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and the year-round recreation that can be experienced locally in state parks.

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11/20/2012
State Parks Summary

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10/26/2012
Arkansas State Parks to Close the Ed Banks Low Water Bridge at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area to Vehicles

This river crossing will remain open to foot traffic for hikers on the park's River Corridor Trail.

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10/10/2012
Public Notice: State Parks Matching Funds Public Hearings

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10/3/2012
Public Notice: State Parks Matching Funds Public Hearings

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7/11/12
Historic Washington State Park Names New Superintendent

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7/11/12
Powhatan Historic State Park Names New Superintendent

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7/11/2012
Arkansas State Parks Launches New Design for the Main Website for Arkansas's 52 State Parks

ArkansasStateParks.com, the main website for Arkansas’s 52 state parks, now features a striking new design that just launched.

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06/27/2012
Arkansas Forestry Commission Wildfire Update 6/27/12

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05/03/2012
Historic Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park Reopens May 8 Following Renovation

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03/15/2012
Arkansas State Parks Specialty License Plate Premieres

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03/14/2012
Major Renovation of Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge is Underway

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03/08/2012
New cabins open at Lake Fort Smith State Park

Construction of 10 cabins at Lake Fort Smith State Park is complete and the cabins are now available to rent, according to State Parks Director Greg Butts.

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3/5/2012
NEWS MEDIA NOTICE

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2/17/2012
Loco Ropes at Ozark Folk Center State Park reopens Thurs, March 1st, 2012, offering High Adventure in the Natural State

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01/31/2012
2.44-carat White Diamond Found at the Crater of Diamonds Last March Has Been Cut and Appraised at $21,639

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01/17/2012
Arkansas State Parks Now Offers Free Admission to Museum and Exhibit Galleries Throughout the Park System

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12/20/2011
America's State Parks Celebrate the Start of a New Year With First Day Hikes on January 1, 2012

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12/16/2011
The Year 2011 Has Been a Successful One for Diamond Hunters at the Crater of Diamonds State Park

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11/29/2011
Eagle Awareness Weekend

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11/21/2011
Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge Will Close February 1 to Undergo $6.2 Million Renovation

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11/16/2011
Hobbs State Park- Conservation Area Named Winner of the 2010-2011 Outstanding Volunteer Program and Interpretive Program Awards

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11/16/2011
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources State Park Receives 2010-2011 Outstanding Resource Management Award

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10/31/2011
DeGray Lake Resort State Park Receives 2012-2011 Region IV Park of the Year Award

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10/31/2011
Ozark Folk Center State Park Receives 2012-2011 Arkansas State Park of the Year, Region II Park of the Year, and Outstanding Special Event Awards

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10/31/2011
Lake Ouachita State Park Recieves 2010-2011 Region I Park of the Year and Outstanding Hospitality Awards

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10/27/2011
NEWS RELEASE

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10/06/2011
NEWS MEDIA NOTICE

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09/01/2011
Construction of the Mississippi River State Park Visitor Center is Underway

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08/24/2011
Temporary Rerouting of Sections 1-4 of the West Summit Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

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08/19/2011
Sony Running Video Contest to Help America's State Parks

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06/14/2011
Hindman Hall Grand Reopening Slated for Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

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05/02/2011
Visit the Special Notices Section of ArkansasStateParks.com for the Most Up-to-date Information on the Status of Arkansas's State Parks

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04/27/2011
Colorado Visitor Finds 8.66-Carat White Diamond at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park

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04/11/2011
West Summit Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park Renovation Work Has Begun with No Closures

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04/08/2011
Arkansas State Parks Will Not Be Affected in the Event of Federal Government Shutdown

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04/07/2011
Visitor From Arkansas Finds 3.86-carat White, Heart-shaped Diamond Today at the Crater of Diamonds State Park

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03/20/2011
Arkansas Couple Finds 2.44-carat White Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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03/11/2011
River Corridor Trail at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area Opens March 12

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03/04/2011
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Visitor Center Receives Silver LEED Certification From U.S. Green Building Council

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03/03/2011
Loco Ropes Opens for 2011 Season with Two New Features

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03/03/2011
Damage to the Historic Mary Woods No. 2 Sternwheeler at Jacksonport State Park Deemed Beyond Repair

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02/21/2011
Dedication and Grand Opening of Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives Facility Slated for March 3

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12/03/2010
Arkansas State Parks Launches New iPhone App

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10/11/2010
Beech Point Campground at Mississippi River State Park Reopens Following Total Renovation

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09/03/2010
Historic CCC Fisherman’s Barrack Restored To Create Two Rustic, Studio Duplex Cabins at Lake Catherine State Park

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09/01/2010
Crater of Diamonds State Park Campground Reopens September 1, 2010, Following Renovation

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08/16/2010
Woolly Hollow State Park's Campground Reopens Today Following Renovations Including 50 Amp Electrical Service and Full Sewer Hookups at All 30 Campsites

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08/04/2010
New Cabins on the Shore of Lake Ouachita at Lake Ouachita State Park Open to Rave Reviews

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08/02/2010
Visitor From Texas Finds 2.93-carat Yellow Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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06/04/2010
Village Creek State Park Golf Course Will Close Temporarily For One-Year Beginning June 7 to Undergo Upgrades

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05/25/2010
Boat Launch Ramp at Jacksonport State Park Closed Temporarily Until Mid-June

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04/29/2010
Eighth Grader From New Hampshire Finds 2.70-carat Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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04/23/2010
Visitor From Diamond, Missouri, Finds 4.89-carat Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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04/02/2010
Three Arkansas State Parks Caves to Close as Federal and State Natural Resource Agencies Work to Slow the Spread of White-nose Syndrome in Bats

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04/01/2010
Visitor From Pennsylvania Finds Flawless 3.17-carat Diamond Today During Her First Visit to Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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03/23/2010
The 24 Guest Rooms in Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park Have Reopened Following Temporary Closure

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03/18/2010
Arkansas State Parks to Host Spring Break Programs and Activities March 19-28

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02/22/2010
Arkansan Finds 2.13-carat Gem Dubbed the Brown Rice Diamond

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10/21/2009
Arkansan Finds 2.93-carat Brown Diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park

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10/09/2009
Woolly Hollow State Park's Campsites with Electric Hookups Are Out of Service for Renovation

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09/22/2009
New Cabins at Moro Bay State Park Open September 25

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08/21/2009
Bull Shoals-White River State Park Campground Area “A” Closed to Undergo Renovation

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05/30/2009
Yorkie Finds White 1.11-carat Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park on Saturday, May 30

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05/14/2009
Visitor From Hot Springs Finds 2.35-carat White Diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park

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05/01/2009
Plantation Agriculture Museum Opens Seed Warehouse No. 5 on Saturday, May 9

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04/13/2009
Arkansan Finds Stunning 2.04-carat Yellow Diamond Dubbed "Easter Sunrise Diamond" at Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Nov 5 2008 10:14AM
Activities at Mt. Magazine State Park Include Guided Tour of Wine Country

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09/20/2008
Visitor From Michigan Finds 4.68-carat White Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Jun 20 2008 4:59PM
Lake Fort Smith Dedication Photos 1

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Jun 20 2008 5:03PM
Lake Fort Smith Dedication Photos 2

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May 21 2008 8:12AM
Lake Fort Smith State Park Re-opens May 21 at its New Site on the Western Side of 1,400-Acre Lake Fort Smith

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Apr 30 2008 12:02PM
Dutch Oven Cooking Programs are Tasty and Fun

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04/28/2008
Floodwaters Affect Only a Small Portion of Arkansas State Parks' Wide Diversity of Facilities

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Apr 24 2008 3:59PM
Trout Fishing, State Park Grew Together

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Apr 24 2008 4:03PM
Small South Arkansas Cemetery Big on History

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Apr 24 2008 4:20PM
Cossatot River State Park Protects Stream, Environs

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Apr 18 2008 11:04AM
‘Rails-to-Trails’ Project Serves as Impetus for Delta Heritage Park

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Apr 18 2008 11:08AM
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park Preserves Ancient Nodena Native Culture

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Apr 18 2008 11:12AM
Lake Chicot State Park Offers Something for Everyone

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Apr 18 2008 11:37AM
Elusive Mississippi River Park Nears Home in National Forest

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12/11/2007
Arkansan Finds 1,000th Diamond of 2007 at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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10/11/2007
Visitor From New Mexico Finds 2.28-carat Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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07/30/2007
Arkansas State Parks Launches New Design for the Official Web Site for Arkansas's 52 State Parks

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06/12/2007
Visitor From Shreveport Finds 4.80-carat Diamond June 9 at the Crater of Diamonds State Park

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06/04/2007
Thirteen-year-old Visitor From Missouri Finds 2.93-carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

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May 5, 2007
Grand Opening of Restored 1888 Powhatan Courthouse and New Exhibits Slated for Saturday, May 5

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Mar 13 2007 3:59PM
Eight-Year-Old Twins From Texas Find 2.50-Carat Diamond at The Crater of Diamonds State Park

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03/11/2007
Eight-year-old Twins From Texas Find 2.50-carat Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

Eight-year-old Twins From Texas Find 2.50-carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Feb 7 2007 3:24PM
Arkansan Unearths 2.67-Carat Yellow Diamond At Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Jan 30 2007 11:16AM
Crater of Diamonds State Park Enjoying Spotlight

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Jan 17 2007 10:24AM
Arkansas State Parks Pilot Program Accommodates Cabin Guests Who Travel With Their Dogs

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10/20/2006
Visitor From Wisconsin Discovers 5.47-carat Yellow Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Sep 14 2006 11:47AM
Crater of Diamonds State Park Uncovers New Search Material For Diamond Prospectors

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July 3 2006 1:53PM
Lake Ouachita State Park's Area "A" Campground Opens to Rave Reviews

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Jun 9 2006 8:22AM
1.11-Carat, Flawless White Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds State Park by Nine-Year-Old Visitor From Illinois

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05/25/06
The Lodge at Mount Magazine State Park Opens To Rave Reviews

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03/13/2006
4.21-carat, Canary Yellow Diamond Found at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park by First Time Visitor From Oklahoma

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12/20/05
Largest Diamond Found This Year Is Unearthed at the Crater of Diamonds State Park

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09/03/05
Mount Magazine State Park Now Taking Reservations for Lodge and Cabins Slated to Open May 1, 2006

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06/03/05
Dedication of Historic Van Winkle Trail at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Slated for June 4

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05/22/05
Park Visitor Unearths 25,000th Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Jan 3 2005 3:51PM
Amendment 75 to Fund New Visitor Center at Bull Shoals-White River State Park

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Sep 7 2004 10:40AM
New York Couple Unearths 2.68-carat Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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08/11/04
Trails for Life Outdoor Recreation Grants Totaling $750,000 Awarded to 18 Arkansas Cities

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08/11/04
Additional Trails for Life Photos

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08/11/04
Additional Trails for Life Photos

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08/11/04
Additonal Trails for Life Photos

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May 26, 2004
Diamond Springs Aquatic Playground Opens May 29 at Crater of Diamonds State Park

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