Looking for the perfect IG moments to capture this summer? Across Arkansas’ state parks, you’ll find jaw-dropping views of the state’s diverse landscapes. Check out the following locations that are sure to beautify not only your feed but your memory bank too!
Just west of Little Rock, you will find Pinnacle Mountain State Park, a sprawling nature escape just minutes from the state capital. With more than 22 miles of hiking and biking trails and access to the Big and Little Maumelle Rivers, all kinds of adventures await you at this 2,356-acre park. From kayaking, canoeing and fishing to hiking, mountain biking and picnicking, you can play your way at this popular natural playground. You don't have to summit Pinnacle to get that great view! Climb to the hillside overlook along the East Quarry Trail to snap Insta-worthy pics of the park’s namesake, Pinnacle Mountain, and the Arkansas River Valley.
Plan a getaway to Devil’s Den State Park in West Fork. Explore 2,500 acres of caverns, overlooks and other unique rock formations in the picturesque Ozark Mountains. A popular destination for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers, Devil’s Den recently added seven new Monument Trails. Be sure to have your camera ready as you trek beneath the waterfall along the Devil’s Racetrack Trail near Camping Area A. (Note: this waterfall needs rain but is pretty consistent until mid-summer during dry conditions) Extend your adventure by booking one of 17 rustic cabins equipped with full kitchens, heating, air conditioning and other modern amenities. If you want more of an authentic camping experience, the park also offers six camper cabins and 135 campsites.
Take in the beauty of northwest Arkansas at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers. Arkansas’ largest state park offers 12,054 acres of Ozark scenery. Traverse the park’s 54-mile trail system to get a firsthand look at the region’s varied landscapes. Follow along the Karst Loop Trail to snap a selfie or scenic shot with stunning views of Beaver Lake, unique metal structures at the campsites and karst rock outcrops as your backdrop. Then, stop by the visitor center to see exhibits on the park’s limestone landscapes and the natural environment and history of the region.
Louisiana Purchase State Park near Brinkley is a must for history lovers. This National Historic Landmark preserves the beginning point of the Louisiana Purchase survey. As you walk the boardwalk above the park’s forested wetlands, wayside exhibits will tell you the story behind the Louisiana Purchase, which at the time doubled the size of our nation and paved the way to explore the American West. Add a little history to your feed by capturing the granite monument, which marks the survey point, surrounded by a headwater swamp.
Step back into the 19th century at Historic Washington State Park. Once an essential stopover along the Southwest Trail, the park is teeming with pioneer and Civil War history. Stop into the restored 1874 Hempstead County Courthouse, which now serves as a visitor center, to learn more about the historical figures, like Sam Houston, Davy Crockett and James Bowie, that traveled through the historic town. Then, explore the state's largest collection of 19th-century buildings, including the Weapons Museum, Blacksmith Shop, Print Museum and more. Wow your Instagram followers with shots by (or in!) the champion magnolia tree. For a unique, historic stay, overnight at the park’s Jailhouse Bed & Breakfast. These historic snaps will have your feed buzzing!
DeGray Lake Resort State Park near Bismarck is an outdoors lover’s paradise. The park sits on the 14,000-acre DeGray Lake, just over an hour southwest of Little Rock. Whether you're an angler, water sports enthusiast or boat lover, the lake's full-service marina is equipped with bait and tackle, fuel, boat rentals and everything you need for the ultimate lake vacation. For unique lake adventures, take a snorkeling trip or a sunset cruise. But the fun doesn't end on the water. There's also an 18-hole championship golf course, horseback riding, guided hikes, birding tours, disc golf and so much more. DeGray Lake Resort is the perfect home base for all your outdoor fun. Plus, there are 81 campsites and three yurt-style accommodations. Show off your DeGray Lake vacation by sharing photos of your trip! The Arkansas frame behind the lodge provides excellent photo ops of the lake.