Special Notice – COVID-19

See Park Specific Information

See our article on Safely Using Trails and Outdoor Spaces

Latest information as of 3/28/2020 

Arkansas State Parks remain open as we monitor COVID-19 and the impact of coronavirus in our state. Access to certain park facilities will be limited effective March 20, 2020. We are taking the CDC’s recommended precautions as we work to provide a safe environment for our guests.

Parks continue to be your gateway to hiking, kayaking and canoeing, golf, mountain biking, fishing and boating, and other outdoor experiences.

If you receive a busy signal when calling the park, please email the park directly. Park Email Address Directory

Interpretive Programming

To protect our guests and staff, scheduled programming is canceled through May 13, 2020. This may be extended if warranted. This includes special events, tours, guided hikes, workshops, day camps, school groups, and other programs. This includes the closure of historic or other buildings used exclusively for interpretive programming.

Day-Use Visitors

Our parks remain free to enter and enjoy.

Park visitor centers will only be accessible for camping/lodging check-in, and trail access, but exhibits and gift shops will be closed.

All park playgrounds are closed.

One of the benefits of the outdoors is the opportunity to find solitude and relaxation while hiking, running, paddling, biking, fishing, boating, or wildlife watching. We are taking the recommended precautions from the CDC to maintain clean and sanitary public spaces.

Lodges

Four of our lodges are closing effective at 8 a.m. Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 17, 2020. Guests will receive cancellations by email. Any deposits to the parks will be refunded and any lodge-based fees will be waived. Questions about reservation cancellations should be made to the parks directly. The restaurants remain open for carry-out only. 

The lodges to close are located at:

  • DeGray Lake Resort State Park
  • Mount Magazine State Park
  • Petit Jean State Park
  • Queen Wilhelmina State Park

This also includes group lodging at:

  • Lake Fort Smith State Park
  • Crowley's Ridge State Park
  • Historic Washington State Park

Cabin, YURT, Rent-A-RV, Camper Cabins, and Rent-A-Camp Guests

Cabins and Rent-A-RVs within our parks remain open.Daily housekeeping will not be provided. YURTs, Camper Cabins, and Rent-A-Camps are currently closed due to lack of access to bathhouses. We are taking the recommended precautions from the CDC to clean and maintain these facilities. Safety is a top priority for our overnight guests.

Restaurants

Park restaurants will be open from 8 am to 5 pm for carry-out service only. 

Camping Guests

Campgrounds within our parks remain open. Arkansas State Parks is limiting the use of campgrounds to RVs with self-contained bathrooms. Primitive camping areas for backpackers are available at Cane Creek State Park, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Mount Nebo State Park, and Devil’s Den State Park. Bathhouses and restrooms in campground areas are closed. This limitation becomes effective at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 29, until further notice.

Group Guests

Groups holding reservations should contact the park. Group size, meeting location, etc., will affect the ability for events to proceed. Park staff will work directly with you and answer logistical questions pertaining to your event.

Golf Course and Marina Guests

Marinas and boat ramps remain open with the availability of rental equipment that will be sanitized following each use. Gift shops will be closed.

The Ridges at Village Creek Golf Course is Temporarily closed.

The golf course at DeGray Lake Resort State Park remains open. The Pro Shop is open to accept golf fees only. Gift shop and club rentals are closed. Cart rentals continue and are cleaned and sanitized between rentals. 

We are taking the recommended precautions from the CDC to clean and maintain these facilities as we work to protect our guests and staff.

Museums

Lower White River Museum and Hampson Archeological Museum state parks remain open. All other state park museums are closed except for trails and outdoor exhibits. 

Park staff is following all CDC guidelines for cleaning these facilities.

Park Specific Information

Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources – Museum exhibits and gift shop are closed, trail is open, Outdoor exhibits available

Arkansas Post Museum – Outdoor exhibits available, Gift shop is closed

Bull Shoals-White River State Park – Visitor Center closed, Camper Registration Center open only for camping check-in, marina open only for equipment rental, bait and fuel sales, trails are open, Day use areas are open excluding playground

Cane Creek State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check-in, trails are open, Day use areas are open excluding playground, no boat rental

Conway Cemetery State Park – Open

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area – Visitor center closed, trails are open, Day use areas are open excluding playground

Crater of Diamonds State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check-in, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, Diamond search field is closed as of 03-21-2020, no rental equipment, Diamond Discovery Center is closed

Crowley's Ridge State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping and cabin check-in, cabins are open with no daily housekeeping service, trails are open, boat rental available, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Daisy State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check-in, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Davidsonville Historic State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check-in, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, no boat rental

DeGray Lake Resort State Park – Lodge is closed, Visitor Center open only for camping check-in, restaurant carry out only, trails are open, marina open only for equipment rental, bait and fuel sales, golf pro shop open for golf fee collection only (no club rentals), gift shops are closed, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, and no alcohol sales

Delta Heritage Trail State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check-in, trail is open, Day use areas are open* excluding playground

Devil's Den State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping and cabin check-in, trails are open, restaurant carry out only, gift shop closed, no boat rental, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park – Limited exhibits are open.

Herman Davis State Park – Open

Historic Washington State Park – Gift shop closed, Restaurant carry out only, group lodging open for less than 50 people no daily housekeeping service, no historic tours, all historic buildings are closed, Day use areas* are open

Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area – Visitor Center closed, trails are open, Day use areas* are open

Jacksonport State Park – Visitor Center open only for camper check-in, Courthouse closed, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Jenkins' Ferry State Park – Open

Lake Catherine State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping and cabin check-in, cabins are open with no daily housekeeping service, marina open only for equipment rental, bait and fuel sales, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Lake Charles State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check-in, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Lake Chicot State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping and cabin check-in, cabins are open with no daily housekeeping service, trails are open, marina open only for equipment rental, bait and fuel sales, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Lake Dardanelle State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check-in, trails are open, day use areas are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playgrounds, no boat rental

Lake Fort Smith State Park – Visitor Center open only for camper or cabin check-in, cabins are open with no daily housekeeping service, marina open only for equipment rental, bait and fuel sales, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Lake Frierson State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check-in, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Lake Ouachita State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping and cabin check in, cabins are open with no daily housekeeping service, marina open only for equipment rental, bait and fuel sales, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Lake Poinsett State Park – Visitor Center open only for camper registration, Day use areas* are open playground is closed

Logoly State Park – Visitor Center closed, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Louisiana Purchase State Park – Open

Lower White River State Park – Limited exhibits are open.

Mammoth Spring State Park – Visitor Center closed, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, no boat rental

Mark's Mills State Park – Open

Millwood State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check in, Marina open only for equipment rental, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, trails are open

Mississippi River State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check in, Day use areas* are open, trails are open, boat rentals are closed

Moro Bay State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping and cabin check in, cabins are open with no daily housekeeping service, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, marina open only for equipment rental, bait and fuel sales

Mount Magazine State Park – Lodge closed, VIC open only for camping and cabin check in, Cabins open with no daily housekeeping service, gift shops are closed, restaurant carry out only, trails are open, day use areas are open, no alcohol sales

Mount Nebo State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping and cabin check in, cabins are open with no daily housekeeping service, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, trails are open, Cornwell House is closed, Outdoor exhibits available

Ozark Folk Center State Park – Craft Village Closed (open date TBD), Dry Creek Cabins are open with no daily housekeeping service, gift shops are closed, trail is open, Day use areas* are open

Parkin Archeological State Park – Visitor Center closed, trail access only, Day use areas* are open excluding playground

Petit Jean State Park – Lodge closed, Visitor Center open only for camping check in, cabins open with no daily housekeeping service, gift shops are closed, restaurant carry out only, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, no alcohol sales

Pinnacle Mountain State Park – Visitor Center closed, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playgrounds, Stuckey Field is closed, no boat rentals

Plantation Agriculture State Park – Museum limited exhibit access, Outdoor exhibit open, Day use areas* are open

Poison Springs Battlefield State Park – open

Powhatan Historic State Park – limited exhibit access, Day use areas* are open

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park – Visitor Center closed, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, historic structures closed

Queen Wilhelmina State Park – Lodge closed except for guest camping check-in and restaurant carry out closed, gift shop is closed, restaurant carry out only, trails are open, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, no alcohol sales

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park – visitor center is closed, trail access only, Day use areas* are open

Village Creek State Park – Visitor Center open for camper and cabin check in only, cabins open with no daily housekeeping service, gift shops are closed, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, golf course is closed.

White Oak Lake State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check in, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, trails are open, no boat rental

Withrow Springs State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check in, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, trails are open

Woolly Hollow State Park – Visitor Center open only for camping check in, Day use areas* are open excluding playground, trails are open, no boat rental

Campers will not have access to bathhouses.

*Day use area may include: Picnic sites, open air pavilions, boat ramps, fishing piers, tennis courts, volleyball court, basketball courts, playgrounds (closed), beach (non-lifeguard), Trails and overlooks, lakes and rivers

What are Arkansas State Parks doing to control COVID-19?

Maintaining safe and sanitary facilities within Arkansas State Parks has always been a top priority, but with the outbreak of COVID-19 in Arkansas, thorough cleaning is paramount. ASP staff are directed to follow CDC-approved cleaning procedures. Our protocol includes the following:

  • Increased frequency for cleaning and disinfection of facilities including daily sanitation of restrooms, kitchens, and other high traffic areas.
  • Access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers for employees and the public.
  • Engage in rigorous cleaning of public overnight facilities in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Visitors with questions should contact the park directly or [email protected].

Media inquiries should go to Melissa Whitfield, Communications Director for Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism. She can be reached at [email protected]