State Parks Director's Office
Although caves at Devil's Den State Park and Withrow Springs State Park are closed to the public as state and federal agencies work to protect these caves and the bat species that inhabit them from White-nose Syndrome, Arkansas's show caves are open for business. These seven caves in the Ozarks include Blanchard Springs Caverns, operated by the U.S. Forest Service, and these privately-operated caverns: Bull Shoals, Cosmic Caverns, Mystic Caverns, Old Spanish Treasure Cave, Onyx Cave, and War Eagle Cavern.
Information on these caverns can be found at: www.arkansas.com/things-to-do/caves/.
During the upcoming five-day Muzzleloader, five-day Modern Gun, and two-day Youth Gun deer seasons, most of the trails at Hobbs State Park–Conservation Area will be closed as a safety precaution. These trails include the Shaddox Hollow Trail, Pigeon Roost Trail, Sinking Stream Trail, Bashore Loop, Dutton Hollow Loop, Little Clifty Loop, and War Eagle Loop. In addition to the temporary closure of these trails, the park’s shooting range and primitive campgrounds will also be closed. The primitive campgrounds will also be closed the day prior to each of these three gun seasons. Park trails that will remain open during these three gun deer seasons are the Historic Van Winkle Trail on Hwy 12 and the Ozark Plateau Trail at the park visitor center. NOTE: Hobbs State Park (with the 12,056-acre Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area) is a hunting Zone 320, and not Zone 1, and the dates of the state Muzzleloader, Modern Gun, and Youth deer seasons do not coincide with the dates of the Muzzleloader and Modern Gun seasons set for Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. The dates these trails closures are applicable at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area are: Youth Modern Gun (November 5-6, 2016), Modern Gun season (December 3-7, 2016), and Muzzleloader season (January 7-11, 2017). For additional information, contact the park at: 479-789-5000.
The outside facade and balconies (only) of the Lodge rooms at The Lodge at Mount Magazine will be renovated beginning August 15th, 2016. This construction will continue in stages over the course of the next few months until approximately the end of January 2017. There should be no obstruction for guests and visitors for viewing all scenic vistas from the Lodge during this construction phase. Please note that all public areas at the lodge and the Skycrest Restaurant will remain open and fully accessible. For updated details, please contact the lodge at: 877-665-6343.
The Nature Cabin at Lake Catherine State Park is closed for renovations. Contact the park for updates: 501-844-4176.
The Ridge Runner Cafe and store at Devil's Den State Park is closed temporarily due to a fire. Please contact the park for updates: 479-761-3325.
All campgrounds are available for visitors except for the DeRoche Ridge Campground. The newly renovated DeRoche Ridge day use area (swim beach, boat ramp, and restrooms) is now open. All other areas of DeGray State Park are OPEN, including Campgrounds A-B-C, Lodge & Restaurant, Marina, Golf Course, Horseback Riding and Caddo Bend Beach-Boat Ramp-Day Use area. Please contact the park for updates: 501-865-5850.