Daisy State Park is a state park in the southwest of the U.S. state of Arkansas, located on Crowley’s Ridge in Lafayette County. The park consists of 1,095 acres (430ha) and includes two lakes: Lake Charles and Lake Marcy. The park was created to provide outdoor recreational facilities for residents throughout the region.
Construction began in 1961 and completed in 1964. It features camping areas with water and electric hookups as well as picnic sites, swimming beach, boat dock, playgrounds, hiking trails, mountain bike trail, fishing pier, cabins, lodge, miniature golf course, and restaurant. The park receives more than 3 million visitors annually.
On April 19, 2012, an EF2 tornado that transitioned into a microburst caused significant damage to the park, forcing officials to close the facility until further notice. According to initial reports from the American Red Cross, at least one person died as a result of the storm. Hundreds of trees were downed across the park. Damage included broken glass, uprooted plants, and scattered debris. Officials reported that about 900 campers were staying in the park when the storm hit. They added that all of the children had safely made their way home by the time crews arrived to assess the damage.
In September 2013, volunteers working with local arboretum enthusiasts planted over 400 trees in what may become one of Arkansas’s premier botanical gardens if weather conditions permit. The new trees include walnut, black locust, basswood, elm, oak, red buckeye, hickory, shagbark hickory, and native Arkansas lilac.
- Daisy State Park provides:
- interpretive programs
- nature arts and crafts classes
- canoeing and kayaking clinics
- guided nature walks
- birdwatching opportunities,
- other special events..
Plans call for a 2.5 mile loop hike featuring 12 different habitats including:
- uplands mixed forest
- bottomland hardwoods
- wet valley bottoms
- sandstone bluffs
- piney foothills