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Arkansas State Parks to Launch New Reservation System

Meg Matthews FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/10/17
Public Information Coordinator
Arkansas State Parks
Meg.matthews@arkansas.gov
(501) 682-2873

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

Arkansas State Parks is introducing a new reservation system that is packed with a gamut of user friendly improvements. Starting March 2, 2017, Active Network will replace the current reservation system. By weaving simplicity and technology together, Active Network has created a reservation system which allows guests to more precisely choose an overnight accommodation that is tailored to their personal needs.

“Guests have told us what they wanted in a reservation system and we heard them loud and clear,” said Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann. “This new system has features that give our visitors much more information about our campsites, cabins and lodges. Now, they will have the control to select the exact spot they want to stay in at one of our parks.”

The new system is used by dozens of state park systems across the country. Also, it is the main reservation system for federal lands including National Parks, US Forest Service and US Army Corps of Engineers. Some of the features it brings include:

  • Online maps of campgrounds showing each campsite.
  • The ability to book specific campsites.
  • Search functions that show all available campsites, cabins and lodge rooms available for a particular time period.
  • An extensive list of amenities available in our overnight accommodations.
  • Photos of all campsites (this will be available in the near future).
  • Responsive so you can make a reservation on your phone or tablet.
  • Faster check-in and check-out.
Park staff will also be better served by the new reservation system. A call center will free up front desk staff from the phone, allowing them to personally interact more with the guests. Additionally, it provides better reporting of occupancy so staff can be more prepared for variations in guest traffic.


To allow for the integration of the new reservation system, Arkansas State Parks will not be taking reservations from February 20, 2017 through March 1, 2017.
Guests with reservations made before February 20, 2017 will not be affected. This is to provide enough time to migrate all of the current reservations (approximately two years of data) to the new system.

About Arkansas State Parks

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life through exceptional outdoor experiences, connections to Arkansas heritage, and sound resource management. Our GOAL is for you to experience excellence in hospitality and to form a personal connection to the parks. We honor tradition while seeking innovation, aiming to be treasured and relevant for generations to come. We are committed to PROVIDING quality recreational and educational opportunities; PRESERVING natural, historical and cultural resources; ENHANCING the economy; and LEADING in resource conservation.

Arkansas state parks and museums cover 54,353 acres of forest, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation facilities and unique historic and cultural resources. The system includes 1,100 buildings (including 183 historic structures), six National Historic Landmarks, a National Natural Landmark and 16 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

The state parks have 1,771 camp sites, 1,050 picnic sites, 208 cabins, four lodges, eight restaurants, 10 marinas and 415 miles of trails. Eight million visitors annually come from all regions of the country. Park staffs provide over 42,000 education programs, activities and special events to more than 700,000 participants each year.

Established in 1927, Arkansas State Parks preserve special places for future generations, provide quality recreation and education opportunities, enhance the state’s economy through tourism, and provide leadership in resource conservation.