Village Creek State Park is a jewel in Northeast Arkansas and offers activities for just about every kind of outdoor enthusiast. Village Creek State Park sits high up on Crowley’s Ridge in between Wynne and Forest City. This Arkansas State Park preserves nearly 7,000 acres of forest not found anywhere else in Arkansas. With 33 miles of multi-use trails, it showcases some of the best unique environments of Crowley’s Ridge.
In addition to trails, Village Creek State Park also has many other fun activities for the outdoor enthusiast, including fishing, kayaking, and golfing.
How to stay at Village Creek State Park
Of course, a good state park for adventuring has hiking trails. Village Creek’s 33 miles of multi-use trails are great for hiking. For the history buff, the Old Military Road Trail is a great choice. This trail not only follows the first improved road from Memphis to Little Rock but also a portion of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. In addition to learning about history, the trail showcases some of what makes Crowley’s Ridge so unique. Other trails in the park are just as beautiful.
Village Creek also has many miles of mountain biking trails. Some can be strenuous, while others are more along the easy side. Be sure to pick up a Bicycle Guide brochure at the Visitor Center. In the guide is a map of all the multi-use trails with intersections marked with letters to help keep you from getting lost. Also, at many intersections, while on the trail you will find a placard with the corresponding letter.
About 23 miles of the park’s multi-use trails are for equestrian use. They traverse ridge tops, streams, and bottomlands. Village Creek also has an equestrian campground with stable facilities. The campground has 30 amp electricity and water hookups.
Village Creek is home to The Ridges at Village Creek, an Andy Dye-designed 27-hole championship golf course. This public golf course was rated the number one golf course you can play in Arkansas in 2018 by Golfweek Magazine. The course is open daily and includes a full-service clubhouse with a pro shop, snack bar, and full driving range. If golf is your thing, this is a state park for you.
Kayaking and Fishing
Village Creek State Park has not one, but two lakes, Lake Dunn and Lake Austell. These small lakes are great places to flat-water kayak and take in the Crowley’s Ridge forest. Both lakes are stocked with bass, bream, crappie, and channel catfish for the angler. Lake Dunn has a bait shop and dock where fishing boats, electric motorboats, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented for those who do not have their own. Both lakes also have swim beaches where you can cool off in in the summer months.
Village Creek State Park
As you can see, this park has almost everything for those who love the outdoors. It’s a great place to relax by the campfire or explore Crowley’s Ridge, one of the six unique regions of Arkansas.