We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Historic Washington State Park

U.S. 278, Washington, AR 71862
+1 870-983-2684
Review Highlights
Interesting history - make sure to watch the blacksmith

We went here on a weekeday - almost no one else there, so we almost had it to ourselves. The staff... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Pasadena, California
BEST part of our trip!! An inexpensive, educational activity for families!

Talk about a hidden gem!! This state park is extensive, covering several city blocks. It is a... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Dallas, Texas
Read all 95 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“candle shop” (9 reviews)
“civil war” (16 reviews)
U.S. 278, Washington, AR 71862
+1 870-983-2684
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (95)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 95 reviews

Reviewed 25 April 2017

We went here on a weekeday - almost no one else there, so we almost had it to ourselves. The staff were very friendly and helpful, in fact the only disadvantage was that not all exhibits were open. The highlights (as far as we were...More

1  Thank 1goofybird
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Talk about a hidden gem!! This state park is extensive, covering several city blocks. It is a living history museum, which means the docents are dressed in period wear, and each structure has been preserved in its original state (furnishings included) from pre and post-Civil...More

2  Thank VanEsq12
Reviewed 13 April 2017

In the many, many times I've visited Washington, Arkansas, I have never had a bad experience. One can wander about the area without being accosted by overbearing personnel or can sign up for a tour of the historic buildings. The Tavern is a fine place...More

1  Thank missinglynx1955
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This is a true town with a state park in the middle. From the blacksmith shop, candle shop, old post office/new post office all is so interesting. There are different homes and buildings open each day. Tours are available. Great for all ages

1  Thank Linda G
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Was a fun day, especially enjoyed the armory, blacksmith and Ralston house. Everthing was well kept. All the volunteer 's were very knowledgeable and friendly.

1  Thank cmjea
Reviewed 30 March 2017

The town is the history lesson - court houses, homes, gun museum, print shop, candle shop, black smith shop - can walk the town or drive your car or take a buggy ride. There is a fee if you want to go into buildings -

1  Thank mammiepoppy
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

This place was very interesting. U walk around at ur own pace. The restaurant is very nice and not expensive. We would go back.

Thank Jessica H
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Picture a whole town that is a historical site, maybe not every building but a bunch of them. There are 2 restored court houses, a gun collection, nice old houses and basic log cabins, an inn (have lunch there), a very cool blacksmiths shop, old...More

3  Thank Doug H
Reviewed 23 September 2016

So much history here that is a vital part of how the US expanded. Guides were knowledgeable and were very hospitable. Check out their civil war re-enactments and holiday events that preserve the authenticity of years gone by.

2  Thank 525Barb1205
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Do not miss this if you have the opportunity! Plan a day around this state park, we spent 5 hours here and could have spent more! The town of Washington has several buildings (houses and businesses) with character tour guides (dressed period appropriate) that tell...More

3  Thank Melissa B
Nearby Restaurants
Williams Tavern Restaurant
45 reviews
.29 km away
Tailgaters Burger Co.
119 reviews
14.39 km away
Dos Loco Gringos
114 reviews
11.98 km away
Big Jake's BBQ
86 reviews
12.41 km away
Nearby Attractions
President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home
120 reviews
14.30 km away
Crater of Diamonds State Park
1,096 reviews
28.78 km away
Millwood State Park
12 reviews
30.28 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is this worth going to if you don't plan on paying the admission fee for the tour? Is it possible to just drive or walk around?
3 April 2017|
Answer Show all 4 answers
Response from missinglynx1955 | Reviewed this property |
I make a point of going when the attractions aren't open so that I can have the place to myself. I like wandering around the town looking at the houses and yards. It's just a different experience from taking the tour.