Special Notice – COVID-19

What Arkansas State Parks are doing in response to COVID-19

Updated 3/30/2020 at 4:30 p.m. 

All Arkansas State Parks remain available to visitors in a limited capacity during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Below is a breakdown of what is open, limited or closed. More detailed information, including park-by-park listings.  

Check out our Digital Discovery section for online programming. 

What is still open:

  • Day use areas, such trails used for hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife watching.
  • Restrooms: However, we ask visitors to allow for social distancing in these enclosed quarters. 
  • Cabins

What is limited:

  • Cabin Housekeeping: They will not be cleaned daily by staff if guests stay for more than one night. The cabins will be cleaned according to CDC recommendations between guests.
  • Visitor Centers: They are only open to guests who are checking in and out of campgrounds or cabins.
  • Restaurants: Food is available for takeout only.
  • Group Events: Check with the individual park if reservations have been made. Events will be allowed only according to size of group and allowance for social distancing.
  • Golf Courses: The Ridges at Village Creek at Village Creek State Park is closed. DeGray Lake Resort State Park's course remains open. The pro shop is only open to accept fees and no clubs will be available to rent. 
  • Museum Parks: Outdoor exhibits and trails remain open. Inside exhibits are closed or limited for viewing.
  • Camping: Limited 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.
  • Marinas: Some are open. Please contact the park directly to find out their status.

What is closed:

  • Lodges: DeGray Lake Resort, Mount Magazine, Petit Jean, and Queen Wilhelmina state parks.
  • Group Lodging: Lake Fort Smith, Crowley’s Ridge and Historic Washington state parks.
  • Playgrounds
  • Gift Shops
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park diamond search field and Diamond Discovery Center.
  • All park interpretive programming.

Visitors with further questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Media inquires go to Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism Communications Director Melissa Whitfield at [email protected]