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/.
Due to previous flooding most facilities are closed for repair. Right now, the Lodge and Campsite Areas C & D are expected to reopen on March 25. Campsite Areas A & B will reopen March 16. The Visitor's Information Center, Marina, Pro Shop and all 18 holes of the Golf Course are open. For up to date information please call the park directly at 501-865-5801.
The fireplaces in our cabins will be unavailable for use temporarily as we make repairs. Please contact the park for updates: 870-573-6751.
Bear Creek water levels have returned to normal. The boat ramp is open. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plan to work on the boat ramp starting on March 8th. The courtesy docks within the campground are closed for repairs, but all campsites are open. The park expects the courtesy docks to be ready in mid-March. For updates call the park at (870) 295-4040.
Ozark Folk Center State Park’s Craft Village, Auditorium, Gift Shop and Skillet Restaurant are currently closed for the season. The Skillet is available for private events. The Cabins at Dry Creek are open year around. Special workshops are being held in our off season, please check the calendar of events for details. Our new season kicks off April 17, 2018.
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park to Close Temporarily
New Facility to Open in Early Spring
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.
For more information, please call the Hampson Archeological Museum at (870) 655-8622.
Lake Poinsett State Park is open for camping, hiking, and use of our day use areas. The park is still selling bait and open for interpretive programs and school groups. However, AGFC is draining Lake Poinsett to repair the water control structure, erosion control, and for installation of new fishing habitats. The lake should be fully drained by September. While the lake is drained, guests at Lake Poinsett State Park will be allowed to access the lake at their own risk. Once the lake is dry visitors to the lake should refrain from accessing the lake bed. We also ask that guests please be vigilant and maintain a safe distance away from the construction going on around the lake. We expect the lake should begin to refill naturally by 2020. The lake will be a great fishing mecca again, but it may take some time. Following the renovations, we expect Lake Poinsett to have excellent productivity and strong fisheries for many years. Please call the park directly for updates: 1-870-578-2064.
No campers or RVs over 24 feet are permitted. Highway 155 West is only one way with 11 switchbacks and up to an 18% grade. Please contact the park for more information.