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Parkin Archeological State Park

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

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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Conway, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Belleville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 

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Oneida, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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.

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Thank obus1944
suffield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

We were on a trip to Memphis when we decided to take a quick trip over the border to Arkansas. Our plan is to visit and it was only 40 mins to this park. We were happily treated by sac who was very informative. You can tell he loves his job. The walk around the park is easy. Lots of... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

Parkin is a nice day trip from Memphis (about 40-45 minutes). What makes Parkin stand out is strong evidence that Hernando De Soto was a visitors at Parkin (calling it Casqui after the chief) and mention in writings. Parkin gives a view of the past of the Native Americans in the region. While many Indian mounds were lost or destroyed... More 

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