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Bull Shoals-White River State Park

In north central Arkansas amidst the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals-White River State Park stretches along the riverside and lakeshore where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake join at the Bull Shoals dam. Together these waters form one of the nation’s finest fishing and boating combinations. The White River is renowned as mid-America’s premier trout stream, famous for its record rainbow and brown trout. Bull Shoals Dam forms Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas’s largest lake with 45,440 acres of waters stretching along Arkansas's northern border and into southern Missouri. Anglers are drawn to the lake's catches of lunker bass, catfish, crappie, and bream. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy boating and swimming in these clear open waters.

Cane Creek State Park

Located where the rolling terrain of the West Gulf Coastal Plain and the alluvial lands of east Arkansas's Mississippi Delta meet, this park offers you the opportunity to explore two of Arkansas's distinct natural settings in one visit. Hike or bike the park's 2,053 acres of woodlands in the Coastal Plain. Paddle or fish on 1,675-acre Cane Creek Lake, a timbered Delta lake, and experience the lush beauty and abundant wildlife that inhabit Arkansas's Mississippi Delta. Just across the timber-filled lake, anglers and paddlers can also explore Bayou Bartholomew, the world's longest bayou.

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area

This park-natural area stretches for 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot River, Arkansas's premier whitewater experience renowned as the best whitewater float stream in mid-America. Located in southwest Arkansas south of Mena, the Cossatot forms Cossatot Falls, a rugged and rocky canyon that challenges the most experienced canoeists and kayakers with its Class IV and V rapids. When the water is high, the paddlers are here. This National Wild and Scenic River is a watershed basin with flow levels dependent on rainfall. After significant precipitation, the river level rises, allowing experienced paddlers the opportunity to test their skills in challenging Class IV and V whitewater. At the river's Cossatot Falls area, a rocky canyon with distinct ledges, the river drops 33 feet in elevation within 1/3 of a mile. Late winter to early spring is peak whitewater paddling season here. Class III-V whitewater is for experts only. Floatable river levels are usually limited to late-fall, winter and spring.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Arkansas's diamond site, the Crater of Diamonds State Park, is the eighth largest diamond-bearing deposit in surface area in the world. Here you can enjoy the one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure of prospecting for real diamonds. Located in southwest Arkansas near Murfreesboro, this is the world's only diamond-bearing site open to the public. Occurring naturally here along with the diamonds are garnet, amethyst, jasper, agate, quartz, and other rocks and minerals that make this site a rock-hound's delight. And what you unearth is yours to keep. You'll search over a 37 1/2-acre plowed field, the eroded surface of the ancient volcanic pipe that brought the gems to the surface.

Crowley's Ridge State Park

Located atop the forested hills in northeast Arkansas, Crowley's Ridge State Park occupies the former homestead of Benjamin Crowley, whose family first settled this area. Native log and stone structures, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, set the mood for this park's rustic warmth. Park facilities include four fully-equipped, modern duplex cabins with kitchens; a group lodging area featuring five bunk cabins, a kitchen/dining hall and bathhouse; 26 campsites--18 Class B and eight Tent sites; picnic areas; snack bar; trails; standard pavilions; baseball field; 31-acre fishing lake (electric motors only); and a 3 1/2-acre swimming lake. Interpretive programs are offered here at the park throughout the year.

Daisy State Park

In this scenic setting in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountain, Lake Greeson, the Little Missouri River, and Daisy State Park make a winning combination for outdoor enthusiasts. Lake Greeson, 7,000 acres of clear water and mountain scenery, delights water enthusiasts. Catches of black and white bass, stripers, crappie, catfish, and bluegill account for its popularity with anglers.Daisy State Park is 1/4 mile south of Daisy off U.S. 70. [NOTE: For eastbound travelers on U.S. 70, some GPS units direct you to turn right on West Park Road to access the park. Disregard this instruction and continue traveling east on U.S. 70 approximately 1/4-mile further to East Park Road. This is the entrance to the park.]

Davidsonville Historic State Park

This park preserves the site of historic Davidsonville. Established in 1815, the town included the Arkansas Territory's first post office, courthouse, and land office. Bypassed by the Southwest Trail, an overland route from St. Louis to the border of Mexico, the town faded by the 1830s. Today, archeologists are uncovering remarkable finds of streets, foundations, and objects that tell a fascinating story of life on the Arkansas frontier following the Louisiana Purchase. Park exhibits and interpretive tours provide information about this important frontier town.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Arkansas's resort state park lies on the north shore of DeGray Lake, a 13,800-acre fishing and water sports destination in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Here you will find resort amenities combined with plenty of outdoor fun. DeGray offers a 94-room lodge and convention center, 113 campsites (Class B) and three Rent-A-Yurts, swimming, tennis, golf, hiking, bicycling and guided horseback trail rides. The park's full-service marina (open year-round) offers tackle, dock space, fuel and a wide variety of boat rentals.

Devil's Den State Park

Devil's Den State Park is nestled deep in Lee Creek Valley, a picturesque setting in northwest Arkansas's Ozarks Mountains, ancient sedimentary mountains renowned for their natural beauty and lush oak-hickory forest. This Ozark valley was selected as a park site in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC used native materials to craft the park’s rustic-style wood and stone structures. This work includes an impressive native stone dam that spans Lee Creek in the heart of the park forming peaceful eight-acre Lake Devil. Rental canoes and pedal boats are available at the park. Hiking, backpacking, and mountain bike trails lead to backcountry areas in Devil's Den State Park and the surrounding Ozark National Forest.

Jacksonport State Park

In the 1800s steamboats made Jacksonport a thriving river port. During the Civil War, the town was occupied by both Confederate and Union forces because of its crucial locale. Jacksonport became county seat in 1854, and construction of a stately, two-story brick courthouse began in 1869. The town began to decline in the 1880s when bypassed by the railroad. The county seat was moved in 1891 to nearby Newport, and Jacksonport's stores, wharves and saloons soon vanished. Today, exhibits in the park's 1872 courthouse and programs by park interpreters share the story of this historic river port. Admission to the courthouse is free.

Lake Catherine State Park

Nestled in the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains on 1,940-acre Lake Catherine, one of the five popular Diamond Lakes in the Hot Springs area, Lake Catherine State Park features CCC/Rustic Style facilities constructed of native stone and wood by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. Situated along the lakeshore are the park's 20 cabins that feature fully-equipped kitchens. Most have wood-burning fireplaces.

Lake Charles State Park

Anglers and nature lovers will enjoy this park on the shore of Lake Charles, 645 acres of spring-fed waters in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The lake offers good catches of bass, crappie, bream and catfish. The park features 60 campsites (23 Class AAA and 37 Class B) two Rent-A-Yurt, and two Rent-An-RV. Within walking distance are picnic sites, hiking trails, a standard pavilion (screened with ceiling fans), launch ramp, swimming beach, and playground. The visitor center's gift shop offers gift items, camping supplies, live bait, and snacks. Park interpretive programs include party barge lake tours and guided kayak tours.

Lake Chicot State Park

The Mississippi Delta's captivating beauty and recreational opportunities come together at Arkansas's largest natural lake, Lake Chicot. Cut off centuries ago when the Mississippi River changed course, this 20-mile long oxbow lake is a peaceful setting for fishing, boating, and bird watching. Fishing for crappie, bass, and bream is popular on the lake, especially on the upper end of Lake Chicot during spring and fall. Fishing for catfish can be enjoyed throughout the year. Located in the Mississippi Flyway, this park offers some of the best year-round birding opportunities in Arkansas. The park offers lake tours, levee tours, and other opportunities for you to view a variety of birds and other wildlife.

Lake Dardanelle State Park

Surrounded by the natural beauty for which the Arkansas River Valley is known, Lake Dardanelle is a sprawling 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. These two water resources combined here have put this area into the national spotlight as a major bass fishing tournament site. Lake Dardanelle State Park offers two areas on the lake: one park site is at Russellville, and the other is located at nearby Dardanelle. Both the Russellville (main park) and Dardanelle locations offer camping (74 sites: Russellville--16 Class AAA, 13 Class AA, and 27 Class B; Dardanelle Area--18 Class B), launch ramps, standard pavilions, picnic sites, restrooms, and bathhouses with hot showers.

Lake Fort Smith State Park

Nestled in a scenic valley of the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozark Mountains, this state park offers outdoor adventures including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, and nature study. For backpackers, the park serves as the western terminus of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail. Located on the western side of 1,400-acre Lake Fort Smith, this state park features all new facilities including campsites [20 Class AAA and 10 Class B], a group lodge with kitchenette that can accommodate up to 32 persons (16 in each wing), 10 cabins, picnic sites, a pavilion, 2,660-square-foot swimming pool with adjacent wading pool and a splash pad, marina with boat rentals, double lane boat launch ramp, hiking trails, playground, and an 8,000-square-foot visitor center with exhibits, meeting/classroom, and an outdoor patio featuring a native stone, wood-burning fireplace and a view towards the lake.

Lake Frierson State Park

Atop the unique landform of rolling hills called Crowley's Ridge, this park on the shore of 335-acre Lake Frierson is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the year-round fishing for bream, catfish, crappie, and bass. The park's natural beauty is enhanced each spring when wild dogwoods bloom throughout the park. Park facilities include campsites [four Class C with water and electric hookups, and three Class D (no hookups)] with tables and grills, restrooms, picnic sites, an enclosed climate-controlled pavilion, playground, self-guided trail, launch ramp, barrier-free fishing pier, and visitor center with interpretive exhibits. The park also offers rental fishing boats, kayaks, and pedal boats.

Lake Ouachita State Park

Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, and fishing. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers, and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves along the lake's 975 miles of shoreline. Located just a short drive from the spa city of Hot Springs on the lake's eastern shore, Lake Ouachita State Park is your gateway to this popular water sports lake.

Lake Poinsett State Park

Anglers will find the relatively shallow waters of 640-acre Lake Poinsett, nestled atop the rolling hills of Crowley's Ridge in northeast Arkansas, a special getaway for crappie, catfish, bream, and bass fishing. Situated on the northern end of this Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lake, the state park offers 29 campsites (Four Class A, 22 Class B and three Class D), picnic areas, a standard pavilion (screened with restrooms), boat launch ramp, and boat rentals. Near the picnic area is ample room for impromptu softball games. A children's playground is located between the picnic area and campground. For hiking enthusiasts, the 1.1-mile Great Blue Heron Trail can be enjoyed in a leisurely 45-minute hike.

Logoly State Park

At Arkansas's first environmental education state park, interpreters present workshops on ecological/environmental topics. The park's natural resources provide a living laboratory for students and visitors. Most of Logoly's 368 acres comprise a State Natural Area that includes unique plant species and mineral springs. Park facilities include six group tent sites (no hookups), a bathhouse with hot showers, standard pavilion (free to educational groups), picnic sites, playground, trails, and a visitor center with exhibits and an indoor classroom.

Millwood State Park

A series of boat lanes meander through timber, marshes, and oxbow cutoffs making Millwood Lake a "tree-filled" fishing haven. Famous for bass tournaments, this 29,260-acre lake abounds in largemouth, catfish and crappie. Spring and fall offer anglers great crappie fishing here, and catfish and bream fishing in summer. Bird watching is another popular activity here because of the lake's variety of year-round inhabitants, and wintering eagles.

Mississippi River State Park

Beginning May 1, 2009, Arkansas State Parks took over the management and operation of the 253-acre Bear Creek Recreation Area of the St. Francis National Forest. Arkansas State Parks’ camping rules and regulations apply at the Beech Point Campground, Lone Pine Campground, and Maple Flat Campground on Bear Creek Lake. Campers should register at the visitor center (on Ark. 44 three miles southeast of Marianna) before occupying a campsite. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For campers who arrive after hours, there are self-pay stations located at the campgrounds. Make campsite reservations by calling the park office at: 870-295-4040. Make reservations by calling the park at: 870-295-4040.

Moro Bay State Park

You'll find one of the most popular fishing and water sport areas in south central Arkansas where Moro Bay and Raymond Lake join the Ouachita River at Moro Bay State Park. Park facilities include 20 campsites (five Class A and 15 Class B), picnic sites, a store, marina with boat rentals and gas pump, standard pavilion (screened), playground, trails, and the Moro Bay Ferry exhibit featuring a historic tugboat and barge. Five new rental cabins opened in the park in late-2009. Each cabin is fully-equipped and features a great room, kitchen, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. These 1,100-square-foot cabins include both a screened porch and outside living area with a picnic grill and table that face the waters of Moro Bay. One cabin is a barrier-free design to meet the needs of visitors with disabilities.

Mount Magazine State Park

Located atop 2,753-foot Mount Magazine, the state's highest mountain, this scenic Arkansas state park was developed by Arkansas State Parks in the Mount Magazine Ranger District of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests through a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service. The mountain offers sweeping vistas of broad river valleys, deep canyons, and distant mountains. Here the altitude, geography, and climate combine to create unique habitats for rare plants and animals. The elevation makes the mountaintop a cool place to be on hot summer days. The Lodge at Mount Magazine, the park's magnificent mountain resort and one of the finest lodges in Arkansas, features 60 guest rooms that all offer breathtaking views from Mount Magazine's south bluff of the Petit Jean River Valley and distant Blue Mountain Lake. Forty of these guest rooms include balconies and 17 offer spa tubs. Fine dining can be enjoyed in the lodge's Skycrest Restaurant where large windows frame the dramatic view from the bluff. The lodge also features a conference center, business center, indoor heated swimming pool, and fitness center. Stretching along the bluff from both sides of the lodge are the park's 13 fully-equipped cabins. Each cabin features an outdoor hot tub on a covered deck that faces the sweeping view from the bluff.

Mount Nebo State Park

Rising 1,350 feet, Mount Nebo offers sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. In 1933, a portion of the mountain was chosen as a park site. Native stone and logs from Mount Nebo were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct many of the park's bridges, trails, rustic-style cabins, and pavilions. The park offers 34 campsites (24 Class B; 10 Hike-in Tent sites) [no dump station] and 14 fully-equipped cabins with kitchens. Fourteen miles of trails encircle Mount Nebo. For mountain biking enthusiasts, the 4 1/2-mile Bench Trail is a fairly level route encircling the side of 1,850-foot Mount Nebo. As you ride through the mixed hardwood and pine forest, you'll pass historic springs and Fern Lake, and see rock work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. This is an excellent ride for your family's first mountain biking adventure. You can choose from primitive campsites located at intervals along the Bench Trail, or stay in the park campground.

Petit Jean State Park

The natural beauty and ancient geology of Petit Jean Mountain inspired the creation of Arkansas's state park system. Petit Jean State Park mirrors the mountain's rugged beauty with its rustic, native log and stone facilities constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) beginning in 1933. The focal point is Mather Lodge, the park's mountain lodge on the bluff of scenic Cedar Creek Canyon. Featuring 24 guest rooms, a restaurant, meeting room, and swimming pool, this is among Arkansas's historic treasures that stand as a tribute to the craftsmanship and conservation achievements of the "Tree Army" of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal during the Great Depression. The lodge's westward view across the canyon offers breathtaking scenery highlighted by a dramatic sunset each evening. Located near the lodge are 33 fully-equipped cabins (21 with kitchens), many of which share the same bluff and views of Cedar Creek Canyon. The canyon is the work of Cedar Creek, which cascades as Cedar Falls, a spectacular 95-foot waterfall. Upstream, a rock dam forms Lake Bailey, 100 acres for fishing and pedal boating. A boathouse offers a snack bar, boat rentals, and supplies for sale during summer. Park campsites (125 sites including 35 Class AAA and 90 Class B) are located near Lake Bailey and in secluded woodlands. The park also offers a Group Camp Area, a Rally-style Area, two Rent-A-Camp sites, and two Rent-A-Yurt sites. The park airport offers five Fly-in Premium D campsites (for tents only).

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Travel the Talimena Scenic Drive, a National Scenic Byway, to this park high atop Arkansas's second tallest peak. The park as rich in history as it is in panoramic scenery. In the late 1800s, a resort hostelry named Queen Wilhelmina Inn in honor of the Queen of the Netherlands was built on Rich Mountain by the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad. Two inns have replaced the original "Castle in the Sky"--the latest is this park's focal point. NOTE: The current lodge is closed undergoing a major renovation. This closure pertains to the entire lodge including all guest rooms and the restaurant. The lodge will reopen in late 2014. The park offers 41 campsites [35 Class B, five Tent sites (with water nearby), and one Hike-in Tent Site], picnic areas, hiking trails and interpretive programs.

Village Creek State Park

Here you can explore the unique geology, topography and unusual plant communities of Crowley's Ridge, a landform of rolling hills in eastern Arkansas's Mississippi Alluvial Plain. Crowley's Ridge is a geologic anomaly, the most unique of Arkansas's six major physiographic provinces, or natural divisions. It is covered with a lush, mixed hardwood forest including oak and hickory and uncommon hardwood trees such as American Beech, Sugar Maple, Butternut, Basswood, Cucumbertree, Kentucky Coffeetree, and the Tuliptree or Yellow Poplar. Village Creek State Park is one of five Arkansas state parks located on Crowley's Ridge. At 6,911 acres, Village Creek is Arkansas’s second largest state park in land area.

White Oak Lake State Park

Adjacent to Poison Spring State Forest, this park lies on the shore of White Oak Lake, 2,765 timber-filled acres for bass, crappie, catfish, and bream fishing. Rich in wildlife, the park offers regular sightings of great blue heron, egret, osprey, and green heron, and in winter, bald eagles. Park facilities include 45 campsites (41 Class B and four Tent sites); a store with supplies, bait and gifts (open throughout the year); marina with boat rentals; launch ramp; barrier-free fishing pier; standard pavilion; picnic sites; hiking trails, almost 10 miles of mountain bike trails and a playground. The visitor center includes exhibits and a CD interactive program and offers bicycle rentals.

Withrow Springs State Park

In the heart of the Ozark Mountains and cradled by the limestone bluffs of the War Eagle Creek, Withrow Springs State Park is a peaceful setting of unspoiled natural beauty and many outdoor recreational choices. Camping enthusiasts will enjoy the park's campground nestled in shaded woods. Choose from 30 Class AAA campsites (with water, up to 50 amp service, and sewer hookups). Each campsite can accommodate either an RV and/or a tent. The campground also features a modern, barrier-free bathhouse.

Woolly Hollow State Park

Nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, this park includes 40-acre Lake Bennett, peaceful waters for fishing and floating, and swimming at the park's swim beach. Anglers will need to bring bait and fishing supplies. A launch ramp is located on Lake Bennett. The park offers also offers canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, fishing boats and motors for rent. A snack bar and bathhouse with hot showers are located near the swimming beach. Park facilities also include 30 Class AAA campsites and 10 Tent sites without hookups. Woolly Hollow also offers a picnic area, standard pavilion, gift shop, and hiking trail. The Woolly Cabin, the log home of the area's first settlers, offers visitors a historic perspective of the park.



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