POWHATAN, Ark. – Lake Charles State Park will offer a First Day Hike Monday, Jan. 01, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the park, 3705 Highway 25, Powhatan. The event is free and open to the public. Participants will meet at the Swim Beach Parking Lot. 


This has been a signature, system-wide event for Arkansas State Parks since 2014. It is also part of a nationwide, trademarked, 50-state event for all of America’s State Parks, coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD).


Start your new year off right by joining park staff for a guided hike of the Cedar Trail. This 1.25-mile in-and-out paved hike around the lake offers beautiful views of everything that Lake Charles State Park has to offer! We will discuss the history of Lake Charles and its importance to the state of Arkansas along the way, and the guided portion of the hike will end at a campsite with hot chocolate and a bonfire. Participants will hike back to the original trailhead themselves at their own pace. Please remember to dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is easy in difficulty.



Lake Charles State Park

Lake Charles State Park is spread along the western shores of Lake Charles, a 645-acre lake in the northeastern foothills of the Ozark Mountains. A half-hour from Jonesboro and 1.5 hours from Memphis, the park features trails, campsites, and fishing for bass, crappie, bream, and catfish. To learn more about Lake Charles State Park, visit www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/lake-charles-state-park.


Arkansas State Parks

Arkansas State Parks is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Arkansas state parks and museums cover 55,006 acres of forest, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation facilities, and unique historic and cultural resources. Established in 1923, Arkansas State Parks preserve special places for future generations, provide quality recreation and education opportunities, enhance the state’s economy through tourism and provide leadership in resource conservation. Connect with ASP on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and visit ArkansasStateParks.com and ArkansasStateParks.com/media to learn more.


Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism

The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism protects and promotes our state’s natural, cultural and historic assets, contributing to a thriving economy and high quality of life. It is made up of three divisions: Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Tourism.