Perhaps you prefer a more refined outdoor experience. The River Valley is home to
four state parks – Lake Dardanelle, Mount Nebo, Mount Magazine and Petit Jean – offering visitor centers, park interpreters, marked hiking trails and swimming areas or pools.
Mount Nebo, Mount Magazine and Petit Jean – the Tri-Peaks – offer breathtaking views. Lake Dardanelle’s visitor center features an aquatic exhibit holding many species of fish native to the river as well as Piney Creek and the Illinois Bayou. Planned activities such as kayak and pontoon boat tours of the lake, fish feedings, hands-on interpretative activities and hikes with an interpreter are just a sampling of the fun and wonder to be experienced at beautiful Lake Dardanelle State Park.