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Arkansas State and National Parks

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11. Crowley's Ridge; Paragould

Crowley's Ridge State Park
Dennis Adams, Federal Highway Administration

If you like that rustic pioneer feeling, this is the park for you. Log cabins and beautiful rolling forests make this park special. The park is 15 miles north of Jonesboro on Ark. 141; or nine miles west of Paragould on U.S. 412, then two miles south on Ark. 168.

12. Buffalo National River; Northern Arkansas

Buffalo National River
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

13. The Ozark Mountain Folk Center; Mountain View

Ozark Folk Center
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

The Ozark Mountain Folk Center is not your typical state parks. It's a park of living history and heritage. Their goal to preserve and teach the history of the Ozarks, and they do this through live demonstrations and performances in a historical setting.

14. Lake Dardanelle; Russellville

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

I think Lake Dardanelle has the nicest visitor center in Arkansas.  The lake is a 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas river.  The state park is actually more like two parks, with the visitor's center being located in Russellville, AR and another site in Dardanelle. Both offer camping, hiking and picnic facilities.

15. Jacksonport; Newport

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Jacksonport is the home of Arkansas big "Portfest" festival in June.  The main emphasis of Jacksonport State Park is the White River. It was a popular port in the 1800s and that made Newport the place to be. Because of it's easy access to the water, five different generals used the town as their headquarters during the Civil War. You can tour the Jacksonport Courthouse and its War Memorial Room to find out more. There is also a restored steamboat. The views of the White River are amazing.

16. Queen Wilhelmina; Mena

Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Amanda Galiano

The best part of this park is the view from the lodge. Once called the "Castle in the Sky" this lodge give breathtaking views of the Ouachita Valley and isn't too far from the Cossatot River, a great place to float, hike and swim and it in the middle of the Ouachita forests. The park itself has camping, hiking trails and some of the most scenic panoramic views in Arkansas.

17. Louisiana Purchase State Park; Brinkley

Louisiana Purchase State Park; Brinkley
Amanda Galiano
The Louisiana Purchase State Park marks 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. This is a low amenity park. There are no campsites, no picnic tables. It offers a beautiful and relatively safe look at rare headwater swamp.

18. Lake Chicot; Lake Village

Arkansas largest lake is nestled in a pecan grove. Lake Chicot is 20-mile long oxbow lake, cut off centuries ago when the mighty Mississippi changed course. It is perfect for boating and fishing. Bird fans can also find great bird watching. The park is eight miles northeast of Lake Village on Ark. 144.

19. Toltec Mounds; Scott

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

This park is filled with Arkansas History. The mounds are the remains of a large ceremonial and governmental complex inhabited from A.D. 600 to 1050, believed to be built by the Plum Bayou culture.

20. Logoly; McNeil

This is Arkansas's first environmental education site. Most of Logoly's 368 acres comprise a State Natural Area with unique plant life and numerous mineral springs. From U.S. 79 at McNeil, go one mile on County Road 47 (Logoly Road) to the park.

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