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Arkansas State Parks Staff
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A hiker crosses a bridge surrounded by fall colors at Devil's Den State Park
A hiker crosses a bridge surrounded by fall colors at Devil's Den State Park

Your Perfect Fall State Park Getaway

Hop on a scenic road, kick up some golden leaves and make your way to a fresh-out-of-your-favorite-fall-movie getaway. Arkansas State Parks has something for everyone — are you more of a cabin or lodge person? Book your stay now because fall is in season.

Check out fall camping and activities and Get Back to Nature this Fall. And we want all you leaf-peepers! Share your fall foliage pics and check out the gallery. 

Cabins

Crowley’s Ridge State Park

The Civilian-Conservation-Corps, 1930s-built, stone-and-wood cabins scream Instagramable fall. Snuggle up near the fireplace in your coziest sweater with a cup of hot apple cider after a long leaf-peeping hike. Don’t forget to see the Wishing Well Flume waterfall surrounded by red and orange foliage. 

Crowley's Ridge State Park CCC Cabin with lake in the background

Crowley's Ridge State Park Cabin interior with queen bed

Lake Chicot State Park

The largest natural lake in Arkansas and the largest oxbow lake in North America’s waters will beckon you for an autumn stay. While you can choose a lake view, we recommend a woods-view lodging for the colorful leaf season. From your bedroom window, you’ll be able to spot sunflower-yellow leaves fluttering to the ground. 

Lake Chicot State Park cabin in the woods

Lake Chicot State Park cabin inside view

Village Creek State Park

33 miles of trails lead you to two lakes that reflect honey-colored trees in harvest-season glory. Book one of the luxurious cabins that feel more like a resort than your scouting-days campsites — think exposed-wooden-beam ceilings, flatscreen televisions, fireplaces, opulent linens and cozy couches. Pro-tip: Bring your horse because the equestrian trails are some of the best in the state.

Couple standing on porch of Village Creek State Park cabin

Village Creek State Park Cabin interior

Moro Bay State Park

Off-the-beaten-path is the first description that comes to mind when thinking of Moro Bay. These uber private cabins with screened decks (ideal for turkey dinners and early-morning coffee-sipping) and access to year-round fishing are just perfect for family vacations. Leave the wood-walled interior of your lodgings to go spot bald eagles and insane pumpkin-spice season colors. 

Moro Bay State Park cabin in the trees with fallen leaves on the ground

Moro Bay State Park cabin bedroom interior

Lodges 

DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Situated on the shores of DeGray Lake, just 72 miles from Little Rock, this is truly a resort. The 96-room dwelling can be a jumping-off point for sunset cruises, guided hikes, birding tours, fall color walks and more. Pro-tip: If it gets too cold outside, check out the on-site escape room for a brain-teasing riot of a time. 

Lodge at DeGray Lake Resort State Park at sunrise

DeGray Lake Resort State Park lodge with couple holding dog looking outside of their room at pool view

Mount Magazine State Park

Pack your well-worn “Harry Potter” book and sit on a comfy, brown-leather couch next to a roaring fire in the massive gray-stone fireplace for the ultimate autumn night inside at The Lodge at Mount Magazine. This 60-room experience has a heated indoor swimming pool and offers jaw-dropping views of the Petit Jean River Valley. 

Mount Magazine State park lodge with beautiful fall foliage on the mountainside

 

Couple sitting in hot tub with swimming pool in the background inside the lodge at Mount Magazine State Park

Ozark Folk Center State Park

Open until late-October, this park celebrates music, crafts and the culture of the Ozarks. Your family can delight in pottery classes, strolls through the Heritage Herb Garden and live music on the Blacksmith Stage on your next getaway. Looking to get ahead on your holiday shopping? The Craft Village offers artisanal items like flame painted jewelry, candles, pottery, stained glass and wood carvings. This area kind of feels like Stars Hollow in “Gilmore Girls” — there’s always something happenin’. 

Couple sitting outside cabin at Ozark Folk Center State Park playing guitar and holding a dog

Family inside cabin at Ozark Folk Center State Park

Petit Jean State Park

Petit Jean Mountain inspired the creation of Arkansas’s first state park, and during reaping time, this park might inspire you to hike a bit longer, stay up a little later or eat a few more s’mores with your crew. The lodge’s big windows look out onto incredible mountain vistas, rich with fall colors. Be sure to snap a group photo on the stone Davies Bridge that overlooks a veil-like waterfall. 

Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park

Hiking at Petit Jean State Park in fall

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

The second highest peak in Arkansas beckons you with a fully renovated lodge that has in-room fireplaces for those long, sweater-weather nights where you just want to watch a good movie cuddled up. Grab a chair on the balcony for sunrise views over the valley swathed in garnets, burnt oranges and golds. Make sure you have breakfast at the Queen’s Restaurant to feel just like visitors in the 1800s felt when visiting the “Castle in the Sky.” 

Queen Wilhelmina State Park lodge from outside during sunset

Room inside Queen Wilhelmina Sate park lodge with fireplace

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