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Get the latest news about the state parks in Arkansas. Information and updates from our 52 state parks are featured here, along with fun stories and upcoming park events. These are official Arkansas news releases that the state parks staff publish regularly to keep natives and potential visitor informed. For more Arkansas information, stories and vacation ideas, sign up for the Arkansas State Parks e-newsletter. Get Arkansas news you can use and start planning your next state park vacation!

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Pollinator Project a Huge Success at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

04/05/2018

With seeds in hand, dozens of second graders took to a field at Pinnacle Mountain State Park today and started a first of its kind project in Arkansas. Those seeds will re-establish native grasslands to give the almost extinct quail population a place to live and thrive. ... Read More »

Big Rock Quail Forever Habitat Restoration Event

04/02/2018

Arkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas State Parks and Big Rock Quail Forever are partnering in a Quail Habitat Restoration/Education program at Pinnacle Mountain State Park on April 5th at 9:00 a.m. There will 100 second graders participating in planting pollinators, wildflowers and grasses in an effort to attract insects which provides food for Northern Bobwhite Quail. ... Read More »

Friday Fan Event to Kick Off Spring Game Festivities

02/26/2018

Arkansas head football coach Chad Morris and the Razorback football team will take part in a fan interactive event ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Holds Annual Top Chef Competition

02/22/2018

Arkansas State Park chefs will partner with Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute to compete in a Top Chef competition on Thursday, February 22, 2018. ... Read More »

New Region 5 Manager Named

02/13/2018

Becky Bariola has been named as the new Region 5 Manager for Arkansas State Parks. ... Read More »

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area has New Superintendent

01/31/2018

Davy Ashcraft has been promoted to park superintendent of Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area. Stretching out for 5,401 acres, Cossatot emphasizes outdoor recreation, river preservation, and environmental education. The park is managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Names New Operations Manager

01/26/2018

An important senior management position with Arkansas State Parks has been filled by former Region 5 Manager Mike Wilson. Wilson joined the park system in 1991. ... Read More »

DeGray Lake Resort State Park Finishes DeRoche Ridge Campground Renovation

01/24/2018

The DeRoche Ridge campground renovation project has been completed at DeGray Lake Resort State Park. The camping area has been entirely renovated with 25 sites being upgraded to Class “AAA” and six walk-in tent sites. ... Read More »

Experienced Professional Fills New Spot as Arkansas State Parks Deputy Director

01/21/2018

With 20 years under his belt as an Arkansas State Park employee, Shea Lewis is now the department’s first deputy director – working as second in command to ASP Director Grady Spann. ... Read More »

New Superintendent Named

01/03/2018

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

12/19/2017

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

11/06/2017

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

10/30/2017

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

10/05/2017

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

08/28/2017

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

08/09/17

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

08/04/2017

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

08/02/2017

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

Drum Corps Competition

07/26/2017

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

Arkansas State Park Unveils Unique Amphitheater

07/13/2017

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

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