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, a geologic anomaly, is the most unusual of Arkansas's six major physiographic provinces, or natural divisions. It is covered with a lush, mixed hardwood forest including oak, hickory, and uncommon hardwood trees such as American Beech, Sugar Maple, Butternut, Basswood, Cucumbertree, Kentucky Coffeetree, and Tuliptree or Yellow Poplar. Village Creek State Park is one of five Arkansas state parks on Crowley's Ridge. At 6,911 acres, Village Creek is Arkansas's second largest state park in land area.
Park interpretive programs and exhibits share the story of the natural and cultural heritage of Crowley's Ridge.
Five park trails totaling seven miles allow hikers the opportunity to explore this forest on their own, or on a guided trail walk with a park interpreter. Anglers can fish for bass, bream, catfish, and crappie at the park's two lakes, Lake Austell and Lake Dunn. Launch ramps, boat docks, bait, fishing boats, electric motors, and pedal boats are available late-spring through Labor Day.
The park campground includes 96 campsites [24 Class AAA, five Class A, and 67 Class B sites (for RVs, tents, and horse campers)] around Lake Dunn. Nestled on a nearby ridge are the park's 10 fully-equipped cabins that feature kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces. At Lake Austell, picnic sites are near a sandy beach and sun deck. The park also includes four standard pavilions (one is enclosed), playgrounds, baseball and multi-use fields, and a driving range.
Horseback riding is a popular activity at this park. Twenty-five miles of multi-use trails wind through the rolling hills of Crowley's Ridge. The horse trails are open throughout the year. Call the park for current trail conditions. The horse camp features 30 campsites with water and electric hookups, an asphalt parking pad, picnic table and grill; a modern bathhouse; horse wash bays; and 66 stalls inside the camping area. The horse stable's 10' x 10' stalls include water, electric, and ceiling fans.
The park visitor center includes an A/V theater, store, gift shop, and bicycle rentals. The interpretive center offers a large meeting facility and The Discovery Room featuring exhibits of prehistoric artifacts and information about the wildlife of Crowley's Ridge. Park interpreters offer programs, concerts, and special events throughout the year.
Golfers will enjoy The Ridges at Village Creek
, the park's 27-hole, Andy Dye signature course. This public course features the rolling terrain of Crowley's Ridge, dramatic elevation changes, and the backdrop of the seasonal beauty of the surrounding hardwood forest. These combine combine with the PGA-caliber championship layout
for an aesthetically pleasing and challenging level of play. Since 1923, the Dye family designs of resort and public courses have included world-ranked championship-class courses including 17 of the world’s top 100 courses. Dye designs have a worldwide reputation for their creative, unique designs, and environmentally sensitive integrity. Depending on the configuration of the two nines you choose to play, the yardage could stretch to over 7,400 yards. The course features MiniVerde Bermuda greens and Tiff 419 Bermuda tees and fairways. Four teeing areas offer opportunities for golfers of any skill level. Three distinct nines make for outstanding golf. Water comes into play on 12 holes. The course is open daily and includes a full-service clubhouse with pro shop, dressing rooms, snack bar, and full driving range. Golf carts are included with greens fee. For tee times, contact the clubhouse at: 870-238-5226, or book online at: The RidgesAtVillageCreek.com.
Village Creek State Park is two hours east of Little Rock, Arkansas, or one hour west of Memphis, Tennessee. Take Exit #242 off I-40 at Forrest City and travel 13 miles north on Ark. 284 to the park.