Arkansas State Parks Trip Ideas Filter Park Hobbs State Park Conservation Area Lake Fort Smith Crater of Diamonds Lake Dardanelle Prairie Grove Battlefield Region Central Upper Delta Lower Delta North Central [X] Northwest [X] Southwest Park Activity Diamond Digging Trail Type Trail Difficulty Author Chris Pistole Heather Johnson Monika Rued Kelly Farrell Matt Mulheran Megan Ayres Moore Meg Matthews Date Published July 2021 June 2021 May 2021 April 2021 March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 December 2020 November 2020 October 2020 September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 [X] April 2020 March 2020 February 2020 December 2019 November 2019 October 2019 August 2019 July 2019 June 2019 May 2019 April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 September 2018 May 2018 March 2018 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 July 2017 June 2017 [X] May 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 What Do Wildflowers Mean to YOU? Apr 2020 ⁄ Chris Pistole In this photo essay are images of wildflowers that grow here—where their habitat is protected—and that you might see along our many miles of trails. We hope that the quotes from famous writers and artists accompanying these photos inspire you to appreciate the diversity of life found at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. The Borden House: Restoring a Battlefield Icon Apr 2020 ⁄ Matt Mulheran Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park's structures and landscapes prove history happened here and reveal stories of our heritage. No structure is more iconic at Prairie Grove Battlefield than the historic Borden House, the only structure original to the battlefield. Video: Stream at Lake Fort Smith State Park Apr 2020 ⁄ Heather Johnson As the spring rain settles in on the Boston Mountains of Lake Fort Smith State Park, the rainwater finds the quickest routes down the mountainsides to form hundreds of bubbling, temporary streams. The flowing waters breathe life into the forest by providing new water sources for plants and animals and providing habitat for aquatic insects and amphibians. The gentle streams... Living Hillsides Virtual Hike Apr 2020 ⁄ Heather Johnson Lake Fort Smith State Park is a beautiful oasis nestled in the Boston Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. The lake is pristine and teeming with life, but this outstanding water reservoir would not be as special as it is without its surrounding hillsides. These living, tree-covered hillsides protect the lake from erosion and deep within the forest are many hidden treasures. Don’t Miss the Joy of the Spring Wildflower Explosion Apr 2020 ⁄ Chris Pistole Arkansas State Parks help preserve wildflowers which are not only beautiful for visitors to view and photograph but are essential to a healthy ecosystem and you can help protect them. We hope you will find joy viewing some of our common wildflowers at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, but be sure to leave them for others to enjoy! Lake Dardanelle State Park Sunset Apr 2020 ⁄ Megan Ayres Moore Lake Dardanelle State Park sits along the edge of Lake Dardanelle, a 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats in and around the lake will surround you in natural beauty and a top-notch fishery. Enjoy this sunset view from the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center. Help Us Protect Your Arkansas State Parks Apr 2020 ⁄ Monika Rued Lake Catherine State Park Superintendent Cheryl Vincent goes over Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Thank you in advance for helping us protect your Arkansas State Parks. Arkansas State Parks Celebrate Kids to Parks Day on May 20 May 2017 ⁄ Meg Matthews “Kids to Parks Day” is a nation-wide call for children to experience natural and heart-healthy activities at state parks. Teen Finds 7.44-Carat Diamond at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park May 2017 ⁄ Monika Rued An Arkansas teen found a 7.44-carat diamond at Crater of Diamond State Park after only searching for 30 minutes. It is the 7th-largest diamond found at the parks since 1972. What is a Park Interpreter? May 2017 ⁄ Kelly Farrell On top of being guides and stewards of the parks, Park Interpreters identify plants and wildlife. They are biologists, geologists, botanists, historians, educators, and recreation specialists.