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Parkin Archeological State Park

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Address: 60 State Highway 184, Parkin, AR 72373
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+1 870-755-2500
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 08:00 - 17:00

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We visited here during Spring Break for their Arkansas Archeology Month event. I have three boys, ages 7, 11, and 15 and we all enjoyed the day here. The Park Rangers really put... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Little Rock, AR
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Little Rock, AR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here during Spring Break for their Arkansas Archeology Month event. I have three boys, ages 7, 11, and 15 and we all enjoyed the day here. The Park Rangers really put a lot of planning into the special programs they do. They boys got to take core samples of trees, do a mock dig, clean real artifacts found... More 

Thank redheadedmama
ADPT-Region3, Manager at Parkin Archeological State Park, responded to this review

At Parkin Archeological State Park, we try very hard to have extra things for our visitors, especially children, to do on spring Break. We had “Archeology for Everyone” March 23-25 every day from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is a great program as you discovered. Of course great programs can be spoiled by having unclean or mismanaged facilities. The... More 

Wynne, Arkansas
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Indian Mounds are what's left of an Indian Village that existed there 5-600 years ago. Lots of Indian artifacts including arrowheads and pottery have been retrieved. An American explorer, de Soto, once visited there. It's an intriguing place to schedule a family reunion or just a day at the park.

Thank mrsmwright
ADPT-Region3, Manager at Parkin Archeological State Park, responded to this review

“Thank you for your kind comments. Parkin Archeological State Park is indeed a great place to visit and learn about northeast Arkansas American Indian History. The visit of Hernando de Soto in June, 1541 to this place, the Village of the chief known as Casqui, is important enough for us to be designated a National Historic Landmark. It is one... More 

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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

We missed the bigger mounds site as they are closed on Mondays (we visited here on Tuesday) I am really glad we stopped. Great museum and helpful staff guy. Enjoyed walking the trail around the site.

Thank Mark n Jen D
ADPT-Region3, Manager at Parkin Archeological State Park, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We are normally closed on Mondays unless it is a Monday Holiday (Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.), so we are glad you came on a Tuesday. We pride ourselves on having a helpful and knowledgeable staff and are pleased that you enjoyed the visit. Please come again! More 

Cleveland, Tennessee
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Friendly staff and informative! Small mound site along the river. Mixed with the local history of the area. This mound site is well kept, with a concrete walk way throughout.(handicap accessible) Kind of off the beaten path but worth the time and visit. Remember to ask for an umbrella if it's cloudy before you leave the building! LOL>>>>Umbrella's were free... More 

Thank scooter69s
ADPT-Region3, General Manager at Parkin Archeological State Park, responded to this review

“Parkin Archeological State Park is a National Historic Landmark and as you said it is certainly “worth the time and visit.” We still have umbrellas, strollers and a wagon so that we can help out all of our visiting families and people from near and far. Thank you for the good review. We try hard to make our visitors comfortable... More 

Wynne, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

First, I am the Superintendent of the park, so I am automatically biased. However if you visit the park, you will be welcomed to this National Historic Landmark and offered to see our 12 minute video, our exhibits and a tour of our site. We only charge for guided site tours. Hernando de Soto visited the village of Casqui in... More 

Thank Ben S
Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 July 2016

I had no idea what to expect, but this state park was fascinating. We have 2 children 5 and 7, and the ranger first whisked us over to the "you can touch everything here" room. They tried on chain mail. They held actual steel swords (not sharpened), replicas of Spanish steel swords (Hernando de Soto came though in the mid-1500's).... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Brought the kids here for a quick stop over and enjoyed the park and outside exhibits. The park center was unfortunately closed but we still had fun

Thank midnite_trouble
Conway, Arkansas
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 June 2016

Tells the story of the Caddo Indians before and after De Soto's visit to the area. Really cool artifacts in the visitor center. Great activities for children are planned during the summer by the rangers as well as things like a basket weaving class for adults.

Thank debm98
Belleville, Illinois
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

I grew up by Cahokia Mounds State Park in Illinois and we have visited many such archeological parks over the years. Although this is a smaller park it was one of the best especially after having an informative visit with the park superintendent. She has a PHD and spent years in Egypt (of all places) before coming to this park... More 

Thank Charles P
Oneida, Wisconsin
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139 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2016

Park rangers are very helpful and knowledgeable. This is an active dig in the summer. You watch a 12 minute video, see some displays, and walk the grounds where the original Indians lived up until the Spanish explorers came. The walk around sidewalk is free and self guided with signage. It is a real trip back in time.

Thank obus1944

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