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Final 13.4 Miles of Delta Heritage Trail Within Sight

The most expensive section of the trail so far is under contract with work poised to begin in Desha County. read more >
Shea Lewis, director of Arkansas State Parks, right, and Jeff King, deputy
director of Arkansas State Parks.
Tourism

Arkansas Parks Celebrate 100 Years

A yearlong birthday bash will promote notable events and upgrades at some of the most popular state parks in Arkansas. read more >
Bryan Sanders, husband of Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaks after the governor announced the establishment of the Natural State Initiative on Tuesday Jan. 24, 2023, at the Arkansas State Capitol.
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Outdoor Recreation is ‘Big Business,’ With Room to GrowLock Icon

Outdoor recreation contributed nearly 40,000 jobs and $3.5 billion to Arkansas’ gross domestic product in 2021, but state officials believe that is just a fraction of what the industry can accomplish. read more >
Mark Abernathy, owner and executive chef of Little Rock’s Loca Luna and Red Door restaurants
Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business / Tourism

‘Flexibility’ Is Job One for Hospitality Employers

The Arkansas hospitality industry, like industries across the United States, has worked hard to recruit and retain workers in the tightest labor market in decades. read more >
Shea Lewis • Director of Arkansas State Parks
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Shea Lewis Keeps Communities, State Parks in Same Camp

Arkansas State Parks Director Shea Lewis says he expects the trend of record visitation to continue this year. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Tourism

Shea Lewis Picked to Lead Arkansas State Parks

He now leads the operation of 52 state parks and oversees a $158 million annual budget. read more >
The Yancopin rail bridge on the Arkansas River.
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$13.8M Grant Could Bridge the Gap for Delta Heritage Trail

Boosters of the Delta Heritage Trail in east Arkansas hope to hear good news very soon that the second time was the charm to land a momentous check from Uncle Sam. read more >
Grady Spann
Government & Politics

Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann To Retire

Spann started his career with Arkansas State Parks in 1993, as superintendent of Parkin Archeological State Park, and he was named director in 2016. read more >
Spring and fall are favored seasons to pedal along the Delta Heritage Trail.
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East Arkansas Tourist Byway Pedals Toward 2025 FinishLock Icon

The stage is set for an especially busy year of progress on the Delta Heritage Trail. Construction will be complete or in motion on more than 24 miles of biking-hiking pathway in east Arkansas backed by an estimated $9.4 million during 2021. read more >
A family picnics at Petit Jean State Park
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COVID-19 Cramps Arkansas Camping SeasonLock Icon

For now, the camping ban through April 30 extends to overnight stays in lodges, cabins and group lodging in the Arkansas State Parks system. Where it goes from there is undetermined. read more >
Jeremy Pate of the Walton Family Foundation: “Arkansas is known for its natural beauty, and we are trying to take advantage of that.”
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Cycling Gears Up After Two Decades of Investment in Northwest ArkansasLock Icon

Cyclists in northwest Arkansas are spreading the gospel statewide and the message is simple: People love cycling trails and cycling trails generate significant revenue. read more >
The abandoned Yancopin Bridge over the Arkansas River will provide a scenic link in the Delta Heritage Trail.
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$20M Matching Grant Starts Clock Ticking to Finish Delta Heritage TrailLock Icon

A $20 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation promises to complete the Delta Heritage Trail. read more >
The Benzal rail bridge on the White River.
Government & Politics / Nonprofits

Walton Family Foundation Gives $20M for Delta Trail

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Walton Family Foundation announce a $20 million matching grant from the foundation that will complete a 84.5-mile Delta Heritage Trail. read more >
The abandoned Yancopin Bridge over the Arkansas River will provide a scenic link in the Delta Heritage Trail.
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Funding Legacy Supports Arkansas State Parks, Keeps Coffers FullLock Icon

The conservation tax approved by Arkansas voters in 1996 remains a dynamic funding source to help upgrade and maintain the 52 state parks in Arkansas. “Without the conservation tax, we couldn’t do what we’re doing,” said Grady Spann, director of Arkansas State Parks. read more >
Arkansas Parks & Tourism Department Director Kane Webb (inset) says he’s heard no industry complaints about the revamped Arkansas.com website since it was launched last month.
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Arkansas Tourism Website Reborn, With AdvertisingLock Icon

For all its images of scenic rivers, brooks and waterfalls, the most striking new feature on the state’s overhauled tourism website may be a revenue stream. read more >
Clockwise from top left: DeGray Lake Resort, Mount Magazine Lodge, Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, Ozark Folk Center and Mather Lodge at Petit Jean
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Arkansas Parks & Tourism Lodges Highlight Mountains & LakesLock Icon

The big five money-makers in state parks last year were cabin rentals, more than $5.2 million; camping, $4.8 million; restaurants, more than $4.7 million; lodges, nearly $4.6 million; and gift shops, almost $3.2 million. read more >
Margaret Willis of CJRW
Agriculture & Poultry / Media & Marketing / Tourism

Margaret Willis Joins CJRW (Movers & Shakers)

Margaret Willis has been hired as media planner and buyer at CJRW’s Little Rock office. She will manage planning and buying of digital, print, outdoor, TV and radio media for the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism and Arkansas State Parks. read more >
Jason Bennicoff
Education / Media & Marketing / Tourism

Rockfish Names New VP; Associate Dean Recognized at Lyon (Movers & Shakers)

Jason Bennicoff has joined Rockfish, the digital marketing agency in Rogers, as vice president of digital strategy. read more >
Grady Spann
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Grady Spann Named Director of State Parks

Grady Spann has been named the new director for Arkansas State Parks, the state Department of Parks and Tourism announced Friday. read more >