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This state park-natural area extends for 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot River. The river forms Cossatot Falls, a rugged rocky canyon that challenges experienced canoeists and kayakers with its Class IV rapids. In this watershed basin, flow levels are dependent upon rainfall. Floatable levels are usually limited to late-fall, winter, and spring. The park is south of Mena. Explore the exhibits in the park visitor center, on U.S. 278 where it crosses the river, to learn about the geology, flora, and fauna found here in this remote and protected river corridor in the Ouachita Mountains. Weyerhaeuser roads provide river access.
The natural beauty and ancient geology of Petit Jean Mountain inspired the establishment of Arkansas's original state park, Petit Jean. The park's rugged and beautiful Cedar Creek Canyon is the work of Cedar Creek that cascades as Cedar Falls, the park's spectacular 95-foot waterfall. Upstream, a Civilian Conservation Corps-built native stone dam forms Lake Bailey, the park's 100-acre lake. Hike popular Cedar Falls Trail that begins behind the park's historic Mather Lodge and follow it into the canyon to the falls. Park overlooks also offer views of the falls. The park is located atop Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton.
Situated on a peninsula in Bear Creek Lake, Beech Point Campground features 14 Class campsites with water, electric and sewer hookups, and three walk-in tent sites. Each campsite offers a view of the water. Two courtesy docks provide access to the lake. Formerly a USDA Forest Service campground in the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area, the campground is now operated by Arkansas State Parks. Through a Special Use Permit, Arkansas State Parks is developing Mississippi River State Park within the St. Francis National Forest in eastern Arkansas. This campground's renovation was the first step in the process of improving recreational access to the Forest. Accessed from Hwy. 44, the campground is near Marianna.
Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is the largest lake completely within Arkansas's borders. Scenic beauty and the clarity of these waters make this lake a water sports mecca for boating, fishing, swimming, skiing, and scuba diving. Lake Ouachita State Park is on the lake's eastern shore. The park includes over 100 campsites including sites with full hookups and walk-in tent sites. Many sites offer views of the pristine beauty of this popular lake in the Ouachita Mountains. Eight fully-equipped cabins offer visitors other overnight choices. Other park facilities include picnic areas, trails, a swimming area, marina with boat rentals, and historic Three Sisters' Springs. The park visitor center includes exhibits and a store. The park is northwest of Hot Springs.
Prairie Grove is recognized as one of America's most intact Civil War battlefields. This 838-acre park in northwest Arkansas protects the battle site of the Battle of Prairie Grove, where on December 7, 1862, the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi clashed with the Union Army of the Frontier in a day of fierce fighting resulting in 2,700 casualties. Park exhibits, tours, and programs interpret and detail the battle. Arkansas's largest Civil War battle reenactment takes place here biennially, on even numbered years, the first weekend in December. The park is on U.S. 62 in Prairie Grove.