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Millwood State ParkAshdown
A series of boat lanes meander through timber, marshes, and oxbow cutoffs making Millwood Lake a "tree-filled" fishing haven. Famous for bass tournaments, this 29,260-acre lake abounds in largemouth, catfish and crappie. Spring and fall offer anglers great crappie fishing here, and catfish and bream fishing in summer. Bird watching is another popular activity here because of the lake's variety of year-round inhabitants, and wintering eagles.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtBentonville
A premier art institution dedicated to American art and artists, learning and community gatherings. The main pavilions will house a permanent collection of American art masterworks from the colonial era to modern day, and touring collections from national art institutions.
Scott Family AmazeumBentonville
The Scott Family Amazeum is excited to offer a different take on the traditional school visit - the Unfield Trip. The Unfield Trip is an opportunity to provide a powerful, hands-on experience for students and teachers that is driven by a strong learning agenda. The Unfield trip uses the museum as a curricular platform connecting back to the classroom. To make an Unfield Trip reservation call 479-268-4542, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Or email our Reservation Specialist at email@example.com.
DeGray Lake Resort State ParkBismarck
Arkansas's resort state park. Situated on the north shore of 13,800-acre DeGray Lake, this recreational retreat in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains offers resort amenities combined with the outdoor adventures of an Arkansas state park.
White Oak Lake State ParkBluff City
Adjacent to Poison Spring State Forest, this park lies on the shore of White Oak Lake, 2,765 timber-filled acres for bass, crappie, catfish, and bream fishing. Rich in wildlife, the park offers regular sightings of great blue heron, egret, osprey, and green heron, and in winter, bald eagles.
Louisiana Purchase State ParkBrinkley
This National Historic Landmark at the junction of Lee, Monroe and Phillips counties preserves the initial point from which all surveys of the property acquired through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 initiated.
Bull Shoals-White River State ParkBull Shoals
n north central Arkansas amidst the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals-White River State Park stretches along the riverside and lakeshore where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake join at the Bull Shoals dam. Together these waters form one of the nation's finest fishing and boating combinations. The White River is renowned as mid-America's premier trout stream, famous for its record rainbow and brown trout. Bull Shoals dam forms Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas's largest lake with 45,440 acres of waters stretching along Arkansas's northern border and into southern Missouri. Anglers are drawn to the lake's catches of lunker bass, catfish, crappie and bream. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy boating and swimming in these clear open waters.
Poison Spring State ParkCamden
The Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark is made up of three state historic parks; Poison Spring, Marks' Mills and Jenkins' Ferry. These parks were part of the Union Army's "Red River Campaign" in 1864.
The history of the Arkansas River and McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, regional benefits of the waterway, steamboat lore, cargo shipped on the waterway, and archeology. Of note is the photographic archive, waterway memorabilia, the collection of Native American artifacts collected along the Arkansas, and a motorized model of a Lock and Dam.
An educational art museum for UCA students, faculty and staff, and the central Arkansas community. The Director and Faculty Exhibitions Committee select national and international touring exhibitions, sponsor juried student shows, and cooperate across disciplines to curate original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment. The gallery develops exhibitions and events that invite interaction and encourage dialogue about visual art: the creators, studio process, history, criticism, curation, and cultural contexts.
Mount Nebo State ParkDardanelle
Rising 1,350 feet, Mount Nebo offers sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. As you ride through the mixed hardwood and pine forest, you'll pass historic springs and Fern Lake, and see rock work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. This is an excellent ride for your family's first mountain biking adventure.
Here you'll understand the role of Arkansas's White River, with emphasis on the Lower White, as one of the vital transportation routes for the first settlers who arrived in the Arkansas frontier. Artifacts and state-of-the art exhibits tell the story of the river's influence on settlements established along its banks and their subsequent commerce rooted in hunting and fishing, and expanded into agriculture, shelling, and timber.
South Arkansas ArboretumEl Dorado
Located adjacent to the El Dorado High School, this 13-acre site exhibits plants indigenous to Arkansas's West Gulf Coastal Plain region and exotic species including flowering azaleas and camellias. Operated by the South Arkansas Community College, the arboretum offers walking trails, a pavilion, restrooms, and parking. It is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. except for designated holidays.
The Great Passion PlayEureka Springs
A spectacular experience brought to you by a cast of hundreds. You'll be inspired as the story of the Man who changed the world forever unfolds before your eyes. Our popular family vacation and group destination is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains just outside Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife RefugeEureka Springs
Situated atop the Ozark Mountains on 459 acres, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) is one of the largest Big Cat sanctuaries of its kind in the nation. A nonprofit rescue organization for victims of the exotic animal trade, TCWR is located 7 miles south of Eureka Springs, Arkansas on Highway 23 and is home to a variety of exotic and native animals including lions, ligers, tigers, servals, cougars, bears, and many other species. This family-friendly destination offers daily tours, lodging accommodations and group discounts, and is a fun AND educational destination for all animal lovers!
Arkansas Archeological SurveyFayetteville
A major role of the Arkansas Archeological Survey is to help educate the public about the prehistory and history of Arkansas. Through the Survey's Education Program, we provide a variety of services and materials to help teachers, students, and others of the general public to understand and appreciate Arkansas's rich archeological heritage.
University of Arkansas CollectionsFayetteville
Extensive collections totaling some seven million objects in the fields of archeology, ethnography, geology, history, and zoology are developed and maintained by the staff. The collections are generally available for exhibition, research, education, and loan.
Arkansas Air MuseumFayetteville
Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas through numerous displays of original artifacts and aviation memorabilia! From world-famous racing planes of the 1920s and 1930s to an early airliner, the historic aircraft in the Arkansas Air Museum are unusual among museum exhibits, because many of them still fly. Static displays at the museum range from the golden age of aviation to the jet age, including Vietnam-era Army helicopers and a Navy carrier fighter. The vast, all-wood white hangar, which houses it all is a part of American history, being former headquarters for one of the United States' many aviator training posts during World War II. It is one of the few remaining 1940s-era aircraft hangars.
Marks' Mills State ParkFordyce
In the spring of 1864, three Civil War battles took place in south central Arkansas that were part of the Union Army's "Red River Campaign." Arkansas's three state historic parks that commemorate these battles--Poison Spring, Marks' Mills and Jenkins' Ferry--are part of the Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark.
Fort Smith National Historic SiteFort Smith
At Fort Smith National Historic Site you can walk where soldiers drilled, pause along the Trail of Tears, and stand where justice was served. The park includes the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Judge Isaac C. Parker, known as the "hanging judge," presided over the court for 21 years.
The museum features artifacts and special exhibits from America's oldest federal law enforcement agency, serve as an educational center, and memorialize the Marshals Service's past, present, and future law enforcement roles
Pea Ridge National Military ParkGarfield
On March 7 & 8, 1862, 26,000 soldiers fought here to decide the fate of Missouri. The website offers historical information about the battle for those who cannot visit in person.
Established in 1686, as the first semi-permanent French settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley. In 1783, the only Revolutionary War action in Arkansas occurred when Spanish and British soldiers clashed in a raid. The Arkansas Post became part of the United States following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. During the Civil War, Confederate troops build a massive earthen fortification known as Fort Hindman at the Post. It was destroyed by Union troops in January 1863. The website offers historical information about the post for those who cannot visit in person.
Arkansas Post MuseumGillett
Explore this complex of five exhibit buildings and learn about life on, and the history of, Arkansas's Grand Prairie and Delta.
Lake Poinsett State ParkHarrisburg
Situated among the scenic rolling hills atop Crowley's Ridge in northeastern Arkansas is Lake Poinsett. This 640-acre impoundment was constructed in 1960 by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to provide fishing recreation. Lake Poinsett State Park was established on the northern end of the lake in 1963, and today offers park visitors camping and picnicking facilities. Fishing enthusiasts find the relatively shallow waters of Lake Poinsett excellent for catching large stringers of bass, crappie, brim and catfish.
Lake Poinsett State ParkHarrisburg
Anglers will find the relatively shallow waters of 640-acre Lake Poinsett, nestled atop the rolling hills of Crowley's Ridge in northeast Arkansas, a special getaway for crappie, catfish, bream and bass fishing. Situated on the northern end of this Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lake, the state park offers 29 campsites (4 Class A, 22 Class B and three Class D), picnic areas, a standard pavilion (screened with restrooms), boat launch ramp, boat rentals and interpretive programs. Near the picnic area is ample room for impromptu softball games. A children's playground is located between the picnic area and campground.
The Civil War in this area pitted families and neighbors against one another. The most visible effect of the Civil War was the burning of numerous homesteads, striping the land, and the total disruption of family and community life. Bat Guano in caves was used to make gunpowder.
Buffalo National RiverHarrison and St. Joe
The Buffalo National River flows free over swift running rapids and quiet pools for its 135-mile length. One of the few remaining rivers in the lower 48 states without dams, the Buffalo cuts its way through massive limestone bluffs traveling eastward through the Arkansas Ozarks and into the White River. Explore the river by canoe or take the back roads into the pioneer history of the Buffalo River ...
Delta Cultural CenterHelena
A museum dedicated to the history of the Arkansas Delta. The museum interprets the history of the Delta through exhibits, educational programs, annual events, and guided tours. Come in and experience what the Delta has to offer.
Hot Springs National ParkHot Springs
People have used the hot springs here for more than two hundred years to treat illnesses and to relax. Nicknamed "The American Spa," Hot Springs National Park today surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Lake Catherine State ParkHot Springs
Nestled in the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains on 1,940-acre Lake Catherine, one of the five popular Diamond Lakes in the Hot Springs area, Lake Catherine State Park features CCC/Rustic Style facilities constructed of native stone and wood by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
Herman Davis State ParkHot Springs
Herman Davis State Park at Manila (Mississippi County) in northeast Arkansas honors Private Herman Davis, a native of Manila who is considered one of the top heroes of World War I. The one-acre park, the smallest in Arkansas, surrounds a monument to Davis.
Withrow Springs State ParkHuntsville
In the heart of the renowned Ozark Mountains and cradled by the bluffs of the War Eagle Creek, Withrow Springs State Park is a peaceful setting for relaxing camping and leisurely floats along this scenic mountain stream. Take in the natural beauty of the surrounding Ozark scenery and enjoy float fishing for catfish, bream, perch, or bass. At Withrow Springs, you can also enjoy hiking, swimming, and tennis.
Jefferson County Historical MuseumJefferson County
Take a glimpse into the past of Pine Bluff and surrounding Jefferson County. Within this fascinating museum, discover displays and collections of relics, and cotton farming implements. See displays of Civil War and World War II artifacts, Victorian furniture, clothing, quilts and antique dolls, plus tools, relics and cotton farming implements.
Moro Bay State ParkJersey
You'll find one of the most popular fishing and water sport areas in south central Arkansas where Moro Bay and Raymond Lake join the Ouachita River at Moro Bay State Park.
Lake Frierson State ParkJonesboro
Atop the unique landform of rolling hills called Crowley's Ridge, this park on the shore of 335-acre Lake Frierson is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the year-round fishing for bream, catfish, crappie, and bass. The park's natural beauty is enhanced each spring when the wild dogwood trees throughout the park bloom.
Arkansas State University MuseumJonesboro
The Arkansas State University Museum shares knowledge of natural history and cultural heritage with people of all ages and educational levels by collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting objects, with emphasis on the Mississippi River Delta region. The Museum also provides leadership for the pursuit of related endeavors in the region.
Daisy State ParkKirby
In this scenic setting in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountain, Lake Greeson, the Little Missouri River, and Daisy State Park make a winning combination for outdoor enthusiasts. Lake Greeson, 7,000 acres of clear water and mountain scenery, delights water enthusiasts. Catches of black and white bass, stripers, crappie, catfish, and bluegill account for its popularity with anglers.
Lake Chicot State ParkLake Village
The Mississippi Delta's captivating beauty and recreational opportunities come together at Arkansas's largest natural lake, Lake Chicot. Cut off centuries ago when the Mississippi River changed course, this 20-mile long oxbow lake is a peaceful setting for fishing, boating, and bird watching. Fishing for crappie, bass, and bream is popular on the lake, especially on the upper end of Lake Chicot during spring and fall. Fishing for catfish is great throughout the year.
Lakeport PlantationLake Village
The Lakeport Plantation, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, was constructed just before the Civil War. Restored between 2003 and 2008, recently installed exhibits maintain the historic integrity of the house. Guided tours weave together the stories of planters, enslaved laborers, sharecroppers, farm laborers, craftsmen, and preservationists. General admission is $5; $3 for groups of 8 or more, school age, and seniors.
The clinic and private home used by these doctors now house the museum's diverse collections of medical instruments, including an iron lung, a dental chair, and equipment from the 1930s, salt and pepper shakers, vintage hats and costume jewelry, commemorative plates and original clinic and domestic furnishings from 1930 to 1960.
Conway Cemetery State ParkLittle Rock
James Sevier Conway (1796-1855), surveyor, planter, prominent and influencial citizen of pioneer Arkansas, took office as Arkansas's first governor when Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836. Dedicated to his memory, this 11.5-acre state historic site preserves Governor Conway's final resting place, the one-half acre family plot at what was once his cotton plantation. The cemetery lies just south of the former site of the Conway plantation home called Walnut Hill.
Pinnacle Mountain State ParkLittle Rock
Pinnacle Mountain is a day-use park dedicated to environmental education, recreation, and preservation. Park interpreters and volunteers help visitors and students understand man's relationship to the environment in the 2,000-acre park that offers a rich diversity of natural habitat.
Central High School National Historic Site Little Rock
Little Rock Central High School is recognized for the role it played in the desegregation of public schools in the United States. The website offers historical information about the park for those who cannot visit in person.
Historic Arkansas MuseumLittle Rock
Tour the museum's historic grounds and visit a pre-civil war neighborhood, including the oldest home still standing in Little Rock and the site where William Woodruff once printed the Arkansas Gazette. Interact with a living history character and see first-hand how early residents lived. Inside the Museum Center, explore Arkansas made art and artifacts in four exhibit galleries, see contemporary Arkansas art in the Trinity Gallery, and watch kids having fun in the interactive children's gallery. Shop for quilts and other contemporary crafts in the Museum Store, and see the award-winning introductory video in the theater.
Old State House MuseumLittle Rock
Set in the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi River, the Old State House Museum is designated a National Historic Landmark, though it is probably best known throughout the country as the scene of President Bill Clinton's 1992 and 1996 election-night celebrations.
Arkansas Museum of DiscoveryLittle Rock
The Museum offers 25,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and over 30 programs designed to provide learning experiences for all ages. The Museum supports the work of the classroom teacher!
Arkansas Arts CenterLittle Rock
Experience the excitement that Arkansas' leading cultural institution has to offer. Located in historic MacArthur Park in Little Rock, the Arkansas Arts Center features elegant art galleries that showcase the Center's acclaimed collection.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural CenterLittle Rock
Arkansas's state funded museum dedicated to the story of African American life and business. It focuses on collecting, preserving, interpreting and celebrating African American history, culture and community in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, and informs and educates the public about black achievements-especially in business, politics and the arts.
MacArthur Museum of Ar Military HistoryLittle Rock
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History explores our the military heritage of our nation and state. Located in an historic building, students of all ages are welcome to explore galleries that will expand their knowledge of both national and local history. Programs on specific conflicts, topics, or time periods are offered and we can cater to any topic of interest if so desired. All programs can be made to serve any age group as well. We also offer a field trip grant program to reimburse gas mileage, bus drivers, or other related costs
Golf Mountain Mini Golf Lowell
Golf Mountain Mini Golf, a 36-hole course is designed to be a challenging, outdoor fun! Services support birthday parties, team building, Youth Groups, and field trips! Golf Mountain Mini Golf is Northwest Arkansas' newest 36-hole mini-golf course with a party pavilion, open-air music throughout and ADA accessible restrooms. Open seasonally, March through November. This professionally designed course layout is fun for the whole family! Two 18-hole mini golf courses featuring longer holes and shorter holes, sudden dips, bumps, inclines, babbling streams and blue cascading rock waterfalls.
Mammoth Spring State ParkMammoth Spring
Mammoth Spring is Arkansas's largest spring and the second largest spring in the Ozark Mountains. A National Natural Landmark, the spring flows nine million gallons of water hourly. Forming a scenic 10-acre lake, it then flows south as the Spring River, a popular Ozark trout and float stream. Located near the spring, the park's 1886 Frisco depot will take you back in time to an early 1900s train station. Parked just outside the train station is a Frisco caboose to explore, too.
Herman Davis State ParkManila
This one-acre park in Manila surrounds the gravesite of and monument to Private Herman Davis, Arkansas farm boy and war hero. Fourth on General John J. Pershing's list of World War I's 100 greatest heroes, Private Davis received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Croix de Guere and the Medaulle Militaire awards from the American and French governments.
Logoly State ParkMcNeil
At Arkansas's first environmental education state park, interpreters present workshops on ecological/environmental topics. The park's natural resources provide a living laboratory for students and visitors. Most of Logoly's 368 acres comprise a State Natural Area that includes unique plant species and mineral springs.
The park's crowning attraction is a renowned hostelry, a lodging tradition born with the original "Castle in the Sky" that graced this same lofty locale high above the Ouachita Mountains over 100 years ago.
Petit Jean MountainMorrilton
Named for the legend of Petit Jean, the story of a French girl who disguised herself as a boy and secretly accompanied her sweetheart, an early explorer, to the New World and to this mountain. Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas's first and flagship state park, enhances this 300-year-old legend with windswept views, enchanting woodlands laced with streams and wildflowers, and a spectacular waterfall - Cedar Falls.
Lake Ouachita State ParkMountain Pine
Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating and fishing. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves along the lake's 975 miles of shoreline.
Ozark Folk Center State ParkMountain View,
Tap your toes to traditional American mountain music. See blacksmithing, pottery making and over 18 other pioneer folk art and craft demonstrations. Learn how to play the dulcimer, autoharp, or fiddle. Learn hand quilting or turkey wing broom making, or how to grow a backyard herb garden. Pioneer craft workshops are offered throughout the season at the Ozark Folk Center.
Lake Fort Smith State ParkMountainburg
Nestled in a scenic valley of the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozark Mountains, this state park offers outdoor adventure including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, hiking and nature study. For backpackers, the park serves as the western terminus of the 180-mile Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail.
Crater of Diamonds State ParkMurfreesboro
The only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public, stands out as a unique geological "gem" for you to explore and enjoy.
Jacksonport State ParkNewport
n the 1800s steamboats made Jacksonport a thriving river port. During the Civil War, the town was occupied by both Confederate and Union forces because of its crucial locale. Jacksonport became county seat in 1854, and constuction of a stately, two-story brick courthouse began in 1869. The town began to decline in the 1880s when bypassed by the railroad. The county seat was moved in 1891 to nearby Newport, and Jacksonport's stores, wharves and saloons soon vanished. Today the park's museums, the 1872 courthouse, the nearby Mary Woods No. 2 sternwheel paddleboat, and interpretive programs share the story of this historic river port.
The Arkansas National Guard MuseumNorth Little Rock
Dedicated to preserving the history and telling the story of the Arkansas National Guard and Camp Pike and Camp Robinson.
Crowley's Ridge State ParkParagould
Located atop the forested hills in northeast Arkansas, Crowley's Ridge State Park occupies the former homestead of Benjamin Crowley, whose family first settled this area. Native log and stone structures, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, set the mood for this park's rustic warmth.
Arkansas's highest mountain, rising dramatically above the broad valleys of the Petit Jean River to the south and the Arkansas River to its north. Graced with timeless natural beauty, this plateau-a remnant of an ancient sea floor-runs east-west stretching six miles long and up to a mile across. Rugged, isolated, and rich in natural resources including rare and endangered species, Mount Magazine has long lured explorers, adventurers, scientists, and naturalists.
Arkansas has a rich heritage of wine making dating from the time of the earliest settlers. Through the present, there have been 150 wineries bonded in Arkansas by the federal government since the repeal of prohibition and more than 1,000 Arkansas permits issued for wine making. Many ethnic backgrounds have contributed to this history enriching it through their cultural expressions. People living in all areas of the state have made wines for personal enjoyment and profit. The Arkansas Historic Wine Museum brings this heritage to you. Through the museum's work in sponsoring research and preserving artifacts, the stories of people's past are made a part of the future.
Parkin is the site on the St. Francis River where a 17-acre Mississippi Period American Indian village were located from A.D. 1000 to 1550.
A barn-studio associated with Ernest Hemingway and the family home of his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. Pauline's parents, Paul and Mary Pfeiffer, were prominent citizens of Northeast Arkansas and owned more than 60,000 acres of land. During the 1930s the barn was converted to a studio to give Hemingway privacy for writing while visiting Piggott. Portions of one of his most famous novels, A Farewell to Arms, and several short stories were written in this studio. Both the home and the barn studio were named to the National Historic Register in 1982. The properties have been renovated, focusing on the 1930s era. Areas of emphasis for the museum and educational center include literature of the period, 1930s world events, agriculture and family lifestyles, family relationships and development of Northeast Arkansas during the Depression and New Deal eras.
Arkansas Entertainers Hall of FamePine Bluff
The Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame in Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) was created to honor Arkansans who have made outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. Honorees include performers, nonperforming contributors (such as writers, directors, and producers), and pioneers in the entertainment industry.
Arkansas Railroad MuseumPine Bluff
Engine 819 was built by the St. Louis Southwestern Railway Company (Cotton Belt Route) at it's Pine Bluff, Arkansas shops in 1942, the mighty locomotive ruled the rails for a dozen years before being replaced by diesel locomotives. The engine was donated to the city in 1955 and "Old 819" reposed in Oakland Park until 1983 when Cotton Belt brought it out of the park for restoration by the Cotton Belt Historical Society, Inc.
The Arts and Science CenterPine Bluff
The Center is the place for practicing, teaching, performing, enjoying and understanding the Arts and Sciences. Online or in person, we invite you to experience this opportunity to grow, learn and enjoy.
Band MuseumPine Bluff
This beautifully refinished distinctive old building, circa 1890, is now home of the only museum dedicated entirely to the history of band music and instruments. Established by Jerry Horne, a band instrument collector for many years, the museum displays rare, old and unusual instruments and memorabilia from one of the most extensive collections anywhere in the USA.
Designed as if it were a waterfowl hunting lodge set among Pine Bluff Regional Park's Delta bottomland, Lake Langhofer and Black Dog Bayou. The Delta and its rivers are the star attractions, and exhibits vividly describe how meandering waterways have changed this land and why swamps are incredibly valuable ecosystems. A model of the Arkansas River reveals how oxbow lakes form. A simulated crop duster flight buzzes fertile fields. A short film follows Hernando De Soto's early trek through forbidding land. Hides and bones are part of a hands-on laboratory. Those are just a few examples of what's inside.
Alum CovePleasant Hill
Visitors can view picturesque rock bluffs and hike wooded hillsides. Outstanding among the many natural features of the Ozark Natural Forest is the huge stone arch that forms a natural bridge at Alum Cove. The natural arch is all that remains of what was a quartz sandstone cave. The arch is 130 feet long and 20 feet wide.
Old Davidsonville State ParkPocahontas
This park preserves the site of historic Davidsonville. Established in 1815, the town included the Arkansas Territory's first post office, courthouse and land office. Bypassed by the Southwest Trail, an overland route from St. Louis to the border of Mexico, the town faded by the 1830s. Today, archeologists are uncovering remarkable finds of streets, foundations and objects that tell a fascinating story of life on the Arkansas frontier following the Louisiana Purchase. Park exhibits and interpretive tours provide information about this important frontier town.
Lake Charles State ParkPowhatan
Anglers and nature lovers will enjoy this park on the shore of Lake Charles, 645 acres of spring-fed waters in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The lake offers good catches of bass, crappie, bream and catfish.
Powhatan Historic State ParkPowhatan
In the 1800s, this busy river port on the Black River was the chief shipping point for a large territory. In 1888, high on a hill overlooking the busy riverfront, an Italianate-style courthouse was built from bricks made on site. Dramatically, the courthouse was placed high atop the first rocky ridge at the eastern edge of the Ozarks. The two-story courthouse was erected on the foundation of the original courthouse, completed in 1873, that burned in 1885. Restored in 1970 to the architect's original plans, the Victorian courthouse is this state park's dominant feature.
Prairie Grove Battlefield State ParkPrairie Grove
Prairie Grove is recognized nationally as one of America's most intact Civil War battlefields. The park protects the battle site and interprets the Battle of Prairie Grove, where on December 7, 1862, the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi clashed with the Union Army of the Frontier resulting in about 2,700 casualties in a day of fierce fighting. This marked the last major Civil War engagement in northwest Arkansas.
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area is Arkansas's largest state park in land area., Twenty-two of the park's 60 miles of border stretch along the shores of Beaver Lake. This large tract of Ozark landscape consists of plateaus, ridges, valleys and streams featuring an upland forest of pine, oak and hickory. Many water features including disappearing streams, springs and seeps have carved the many hollows in this fragile limestone landscape, as well as created cave-related features including numerous sinkholes.
Rogers Historical MuseumRogers
Step into the last century with a tour of the 1895 Hawkins House or find clues to your own history mysteries in our research library. Find out more about area history and culture on the web with Cool Stuff! and Thanks for the Memories. Or check out the Forum for discussions on exhibits, programs, events, and local history topics.
Lake Dardanelle State ParkRussellville
Surrounded by the natural beauty for which the Arkansas River Valley is known, Lake Dardanelle is a sprawling 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. These two water resources combined here have put this area into the national spotlight as a major bass fishing tournament site. Lake Dardanelle State Park offers two areas on the lake: one park site is at Russellville, and the other is located at nearby Dardanelle. Both the Russellville (main park) and Dardanelle locations offer camping (74 sites: Russellville--16 Class AAA, 14 Class AA, and 26 Class B; Dardanelle Area--18 Class B), launch ramps, standard pavilions, picnic sites, restrooms, and bathhouses with hot showers.
Arkansas River Valley Arts CenterRussellville
Culture, arts, heritage and historic activity of the Arkansas River Valley.
Exhibits and programs interpret the history of cotton agriculture in Arkansas from statehood in 1836 through World War II when agricultural practices quickly became mechanized. Visit the Dortch Gin Exhibit Building and learn how cotton was ginned. Tour the museum and learn about farming life during the Plantation Era.
Arkansas's tallest remaining, prehistoric American Indian mounds.
Jenkins' Ferry State ParkSheridan
n the spring of 1864, three Civil War battles took place in south central Arkansas that were part of the Union Army's "Red River Campaign." Arkansas's three state historic parks that commemorate these battles--Poison Spring, Marks' Mills and Jenkins' Ferry--are part of the Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark.
Siloam Springs MuseumSiloam Springs
The Siloam Springs Museum preserves and interprets the heritage of an area with a rich past. Explore the past through permanent and rotating exhibits highlighting Indian culture, pioneer life, medicine and many other facets of our history.
Arkansas Museum of Natural ResourcesSmackover
In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on south Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area. The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover, featuring state-of-the-art indoor exhibits as well as working equipment on display outside in its adjacent Oil Field Park and shares the fascinating stories of this region's natural resources, with emphasis on petroleum and brine recovered for bromine extraction.
Arkansas Museum of Natural ResourcesSmackover
Officially opened to the public in 1986, the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources is situated in the midst of the historic sixty square mile Smackover Oil Field and one mile south of the oil rich town of Smackover. Although the Museum represents all of Arkansas's natural resources, it is dedicated to the pioneers of south Arkansas's oil and brine industries and is funded by a special tax on the state's oil production and bromine extraction.
Trail of Tears National Historic TrailSoutheastern US
The park commemorates the survival of the Cherokee people and their forced removal from their homelands in the Southeastern United States in the 1840s.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark HistorySpringdale
A regional history museum focusing on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. The museum takes its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s. Most of what you'll see at the museum highlights the real shapers of Ozark history - the everyday men, women, and children who lived in our towns and rural communities. We tell their stories through a variety of exhibits on native peoples, pioneers, the Civil War, the fruit and timber industries, and traditional folklife. There's plenty of fun for all ages - you can use a grinding stone, try on some old-timey clothes, listen to folk music, or sit and play a game of checkers.
Cane Creek State ParkStar City
Located where the rolling terrain of the West Gulf Coastal Plain and the alluvial lands of east Arkansas's Mississippi Delta meet, this park offers you the opportunity to explore two of Arkansas's distinct natural settings in one visit. Hike or bike the park's 2,053 acres of woodlands in the Coastal Plain. Paddle or fish on 1,675-acre Cane Creek Lake, a timbered Delta lake, and experience the lush beauty and abundant wildlife that inhabit Arkansas's Mississippi Delta. Just across the timber-filled lake, anglers and paddlers can also explore Bayou Bartholomew, the world's longest bayou.
Arkansas's State Parks AdventureStatewide
Arkansas's state parks are more than great scenery, campsites, cabins and lodges. The parks offer great outdoor adventures, too. From exciting outdoor sports to adrenaline pumping extreme adventures for thrill seekers, you can experience it all in the State Parks of Arkansas. The diverse topography and breathtaking scenery of Arkansas combine to offer a wide variety of experiences for outdoor sports and extreme adventure enthusiasts.
Affordable family vacations, romantic getaways and business meetings are a natural in Arkansas. Find discount vacation packages deals, book a room online, enjoy fun family attractions and activities: hunting and fishing, hiking and camping, exploring a real diamond mine, civil war history and caves; attending festivals and annual events. Explore the scenic beauty of Arkansas!
Historic Washington State ParkWashington
Travel back to the 19th century as you stroll the plank board sidewalks alongside streets that have never been paved, and tour the historic public buildings and former residences. Established on George Washington's birthday in 1824, the town of Washington today is one of America's premier historic villages. Historic Washington State Park is a National Historical Landmark, a National Register of Historic Places site, and an Arkansas state park you'll want to visit.
Civil War Weekend Washington State Park
The Civil War was one of the most trying times in our nation's history. During this event, walk the streets of a town touched by the hand of war. We will interpret the final two years of the conflict, when Washington was Arkansas's Confederate State Capital. Reenactors from across the region present living history demonstrations throughout the weekend. PH:870-983-2684 November - check website for details!
Delta Heritage TrailWatson
This rails-to-trails conversion in southeast Arkansas is being developed in phases along the 73-mile former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way that stretches from one mile south of Lexa (six miles west of Helena) to Cypress Bend (five miles northeast of McGehee), the former route of The Delta Eagle.
Devil's Den State ParkWest Fork
A picturesque setting in northwest Arkansas's Ozarks Mountains, Lee Creek Valley, contains ancient sedimentary mountains renowned for their natural beauty and lush oak-hickory forests. The Civilian Conservation Corps used native materials to craft the park's CCC/Rustic style wood and stone structures including an impressive native stone dam. Rental canoes, tandem kayaks, pedal boats and water bikes are available at the park.
Arkansas's premier whitewater experience renowned as the best whitewater float stream in mid-America.
Rex was a real cowboy legend starring in western movies. His voice is still treasured in the narrations he did of Walt Disney's "Wonderful World of Color" nature shows and behind 150 different cartoon characters created for Walt Disney.
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in northeast Arkansas exhibits a nationally renowned collection from the Nodena site, a 15-acre palisaded village that once thrived on a meander bend of the Mississippi River in what is today Mississippi County. Hampson Archeological Museum interprets the lifestyles of this farming-based civilization that lived there from 1400 to 1650 A.D. Artifacts and exhibits share the story of this early aboriginal population of farmers who cultivated crops and supplemented their food resources with hunting native game while developing its art, religion and political structure along with a thriving trading network.
Here you can enjoy the unique geology of Crowley's Ridge, a landform of rolling hills in eastern Arkansas's Mississippi Alluvial Plain. A geologic anomaly, the ridge is covered with a lush hardwood forest featuring oak, sugar maple, beech, butternut, and tulip poplar. Park interpretive programs and exhibits share the story of the natural and cultural heritage of Crowley's Ridge. Five park trails totaling five miles allow hikers the opportunity to explore this forest on their own, or on guided trail walks with park interpreters. Anglers can fish for bass, bream, catfish, and crappie at the park's two lakes, Lake Austell and Lake Dunn. Launch ramps, boat docks, bait, fishing boats, electric motors, and pedal boats are available late-spring through Labor Day