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

For Immediate Release

Greenbrier -- Featuring one of central Arkansas’s most popular, man-made swimming holes, Woolly Hollow State Park also includes a peaceful campground where families have made outdoor memories through the decades. Closed since October 2009 to undergo a total renovation and expansion, the campground reopens today, according to State Parks Director Greg Butts. The park campground now features 30 campsites with 20 amp, 30 amp and 50 amp electric service, water and sewer hookups. Each campsite features a level outdoor living area furnished with a picnic table, pedestal grill, fire ring/grill, and lantern hanger. Twenty-one sites also have tent pads. Two campsites are two pull-through sites and two are barrier-free to accommodate the needs of visitors with disabilities. The barrier-free sites are situated adjacent to the campground’s barrier-free bathhouse.

The $917,356 construction project includes all roads and utilities and was funded by grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council and Amendment 75, Arkansas’s Conservation Fund passed by Arkansas voters in 1996. The contractor was Henley Construction, Inc. of Harrison. The engineering consultant was McClelland Engineering of Little Rock.

Greg Butts said, “The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council and Amendment 75 have made a tremendous impact on Arkansas’s state parks. He noted that the wide range of improvements include campground upgrades around the park system. “Camping is among the most popular activities enjoyed in the state parks. Because of this, many enhancements are focused on improving the camping experience for these outdoor enthusiasts,” said Butts. To reserve a campsite, reservations may be made online at ArkansasStateParks.com or by calling Woolly Hollow State Park at 501-679-2098.

According to Park Superintendent Mark Roland, “The campground enhancements here at Woolly Hollow State Park include the renovation of 16 campsites, 10 of which overlook Lake Bennett, and the construction of a new campground loop north of the bathhouse that features 14 campsites secluded in shady woods.” He noted that the bathhouse, which is barrier-free, underwent renovation two years ago. In addition, the park includes 10 tent sites without hookups.

Roland said, “Our campers enjoy the peace and quiet here, the lake activities including swimming with lifeguards on hand during the summer months, and the all around friendliness found here.” He continued, “This park is in a wonderful location just 12 mles off U.S 65, a major north/south route the scenic Ozark Mountains. Conway is only 30 minutes away. And, we’re just an hour from the metroplex including Little Rock.”

Woolly Hollow State Park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The park is nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Its focal point is 40-acre Lake Bennett, peaceful waters for swimming, fishing and floating. The lake is named after Dr. Hugh H. Bennett, considered the father of soil conservation, who led the nation’s soil conservation movement in the 1920s and 1930s and served as the first chief of the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Completed in 1935 by the Works Progress Administration, Lake Bennett was the first Soil Conservation Service watershed project in the United States for scientific study of the effects of water runoff, silt and erosion control from a specific watershed. The park offers canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and fishing boats for rent. A launch ramp is located in the park. A snack bar and bathhouse with showers are near the swimming beach.

The park also includes picnic sites, a pavilion, trail and gift shop. The 1882 Woolly Cabin, home of the area’s first settlers, offers a historic perspective to this park. A variety of interpretive programs are offered by park staff. The park is located near Greenbrier. To travel to the park, take Exit #125 off I-40 at Conway and travel 12 miles north on U.S. 65, then go six miles east on Ark. 285. For further information, contact: Mark Roland, park superintendent, Woolly Hollow State Park, 82 Woolly Hollow Road, Greenbrier, AR 72058. Phone: 501-679-2098. E-mail: mark.roland@arkansas.gov.

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