Crowley's Ridge State Park

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Crowley's Ridge State Park

Arkansas

(870) 573-6751

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Overview

Left as an erosional remnant from the natural forces of rivers 40 million years ago, Crowley's Ridge stands 100 to 200 feet above the fertile plains of the Delta in eastern Arkansas. The ridge was named for Benjamin F. Crowley, a soldier during the War of 1812 whose land grant was the first pioneer settlement in this part of the state. Crowley's Ridge forms a narrow arc of scenic rolling hills extending from Cape Girardeau, Missouri into the northeast corner of Arkansas down to the Mississippi River at Helena. Located near Paragould in lower Greene County at the site of Benjamin Crowley's original homesite, Crowley's Ridge State Park is situated on the western slopes of the ridge amid stately pines and hardwoods. Once a campground for the Tribes of Native Americans, the park offers visitors swimming and fishing in spring-fed lakes, shaded campground and picnic areas and scenic nature trails. The park was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) beginning in 1933, establishing it as one of the six original state parks in Arkansas. Today, those original native stone and wood structures create a setting of rustic serenity among the natural surroundings.

Map of Crowley's Ridge (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.045105, -90.663398

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park has a 31-acre fishing lake. Gas motors are not allowed, but electric motors are welcome. The marina at the lake rents fishing boats, canoes, pedal boats, and water bikes.

  • Camping

    The campground has 26 sites, all tucked away in the woods. Bathhouses with showers are located in the campground. Eighteen sites offer water and 30 amp electric hook-ups.

  • Fishing

    The 31-acre fishing lake offers a chance at trophy-size largemouth bass, catfish and other stocked fish. The barrier-free fishing pier offers easy access. A boat launch ramp is available. (Electric motors only)

  • Hiking

    The park's 4.5 miles of hiking trails meander through the beautiful forest of Crowley's Ridge, allowing visitors to view some of the most unique flora and fauna found in the state.

  • Historic Sites

    A complete interpretive program including guided hikes, nature talks, historic presentations, demonstrations, and evening programs is available throughout the year.

  • Picnicking

    Crowley's Ridge State Park has a scenic picnic area as well as four reservable pavilions for special events.

  • RVing

    The campground has 26 sites, all tucked away in the woods. Bathhouses with showers are located in the campground. Eighteen sites offer water and 30 amp electric hook-ups.

  • Water Sports

    Visitors can rent canoes, paddle boats, and water bikes at the 31-acre fishing lake, or go for a swim in the 3.5-acre swimming lake.

Directions

Driving

Crowley's Ridge State Park is located 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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(870) 573-6751

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