By: 
Elizabeth Kimble
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Crowley's Ridge State Park
Crowley's Ridge State Park

Crowley’s Ridge State Park in northeast Arkansas is one of Arkansas’s six original state parks, constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Today, those original native stone and wood structures create a setting of rustic serenity among the natural surroundings. 

To this day, part of the park’s mission is to protect natural resources. Our team strives to do this all year by recycling. Recycling is a great way to protect our native wildlife from ingesting foreign objects and it protects the park from trash build up. We encourage you to make this mission your own. By using your two hands and a bin, you can be the SOLUTION to POLLUTION. All you need to do is recycle!  

Large pile of plastic and aluminum items laying in a pile on the ground 

Something you may not know is that recycling regulations can vary from county to county. For the do’s and don’ts of recycling and county regulations in your area, contact your local landfill.  

Park ranger lying on his back on top of a picnic table, lifting plastic bags tied to the ends of a hiking stick like one would lift weights 

Did you know that it can take plastic bags up to 1,000 years to decompose? And that Styrofoam never decomposes! Our park rangers need your help with this heavy load! Let’s lift a finger and help Mother Earth with some of this waste.  

Adult female smiling and holding a blue recycling box filled with paper 

Americans use 85 million tons of paper per year - about 680 pounds per person. That’s more than 1.5 tractor tires PER PERSON just in paper. By recycling one ton of paper a year, we can save 7,000 gallons of water. That’s only 3 people recycling their paper products a year. Just three! That means YOU can make a big difference with your actions. And, imagine if we ALL did it! 

Blue, metal recycling bin in the foreground with the historic CCC pavilion in the background 

nother blue, metal recycling bin in the foreground with Lake Ponder swim beach in the background 

Everywhere you look at Crowley’s Ridge State Park, you can find recycling efforts. 

Female staff member dropping a plastic cup into a blue recycling bin after finding it at Lake Ponder beach 

Join the fight! Do what’s right!  

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito” - African Proverb  

Recycling really does allow you to make a difference. I invite you to join Crowley’s Ridge State Park and take a small, but mighty step in the right direction of creating a better tomorrow, today. By using your two hands and a bin, you can improve the Earth now and for the future. I challenge you all to join the fight, do what’s right, and be the solution to the pollution.  

Visit our park webpage to find out more about our park history and amenities, and to plan your next park visit!