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News Releases
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New Superintendent Named


Mike Farringer has been promoted to the superintendent position at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. This mountaintop park follows a tradition of historic lodging that goes back more than 100 years. ... Read More »

First Day Hikes in Arkansas State Parks Offer Invigorating Start to 2018


Make a New Year’s resolution to your health and happiness by kicking off 2018 with an invigorating First Day Hike at an Arkansas state park near you. On January 1, all 50 states will participate in the seventh annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with an outdoor exploration. ... Read More »

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park to Close Temporarily


A brand new museum is in the works at Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in northeast Arkansas. The building has been completed and now the exhibits are being put into place. In order to complete the task in the timeliest fashion, the old and new facilities will be temporarily closed to the public. The new museum is expected to open to the public in spring of 2018. ... Read More »

Josh Jeffers Named as New Superintendent of Pinnacle Mountain State Park


Josh Jeffers has Arkansas State Parks in the fiber of his being. The new Pinnacle Mountain State Park superintendent says having a passion for this kind of work comes naturally to him. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Park of the Year Awards


Lake Ouachita, Woolly Hollow, Village Creek, Logoly and Petit Jean State Parks were selected as the Park of the Year (POY) for the five regions in the parks system at the recently held annual Superintendents Conference. This is a coveted honor, as it is a peer selected accolade. ... Read More »

Razorbacks Play Season’s First Game at War Memorial Stadium


The Arkansas Razorbacks will play their season opener on August 31st when they take on the Florida A&M Rattlers War Memorial Stadium. Gates to the stadium open at 5:00 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. kickoff. ... Read More »

War Wounded Arkansan Receives Specialized Truck from Veterans Associations


War Wounded Arkansan Receives Specialized Truck from Veterans Associations

Keys handed over to Marine Sgt. Marshall Kennedy at War Memorial Stadium ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Honored for Special Achievement in GIS


Arkansas State Parks has been chosen from a field of 300,000 candidates to receive a Special Achievement Award. This comes from the internationally recognized Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) for innovative use of technology ... Read More »

New Development in Rails to Trails Initiative


Construction of Delta Heritage Trail Terminus Trailhead Begins ... Read More »

Drum Corps Competition


Esteemed Drum Corps Competition to Take Place at War Memorial Stadium ... Read More »

Arkansas State Park Unveils Unique Amphitheater


Mount Magazine Celebrates New Rendition of 80-Year-Old Event Venue ... Read More »

Gold LEED Certification Given to Logoly State Park’s Visitor Center


Arkansas State Park Receives Globally Recognized Honor Gold LEED Certification Given to Logoly State Park’s Visitor Center ... Read More »

Marty Stuart in Concert in Mountain View


Tickets Now On Sale for Marty Stuart in Concert at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Ark. ... Read More »

Tracy King Named to Direct 11 State Parks in North Central Arkansas


Leadership Skills Lead to Promotion for Arkansas State Park Regional Manager Tracy King ... Read More »

New Superintendent Selected for Northeast Arkansas State Park


A five year veteran of the Arkansas State Parks system has been promoted to the position of Superintendent of Lake Frierson. Dru Edmonds will take on the leadership of this beautiful park known for year-round fishing. ... Read More »

Visitor from Montana Finds 2.78-Carat Diamond at Arkansas State Park


Ever since he was a child growing up in Arkansas, Wendell Fox has wanted to search for diamonds at Crater. Now retired and living in Joliet, Montana, he got his chance when he and his wife Jennifer visited Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park for the first time. Grinning with excitement, he put the gem in a vial and carried it to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center, where staff confirmed that he had found a 2.78-carat diamond. ... Read More »

Kids to Parks Day May 20


“Kids to Parks Day” is a nation-wide call for parents and grandparents to engage their children in outdoor living. This is an opportunity to be nature mentors to children or grandchildren so they can experience first-hand how inspiring the natural world can be, as well as connecting them to the heart-healthy activities in Arkansas state parks. ... Read More »

2.65-Carat Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds State Park


Victoria Brodski visited Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park for a special birthday celebration. She found the 2.65-carat diamond in about 10 minutes. ... Read More »

Teen Finds 7 Carat Diamond



Teen finds large diamond after only 30 minutes of surface searching ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes


Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike at an Arkansas State Park. Free, guided hikes will be offered on January 1st at 33 parks throughout the state. Arkansas State Parks are doing this in conjunction with a national First Day Hike initiative sponsored by the National Association of State Park Directors. ... Read More »

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