State Parks Director's Office
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/.
Visit the homepage of www.Arkansas.com/ to enjoy reading about Crater of Diamonds State Park Interpreter Waymon Cox. A part of this feature is a mini-documentary video about the cutting of the Esperanza diamond, the 8.52-carat gem found at the Crater of Diamonds in June by park visitor Bobbie Oskarson, of Colorado. Master diamond cutter Mike Botha, of Embee Diamonds in Canada, transformed this diamond into a 4.62-carat gem featuring a new custom, triolette design with 147 hand-cut facets.
Sections of the 1 1/4-mile Cedar Trail at Lake Charles State Park are closed temporarily while construction is underway to resurface this paved trail. Use caution on the areas of the trail that remain open and avoid the work areas. This project is expected to continue until mid-December. For updates, contact the park at: 870-878-6595.
The Hearth Room in The Lodge at Mount Magazine will be closed to the public beginning the ending week of December 2015. This great room near the lobby will remain closed temporarily until April 2016. This closure is necessary for the public’s safety while repairs are made to the bay of windows along three sides of this room framing the view of the Petit Jean River Valley. A temporary wall will block-off access to this room during the construction activity. Depending upon the progress during construction, a portion of The Skycrest Restaurant will also undergo repairs and remain open (tentatively scheduled towards the first week of January 2016). The south view scenic windows will be enclosed temporarily and obstructed for viewing during this time until approximately early April 2016. Please note that there are other public areas at the lodge and within the Skycrest Restaurant which will offer views of the Valley. All other areas of the lodge will remain open. For updated details, please contact the lodge at: 877-665-6343.
Millwood State Park remains closed due damage from spring and early summer floodwaters. 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 park repairs) is determined. At this time, the only park facility in operation is the visitor center. Current hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed weekends). For further details, contact the park at: 870-898-2800.
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 System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices. The phone number for the park office will remain: 870-695-3561.