Special Notices


State Parks Director's Office


3/3/2015

Although caves at Devil's Den State Park and Withrow Springs State Park are closed to the public as state and federal agencies work to protect these caves and the bat species that inhabit them from White-nose Syndrome, Arkansas's show caves are open for business. These seven caves in the Ozarks include Blanchard Springs Caverns, operated by the U.S. Forest Service, and these privately-operated caverns: Bull Shoals, Cosmic Caverns, Mystic Caverns, Old Spanish Treasure Cave, Onyx Cave, and War Eagle Cavern. Information on these caverns can be found at: www.arkansas.com/things-to-do/caves/.


Lake Ouachita State Park

6/30/2015
Due to the construction of the new breakwater, the main boat ramp at Lake Ouachita State Park will be closed temporaily during July 13-19. Boat launching and boat trailer parking will be extremely limited during this time and no overnight parking will be allowed. For additional details, contact the park at: 501-767-9366.

Devil's Den State Park

6/27/2015
The Fossil Flats Multi-use Trail and 14 (of the 24) sites in Camping Area "A" at Devil's Den State Park are closed temporarily beginning June 27 while damages from flash flooding in Lee Creek the evening of June 26 are being assessed. It is not known at this time when the trail and these 14 campsites will reopen. All other trails, campsites, and other facilities and areas within the park are open. For updates on Fossil Flats and these specific campsites, contact the park at: 479-761-3325.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

6/26/2015
An eight-and-a-half carat diamond was found Wednesday (June 24) at the Crater of Diamonds State Park by a visitor from Colorado. She found her gem after only 20 minutes of searching. To read about her story and see photos of this beautiful white diamond, visit: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/news/

Bull Shoals-White River State Park

5/26/2015
The Bull Shoals Dam and Powerhouse tours are suspended temporarily beginning May 26. It is not known at this time when they will be resumed by authorization of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

Millwood State Park

5/26/2015
Since May 12, Millwood State Park has been closed due to floodwaters. This temporary closure continues and includes the entire park and all park facilities. It is not known at this time when the park will reopen. Updates will be posted here as the park's reopening date (dependent on lake levels and park repairs) is determined. For further details, contact the park at: 870-898-2800.

Withrow Springs State Park

5/21/2015
A 3.2-mile section of Ark. 23 (also known as the Pig Trail) located in Franklin County 5.5 miles north of Cass is closed temporarily beginning May 20 due to a landslide. [NOTE: This hill slide is approximately 19 miles north of I-40.] The closed portion stretches between the Mulberry Mountain Lodge to the south and Fly Gap Road to the north. This 3.2-mile section will remain closed until repairs can be made, and no time estimate can be made at this when they will be completed. For updates, visit: www.idrivearkansas.com/closures.

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

5/21/2015
A 3.2-mile section of Ark. 23 (also known as the Pig Trail) located in Franklin County 5.5 miles north of Cass is closed temporarily beginning May 20 due to a landslide. [NOTE: This hill slide is approximately 19 miles north of I-40.] The closed portion stretches between the Mulberry Mountain Lodge to the south and Fly Gap Road to the north. This 3.2-mile section will remain closed until repairs can be made, and no time estimate can be made at this when they will be completed. For updates, visit: www.idrivearkansas.com/closures.

Logoly State Park

1/9/2015
The visitor center at Logoly State Park closed on Friday, January, 9, for construction to begin on the park's new visitor center at the same site. The park office relocated to a trailer near the park bathhouse. This temporary office will serve park visitors until the new visitor center is completed. Once built, the new environmentally-friendly visitor center will be a candidate for LEED Gold certification. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating Systemâ„¢ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices. The phone number for the park office will remain: 870-695-3561.

Crowley's Ridge State Park

11/24/2014
Following renovation of the dining hall/kitchen, the group lodging area at Crowley's Ridge State Park has reopened. The structure's renovation included new flooring and windows, window coverings, the addition of LED track lighting, upgrading of the electrical system, installation of a Mitsubishi mini-split system (HVAC), a new kitchen with updated equipment including an Ansul fire suppression system in the vent hood over range. The building now features a new entrance, new restroom building behind dining hall, and outside lighting. The renovation work also included landscaping/erosion improvements and the repair and replacement of some of the cypress logs on this historic structure dating from the 1930s and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The reopening also includes the group lodging area's five bunk cabins and bathhouse. For additional details, contact the park at: 870-573-6751.