Crowley's Ridge State Park
One of Arkansas's first state parks, Crowley's Ridge is home to log and stone structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, structures that set the mood for this park's rustic warmth. You'll
see several cabins of a group area, a large and impressive two-story pavilion, and an amphitheater designed to seat 1,000. The trail around CCC-built Lake Ponder features exhibits about the park's CCC works.
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Devil's Den State Park
This National Historic District holds what has been called the most complete example of CCC park architecture. Selected as a park site in the 1930s, Lee Creek Valley provided the native wood and stone that the
Civilian Conservation Corps used to craft the park's CCC/Rustic-style buildings including a native stone dam, a unique pavilion/restaurant, cabins in several styles and sizes, roads, trails, stone walls, bridges, and the iconic Yellow Rock Overlook.
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Lake Catherine State Park
Seven of the 20 cabins in this park, plus the nature center, are beautiful examples of log and stone CCC construction from the 1930s. Established in 1935, Lake Catherine was one of Arkansas's first state parks.
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Mount Nebo State Park
Rising 1,350 feet, Mount Nebo offers sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. Logs and native stone from Mount Nebo were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s to construct many of the
park's bridges, trails, rustic-style cabins, and a grand pavilion overlooking the valley below.
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Petit Jean State Park
Arkansas's first state park features three National Historic Districts containing more than 80 buildings, trails, and bridges. The focal point is Mather Lodge, the park's rustic-style, mountain lodge on the
bluff overlooking scenic Cedar Creek Canyon. Petit Jean Moutain's natural beauty and ancient geology including bluffs and waterfalls inspired the establishment of Arkansas's state park system. The CCC works here are outstanding examples of CCC park architecture that mirrors this legendary mountain's rugged natural beauty.
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