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Relax and recharge at these local Arkansas state parks

Once in a while, it’s good to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. States set aside several tracks of land in order to preserve the beauty of nature, Here’s a list of local Arkansas state parksĀ  for you and your family to visit.

COVID-19 Update: Many state parks are open with certain restrictions. According to the Arkansas State Parks website, “day use areas, such trails used for hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife watching with the exception of swimming beaches, playgrounds, and some trails” are open. Click here for the latest information.

Historic Washington State Park

103 Franklin Street – Washington

Step back in time as you visit. Explore the Weapons Museum and the Print Shop as you see what life was like back in the 19th Century. It’s a place where history comes alive!

Millwood State Park

1564 Hwy 32 East – Ashdown

Fans of birds and bass need to visit. The nearly 30,000 acre lake is stocked with bass, crappie and catfish. The park also enjoys being an Audubon-designated Important Bird Area.

Conway Cemetery State Park

County Road 9, South of Hwy 160 – Bradley

Visit the final resting place of Arkansas’s first governor, James Sevier Conway.

Logoly State Park

2370 Columbia Rd. – McNeil/Magnolia

This state park is the first environmental education state park. Learn all about local plants and mineral springs in the new park visitor center. Stay the night at a tent site.

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area

1980 Hwy 278 West – Wickes

For those looking for a bit of a thrill, take on the Class IV rapids here. For those looking for a less extreme experience, walk the four scenic trails.

Daisy State Park

103 East Park – Kirby

Photographers need to check this park out with the Lake Greeson, mountains and unique rock formations. Ride your ATV on the Bear Cycle Trail.

White Oak Lake State Park

563 Hwy. 387 – Bluff City

Camp along the lake and ride your bike up the trail from the shore to the ridges. Enjoy peace and quiet exploring the trails. A short drive away is the Poison Spring Battleground State Park.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

209 State Park Road – Murfreesboro

People come from all over the world to this park for one thing: diamonds. Roll up your sleeves and dig for these precious gems. Will you get lucky?

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

3877 HIghway 88 West – Mena

See some stunning views of Arkansas from the top of the second highest peak in the state, Rich Mountain. Keep your eyes open on the three trails to see native wildlife like deer, raccoons and maybe an American black bear. Camp in the Ouachita forest or splurge a little at the lodge.

These are just local Arkansas state parks. If you want to explore more Arkansas State Parks, check out their website.

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