There are 52 state parks in Arkansas each with it’s own attractions and history.
Many Arkansans make it a challenge to visit each state park in one year at least once in a lifetime. It’s kind of a “state park challenge.”
However, you definitely don’t have to visit all 52 state parks in one year. I like to take time to linger and thoroughly enjoy each state park.
I have put together a list of all 52 state parks in Arkansas with links to separate articles highlighting the best things to do at each park.
This will give you great ideas of what to do while you’re there so you don’t miss the good stuff!
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52 State Parks in Arkansas
*This article is a work in progress while we explore and write about each state park.
Central Arkansas State Parks
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Plantation Agriculture Museum
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park
Woolly Hollow State Park
North Central Arkansas State Parks
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
Mammoth Spring State Park
Ozark Folk Center State Park
Upper Delta Arkansas State Parks
Crowley’s Ridge State Park
Davidsonville Historic State Park
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park
Herman Davis State Park
Jacksonport State Park
Lake Charles State Park
Lake Frierson State Park
Lake Poinsett State Park
Lower White River Museum State Park
Parkin Archeological State Park
Powhatan Historic State Park
Village Creek State Park
Lower Delta Arkansas State Parks
1. Arkansas Post Museum
2. Cane Creek State Park
Cane Creek State Park is a beautiful Arkansas state park in the Lower Delta region that offers camping, biking, birding, and fishing.
Because of it’s location, this Arkansas state park offers several great attractions that are unlike other state parks.
Read all about it here: 4 Things to Do at Cane Creek State Park
3. Delta Heritage Trail State Park
4. Lake Chicot State Park
At 20 miles long, Lake Chicot is the largest natural lake in Arkansas and the largest oxbow lake in North America.source
Lake Chicot State Park offers many great activities like camping, fishing, levee tours, and guided lake tours.
Pst…There are even alligators.
Read all about it here:
Tips: Camping at Lake Chicot State Park
5. Louisiana Purchase State Park
The Louisiana Purchase State Park is a day-use park and a National Historic Landmark that includes a portion of the largest headwater swamp in the Lower Mississippi River Valley.
An important place in history, this National Historic Landmark preserves the initial point from which all surveys of property acquired through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 originated.source
Full details here: [THE WILD] Louisiana Purchase State Park in Arkansas
6. Mississippi River State Park
Southwest Arkansas State Parks
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
Conway Cemetery State Park
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
Crater of Diamonds State Park
If you aren’t from Arkansas, you may not have known that we hold the title of having the only public diamond mine in the world. You can actually come here and dig for diamonds with your own shovel (or you can rent if you didn’t bring your own).
If you find a diamond, you can keep it. Finders keepers. Losers weepers.
Full details here:
Ancient Volcano in Arkansas: Crater of Diamonds State Park
Daisy State Park
DeGray Lake Resort State Park
Historic Washington State Park
Lake Catherine State Park
Lake Ouachita State Park
Logoly State Park
Millwood State Park
Moro Bay State Park
Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Jenkins’ Ferry Battleground State Park
Marks’ Mills Battleground State Park
Poison Springs Battleground State Park
South Arkansas Arboretum
White Oak Lake State Park
Northwest Arkansas State Parks
Devil’s Den State Park
Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area
Lake Dardanelle State Park
Lake Fort Smith State Park
Mount Magazine State Park
Mount Nebo State Park
Petit Jean State Park
Petit Jean State Park is Arkansas’s very first state park.
The natural beauty and ancient geology of the legendary Petit Jean Mountain inspired the creation of Arkansas’s first state park and with it our state park system.source
This state park offers great camping, a beautiful lodge, a coffeehouse, a ranch with trail rides and a petting zoo, a large lake and much more.
Read all about it here:
14 “Must Do” Things at Petit Jean State Park