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Though northern Arkansas may be known for its famed national parks, many state parks throughout the Ozarks and northeastern corner are full of history, education, and of course, outdoor adventure. For the water lovers, fishing and boating is found at Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Crowley's Ridge State Park, and Lake Frierson State Park – plus swimming at Lake Charles State Park, and kayaking at Lake Poinsett State Park.
For those seeking an educational visit, stop by the Davidsonville Historic State Park living museum, the Civil War era site at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, and Nodena Site artifacts at the Hampson Archeological Museum State Park. A unique experience is found at Ozark Folk Center State Park, containing the largest collection of folklore and music in the country set in Mountain View – the Folk Music Capital of the World.
More historic structures are found at Jacksonport State Park, Powhatan Historic State Park, and Mammoth Spring State Park – home of the 1886 St. Louis–San Francisco Railway depot. And don’t miss the impressive memorial at Herman Davis State Park.
Outdoor recreation is the name of the game for Arkansas’ state parks. Cavers enjoy War Eagle Cave at Withrow Springs State Park, while hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding is found at Devil's Den State Park and Mount Magazine State Park. Mt. Magazine also stands as the highest point in Arkansas, and features additional activities like ATV riding, hang gliding, rappelling, rock climbing, and events like the International Butterfly Festival.
Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Devil's Den State Park is set in northwestern Arkansas in the southwestern Ozarks. Located in the Boston Mountains’ Lee Creek Valley, the 2,500-acre park features hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and picnicking.
Devil's Den State Park visitors are welcome to hike the 4.5-mile Old Road Trail, seven-mile Gorley King Trail, nine-mile Vista Point Trail, and the 15-mile Butterfield Hiking Trail. It's a short drive in from nearby Van Buren.
Mountain bikers can try the 15-mile Cross Country Mountain Bike Trail, and shorter trails include the CCC Interpretive Trail and Devil's Den Self-Guided Trail – a 1.5-mile National Recreation Trail. Check out this exceptional state park, just one of the many throughout Arkansas.
Found in the Boston Mountains, Hobbs State Park is located in northwestern Arkansas – just 20 miles southeast of Bentonville. Founded in 1979, the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area covers 12,056 acres in the southwestern Ozarks. There are many state parks in Arkansas – Hobbs is just one premier example.
Hobbs State Park features outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding on 33 miles of trail. Trails include the 23-mile Hidden Diversity Multi-use Trail, eight-mile Pigeon Roost Trail, and 1.5-mile Shaddox Hollow Trail – along with picnic spots and a shooting range.
Set in the Arkansas River Valley, Lake Dardanelle State Park is found in northern Arkansas near the city of Russellville. Home to the 34,300-acre reservoir – Lake Dardanelle – this Arkansas state park features two visitor sites: Pope County Side and Yell County Side. It's just one of the many AR state parks.
Lake Dardanelle State Park features boat launch ramps, pavilions, picnic spots, and bathhouses, plus a 10,500-square-foot visitor center in Russellville with plenty of exhibits. Kayaking, fishing, and nature trails are also available, and 315 miles of shoreline.
Covering over 2,000 acres, Mount Magazine State Park is located in northern Arkansas, just north of the Ouachita National Forest and near the city of Russellville. As Arkansas’ highest point, Mount Magazine stands at 2,753 feet, while the park features plenty of recreation. It's one on a long list of impressive Arkansas state parks.
Outdoor activities include hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding, hang gliding, mountain biking, rappelling, swimming, and rock climbing. Bike down Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail or Will Apple's Road Trail, fish Blue Mountain Lake, Cove Lake, Spring Lake, and Cedar Piney Lake, or catch the annual Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival.
Found in the Arkansas River Valley, Mount Nebo State Park is located in northern Arkansas just north of the Ouachita National Forest. Set 12 miles from Russellville, Mt. Nebo offers 14 miles of trail, and great views of the Arkansas River Valley.
Advanced hikers can trek down the Summit Park Trail or Varnall Springs Trail, or take the kids for a walk down Bench Trail. Other amenities at Mount Nebo State Park include a pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions, and a ball field.
Mount Nebo State Park is just one example of the excellent state parks scattered around the Natural State. Plan for an outdoor adventure on your next visit to AR.
Covering over 780 acres, Withrow Springs State Park is situated outside of Huntsville, near Fayetteville, in the Ozarks region of Arkansas. The park is made up of picturesque mountains, valleys and wilderness surrounding the park’s namesake, Withrow Spring. It's just one of the many Arkansas state parks you'll want to explore.
Visitors to the park have much to see and do, from enjoying a dip in the park’s swimming pool to hiking through oak-hickory forest trails into War Eagle Cave. Other popular park amenities include pavilions, picnic sites, and even a crossbow range.