Most People Have No Idea This Unique Abandoned Park In Arkansas Exists

At one time, Dinosaur World, formerly known as John Agar’s World of Kong, was a thriving and expansive dinosaur-themed park. Opened in the 1960s and sadly closed in 2005, Dinosaur World once contained over one hundred life-sized statues of dinosaurs and the world’s largest statue of King Kong. Set near Eureka Springs in what people have called “the middle of nowhere,” the theme park is surrounded by forest. Today, over a decade from the time it closed, this abandoned dinosaur park in Arkansas is fading into that forest.

This is the point where I remind you that you are not Indiana Jones and trespassing is illegal. The remains of Dinosaur World are well marked as private property with no trespassing signs posted. You don’t want to pay a fine or get yourself some face time with the nice folks up at the Eureka Springs Police Department, do you?

Of course you don’t. That doesn’t mean we can’t see it though, because today we’re taking the totally legal route of a tour in pictures.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

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If ghost towns are more your speed, you can take a walking tour of this abandoned town without worrying about trespassing. There’s also an amazing underwater ghost town here in Arkansas.

Address: 8421 AR-187, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, USA
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abandoned dinosaur park in Arkansas

July 16, 2020

Are there any urban legends in Arkansas?

There are endless ghost stories and urban legends surrounding Arkansas towns, but few stories center around a highway. According to legend, a man was driving down Highway 365 when he noticed a young girl on the side of the road. He offered to drive her home, and gave her his coat to keep warm. When they arrived at her house, he got out of the car to open the car door for her, and she was nowhere to be found. When he knocked on the door to the house, a woman explained that the young girl was her daughter who was killed years ago, and every year she hitchhikes back home. The man then went to visit the grave of the young girl and draped across the tombstone was the man’s jacket.

Where is the creepiest town in Arkansas?

Arkansas is peppered with little ghost towns throughout the state, haunting reminders of what were once thriving communities. Some of the most popular ghost towns in Arkansas include Rush, East Calico Rock, Monte Ne, and Graysonia.

What are the oldest towns in Arkansas?

Although Arkansas Post was first settled in 1686, today the history is being preserved in the form of a state park with a 757-acre protected area complete with a museum. Georgetown is considered the oldest continually settled area in Arkansas. Nestled along the White River, Georgetown was first settled in 1789. Today, the population hovers under 200, making it one of the smallest towns in Arkansas. The second oldest municipality also happens to be the oldest city in Arkansas and that’s Batesville, which was first settled in 1810 and was also known as Napoleon and Poke Bayou before being renamed Batesville, named after James Woodson Bates.

Address: 8421 AR-187, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, USA