Address 1: 201 County Road 754
Open: Open all year
Open all Year: Yes
Number of Sites: 96
Electric Water: 72
Full Hook: 23
Full Hook: Yes
Here you can enjoy the unique geology of Crowley’s Ridge, a landform of rolling hills in eastern Arkansas’s Mississippi Alluvial Plain. A geologic anomaly, the ridge is covered with a lush hardwood forest featuring oak, sugar maple, beech, butternut, and tulip poplar. Park interpretive programs and exhibits share the story of the natural and cultural heritage of Crowley’s Ridge. Five park trails totaling seven miles allow hikers the opportunity to explore this forest on their own, or on a guided trail walk with s park interpreter. Anglers can fish for bass, bream, catfish, and crappie at the park’s two lakes, Lake Austell and Lake Dunn. Launch ramps, boat docks, bait, fishing boats, electric motors, and pedal boats are available late-spring through Labor Day.
The park campground includes 96 campsites [24 Class AAA, five Class A, and 67 Class B sites (for RVs, tents, and horse campers)] around Lake Dunn. Nestled on a nearby ridge are the park’s 10 fully-equipped cabins that feature kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces. At Lake Austell, picnic sites are situated near a sandy beach and sun deck. The park also includes four standard pavilions (one is enclosed), playgrounds, baseball and multi-use fields, and a driving range. The campground restrooms are open from March to November.
Horseback riding is a popular activity at this park, the second largest in land area in Arkansas’s state park system. Twenty-five miles of multi-use trails wind through the rolling hills and unique hardwood forest of Crowley’s Ridge. The horse trails are open throughout the year. Call the park for current trail conditions. The horse camp features 30 campsites with water and electric hookups, an asphalt parking pad, picnic table and grill; a modern bathhouse; horse wash bays and 66 stalls inside the camping area. The horse stable’s 10′ x 10′ stalls with water, electric, and ceiling fans.
The park visitor center includes an A/V theater, store, gift shop, and bicycle rentals. The interpretive center offers a large meeting facility and The Discovery Room that features exhibits of prehistoric artifacts and information about the wildlife of Crowley’s Ridge. Interpreters offer programs, concerts, and special events throughout the year.
The park includes an 18-hole, Andy Dye signature golf course featuring the rolling terrain of Crowley’s Ridge and the dramatic backdrop of its hardwood forest. For tee times contact the golf course manager at: 870-238-6500.
Village Creek State Park is located two hours east of Little Rock, Arkansas, or one hour west of Memphis, Tennessee. Take Exit #242 off I-40 at Forrest City and travel 13 miles north on Ark. 284 to the park.