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Arkansas State Parks to Begin Phased Reopening of Camping and Other Services

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Good News from the Arkansas State Parks –
Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary Stacy Hurst today announced that beginning May 1 campgrounds in Arkansas State Parks will reopen with the following limitations:

  • Camping will be available to Arkansas residents only.
  • Campers must use private recreational vehicles with self-contained bathroom facilities. Bathhouses will not reopen at this time.

Hurst said, “We believe that these precautions will allow Arkansans to enjoy the normalcy of going camping while maintaining CDC guidelines for social distancing.”

Current camping reservations listed under out-of-state addresses will be canceled through May 14. All guests, including Arkansas residents, with reservations for lodge rooms, cabins, camper cabins, YURTs, Rent-A-RV, and Rent-A-Camp will be canceled through May 14. Guests without onboard bathroom facilities including water and electric hook-ups will also be canceled. Park staff will be checking vehicle license plates for adherence to these guidelines.

New reservations will be taken via online at and direct calls to the parks. There will be no walk-up reservations allowed as part of the physical distancing guidelines.

“Arkansas State Parks looks forward to opening all of our facilities and inviting guests from around the state and country in the coming months,” said Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann.

May 15 is the target date, which could change if warranted, for reopening visitor centers, retail shops, exhibits, lodges, cabins, and Rent-A-RV.

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Visitor Centers, Retail and Exhibits open with limited capacity and social distancing enforced:

  • Restaurants and Food Service Facilities.
  • Museums and Exhibits.
  • Retail including Visitor Centers, Gift Shops, and Golf Pro Shops.
  • Marinas and Rental Equipment.
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Cabins, Lodges, and Rent-A-RV:

  • Reservations limited to Friday through Monday only to allow for cleaning.
  • In-state residents only.

There are also some trails at Pinnacle Mountain, Devil’s Den, and Petit Jean state parks that remain closed. You can find the latest updates at

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