Arkansas May 21, 2018
8 Lesser-Known State Parks In Arkansas That Will Absolutely Amaze You
There’s no doubt that Arkansas has the best state parks in the nation. But from Pinnacle Mountain to Devil’s Den, it’s easy to pick a favorite and miss the opportunity to visit all of the 52 state parks. Today’s focus is on the state parks that are a little out of the way but well worth the trip. Let’s pack our bags, find the good playlist, and hit the road!
1. Moro Bay State Park - Jersey
We'll begin in the southeast region of the state at Moro Bay State Park. This relaxing lakeside getaway is less frequented than other lake-featuring parks like Bull Shoals. Check out the Moro Bay Ferry exhibit to see the historic tugboat before taking a rented pedal boat out on Raymond Lake. Moro Bay is located at 6071 Hwy 600 S., Jersey, AR 71651.
2. Mark's Mills Battleground State Park - New Edinburg
Prairie Grove isn't the only park focused on the battles of the Civil War. One of the others, Mark's Mills, commemorates one of the battles that was part of the Union Army's Red River Campaign. To reach the park, use this
3. Daisy State Park - Kirby
To no fault of it's own, Daisy is in the middle of three of the state's most popular parks. Most folks head to Cossatot, Crater of Diamonds, or DeGray Lake Resort without realizing they've missed this treasure. Enjoy camping alongside Lake Greeson and float along the Little Missouri River. The park is located at 103 E Park Rd., Kirby, AR 71950.
4. Delta Heritage Trail State Park - Helena-West Helena
Situated along the far east of the state, Delta Heritage Trail is part of the national "rails to trails" initiative. What had been the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way will soon be the longest bike and pedestrian trails in the state at 84.5 miles. Currently the first 21 miles of the trail has been completed. The park is located at 5539 Hwy 49, Helena-West Helena, AR 72390.
5. Woolly Hollow State Park - Greenbrier
This smaller state park is known for its popular biking trail, Ender’s Fault but there's plenty more to do than just cycle. Enjoy Lake Bennett or learn about the area's first settlers at the Woolly Cabin. The park is centrally located at 82 Woolly Hollow Rd., Greenbrier, AR 72058.
6. Millwood State Park - Ashdown
Fishing enthusiasts should already be familiar with Millwood, after all it is a popular spot for bass tournaments. The park does have more to offer than just fishing though. Rent pedal boats or hydro bikes to tour the lake or enjoy wildlife spotting along the trails before setting up camp. The park is located at 1564 AR-32, Ashdown, AR 71822.
7. Cane Creek State Park - Star City
This state park is made up of two distinct regions, the West Gulf Coastal Plain and Mississippi Delta. Take advantage of the trails in the wooded coastal plain area or stay on the 1,675-acre delta lake. You'll also be in the area of the world's largest bayou, Bayou Bartholomew. Cane Creek State Park is located at 50 State Park Rd., Star City, AR 71667.
8. Conway Cemetery State Park - Bradley
Perhaps the most unique state park, Conway Cemetery is hiding in the southwestern corner of the state. The historical park features the grave site of Arkansas' first governor, James Sevier Conway. The drive to the park is probably the longest for just about everyone but Conway Cemetery is an easy visit to knock off your 52 state park bucket list. To reach the park, use these
Is there another underrated state park that deserves a shout out? Let us know in the comments below!
If you’re trying to visit all 52 state parks, you should take a trip to the
oldest state park first.