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

05/23/2017

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

05/17/17

“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 »

Kids to Parks Day May 20

05/17/17

“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

05/10/2017

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

03/16/2017

VISITOR FINDS 7.44-CARAT DIAMOND AT ARKANSAS’S CRATER OF DIAMONDS STATE PARK

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

Arkansas State Parks to Launch New Reservation System

02/10/2017

Arkansas State Parks to Launch New Reservation System Active Network will make online reservations more user-friendly ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes

12/22/2016

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 »

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

12/16/2016

After nearly a year of searching the field at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park as a team, two regular visitors discovered this year's third-largest diamond found at the park. Jack Pearadin, of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and Doug Nelsen, of Winneconne, Wisconsin, found a 1.73-carat diamond on Sunday, December 11. ... Read More »

Pokémon GO Thrives at Arkansas State Parks

07/14/2016

This week we began embracing a new game, Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game that allows smart phone and tablet users to search for and collect virtual Pokémon characters. So far we have seen numerous characters along with Pokéstops and other features showing up in Arkansas State Parks. We have a few things to remember while you try to "Catch them all"! ... Read More »

Camper Cabins Make Camping Easy

06/01/2016

Four new camper cabins at Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine, Ark., give Arkansas State Parks’ visitors an opportunity to camp without “roughing it.” ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Opens New Davidsonville Visitor Center

05/17/2016

Frontier history and modern day activities merge at Davidsonville Historic State Park to create a unique experience for all. On Friday, May 20, 2016, a new visitor center will be welcomed as the latest addition to this one-of-a-kind Arkansas state park. ... Read More »

Woman finds 1.80-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

5/30/2016

A birthday trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park paid off for St. Louis, Missouri resident Gail Hudson. Hudson and her friend Pat Warmack have known about the Crater of Diamonds for years, and they visited the park for the first time this month. Hudson said, “Her birthday is in March, and mine is in April, so we decided that we needed to do something.” They determined that a visit to Arkansas’s diamond site would be the perfect way to celebrate. She found a 1.80-carat diamond in five minutes. ... Read More »

Mike Wilson Named Arkansas State Parks Region 4 Supervisor

03/11/2016

Mike Wilson, a 25-year veteran of Arkansas State Parks, has been named Region 4 Supervisor for Arkansas State Parks, according to Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann. ... Read More »

Ozark Highlands Radio Launches January 8, 2016

01/07/2016

Ozark Highlands Radio, a new syndicated, hour-long program, will make its debut on Jan. 8, 2016. In addition to the music, “Feature Host” segments take listeners on a musical journey with historians, authors and personalities who explore the people, stories and history of the Ozark region. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Celebrates New Year with First Day Hikes on January 1, 2016

12/16/2015

Arkansas State Parks will host free, guided hikes in our state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2016 at a state park close to home. ... Read More »

Public is Invited to Join Governor Asa Hutchinson on a Five-mile Bicycle Ride on the Delta Heritage Trail on Sunday, October 11

10/6/2015

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson invites bicycle enthusiasts to join him and experience the beauty of the Delta Heritage Trail State Park near Helena-West Helena on Sunday, October 11. ... Read More »

Lake Ouachita State Park's Campground Area "B" to Reopen September 4

09/02/2015

Just in time for Labor Day Weekend, the renovation of nine campsites that will form Campground Area “B” at Lake Ouachita State Park is nearing completion. This popular camping area will include many lakeside sites and feature Class AAA campsites with 30 amp and 50 amp service and sewer hookups. The sites will be available for occupancy beginning September 4 at 3 p.m. Reservations can be made online at ArkansasStateParks.com or by calling Lake Ouachita State Park at 501-767-9366. ... Read More »

Bear Creek Trail to Close Temporarily Beginning August 17th

8/3/2015

Improvements to this Dirt Bike, Mountain Bike, ATV, and Hiking Trail Will Include a New Trailhead Parking Area at Daisy State Park and a Re-routed Section from the Trailhead to Kirby Landing ... Read More »

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge Reopens July 1 After $9.6M Renovation

06/11/2015

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge on 2,681-foot Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest peak, will reopen on July 1, 2015, following a $9.6 million renovation. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Joins Nationwide Celebration of "Kids to Parks Day" May 16

05/07/2015

The State Parks of Arkansas will be joining local and national parks across America in the annual national celebration of “Kids to Parks Day” on Saturday, May 16. This will be fifth anniversary of this nationwide day of outdoor play held a week before the official start of summer vacations. ... Read More »

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