Arkansas State Parks have some of the most family-friendly outdoor adventure opportunities available in all of the State Park system. Rockhounding, watersports, and natural history exploration will keep everyone in your crowd entertained.
All of Arkansas State Parks have exciting and educational hikes to enjoy. Some of the best hiking, however, will expose you to the clearest water in the country, some extraordinary historical landmarks, and unusual and unique topography and plant life.
There is rich history to be explored at Petit Jean State Park, the first in the Arkansas State Park system. Twenty miles of hiking trails wind through the park and Petit Jean Mountain, where an overlook at Petit Jean's gravesite will explain the dramatic tale of the park's name. A series of trails, easy, moderate, and strenuous offer options for all ages and experience levels.
There are four hiking trails that you can take to view the unique natural landscape known as Crowley's Ridge. The Dancing Rabbit Trail leads hikers through an area that was named, and formerly occupied by the Native Americans that originally settled here. Anyone that is interested in the history of the area will love the hiking opportunities to be found at Crowley's Ridge State Park.
Adventure seekers looking for something to get their adrenaline pumping will be in luck in Arkansas. Rafting, climbing, hang gliding, and mountain biking enthusiasts will all have their fill.
Adventure seekers looking for water based activities will want to explore the river at Cossatot River State Park. Class IV and V rapids attract many experienced paddlers. Although it is not recommended for beginners.