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News Releases
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QMSP Miniature Train


Arkansas State Parks is pleased to announce an agreement with the miniature train concessionaire at Queen Wilhelmina State Park is now finalized. The State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission endorsed the paper work at its monthly meeting and train owner Ronnie Wagner signed it this week. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Evaluating Future of Withrow Springs Swimming Pool


Due to safety issues, Arkansas State Parks has decided the Withrow Springs State Park swimming pool must remain closed this summer. An engineering investigation into the pool’s supporting walls found the potential for a catastrophic failure to be so severe that even park staff cannot enter the area. The very real risk of bodily harm had to be top priority when arriving at the conclusion to keep visitors out of this part of the park for now. ... Read More »

Queen Wilhelmina State Park to Create Miniature Rails to Trails Project


Queen Wilhelmina State Park has always had a strong connection to trains, and now a new project will add to that rich history in an innovative way. A miniature train and its tracks will be turned into a walking and cycling barrier free path – in the same manner as the nation-wide “Rails to Trails” initiative. ... Read More »

Woolly Hollow State Park Opens New Visitor Center


Woolly Hollow State Park will hold a Grand Opening of its new Visitor Center on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. The new building is close to the 136-year-old Woolly Cabin and a new walking path connects the two. Woolly Hollow State Park is located in Faulkner County, approximately 18 miles north of Conway. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Wins National Award


For the second year in a row, the law enforcement arm of Arkansas State Parks has been singled out as one of the finest of its kind in the country. The Park Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) presented the Platinum Excellence Award to the ASP Emergency Services Program at their recent annual conference. ... Read More »

Pollinator Project a Huge Success at Pinnacle Mountain State Park


With seeds in hand, dozens of second graders took to a field at Pinnacle Mountain State Park today and started a first of its kind project in Arkansas. Those seeds will re-establish native grasslands to give the almost extinct quail population a place to live and thrive. ... Read More »

Big Rock Quail Forever Habitat Restoration Event


Arkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas State Parks and Big Rock Quail Forever are partnering in a Quail Habitat Restoration/Education program at Pinnacle Mountain State Park on April 5th at 9:00 a.m. There will 100 second graders participating in planting pollinators, wildflowers and grasses in an effort to attract insects which provides food for Northern Bobwhite Quail. ... Read More »

Friday Fan Event to Kick Off Spring Game Festivities


Arkansas head football coach Chad Morris and the Razorback football team will take part in a fan interactive event ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Holds Annual Top Chef Competition


Arkansas State Park chefs will partner with Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute to compete in a Top Chef competition on Thursday, February 22, 2018. ... Read More »

New Region 5 Manager Named


Becky Bariola has been named as the new Region 5 Manager for Arkansas State Parks. ... Read More »

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area has New Superintendent


Davy Ashcraft has been promoted to park superintendent of Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area. Stretching out for 5,401 acres, Cossatot emphasizes outdoor recreation, river preservation, and environmental education. The park is managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Parks Names New Operations Manager


An important senior management position with Arkansas State Parks has been filled by former Region 5 Manager Mike Wilson. Wilson joined the park system in 1991. ... Read More »

DeGray Lake Resort State Park Finishes DeRoche Ridge Campground Renovation


The DeRoche Ridge campground renovation project has been completed at DeGray Lake Resort State Park. The camping area has been entirely renovated with 25 sites being upgraded to Class “AAA” and six walk-in tent sites. ... Read More »

Experienced Professional Fills New Spot as Arkansas State Parks Deputy Director


With 20 years under his belt as an Arkansas State Park employee, Shea Lewis is now the department’s first deputy director – working as second in command to ASP Director Grady Spann. ... Read More »

New Superintendent Named


Mike Farringer has been promoted to the superintendent position at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. This mountaintop park follows a tradition of historic lodging that goes back more than 100 years. ... Read More »

First Day Hikes in Arkansas State Parks Offer Invigorating Start to 2018


Make a New Year’s resolution to your health and happiness by kicking off 2018 with an invigorating First Day Hike at an Arkansas state park near you. On January 1, all 50 states will participate in the seventh annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with an outdoor exploration. ... Read More »

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park to Close Temporarily


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. ... Read More »

Josh Jeffers Named as New Superintendent of Pinnacle Mountain State Park


Josh Jeffers has Arkansas State Parks in the fiber of his being. The new Pinnacle Mountain State Park superintendent says having a passion for this kind of work comes naturally to him. ... Read More »

Arkansas State Park of the Year Awards


Lake Ouachita, Woolly Hollow, Village Creek, Logoly and Petit Jean State Parks were selected as the Park of the Year (POY) for the five regions in the parks system at the recently held annual Superintendents Conference. This is a coveted honor, as it is a peer selected accolade. ... Read More »

Razorbacks Play Season’s First Game at War Memorial Stadium


The Arkansas Razorbacks will play their season opener on August 31st when they take on the Florida A&M Rattlers War Memorial Stadium. Gates to the stadium open at 5:00 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. kickoff. ... Read More »

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