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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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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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 ... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 City finds 3.85-carat canary diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park yesterday. ... Read More »