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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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Public is Invited to Watch Embee Diamonds’ Mike Botha Cut the 8.52-carat “Esperanza" Diamond at Stanley Jewelers Gemologist in North Little Rock During September 9-12

8/28/2015

Stanley Jewelers Gemologist will partner with Canada’s Embee Diamonds to offer the public rare opportunity to watch the transformation of this American gem from Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park. ... 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 »

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

10/20/2013

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

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

09/29/2013

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. ... Read More »

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

09/16/2013

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. ... Read More »

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

08/10/2013

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

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

07/30/2013

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.” ... Read More »

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