Arkansas State Parks Trip Ideas Filter Park Crater of Diamonds Toltec Mounds Devil's Den Cossatot River Crowley's Ridge Mississippi River Parkin Archeological Pinnacle Mountain [X] Petit Jean [X] Lake Fort Smith [X] Mount Magazine [X] Village Creek Region Central Northwest Park Activity Hiking Watchable Wildlife Trail Type Trail Difficulty Author Arkansas State Parks Staff Don Simons Tara Gillanders Date Published April 2021 March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 November 2020 August 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 February 2020 January 2020 January 2019 July 2017 January 2017 October 2016 August 2016 April 2016 [X] March 2016 February 2016 The Once and Future Mather Lodge Mar 2016 ⁄ Arkansas State Parks Staff Mather Lodge is closed for restoration, renovation and major rebuilding, but will stay true to the original design and structure of the CCC era in which it was built. Wings on the Wind Mar 2016 ⁄ Don Simons As you scan the horizon with a good set of binoculars, there is a variety of wildlife to spot in state parks from hawks and eagles to monarch butterflies and song birds. The Timelessness of Petit Jean State Park Mar 2016 ⁄ Arkansas State Parks Staff One of the purposes of establishing Petit Jean State Park in 1923 was to protect an exceptional piece of Arkansas for the future enjoyment of the public. Petit Jean State Park: A Place Where You Can Go Home Again Mar 2016 ⁄ Arkansas State Parks Staff A person who made the hike to Cedar Falls fifty years ago can return today, make the hike, and little has changed which is inspirational and a relief to many park visitors. Petit Jean State Park’s Archeological Treasures Mar 2016 ⁄ Arkansas State Parks Staff Petit Jean State Park is full of fascinating geology, as well as rare rock art found in the park’s primary archeological site. Find the archeological significance of treasure trove. Winter on the Ridge Mar 2016 ⁄ Tara Gillanders Winter may seem an unlikely season to go exploring outdoors, but it really can be amazing. This is the time of year to experience the geologic structure of Crowley’s Ridge in northeast Arkansas. More Fun at Lake Fort Smith State Park Mar 2016 ⁄ Arkansas State Parks Staff Who doesn’t enjoy an evening by the fire, nestled in a cabin, in the woods, near a lake? Made all the more special as you feel your muscles relax after a day of hiking, kayaking and fishing.