Logoloshe State Park is a state park in the southwest of the U.S. state of Arkansas, located along the western bank of the Mississippi River just east of Little Rock. The 1,000-acre (400ha) park features hiking trails, boating facilities and an interpretive center with displays on local ecology, history, and culture. It also has a campground with RV sites and tent campsites as well as cabins that can be rented for overnight stays. A boat ramp allows access to the river for fishing and canoeing. Facilities include electricity, restrooms, picnic areas, playgrounds, swimming pool, laundry facilities, and grocery store.
Logoloshe State Park is one of the largest parks in the state, containing approximately 700 campsites, 200 of those with electrical hookups. There are more than 30 miles (48km) of marked trails within the park.The park hosts many events including the annual Mountain Bike Festival, Backyard BBQ Competition, Hiking Trail Races, Arts & Crafts Showcase, and others.
Amenities include boat ramps, cabins, disc golf course, equestrian staging area, fish cleaning station, group shelter, horse stables, miniature golf course, nature trail, picnic areas, playgrounds, swimming beach, visitor information center, and a zip line.
There are three main campgrounds inside the park. Two contain only water, while the third contains both modern and primitive campsites. Waterfowl Cove Campground is closest to the river and has the most waterfront space, followed by Hillsboro Ridge Campground, which is set farther back from the river. Deer Cave Campground is the smallest but deepest of all the campgrounds, with six drive up spots and eight walk up spots. Each site has a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern holder. Modern campsite holders have electric hookups, while primitive campsites feature a ring of fire pits around the perimeter of the site.
There are five boat ramps on the Mississippi River inside the park. Three are ADA accessible, and two provide access for smaller boats. All five allow for launching between May 15 and September 15.
Crappie, bass, catfish, perch, and bream are common catches. Access to other waters such as Lake Poinsett, Petit Jean River, etc. is available outside the park via the Interstate Parks Pass, administered by the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism. Canoes/kayaks/rafts are often seen navigating the Mississippi River near the park.
There are 17 geocaches located inside the park, ranging from easy to difficult. Most require a map and compass but some do not. Some are even accessible by car using coordinates found online. One of the easier ones to find is “Hercules’ Hideaway”, which requires finding a structure that resembles a small cabin buried in trees. Other cachers may use equipment that is visible, such as a tripod, grid system, etc., which makes these caches slightly different than the average geocache. Hunting is limited to deer and duck hunting in season.
Horses are allowed on about 900 acres (360ha) of Logoloshe State Park. Careful observers will see them on almost any trail, especially in the summer. They usually keep to themselves, although occasionally they stop to feed at a handout box. Although horses are never allowed off of the designated pathways.
Dogs are allowed everywhere except the campgrounds and waterways. When approaching a geocache, please remember that you must leave word about how to get your reward. Many people attempt to take shortcuts by searching for hidden containers, but this leads to hours of frustration because the container is always hidden behind something else. Instead, save yourself some time and effort; look for a landmark, and navigate to it directly.
Visitor center complex houses numerous public service offices, including the park headquarters, the park naturalist office, the Youth Tent Area, the Group Shelter, and various display cases filled with mounted animals and birds.
Several rangers staff the visitor center daily, answer questions, and help visitors locate geocaches. Ranger programs occur twice weekly in the spring and fall, and once a month in the summer. These programs focus on a variety of conservation issues, and range from how plants grow and interact, to animal behavior, to habitat management.
Each week, a naturalist provides live presentations on a variety of natural history related topics, assists with guided hikes, and conducts regular workshops on a multitude of ecological and environmental issues facing our region.
Youth Tent Area
Youth groups, including Girl Scout troops, church youth groups, and others utilize this facility annually. It sleeps 50 individuals in bunk beds and has a large field kitchen as well as flush toilets and showers. It is staffed by full-time park employees who work closely with volunteers to present educational programs and assist with special event staffing.
This large pavilion accommodates 100 people and includes a kitchen. Toilets and shower facilities are located nearby.
This stable holds 40 horses and 20 ponies, plus additional tie stalls and hay storage buildings. Equine veterinary care is offered during regular business hours, seven days a week. Miniature Golf Course – this 18 hole course utilizes recycled tire rubber for the holes and tees, and is thus completely environmentally friendly. It is located adjacent to the Group Shelter.
There are several picnic areas spread throughout the park, ranging from partially shaded to fully exposed. Some areas offer grills, while others rely on charcoal. Drinking water is commonly available at all times, and bottled water is sometimes available as well.
Two separate playground areas are provided, one geared towards children 7-13, and the other geared towards children 14 and up. Both areas incorporate a variety of play structures including slides, swings, monkey bars, and towers.
This pebble beach is located south of the Group Shelter and offers a relatively protected environment compared to the rest of the park. It is patrolled by lifeguards only during high usage periods.
North Shore Beach
This sandy beach is located north of the Group Shelter and is generally considered the most popular beach in the park.
In 1957, concerned citizens proposed establishing a state park at the site, which was then owned by lumberman Eureka Lumber Company. However, it took nearly two years to acquire enough land to establish the park, during which time another proposal was made to create a dam across Dog Creek, which runs through the property. This plan would have connected the park’s recreational area to Lake Poinsett State Park.
Citizens again rallied in 1960 when they learned that the company intended to log most of the park, prompting the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) to pledge $200,000 toward acquiring the property. Land acquisition continued throughout 1961, with the AGFC making good on its promise by providing half the funds needed to purchase the entire tract. With federal funding provided by the Economic Development Administration, construction began in 1962.
On June 22, 1964, less than four months after former President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness and Public Lands Act into law, the new state park received official designation from the United States Department of the Interior. While initially only open to persons 13 years or older, the age limit was later lowered to 12 so long as both parents had their permission.
Popular activities include:
- bird watching
- mountain biking
- rock climbing
- stream fishing
- wildlife viewing
- cross country skiing